Wednesday, 28 October 2009

My first quilt top

Now I just have to baste, quilt and bind it . . . . . . !

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

More fabric . . .

These fat quarters are going to be added to my

baby blue and white polka dot fabric and will

eventually be a baby play mat.

These are hopefully going to be a bag, the pattern for which I found in Emma Hardy's book Quilting in No Time.
The spots are a Kaffe Fassett print and the other two are Amy Butler.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Layout for 1st Quilt

This is my proposed layout for my first quilt. I have sewed all the blocks together but now I need to cut all the white sashing and sew it all together. . . . .

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Tilda Project

Earlier this week I blogged about the new additions to my Tilda stash. Well here is the picture of what all these projects are eventually (!) going to be . . . .

Lots and lots and lots of hexagons joined together in a more modern Grandmother's Flower Garden. They are done by hand using paper piecing. This is how I originally learnt to do patchwork when I was about 12! All the centres will be made from the same red fabric pictured and the petals will be 4/5 different red and blue coloured fabrics. The path is white with tiny pale pink dots. I think I need about 100 flowers to even consider a quilt. 20 down, 80 to go . . . .

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Tilda Stash

I love Tilda fabric but a lot of shops don't seem to stock it. My local quilting shop does however and on Saturday I added these 2 fabrics to my Tilda stash. I've got one of their lovely books which I flick through a lot but haven't actually made anything from yet.

And this is my Tilda stash, I really love the prints and all the blues and reds. These are all for a particular project which I am doing my hand. Crazy I know, details tomorrow!

Sunday, 18 October 2009

More fabric . . .

As promised the rest of the details of my Stash Shopping Extravaganza yesterday.

These are my dotty fabrics. I love dots! The baby pink and baby blue ones come from a local fabric shop. They don't really specialise in quilting fabrics and don't stock the big name. But they do have a good selection of bolts and they are cheaper than the local specialist shop. They are both 100% cotton so I am hoping they will work fine with the rest of my fabrics. I am adding them to my stash as I want to try some baby quilts before the end of the year.

The green & pink dotty fabric is a Kaffe Fassett print that I bought from my new shopping discovery: Millie Moon. Its about 10 miles away but is an amazing shop, they do all the modern fabrics that I love as well as stocking lots of fabricy bits & bobs, books and lovely handmade gifts.
But best of all they run classes that are in the evenings. I got the last place on a 6 week course starting in January and am very excited about it! They are also running a 1 day Christmas Crafting class that I may sign up for too.

I got a pack of thes gorgeous coloured FQs on sale too. I am trying to be braver and go for bigger bolder prints.

I will show some pictures of my Tilda purchases when I blog about my Tilda project later this week.

Oops I bought some fabric!

I went on a little fabric shopping spree and I think I officially now have a stash!

From my favourite local Patchwork & Quilting shop I got 3 lovely charm packs, 1 Authentic and 2 Panache by Sanae. I also got 2 sets of samples from the Moda Fresh Air range which have 6-8 pieces of fabric on each one. No plans as yet for what these will all be used for but the Fresh Air and Panache colours actually go quite well together. I thought it would be nice to have some charm packs to do some simple square quilts from so that I can practice lining up my seams and straight line quilting (gulp!!)

I also got this pack of 4 FQ in lovel pinks and oranges, not my usual colours but they reminded me of an Indian summer. I have an idea in my head for these ones but need to gather some more fabrics and do some more practice before I cut into these.

And lastly from there, I got this random selection of fabrics. They had a sale in aid of charity from an elderly customer of the shop
who had recently died. Her family had donated her stash to be sold with all proceeds to go to charity. It was Day 3 of the sale and there were 6 long tables of fabric still left so I can't imagine how much there was to begin with. I really like the black & white swirly fabric and am possibly thinking of putting it with the authentic charm pack???

I also asked about their patchwork classes but unfortunately a lot are during the week. I did put my name down for a Saturday "strips and squares" class next month but so far there are only 2 of us so it probably won't run :-(

Pictures of what I purchased from the other 2 shops to follow!!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Fabric for first quilt

This is the fabric for my first quilt. It is a Moda Layercake called Basic Grey Sultry that my Mum bought me. My plan is to cut each square into 4 5" x 5" squares, mix them all up and sew them into blocks of 4 squares. I will then put white sashing between them all. I thought 4 square blocks would be easier for me to practice matching up my seams to begin with as my practice 9 patch square blocks didn't go very well!

Sunday, 11 October 2009


These were my first attempt at quilting. I made 4 of these as a present for my sister. They were made from 2 different types of red and white fabric (the spotty one came from trousers I had as a child!!). The quilting isn't great but they were easy to make and good to practice on.

The idea came from a book called "Quilting in no time".