Sunday, 20 October 2013

New camera!

I have been having camera issues for a while. I had a great little point and shoot, Nikon coolpix, fab wee thing. Husband is majorly into hillwalking and was always borrowing it as it was lighter than his big camera. In the end I just told him to keep it and I would learn how to use the big camera .... There was my first mistake. I am totally pants at photography, I went on courses, and was rubbish, I tried to read and learn from manual, still pants, even signed up for a craftsy course, nope not happening.

So then husband goes on big challenge walk and looses small camera. Cue much soul searching and we decided to sell big camera and buy two small easy to use ones.

SQUEE! I am now the proud owner of easy to use, idiot proof Nikon coolpix, 20 megapixel, my very first one was only 5 megapixel, it was top of the range at the time!

So what to try out my new toy on? Well the fat quarter stars quilt seemed the best thing:

 
 

This was a quilt along from Moose on the porch quilts it's one off the very first quilt alongs I participated in. A lot of fond memories. I wanted to practice my FMQing on this so did it QAYG. I hope I have mastered acceptable stippling and half decent pebbles. I just love the quilt, learned so much on this quilt along.

 

 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

What a difference a year makes

I like Craftsy in particular their free classes. Last year I did their BOM with Amy Gunson she taught a lot of modern techniques, improv, wonky plus more traditional blocks.

All quilt blocks were of the same size which will make for a very traditional layout. I have got as far as putting sashing on, which you can't see in this pic. It may take some time but I want to practise FMQing and do this QAYG:

This years BOM is a very different beast. Laura Nownes is using more traditional techniques but with a less traditional layout. You can't really see from the picture below but all these blocks are fitted together with fillers, flying geese and HSTs. This top is now almost finished, two years and two very different quilts. Thank you craftsy!
 

 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Curvy

It's finally done! My curvy baby is ready to fly the nest to a new home courtesy of project Linus. Take several charm packs then turn them into this:

 

Very slowly and very badly pieced it becomes this:

And now has metamorphosed into ..... Ta dah!

 

I wanted to use up some poor wee orphan blocks in the backing, so they are orphan no more :-)

 

Another backing shot for good measure:

 

So that's it, farewell curvy quilt I have loved and hated making you in good measure, more to do with my lack of patience than anything else.

Last but not least some credit where credit is due, pattern is winding ways from Heather Hasthorpe hers are amazing, the piecing is incredible. Thank you Heather for wonderful pattern (found in fabrications magazine) I will try again and do better next time.

Happy sewing.