Thursday, 11 December 2014

Xmas biscuit fun ...

I've been fortunate to make some friends in the Village and join their ladies' social group.  Different activities are undertaken each month and this month we had a go at decorating xmas biscuits.  One of the members had been very busy baking and after a short demo we were let loose with the icing, cutters and various sweeties for decoration.  What a fun time we had and don't the results look wonderful? (They tasted great too!)

A clever idea gleaned from the internet ... see the reindeer face biscuits, they are gingerbread men/snowmen used upside down :)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Opposites Attract progress ...

Firstly, apologies for not being very regular in my blog visiting/commenting over the last few months.  Since we moved our internet access has been restricted and very slow.  We hope things will improve in the spring when the Village gets better links.

Now to an update on my quilty progress ... the blocks are all sewn and the columns assembled.  I need to sew them into two large 'chunks' so I can baste and quilt them.  I haven't decided on the quilting design yet, but it will have to be something that will allow me to quilt this in two sections which are joined later as I can't cope with machine quilting something this big in one go.

I'm linking up to Field Trips in Fiber's Cross the Drunkard's Path Quilt-a-long.  The blocks were made using the Eliza's Back Porch DP templates, following the methods taught by Ann Petersen on her Craftsy course, inspired by Jaybird Quilts' pattern Opposites Attract (which uses applique rather than piecing).

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

New sewing room ...

Well my new sewing area is decorated and starting to be used.  It's been painted all white and has a lovely big design wall opposite the doorway where I've started to arrange some of the Drunkard's Path blocks I have been made.  The design wall is about twice as big as my previous design wall, which is great.  I still need to decide on shelves/storage against the left hand wall and I'll need a bookcase to take all my quilting books, but the room is now useable and I'm enjoying it :)

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.)