Thursday, 23 October 2014

Bloggers' Quilt Festival Autumn 2104


 I have entered my recent MAP of the World quilt in the SMALL QUILT category - which I started on a recent weekend retreat with my Quilt Group.  It is a pattern I found on Pinterest provided very generously for free  by the two sisters Shauna and Morgan  at   Printing it out took ages as it is 32 pages long  which then all  have to be stuck together!!.   But it  was great fun to do and I tried to choose interesting fabrics to make it come alive.

It is a gift  for my best friend's 8 year old grandson Ben and I have added a hanging sleeve  so he can have it on his bedroom wall.  He is a great little chap and is a cub scout and interested in lots of different things including nature and animals.

It was quilted  with my favourite sewing machine stitch for quilting on my Brother Innovis-1e -the  serpentine stitch which I think made the large areas look like waves and anchored down the raw edge appliqué for the continents.  It was tricky trying to include as many of  the small islands as possible  but I hope it covers most of the main regions.

Please stop by and have a look at all the other quilts in the Festival and a big thank-you to Amy at Amy's Creative Side  for arranging it again.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunday Sewing

After a major disaster mid week when I tried to update my IPad to OS 8 and lost everything I have managed to retrieve photos and patterns from the "Cloud". - I don't quite understand how it can store everything but I was just grateful it was all there!  It took me over 3 hours to re install the operating system and re set all my apps - but it worried me how dependent I am on it !! 

Today I decided to focus on finishing off the SiblingsTogether quilt

I have finished the  group Charity quilt started at the retreat at Cober Hill - I used some lovely blue 
fleece from AundreyP instead of batting. It feels snuggly and warm and is ready to post off with the other two quilts as part our final consignment to SiblingsTogether for this year. 

Digitising and machine embroidery.

When I made the decision recently not to upgrade to the new Brother machine due out soon, I decided it would make more sense to learn to make better use of my current machine  -the  Innovis 1e 
-and also to try to develop my ability to use PE Design Next.  So I signed up for a Craftsy course on digitising and have been following the videos and trying out the projects.  I have been asked to make a bed runner for a friend of my Mum and this has given me the opportunity to adapt and change some of the embroidery designs I already have. 

I have some Designs by Elsa and Kenny Kreations designs but I have enlarged and combined parts of some of the designs to come up with a new design for the runner. I also find Vicki who blogs at Vicki's Fabric Creations has some really good ideas for how to incorporate embroidered blocks into quilts and I have used her idea for a bed runner as a basis for my design. So I have finished the three main blocks and now need to assemble them.


I have also made a memo board for my son with some lovely fabric I bought while on holiday - it's a copy of a map of London which just covers the part of London where he lives.  We are off to London soon for some shopping and a trip to the the theatre so I will be taking it down to him. 

I have been out photographing autumn leaves this weekend before they all blow away!   I want to try some free machine embroidery on printed photos so it's good to get some photos before the winter really sets in.  

 I have finished everything for my Santa Sack so will be able to get that posted off in good time to my partner and look forward to receiving mine. 

So a bit more variety than just quilting ! 

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Friday, 10 October 2014

Trip around the World????

I have finished my world quilt and I am pleased with how it is looking - just have to decide if I should add a hanging sleeve as I'm not sure whether it will be hung up on the wall yet.  It was quite a challenge to quilt all those wavy lines across it and there are a couple kinks in it but I'm not too bothered. I hope little Ben likes it.

I'm off to the regional Quilters Guild day workshop tomorrow so that should be good as the topic is Modern Quilting. I have made a mini quilt to enter in the challenge so will be interested to see what everyone else has produced. 

I think I will call it "Not a hash tag!"

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Scarborough success!

We had another great quilting weekend at Cober Hill - to the point that I am now planning two for 2015 and these will be longer ones!    It was very sunny and warm all weekend which added to the enjoyment of the stay although most of us saw very little of the sun apart from our walks to the dining room!!  Some more energetic girls went for an early morning walk down to the beach near by.

I managed to get my Map of the World top appliquéd and it  provoked a lot of discussion - I think it will be great when it is quilted and ideal for my friend's 9 year old grandson.

My dresden fan quilt did not get much work done on it so I want to do some more of that this weekend at our usual Saturday group.

I am going to make some smaller ones to scatter across the background.  I decided I did not want to do a more traditional dresden with all the blocks the same and think they will look good on this dark blue background fabric. 

We managed another completed group quilt top from another Bonnie K. Hunter  design and I will quilt it and bind it as soon as I find the time.

 This week since getting back has been so busy -as along with catching up with everyday things -we also had  to drive over to Lancashire to pick up my "big brother " machine after it was serviced by Keith Lord. He does such a great job and it is purring along nicely now so ready for all these tops I need to quilt.

So another great weekend with lovely people, great food and great weather. Let's hope next years are as good.

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