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 :)

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Curved Blocks ...

It's been a slow job, but finally the Drunkard's Path blocks are finished.  This is a provisional layout on my design wall, but I may move a few around before the final layout is stitched together.  I like to 'live with' my blocks for a while and try and get a good balance of light/dark and colours across the quilt top.

After 120 curved seams, I feel I am getting much better at piecing them smoothly!  However, there is still an odd one that wants to fight me all the way :)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Adding detail with Zentangle.

Here's a card I made that I would like to enter in the following challenge:  Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Doodles.

Image is an old Lily of the Valley stamp called Jasmine - Chat!  I extended the brickwork and the volume of her hair with a black Micron 01 pen and added Zentangle patterns as detail.  The card was shaped with a Creative Expressions layering template, then dashed and heart detail added with pen. The greeting is from a Lily of the Valley set - Oh so Girlie.  The background paper is a magazine freebie called Totally Tropical by Kate Knight.  Lace and ribbon from stash complete the card.