Sunday, 22 March 2015

Mad March !

We did not get to see the eclipse in our area on Friday because of all the cloud which was a shame but it feels like this has been a very busy month with lots of other happenings.

Our Quilt group had a very successful quilting weekend away again and enjoyed lots of great company and lovely food.  The next one in  September is already fully subscribed to so I have had to start a waiting list.

This time we made  these microwave bowl holders which proved very  popular.

And this is Audrey's  quilt for Siblings  Together

 I never seem to get  as much done as I expect  as I worry about the organisation- and checking that everyone else is having a good time --so I have been making up for it since I got home.

I have finished the pin wheel quilt for the Siblings Together charity.

This is the machine embroidered quilt I also started - I just need to add a wide border and I think it will be suitable for a small boy. 

 It looks as if we will have at least 7 to send to them from the group in the next week or so.  

I started my Peter Rabbit fleece quilt for the expected new arrival in the family but I am waiting to add "her" name and  date of birth. I know what my brother is going to call her but I am a bit suspicious about embroidering it -as my family is renowned for changing their minds once the baby arrives!!

I also have assembled the quilt I did get started during the weekend away using the 10 minute block pattern and have now embroidered a design in the White cathedral window-like  blocks. This just needs quilting and binding. 

I received  a lovely surprise gift from one of my long standing blogger friends - Sheila at Sew,Cook and Travel from North Carolina,  who is one of a small group of people who have been followers ever since I started blogging.  She sent me a lovely Lauren Birch fabric coin purse and some fabric pieces. She is such a kind person. We recently shared some emails about tv programmes from each others country's that we  love to watch - she likes things like MidSommer Murders and Doc Martin from British tv -whilst we're currently watching  the Sons of Anarchy about a motorcyle gang in the USA!!!

I have been very good and not bought much fabric lately - apart from a new layer cake and jelly roll in a design  called Whitewashed Cottage  by Moda. It is a lovely summery design and I am still deciding what to do with it.  So now to try and  decide on a design for my Home Sweet Home ATC  swap before we head off in our caravan next weekend to York to meet up with friends.

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sunday Snap Shot!!

I suddenly realised I have had lots to post about since the last post after the Grow Your Blog event.  

 And this week I am looking forward to a day trip to London to the Spring Knitting and Stiching show ( with the temptation to buy lots of goodies of course!) and then off to the weekend retreat on Friday for 4 days at Scarborough  - sewing with my quilting friends.

One  surprise this week was an email from Elizabeth at Australian Homespun magazine (which I subscribe to online) asking if I would send some photos of my Scottie  dog quilt which I have posted about previously, for their Readers page!!!
 I was chuffed to be asked and she wanted a bit more background as to why I made it. If you remember,  it's for my brother and sister- in- law whose  new baby is due in about 8 weeks- and was a pattern from their magazine. Hopefully it should be featured in the June edition!

I have been busy finishing and posting off Fabric postcards in the swap groups I am in and so can look forward to receiving some  shortly.  I am also joining Ali's ATC swap over at VeryBerryHandmade. The topic is Home Sweet  Home.

I received the 4th pack of Liberty prints from Ali at  VeryBerryHandmade which I won in her give away recently - the prize was to receive a pack of Liberty fabric every month for 7 months and it was a lovely prize so I am saving them to make something really special later this year.


I seem to have been  jumping from one project to another  this week and have a lot of new stuff on the go.!!!

First -I have a paper piercing project using a Sue Daley pattern which is on- going and is intended to be a surprise quilt for a friend's 70th birthday later this year.

- I made a couple of  these vinyl project bags after seeing a post about them - they are really useful for keeping  on- going projects in.

Then there is my Pin Wheel quilt made from stash which I cut up into layer cake size squares.

I free motion quilted an oak leaf shape across the dark pin wheel blocks but will finish it off with  a meander across the other  lighter blocks. 

It is  for Siblings Together - a UK charity which our group supports and we will be working on  additional quilts at the retreat.  I have eventually  finished the Honey Bee quilt which is also for this charity. 

- BUT I  have also been sucked into doing a 4 patch scrappy from fabric I already had, which is in  the latest edition of American Patchwork and Quilting and managed to get all the small 4 patches sewn and the plain blocks cut out to make into  nine patch blocks -so hope to finish this off at the retreat as well.

Finally I started a new project which I have designed  using ideas from the book by 
Eileen Roche
 - Machine Embroidered Quilting and Applique.

I made the Ohio Star quilt  from this book a couple of years ago but have been thinking that there had to be a  different way of doing them using a whole quilt approach rather than quilt-as-you go.

So I measured out a large piece of mottled dark blue fabric and then divided it up into squares with a chalk outline, layered the batting and a stabiliser and started to stitch each square with different patterns from the original  quilt in the book.

(this just shows a test stitch-out of one of the blocks)

 I am quilting some of the blocks using bright jewel colours  and others just the background  quilting pattern in the bright block colours

.  Then I will add a backing and free motion quilt  the border areas  between the blocks where the sashing would have been if it had been done like the original. I  hope this will then  be another  appropriate quilt for a boy for the Siblings Together Charity.

So I am looking toward to this week and then my weekend  away and will have some  photos of our "adventures" next time

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