Thursday, 31 October 2013

Time passing!

The year seems to be flying past and I am starting my Xmas projects this week - a couple of table runners using a new pattern with machine embroidery already completed and I will be starting Xmas cards today.

I have also hung my landscape in my sewing room which I did on the retreat.

I was so pleased with it that I designed and finished another wall hanging using some poppy designs I had and that is almost ready to hang as well 

I am also making a baby quilt with transport designs for my good friend's new grandson, but have decided I need to make  another quick quilt for his older brother who is now 2 so I have ordered a pack of I spy fabrics as I thought that's would make good play quilt for him.
So lots to get done and everyone keeps talking about how many weeks left until Xmas!!!!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Quilting Retreat news

I have just got back from a wonderful weekend near Scarborough on a quilting weekend with some friends from the quilt group I belong to. We stayed with Maggie Martin who is a great teacher and hostess.  She has a wonderful house with a large teaching room and cooked some delicious meals for us. We were able to work on individual projects with Maggie providing tuition and support to each of us.   We had to be encouraged to pack up each night and go to bed as we were still at it  at 11 pm every night. !!!

I planned to make a landscape quilt and learned such a lot - here is the end result which I am very pleased with.

We have booked to go again but she cannot fit us in until November 2014!!!!   She is so popular and gets booked up.

Since returning I have started another art quilt of poppies and am intending to try another landscape as well to consolidate what I leant.
I have also finished off some items for a swap I am in and also a couple of postcards but I am so enthused by the art quilts I now want to make .

But with Xmas looming I must start thinking about making some items for Xmas !! 
Bye for now

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Lost mojo!!!

I seem to have found it difficult to achieve anything over the last few weeks - more family illness and then a dose of flu myself has meant I have not been able to finish off any WIP's but have managed to complete a few small projects such as fabric postcards, mug rugs and table centres.

I've also started a new quilt which is pierced by hand - it's a star / flower pattern which is great for picking up and doing a bit of when I feel like it.
And then this weekend  I have a visit to London to see our son and of course a visit to the Knitting and Stitching show which is always a treat. So let's hope the weather is good and my cough improves!!