Monday, 28 November 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Am sitting having a nice glass of chilled white after another busy Day Workshop. Today was the Sailrigger's Bag - it's a brilliant bag, but quite a challenge and all the ladies who signed up for it were given some advance prep to do before the day, mainly pre- quilting some fabric.
I first saw this bag several years ago, in Florida and purchasede the pattern. I was delighted to see it was copyright free and have in fact re-worked the instructions quite thoroughly.
It is basically two bags in one and both the outer and inner bag has 6 pockets so it lends itself to many uses.
Most ladies left today with just the magnetic clasp to pop in and the final binding around the top to do. Great job girls, you all did so well.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Nellie's Niceties pop over and see what she got in the swap.
Reene organised this 2nd round of the Brit Swap and from the moment she started posting her wip pics on flickr I had very strong feelings that this cushion was going to be mine. My "request" was for something to live in my sewing room which has a sort of Americana theme going on, so I said I like red, blue & cream. Perfect interpretation. I love stars, paper piecing and wow, is this a complex pp project.
Monday, 21 November 2011
My first quilt took a bit of effort and was done without a walking foot so I seem to recall my reluctance to jump in and make another right away. So there was a lot of small stuff........my friend Sheilagh had heaps of quilting books and was generous in her lending of them. I was captivated by Thimbleberries and loved this style for many years....I made my first wallhanging from this book:-
My output seemed to increase in 2000 and I have just realised why - in January 2000 I left my job with the local Council (woohoo) after 10yrs and with husband working overseas, and kids at school, I had time on my hands..............
As well as being a Thimbleberries fan, I also loved all things Debbie Mumm - I feel almost embarassed admitting this, almost as bad as admitting to being a staunch Monkees fan when I was 14. (Mickey Dolenz was my favourite)
....so in April 2000 I made my friend Delia, this, from a DM book - (still no walking foot)
In the summer of 2000 I purchased a walking foot, got a hold of "Quilt It" by Barbara Chainey and there was no holding me -
I started with a cushion -
I made a small quilt - it was an Irish chain pattern using bright colours on black and fussy cut themed fabric called "Gardening Gals". I remember in those days I wanted to try out everything, but especially fmq - bright coloured thread on black, I don't think I have the nerve to do that now.
..........meanwhile, I had made a start on favourite son's quilt but more of that next week.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Hope you are all having a great Sunday.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Robert Kaufman and discovered that each box holds 100 fat quarters - so with my epic maths abilities I have worked out that someone, and it could be you, but I hope it's me, will win 200 fat 1/4s..be still my beating heart.
Meanwhile, to matters more mundane........I spent a bit of time re-organising my hexies this week. I have been happily making and adding in different fabrics to this project with just a vague nod to my colour plan. At first I wanted lots of greys for a cool, grown-up look but I found it a bit dull. I have used purples and pinks and some novelties and believe me, I was beginning to worry that I have created a total hotch potch. So I have grouped my hexies in sort of colour blobs....I have only 11 more to make and can make them to order now, shifting and sorting before the final big sew. I intend making a heap of half hexies to fill in the sides as I don't want to trim back what I have already made....I am thinking white all the way around....so far I think I am on schedule altho I fear the joining will take forever............
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Old Red Barn Company , one of Amy's sponsors for the festival - this appears to be a company specialising in hand-made soaps and scrubs so I should be smelling rather luscious for some time to come..............
Back in April I posted pics of the Open Night for my classes - I do this every year to exhibit all the lovely work completed by ladies who attend my classes and workshops. I featured Margaret's wallhanging - this was her interpretation of the class project, Cabin in the Woods, and was stunnimg. That was not just my opinion, it won the Viewer's Choice on the evening.
Well, the months have rolled by and finally Margaret has discovered by digging thro a tricky website, that her quilt was short-listed. If you go here, you will see the winner, and the short listed pieces, and I am sure you will agree her quilt stands proudly amongst the others, I am so pleased that she entered, she is a very talented quilter.
Monday, 14 November 2011
My talk always travels chronologically through my quilts so I thought I'd do just that, here in my blog , for anyone who is interested, and if not, then as a personal record.
I seem to have always sewn, I remember my mum making curtains and stuff like nighties and a red riding hood cloak for me, and there was always a sewing machine around........ so I made clothes thro my teens and into my twenties.
As a young mum I got into making soft toys and churned out many teddies and Care Bears (remember them?)
By the time we moved back up to Scotland in 1990 I had moved on to cross stitch and anyone who was getting married, giving birth or celebrating some event, were prime targets for my samplers. My friends and I would meet on Thursday evenings (still do) and cross stitch or do tapestry, chat about our kids and generally put the World to rights. Then in 1998 we had a new member join our sewing bee - another Sheilagh, (always wanted to spell my name that way!!). The first time she had us all to her place we saw these rather interesting wall hangings and - quilts - and that was the start of it.Sheilagh showed us a few things, I joined a local quilt group and I embarked upon my first quilt - it was 1998.
I loathe polyester wadding, the bouncy stuff, so mail ordered what the shop described as "needlepunch", quite flat, but still polyester. I had no walking foot............it could so easily have been my first and last quilt.
It lived on favourite daughter's bed until she left home and has been on our own bed these last few months, until yesterday actually, when the big guns had to come out...it's getting chilly at night now.
So, despite all its faults, it's special - and that goes for all of your first attempts and subsequent quilts - you put a little of yourself into all of them.
Saturday, 12 November 2011
I have now completed the top so no doubt it'll lie about for weeks waiting for me to quilt it...
I loved the 1001 Peeps fabric as soon as I first saw it and bought some in purple but then fell for the Dusk palette. I took inspiration from this quilt on the Andover site that was designed for a previous Lizzy House design - Castle Peeps.
and Peeps 2..........
Watch this space for the boy quilt - to follow......
Monday, 7 November 2011
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
The next part in Lynne's Christmas gifts for quilter's is over at Lily's Quilts - there is also a chance to win some yummy fabric courtesy of Backstitch.
Why don't you hop over and take a look.......
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I came in last night to find my scrappy goodie package from Fay in New Zealand! This was a quite simple swap involving some scrap fabric and a small goodie to be made from scraps. It was low key, and great fun, thanks to Kat for organising this one.
And by chance, my scrappy make was received yesterday, by my partner in Melbourne, so that's that one all done and duste