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
- 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
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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