Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Opposites Attract Quilting ...

As promised, here's a look at the quilting I'm doing on my Opposites Attract quilt.  I've split it into two halves to make it manageable and I've just finished the interior quilting on the first half.  I've done some of the circles with a feathered wreath, then filled in with random 'organic' straight lines.  At various places I've thrown in a change of direction, as seen in Angela Walters' new book "Shape by Shape".  I wanted this additional interest because the back is a plain cream flannel and it shows the quilting big time!!  There have been so many ends to darn in with this combination of patterns, but I'm pleased with the effect so far :)

Monday, 5 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all.  Hope you had a great holiday time filled with lots of love and crafty things.  Mine was quiet, but very pleasant, leaving lots of time to get busy with the DIY and decorating!!  Look what DH made me - a great bookcase to house all my quilting books and folders in my sewing room.  Some of these books have been boxed in storage for six months due to the house move, so it was lovely to be reunited with them.

I have started on the quilting of the red/cream Opposites Attract, but I haven't got very far yet, so I'll leave details of that for another day :)

Monday, 22 December 2014

Baby Quilt Finished.

I used the Pajama Quilter's design Wonky Feathers as an all-over design on this quilt.  It was good to get back into the rhythm of machine quilting after a few months' break. 

Finding a binding fabric in my stash to co-ordinate was a challenge, nothing seemed to look right.  Eventually I found a FQ of this stripe and it seems to do the trick.  This is the first quilt I have finished in my new sewing room.

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all :)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Baby quilt ...

I've found a patchwork and quilting group that meets locally once a month for a 'sit and sew'.  I went to my first meeting this month and they issued a challenge fabric to be incorporated into a project by next xmas.  However, when I came across some novelty bunny fabric in my stash I decided to get a head-start and utilise the pink challenge fabric in a baby quilt.  It will also be a chance for me to get back into the 'swing' of free-motion quilting before I start on my Opposites Attract quilt - the house move has meant I haven't quilted anything for six months :)

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 :)