Thursday, 30 June 2011

Baby Girl Coin Quilt

Another one off the to do list!  This one has been in the works for ages - it uses the scraps from this quilt.


 The back is an Amy Butler print and a pink and white polka dot print from my stash.


The binding is the same as I used for the previous quilt - I love striped bindings!


I hand quilted this one - the first time I have tried it and I really like the effect with the chunky thread, I am just not sure I would have the patience to quilt a larger quilt by hand.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

I made knickers!

Yes that blog title is correct!

Yes these are my knickers!

It's my birthday soon and yesterday my friend treated me to a knicker making workshop at the fabulous Makery in Bath.


We got to choose our fabrics from a selection and the fabric pieces were then cut for us.  We added lace trims and in just about 3 hours I managed to sew these up.  This is the first time I have made anything to wear and sewing with elastic was definitely a challenge.


I really enjoyed making these and it was lovely to have something to show at the end of the evening.  Unfortunately we don't get the patterns as instead they advised us to cut and trace a comfy pair we already own.  My friend who sews clothes is going to have a go at making a pattern so there may be more of these in my future. 


Monday, 27 June 2011

Bee Blocks Round Up

Today was the first day of my sewing and blogging week so I caught up on my Bee Blocks for Fresh Modern Bee 2 finally.

For May Lisa who blogs at Shiners View sent fabrics and inspired by her trip to Amsterdam asked for blocks based on whirlys or pinwheels.


I made 2 blocks one whirly and one pinwheel by stripping together some of the darker fabrics, pairing them with a neutral solid and then framing them in a pale yellow.


June is  Lil's month and she sent mostly neutral fabrics and a few colours and requested blocks in a liberated log cabin style.


I didn't feel like my first block was particularly liberated and preferred the next one:

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Liebster Award

A long time ago the lovely ladies at Nellie's Niceties awarded me the Liebster Blog Award.


The award (rumoured to have stared in Germany) is a way of getting less well known blogs know. By accepting you link back to the blog who nominated you and pay it forward to 3-5 other new blogs.

So why the delay?  I was nominated whilst I was on holidays in Canada in March and intended to do my post when I got back.  Life got busy, I haven't blogged in a while due to work and I forgot about it.  I am on leave for a week now and am dusting off the sewing machine and laptop and am planning a week of sewing and  blogging.  In my draft posts folder I found this so if it's not too late I accept!

I was nominated my mother and daughter team Nellie's Niceties who I am in Fresh Modern Bee 2 with.  Check out their lovely blog with recent posts including a sofa cushion (literally), a yummy Sherbert Pips Quilt and this lovely Nicey Jane Quilt.

So on to my nominations.  Today I have also been discovering the small blog network over on Flick group Brit Quilt so I have decided to check out the blogs on there and choose my nominations from those so without further ado:

I have actually been following this blog for some time and am in awe of the fabulous sunshine quilt, wonderful wedding preparations and all that she manages to get done on the never ending list for 2011 (all with 2 small children).  So time to stop lurking and start commenting!

I just discovered this blog today over on Brit Quilt and am loving everything on it especially this, this and this.

Again another blog found today on Brit Quilt.  I love these gorgeous pin cushions, and am so jealous of her Singer machine.

Happy Blog Surfing!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Granny's Quilt

Delilah by Tanya Whelan
My Granny has been saying for the last year that she loves the quilts I have made and would love one but she just wouldn't get the use or "wear" out of it!  She turns 80 soon so I decided that I wanted to make her one for her birthday.  I love Tanya Whelan fabrics and have been trying to think of an excuse to buy some of her newer range - Delilah.  I thought it would be the perfect range for my Granny as its got lots of lovely flowers in pinks and greens but is still fresh and modern.

What attracted me to quilting is all the fabulous fabric and I really wanted to choose a design that showcases all the gorgeous fabrics in this range and wouldn't take too long to make as it would need to be double bed sized and my time limit was tight (as usual!).  This is my inspiration mosaic:

1. wonderland baby quilt, 2. Summer Blooms Quilt, 3. postcards from the park quilt, 4. Mia's Quilt, 5. oddysea bricks quilt (1), 6. New Image23, 7. birthday quilt, front, 8. Color Brick Quilt Front, 9. Hushabye Quilt

Created with fd's Flickr Toys
 

I decided to base it on The Road Trip Quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew

Quilt top

Monday, 6 June 2011

Taking Stock

No I am not taking stock of my fabric - that would be far too scary of a task.  No I am taking stock of my WIPs now that I finally have some time to work on them.  So here they are:

1Baby Girl Coin Quilt - needs ironing (a lot),  backing, basting, quilting, binding is almost finished hurrah!  This was my first attempt at hand quilting and I like the look.


2. Sampler Quilt - finished hurrah!


being replaced with . . . . . ..
Delilah by Tanya Whelan

3. Wild Oddyysea - this one is all cut out and I am starting to piece the blocks. 



4. Red & Aqua Little Windows


5. Nine Patch - only 4 new ones added since my last post


6. Tilda Hexagons - which I will be working on until I am at least 83 80 and a half! (I basted lots of these on holiday so need to sew them together).



7. Tilda Red Quilt - lots of squares cut and waiting to be paired with squares of Kona Bone which are yet to be cut.



Well 4, 5 & 6 are ongoing projects with no specific end date but with the others I am determined to finish one  before starting another new quilt.  I am so pleased to be able to replace number 2 with something new (post coming soon) and I really need to spend 1 hour finishing number 1 so I can add another WIP!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

It's been too long . . .

Bricks Block for Leila for April Fresh Modern Bee 2

I have really missed sewing.

I have 1,245 posts in my Google Reader, lots of pictures to look at on Flickr, lots of Pins to stick on Pinterest, a trip to the Festival of Quilts to sort out. Oh and a quilt I need to finish for my Granny's 80th on 12 June hmmm better get going!