Thursday, 28 February 2013

Bali Hi !!

I finally finished the Bali Pops nine patch quilt and it looks so good on our bed I am keeping this one.  


 It was such a nice pattern to make - from Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine that I am tempted to do another one in a different colourway - maybe sometime in the future-  once I have made some of  the other patterns on my waiting list - a Granny Square in a Moda fabric is definitely the next one .  

My other finish is this  lap/baby quilt made from a Terrain Charm pack by Kate Spain for Moda.  I used a Disappearing Nine Patch pattern from the Missouri Quilt Company and it went together  really easily   

Again I am pleased with it as it looks so clean and fresh and even my hubby thinks its one of the best yet!!! 
 It has a pierced back and simple straight line quilting  and looks very "Modern Quilting" like- which I did not think was really me as I love more traditional fabrics and patterns  BUT this might be the start of a new direction or should I say obsession!!!. 

 I now plan to get some more Moda  at the new Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia in 3 weeks time  during our weekend in London.

I also got an urge to some foundation piercing and have started with these two blocks- my points were not too good  on the pink star but the red and white one is much better.  They both provide a lot of white space for more free motion quilting practice. 
I think they  could make up into a couple of cushions.  

I have signed up for the "Stitch Me Up "  Blog hop during March.  Have a look at the button on the side and the blogs which will be featured -- my day is the 21st March so must get stitching and finish a few of the patterns which were provided. 
i have also joined in a linky party over at http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/  so pop over and see what other shave been up to this week. 
I also plan to have a Give-Away soon to celebrate 2 years of blogging and to thank all those bloggers who are so supportive and encouraging and so generous with patterns and tutorials- so keep watching!!! 

bye for now 
Pauline 

Sunday, 17 February 2013

February finishes!


Lots of pictures of what I've been up to since my  last post.

I was a WINNER!!!

 I won my first giveaway EVER!!!!   - from  Steffi's Candy Quilts who had a giveaway on reaching her 300th  follower. The parcel arrived very quickly as it only came from  Germany. It is a lovely little bag made from some great fabric from SewmamaSew  plus a pack of charm squares and it really made my day. The writing on the fabric is just so great.  Thanks Steffi for such a great prize.



I will probably use the charm squares to make some little hexagons to applique on small bags or even copy Steffi's  idea and use them as an insert.

I had another productive day at my quilt group last week and put together a disappearing 9 patch using a lovely charm pack from Moda using a Kate Spain line called Terrain. 


I hope to get it layered and  finish it this week.
 I also put together the panels for the embroidered quilt I showed in my last post but still need to finish the centre panel . That will mean I have FOUR quilts waiting to be quilted so will have to get myself into gear and get them done for the Exhibition in May. 


My crocheting is coming along in the evening while watching TV although I now have two blankets on the go -One is a plain small hexagon and the second is a South African Flower motif which is quite dramatic with the navy edging. I intend these to be my on-going portable  projects  once we start going off in the caravan  when the it gets a bit warmer after Easter. 

My other finish is a set of place mats made from a panel I made a couple of years ago from a Carol Doak pattern which I couldn't decide what to do with and wasn't quite sure about the colours I had used BUT ....
 I cut it up, added  a border to one side  and free motion quilted the pieces and they make a nice set of place mats . 





 The success of  these has resulted in me buying  Easy Stash Quilts off  Amazon to do some more foundation piercing. 

Also made this bag which has paper pierced shapes appliqued onto the front and this plus the place mats will  also be for the Quilt Exhibition we are having in May


I have joined the Stitch Me Up Blog Hop (see the button on my blog at the side)  and I need to get a move on with getting some of the little stitcheries finished before the 21st March which is my day on the blog hop- so come back then and see what I have been doing. 
I bought  the threads  from  Jane at Jane's Fabric and Quilts who is leading the blog hop over on Sewwequilt.blogspot . These are Presencia  threads which I have not seen before in the UK but are really nice to work with.

I have also bought another Craftsy course -   Pictorial Quilting Techniques with Wendy Butler Berns
as I was so impressed with the first one I got and their courses  were on sale this week - so too good an opportunity to miss!!!
I can't wait to start this one as I have taken a peek and there are some lovely ideas for quilts made from photographs.

Thanks for stopping by 
PAULINE 




Saturday, 2 February 2013

Heavenly hexis and Dying in Snape!

Just caught the hexi bug again and have made some with the aim of adding a plain coloured outer border after seeing Wendi's on her blog at  prsd4tim2..I just love the yellow she has used but not sure what colour to use for mine yet.   I am using some of my Rowan fabrics and hope to make a table centre as I think a quilt is a bit too ambitious.!!


BUT not content with paper piercing ---  I have now started amassing crochet hexis!

I did all of these in one evening whilst watching a couple of episodes of the US series Breaking Bad-series3. My son bought us the boxed set for Xmas and we are now hooked on it.

I found a pattern for hexis on Lucy' s blog at Attic24.  But have added a further round of trebles and intend to carry on with these until I have enough for a new throw for the living room. They are so quick and easy to complete ending about 21/2 inches and  I want it to be bright and colourful to add some cheer in these miserable winter months.


Dying in  Snape!
I had a great day with the Snape Textile group - we spent the day Indigo dying and you can see my pieces drying in the bathroom last night.   Today they look really gorgeous and I think will be great for turning into bags or journal covers or for landscapes.  It was a messy technique and not something I would try at home but was great to do in a workshop and in particular to see what other people produced - especially liked the results people got on old tatty linen which they had brought - they  made some really lovely pieces.


I have finished my Blues & Reds table topper and it is going to my daughter for her new table and the Whirlybird runner is for my other set of storage drawers in my sewing room. I love this pattern from Connie at Freemotionbytheriver and have used it a couple of times now.



I have a couple of birthday cards to embroider tomorrow for friends of my mother who are 80 soon and then I am going to start the big job of quilting my Bali Chain blocks quilt. I have used these small runners to practice free-motion quilting as I want to try and add some interest to this one and not just use a simple stipple pattern.   So machine cleaned, Sunday radio to listen to and ready to go!!!

Thanks for stopping by

Pauline