Sunday, 27 May 2012

Unpicking a flower head

I love the hello sun BOM from April Mae, although using fusible appliqué is not really anywhere hear my comfort zone I managed to do the first four blocks quite successfully.
Mays block however was a bit of a disaster, transferred the design the wrong way round and the flower not only ends up with its head on upside down but facing away from the sun.
I did think I could live with it but nuh huh, so am going to spend today seeing how little I can get away with unpicking, here is the before shot.





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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Finished table runners

Here is a pic of the finished table runner before it headed off to the rural to be given away as a prize.



And the full length version



I love it but won't work with silk again, my Hoover doesn't like it!

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Monday, 21 May 2012

Block of the month thingys

I am a sucker for a block of the month quilt along. It really all started when I was undergoing chemotherapy last year. I needed something to keep me occupied and take my mind off things. I loved the flickr groups as well, so supportive, I can't tell you how much it meant to get an email saying someone had commented on your block, especially if you were awake at two in the morning with steroid induced insomnia!
One BOM I started and which is still ongoing is the Bloggers BOM from Canton Village Quilt works they are nice small blocks 8.5 inches square. Here are some of mine.







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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

I hit delete by mistake ...

Oh dear, lesson learned, never get slap happy with the delete button. Anyhow here is a shortened version of the post I deleted.
In and out quilt, from a pattern by Lisa Dinkelman from Seattle Quilt company in Aberdeen. Made during a fab weekend with chums!
First you choose the brightest Art Deco fabric and cut, and cut and cut,











Then you sew sashing to top and bottom of rectangles and layout according to pattern diagram, ignore sun newspaper ... It's not mine, friend gets it for the telly listings!



Sew rows together, it comes up really quickly, main thing is to remember block placement, very important for overall look. You eventually end up with this:



Extreme close up!



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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Table runners and falling out of love with silk

I have a passion for table runners, well for making them, not so fussed about having them in the house. Too much trouble to keep clean.
I also love silk, the look and feel of it, but working with it? Well that I can do without. It just frays sooooo much and husband who does the hoovering is getting fed up as it just won't budge from the floor. So i have imposed a restriction on me buying any more. The heirloom silk quilt should be ok as most of it is fused or interfaced but those irresistible little charm packs at the festival of quilts are no go from now on.
So these are my last silk items, two table runners made from the silk packs I bought last year at Festival of Quilts.




This is the middle part of the braid table runner for my niece, she has these lovely colours in her dining room.




First small border is added, I didn't get a chance to get a final picture of it.



Almost finished the second table runner, just got outer border to add.
Watch this space!

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