Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Flickr

I love Flickr I do :-), every time I hear one of the social media types I follow on twitter say that Flickr is on it's way out I whimper.
I've been hearing that for 2 years now, I won't get complacent but I think there is plenty life in the old girl yet.
If nothing else the quilting community will keep it going. Is there any other platform out there so perfect for online community events? Knitters have Ravelry which looks amazing but where is the equivalent for quilters? There is thread bias which I have dabbled in, it looks good but doesn't work fantastically with the iPad, also I don't feel it's got the momentum yet. Ok I should perhaps help give it the momentum but honestly it just hasn't grabbed me enough. I will give it another go though, promise :-)
Flickr though, to be honest thats the real reason I have joined so many quilt alongs. Flickr stores all my quilt images, from the initial fabric pick through individual blocks right up to the finished item. I can arrange them in sets, add to groups, pull different quilts together using tags, all in all a librarians dream.
The best thing about Flickr? Well for me it's the community aspect. The recent pile o fabric skill builder BOM already has hundreds of participants, I put up a pic of my fabric choices (bit wild) and already have had six comments.
When I had chemotherapy last year I spent a lot of time in isolation, the Internet & Flickr in particular was a lifesaver, seeing those notifications pop up that someone had commented on my pictures was a god send a link to the real world. I am stuck in bed just now, merely with the lurgy but am reminded yet again why I love Flickr.
And my fabric choices? Well here you go since you asked :-)


Fabric choices for pile of fabric BOM

Monday, 21 January 2013

Off to good homes

Well it's been a funny old start to the year. Totally over committing again but if I haven't overcome that character trait by the ripe old age of 49 then I never will.
I finished the baby quilt, really pleased with it.


Hedgehog, bunny & bear baby quilt
So pleased that here's a close up.


Hedgehog bunny &bear quilt close up
I've given away quite a few quilts, this being one of the latest. It was from the sew happy geek quilt along from last year.


Sew happy geek quilt along 2012
I love it when a quilt goes to a nice home.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Finishes and starts

I was all full of good resolutions, I was going to be strict, focused, nerves of steel etc. Didnt last long! I have made 3 quilt tops, started one new quilt, signed up to 2 quilt alongs and still not got anywhere near silk quilt. Never mind ....
This was one finish, a quilt for a good friend on twitter, not my colours but I was still pleased with it.




I have one chum who has had a baby girl recently so I decided to cut into my il etais une fois fabric which I bought in Birmingham festival of quilts last year.








Why after a two day photography course are my photos so rubbish *sigh*
My feet will be clear, one day the decks will be clear.