Saturday, 4 October 2014

New quilty project ...

Even though we haven't yet had a chance to decorate my new sewing area, I've started the blocks for a new quilt.  Following my previous Opposites Attract quilt (shown here), I so liked the graphic nature of the blocks that I wanted to make a version for myself.  So I decided to used my long-hoarded collection of 5" charms in red and neutral.  The pieces were cut before the move in preparation and I'm about a third of the way through sewing them.  The decorating should be started by the last week of this month and I hope to have all the blocks sewn by then.  When my new design wall is in situ I will be able to plan the final layout :)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

New house, new craft area ...

We are in our new house!  We've been in for a week now and the piles of packing boxes are starting to diminish and some semblance of normality resume.  I have my own self-contained crafting areas in the new house.  The picture shows what is to be my sewing room, it is approximately the size of our old dining room which I had requisitioned most of the time!  Obviously it needs decoration, but I think it will be a good space.  I also have use of the smallest 'bedroom' which I will use for my cardmaking and anything else not sewing related.

There's so much to do in order to get the house and my craft areas how I want them.  However, I'm determined to see it as a fun challenge and it's a whole new chapter in our lives.  I hope to have some progress to share in a couple of weeks :)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

More Pets on Quilts ...

Lily Pad Quilting is having a Pets on Quilts Show 2014 and I would like to enter the "dog-themed quilt project" category with this quilt.  It is from a pattern by Billie Lauder called, appropriately, "There's a Dog on my Quilt".

The pattern booklet I have shows a few different animals as variations and I've also made the cat one.  This quilt uses some 9 patches that I swapped many years ago with an online group.  This was a great way to harmonise them into a child's quilt which was donated to Project Linus :)

Pets on Quilts ...

Lily Pad Quilting is having a Pets on Quilts Show 2014 and I couldn't resist joining in by entering the "dog on quilt" category.  This is my beautiful Golden Retriever called Trevor snuggled with one of my early quilts, a split nine patch.  (Bonnie Hunter has a free pattern on her website for making something similar.) 

Sadly, Trevor travelled over the Rainbow Bridge nearly 4 years ago, and I still miss him dearly.  I started quiltmaking a few months after we got him as a puppy and we spent many happy hours together in my sewing area as he 'supervised' by progress :)

(Regular readers of my blog may be wondering how the house move is going ... it is still progressing smoothly (as far as we know) and we hope to move by the end of the month.)

Monday, 7 July 2014

Transformation ...

Here's how my sewing room normally looked prior to getting ready for the house move ...

Here's how my sewing room looks now, transformed back into a dining room!

The work we did to de-clutter and neutralise the house seems to have done the trick though as within four days of it going on the market we had two full-price offers.  We've found a house we want to move to .... now we have to wait for the boring legal bit to run it's course and hope everything progresses smoothly :)

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

I Spy Snowball and some news ...

Nearly a month gone by since my last post and another quilt finished.  This one is an I Spy and snowball block for a neighbour's little boy.  It was fun to play with something a little less grown-up!

This will be the last quilt I make in this house as we are moving.  My DH's job is relocating and we have decided to follow.  My sewing room is technically the dining room and needs to be dismantled and packed away in order to market the house to potential buyers.  Sad to pack things away, but exciting to think I might get a bigger space in the new house LOL.  My blog will not be regularly updated whilst all the confusion and stress of moving takes place ... wish me luck :)

I used a combination of straight line quilting (some using a fancy stitch) and freemotion quilting.  I did a rough pre-mark of the letters in chalk before starting to stitch as I often get confused when trying to quilt letters!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Curved Blocks Finished.

Here is the finished quilt.  It was based on a design by Jaybird Quilts called Opposites Attract, although I used Drunkard's Path blocks to create it rather than the raw edge applique called for in the pattern. 

I kept the quilting fairly simple, in the ditch, outline and some figure of 8s between the circles.  I love the bold design this setting of the blocks creates :)