Wednesday, 30 November 2011

I won a prize!

Ok, so it was a random draw and not actually based on my quilting techniques but I still won a prize! I found out on a really horrible day too so as we say up here "it fair cheered me up"
I am avidly following the fortnightly fat quarter stars quilt along from Konda Luckau at Moose on the porch quilts imagine my delight last thursday when I went to her site and found my block appearing there. It was drawn from the flickr group. Can't wait to see my fat quarters arrive, an extra special christmas present.
Here is the block, both sets of points were meant to be the same but for some reason I cut the outer point fabric too small and had none left to recut, i actually think this version works better though, so a happy mistake.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Farmer's wife

I have finaly succumbed to the Farmer's wife quilt along ... the thinking is that the 111 6 inch blocks will take me the next three months to do and so see out my current illness. Well thats the thinking anyway :0) I am trying to use my time to perfect my technique and doing things small has never been a good point of mine so this will really tax me, but hopefully in a good way.
There is a flickr group and a yahoo group set up for this quilt based on the book by Laurie Aaron Hird. I belong to both and they are a fantastic resource of help and inspiration. The book took letters from 1920s farm wifes and built a quilt around them.
I am doing this quilt scrappy, still trying to use up my scraps ... here are a few pictures, I am up to no 17 at the mo, the flickr stream show all of them up to date.
Block 1 attic windows

Block 12 broken sugar bowl

Block 14 butterfly at the crossroads

Monday, 14 November 2011

Project linus quilt

I am so lucky to have a great Project Linus co-ordinator, well I am sure they are all great, its a fantastic organisation. Elizabeth has given me some lovely free fabric and the one i am using in this quilt is no exception, I forgot where it is from so i wont try and put a designer to it but i love the colours.
The pattern is called 'Summer Dreaming' and is from the Moda Bake Shop I love the Moda Bake Shop. All those free patterns, and for charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes, whats not to love. Anyhoo here is one of the blocks, more to come.

Silk quilt - shadow applique block

This is the next block in the silk quilt from Pauline Innesons book - How to make an Heirloom quilt. Great book cannot recommend it enough, fantastic instructions has taught me way more about my machine than I have learned in many classes.
I need to make a second block but that should be ok now i have worked on the first one. I do love this quilt.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Silk quilt

I first encountered Pauline Ineson at the NEC festival of quilts in Birmingham in 2010. What a lovely lady and so willing to share her talent. My friend and I were too eager to buy Paulines book “How to create an Heirloom quilt” we did this as soon as we came home, after that we spent the winter months buying silk, a little each month, plus the other supplies to make the quilt.
I cannot praise this book too highly, her instructions are very detailed, I had wanted to upgrade my sewing machine but now realise I just need to learn how to use the one I have more effectively.
Anyhoo this is the centre block for my quilt, it still needs a bead for the center but oh the fun i had creating it!


Hunters star

I bought this pattern nearly two years ago. I am not a huge fan of paper piecing so what on earth possessed me to buy a pattern which has 48 3.5 inch square blocks is beyond me! but i quite like it now, i think i may really like it. I started it in a vain attempt to start using up some of my scraps.
I have been playing around with the layout, in the original pattern (Lesley Brankin) the quilt graduates from dark to light, I don’t know if that works with the very scrappy choice of fabrics I have made or if I should try to be more random. I am a librarian though, I don’t really do random!

And here is the finished article, I do like it and I think it has converted me to smaller blocks and paper piecing.

Bejewelled quilt

First post! I was trying word press as a blog tool, but perhaps a bit too advanced for my skills, blogger seems a lot more friendly so am transferring across what i had done in word press to here. Hmmm ok, just getting the hang of putting in pictures etc. I obviously need to work on my David Bailey skills! but hey not bad for a beginner. These are some of the blocks I made in a class earlier this year. There is nothing nicer than sitting in a group of women all making something, we each made the same quilt but everyones was so different. Mine was quite wild in comparison with some of the others, I deliberately chose Kaffe Fassett fabric as the background, I wanted to see how it looked with the bright jewel tones of the scrap fabrics. My partner laughs as he thinks this is way too loud but I love it. I will probably have to give it away but thats fine, as long as it finds a good home.

And here is a pic of the finished product, it did get given away think it was to a good home, not sure though, but hey such is life!