Sunday, 31 January 2010

Sunday's Sewing

Bag for my friend's birthday present - made out of Amy Butler fabrics from "Quilting in No Time" by Emma Hardy.  And this really is the last one of these I am going to make for a while!

Borders for my sewing class quilt - the teacher picked out the green, it looks a little bright to me at the moment but I am sure it will grow on me when I add the rest.

I got a walking foot for my machine and I can't believe how much easier it makes quilting.  I still have to work out how I can mark my quilt as the masking tape didn't work.  For this one I just eyeballed it and hoped for the best.  It's a practice one anyway - it's going to be a doll quilt for my neice.

Little Windows

I really enjoyed my class yesterday with Jan at Country Threads in Bath - I was quite slow but these are the blocks I got made.  It was much smaller piecing than I am used to with the smallest piece being 1.5" x 2.5"!

I haven't decided whether I will keep each set of 4 together like this or mix it up a bit more.  I think I will wait until I have all the blocks made before deciding.

The scissors are my favourite!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Baby Boy Play Mat

I finished the top for this Baby Boy Play Mat.  The pattern again came from "Quilting in No Time" by Emma Hardy.  The only problem I had was the book allows for a 1/2 inch seam allowance whereas I (and my 1/4 inch sewing machine foot) are used to 1/4 inch seams!

The "Fabric Diet" is going well too - another 2lbs lost which equals £20 to spend on stash!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

9 Patch a Day

I think I have mentionned before that it was AmandaJean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts that first inspired me to start patchwork and quilting.  She had an idea for a Nine Patch Quilt Along.  Basically the idea was that you made one 9 patch a day and after 90 days you had enough to make into a quilt.  Now I know I am way behind, Amanda Jean has run 2 of these and has since stopped blogging (sob).  But I really liked the idea of doing one a day (though with me it may be a couple every few days) and I also like the idea of using up scraps as already I am starting to build up a collection.  The top 4 are ones I made out of fabric I don't like very much just to practice the block.  I am not sure if I will use them in the actual quilt yet, I think I will see how I go.

The next 3 are my more recent ones made from scraps from the 3 bags I made before Christmas.  Can you tell I like spots?!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Sultry Garden - Finished

This is my first quilt and I love it so much.  I know its not perfect (in fact its a long way from it) but I love so much that I made it all from scratch.

And this is it in its new hope as a throw on the sofa in our spare room / my sewing room:

Monday, 11 January 2010

Sunday's Sewing

As you can see from the photo below there is still snow here.  I didn't leave the house but it meant that I had a really fun and productive weekend's sewing.  I finished the borders on the Baby Girl Coin Quilt.  The coins that look solid brown and solid green aren't as solid in "real life", they have some texture in them.  I am going to use the same stripey binding that I bought for my other quilt

I really like this quilt - I don't know if I will be able to bring myself to give it away!  I am going to hold off on quilting it at the moment, partly because I have ordered a walking foot for my machine, partly because I don't know what way to quilt it and partly because I need to practice quilting a little more before I let myself loose on this one.

I also used the left over squares from the Sultry Layercake to make this doll quilt for my neice, it was supposed to be part of her Christmas present but I ran out of time so its going to be an Easter gift.  I thought it would be a good way of practicing matching up seams and I am really pleased with how it turned out.

I also finished the binding on my Sultry Garden quilt - pictures tomorrow.