Sunday, 19 March 2017

Moroccan quilt

My perfect Christmas was spent in Morocco, what a fabulous holiday we had there. So I was determined to make a quilt to commemorate it.  Well it was added to the 2016 FAL list but had to be rolled over to the 2017 FAL list Q1 I adore Kaffe Fassett so really it was a no brainer to choose a quilt from his Morroccan book. I had a fat quarter bundle of beautiful metallic fabrics which reminded me of Morroccan tiles. So with the decks cleared off I set!
I also had a few fat quarters of Michael Miller arrow flight fabrics, perfect for framing the diamonds.
Oh the bias, all the bias .....
Much fudging, a few wee sweary words and we are all set! Just to quilt and bind .... Think I can get that done for the end of Q4????
Well I didn't get it done for the end of Q4 but I did get it done for the end of Q1 2017!!!!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Little bit of Liberty love

Finish number 2!!! The competition for our Gartmore retreat was a mini quilt with red in it. Hmmmm I really really wanted to use up some Liberty from my visit to the Standfast barracks, I found s stunning red fabric there. I also wanted to try clamshells by hand, I have done them by machine before but wanted to try a little one by hand.  
I still had to hand quilt it, I have tendon issues in my right arm so this takes me a bit long as I have to ration my hand sewing time! But I get there.  Et voila
It didn't win at Gartmore but I love it and had a great time making it and that's the main thing isn't it!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

FAL 2017 Q1 first finish!

I haz a finish!! Woo hoo!   
So what do you give as a wedding present when a paper conservator marries a rare book cataloguer? Well you think about a double wedding ring.
The arcs you do in Janet Clare wordsmith.
You put ardently Austen in the center of the arcs.
For the centers of the rings you use library from Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi
Tha backing is notebook, more texty fun. A little bit of Denyse Schmidt thrown into the mix and we have a table runner. They liked it!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Month in the country BOM

You know that thing when you are ridiculously proud of something and want to show it off?? Yep that!! I am so so in love with this block. I wanted to do Jo Averys block of the month, A month in the country, from today's quilter. I found the perfect fabric, it was quite sad, fair trade fabric was going out of business and had a sale. I bought loads of it, as it's perfect for this project!
The tree fabric I got in a scrap bundle, it was tricky using directional fabric for HSTs but I managed. 
I just adore this!
Here is my variation barn block.
The very first blocks were maple leaves, great for bursts of colour.
The flying geese were surprisingly challenging, but Jo likes to keep us on our toes! Certainly ups your skill level!
Talking of skill levels I should perhaps remember to read the instructions thoroughly!! Ahem ... The template for this should have been enlarged by 200% 😂😂 honestly if I had a brain I would be dangerous!!
I decided just to leave it, as a Jo says it's now part of the story! 
I'm loving this BOM , am now fully caught up, patiently waiting for next Installment.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

FAL2017 Q1

So 2017! Let's go for it! No faffing about straight in with the first finish along list of the year.  I don't often put embroidery, cross stitch on but I really really love the Pretty little city designs from Satsuma Street, so let's get this Pretty Little Italy done, I have many many more to go!
This is a wedding gift , all it needs is bound, no excuse here!
A roll over from last year but it's further on, just needs layered up, quilted etc etc.
Clamshell Liberty, my hand sewing is slooooooooow, let's knock this one off eh?
I'm in a swap for these 4.5 inch economy blocks, I have a bazillion of them, need to make them into something!
Eeeekkkkk! This should be top of list, baby quilt made with patter from Pam and Nicky lintott. Baby due in April, plenty time ...
Hmmmm should be further up list, bee blocks from siblings together quilt bee, need to be made into a quilt!
Eh dear another roll over, but again moved on a bit, just needs etc etc 😊
Yep, another roll over! A mini sew together bag for a chum with these fabrics, no excuse get a move on budsmam!
Right FAL2017, bring it on sunshine! *rolls up sleeves*

Monday, 26 December 2016

Best five of 2016

I love a linky party and love the idea of picking my best five of 2016! No surprise at what is no1. It just has to be the silk quilt, six years in the making. Pattern from Pauline Ineson, How to make an heirloom quilt.  
No. 2 my Kaffe Fassett lone star quilt. The bright colours cheered me up after working on a dull quilt.

No.3 has to be the Sisters 10 from the books, Sisters samplers by Anne Marie Chany. Bold bright and beautiful, I love the symmetry of this.

No.4 has to be my mini quilt for my mini knitted doggie! 12x3 inch embroideries framed by happy 30s fabrics.

No.5 last but certainly not least will be my Christmas cathedral Windows cushion, complete with panda snowmen.

Linking too Best of 2016

Stitch gathering house quilt! Another FAL Q4 finish!

We are storming through the FALQ4 list!! This one went on the FALQ4 list LQ4 list because I really wanted to get it done and sent off to Siblings together. I was delighted when Jo asked me to take away some of the fabulous ticket 'house' blocks made for this years Stitchgathering.   
There was a lot of green in the house blocks so I bought some plain green fabric for sashing. A nice sunny yellow for corner stones and off we go!
Right that it's done and dusted ready to send off to siblings together and ticked off the FALQ4 list!