Wednesday, 20 August 2014
New phone, which hopefully means more photos and posts - maybe. Latest quilt on the frame, have practising swirls and there is a big improvement. I am really out of practise and after a visit to the Festival of Quilts the other week, I am all inspired again - just before we go on holiday!
Sunday, 1 June 2014
About a month ago, no probably nearly two months ago we had the pleasure of hosting Martha and The New English Quilt Frame at work- we had a great time. Lots of people came by to see us, old friends and new. Lots of interest in the frames too. I took mine in as well so that we had two frames on the go for people to try. Whilst it was in, Martha recognised a small problem with my tracks. Now, to be honest I thought it was just me and never really thought about it much, just worked around it as you do, so it was nice to know it wasn't me!!
Anyway, Martha took my old tracks and replaced them with some nice shiny new ones. This is the first quilt on them. They are taking a bit of getting used to, they have a completely different feel to my old ones. I have now finished this quilt that you can see loaded on, and I think that I am getting used to them. I have struggled to get this one finished and mainly because it seems the wrong season to be doing it. This is a jelly roll quilt from ages ago (common theme with my quilts) and is very autumnal and I decided to quilt leaves all over it, which suits it perfectly. But I am crying out for sun and warm and summer and this just doesn't do it for me at the minute.
I have used a lovely muted variegated So Fine thread in browns, really nice. But because I didn't have bobbins in that colour I decided to wind my own - tedious!!!! Pre-wound bobbins are definitely the way ahead in my book. Like I said I have finished this quilt and I am about to take it off the frame - that wonderful moment where you see whether it has actually worked or not. Will let you know.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
I had the great fortune to teach over at Little Woollie at the weekend. This new little shop is in Bromley, Kent. Well, I say new, but they have been open since October time last year. Have a look at what a great space this is:
That's Trudy there in the centre, who owns the shop. As you can see she is surrounded by all of her lovely crochet - they offer classes in that as well - just saying. Some of my hand pieced blocks are hanging above her on the washing line - really must those back and finish them off one day. And this is the wool choice:
Doesn't it look lovely? All that colour.
I was teaching a quilting class and had seven lovely ladies all keen on how to finish their quilt tops. We start with hand quilting in the morning and then quickly move onto the machines in the afternoon - that's what a lot of people want to learn - the free motion quilting. Although for the first time in a long time I had one lady who, although she had a go at the machine work, decided that by the end of the day that really, she was quite happy sticking with the hand quilting. I love hand quilting, but as with most people it is finding the time to do it. So when I got back I suddenly felt the urge to do some hand quilting. I will show the results soon, but boy oh boy am I out of practise - my hand hurts now!
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Still raining here, don't know about you.
My new love - straight line stitching - love this! And the best thing is - it's simple, no major worries but maybe a bit boring to do.
These are from a table runner that I finished off - only had it made for about three years, but still it is finished now.
Had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, worked a bit but then had a nice family day on Sunday and then some nice quality time with my daughter. She has been messing with the family camera - she comes up with some lovely and interesting shots:
This from my wedding anniversary flowers - 22 years and still got the heat! Or so my husband reckons...
And then this....
Friday, 25 April 2014
This weather is awful. Rain, rain and more rain!
Are these too big now? You want your pictures to make an impact but I wonder if this size is too in your face! We have been doing a bit of scrap management in some of my clubs at work - the red pattern in particular. These all came out of my scrap bins - it barely made a dent in them which was very worrying really. These are destined to be cushions I think. See the extra white strip at the top and bottom of the green one? That's what comes of trimming a block up before you measure it and realised you have trimmed off too much - I am getting really good at doing things like that.
Love the red one, although had a few issues as it was unpicked at one point, and now as you might be able to see from the photo, we have a few stretch issues due to the bias. Talking of bias, I am doing a Lone Star class that has the potential to be a nightmare with all those bias edges - should be fun.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
I got some new fabric:
This lovely pile came from Gooba Designs on Etsy and they are LOVELY! I can't decide what to make with them though. I can see a shirt or two in some of them though. I just got fat eights to see what they were like, but I really like them and now want to order more!
I also made myself something!!! I know - for myself! I have only wanted to do this for about 6 months. My pegs were in a horrible plastic box thing and someone (!) kept leaving them out in the rain so all the pegs had gone rusty. This fabric came in at work and just flew off the shelves; luckily I managed to bag myself some before then. And so a peg bag was born:
And look - I also treated myself to some new pegs:
It has been used and has also been taken into work to be shown off - now everyone is making peg bags, it's great. Guess what you are all getting for Christmas family???
Thursday, 10 April 2014
OK, let's give it another go shall we?
This is our new kitchen. Taken on a lovely sunny day. We are so pleased with it - it's not finished yet, but hey we have waited 20 odd years for this, a few more months won't matter that much. This is the far end, the other end is a bit darker, but then we knew it would be. I can't show that end as I didn't tidy that one. We still can't bring ourselves to put any pictures up yet!