Sunday, 29 August 2010

Sunday Stash (The Festival of Quilts edition)

Hmmm Make Life - an entire Fat Quarter stack, yummy, yummy.  I have drooled over this for ages and had considered ordering one from the US before finding this at the quilt show.

This is my bargain of the show.  I love Wonderland but got into it a little too late and can't find it much anymore.  I spied the 2 yards at the back of the photo and as I was buying it the lady said "these FQ bundles are half price now".  I glanced at them expecting the usual not very popular colours or ranges and spied the 8 fabrics at the front all in a bundle for £10!  

A bundle of baby boy blues and browns (just because)

Anna Griffin Lizzy (I bought this as part of a kit so I have a plan for it). 

Amy Butler Love Fat Quarters (I had to buy something - I met her and she signed my book . . . . )

It does look rather a lot all stacked up together . . . .

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Bee Blocks (finally!)

Fresh Modern Bee 2 on Flickr is my first ever Bee.  I started really well for June but slipped behind.  I finished my blocks last week but having lost my camera/computer connector thing, eventually had to buy another one today.  

Susan aka Chickenfoot sent these beautiful fabrics and requested wonky square in square blocks. 

I have never done wonky before and loved making these.  No pressure to get seams matching!

This was my first block which isn't quite as wonky and then I used the scraps to make the block below (which needs another square added to it to make it the right size).


I also decided for this Bee that I would use my pink scraps each month to make the same block for myself (with a tiny scrap of that month's fabric too).  At the end of the year as well as my own Bee quilt hopefully I will have a sampler of sorts with a block from each of the months.  June and July's blocks are below.

I am also in a second bee which uses the quilt as you go method -  Bee Quilted.  This Bee runs from the 15th to the 15th so I'm not quite as late with these ones!  The first month was Tracy who sent fabrics all in a different colour way to each person and asked for pinwheels.

I made 2 mini pin wheels and framed them.  I opted for simple straight line quilting.  I love this type of close quilting but don't think I would have the energy to do it for an entire quilt.

I made the scraps into a second block but didn't quilt this one.

I'm off to work on this month's blocks now!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Festival of Quilts - Birmingham

I am back from my first ever trip to the Festival of Quilts at the Birmingham NEC.  WOW - it was amazing, I found it overwhelming at first.  Expect a few posts about it but for now just some sneak pictures.  (And if my husband is reading, these bags do not contain far too much fabric that I bought!)  For the rest of you pictures of said loot to come!

This is the Amy Butler part of the Rowan stand - I met her, she was lovely and signed a copy of her new book for me.

There were lots of amazing quilts entered in the competition - this one really caught my eye - its Avocado and Pink Rosalind Gregory & Joan Herrington and is called Where have all my shirts gone? and is made from recycled men's shirts.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Sunday Stash

I won a giveaway on Jen's blog Little Scraps of Happiness a few weeks ago and this lovely package arrived last week.  This was the first time I have won anything!  I love pink in quilts and am going to put some of these into a quilt I want to make for my neice.  Thanks Jen!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Authentic Quilt finished

I finished the Authentic Quilt top just in time for my trip back home for my brother's 30th birthday.

It's all Authentic Moda Fabrics and I used the tutorial from Dana at Old Red Barn Co.

I quilted it in black thread in straight line (or not so straight line) quilting.  It's the first quilt this size that I have finished so I am really pleased to finish it.

The back is the number print I used in the front with left over strips edged in green and sewn in the middle.