Saturday, 1 August 2015

cats, hexies and flimsies

I have not managed to complete anything these past few weeks,  seem to have too many projects on the go at once,  I am sure most of you have the same problem!

The cat wall hanging is progressing   4 new blocks stitched,

I have used a different perle thread for each block,  some have worked better than others, hoping when completed it will be okay otherwise I will restitch some of them,  3 more to go and then the patchwork blocks to make sashing and borders to do   followed by the dreaded quilting!

I have also done the july hexie for the BOM
sorry not too good a photo,  thought I had taken one with the camera but can`t find it,  this is on the tablet and still learning with that but can at least email ti to myself to download to the blog   must be learning something.

I took part in the littlebunnyquilts blog row by row quilt,  I did not do it till this week,  prefer to collect the BOM posts and save till I have them all,  not sure about it,  the sashing and borders should be done in the background fabric which is a white on white but of course did not read the instructions fully when cutting out the blocks. They were all cut out together but the sashing and borders should have been cut first,  serves me right not enough fabric as you had to cut 2 76" lengths. I had to buy more and the shop had sold out so got a new roll but it is a different white to the first,  not to worry we decided on the bright pink instead, I think it works okay. It measures 54" x 76". The colours are brighter than they look here, think the second row is too wishy washy and noticed a mistake in it, not sure if I will correct it will decide later when I get around to quilting it.

Now here is the steps to the altar   also on a flimsy stage . It measures 56" x 70". I am not planning on a border   to be honest not planning to do anything with it for now,   dread layering it up and quilting it.  When I was doing embroidery I would complete each project before starting anything new   how times have changed.

I also did the scrap vortex quilt with crazymoms blog,  what a great way to use up scraps   now I need more. This is made up by adding scraps to. scraps until I got a block about 12.5", it measures 60" square   I loved doing this and can see me cutting fabric into scraps to do more

Off to Birmingham on friday for 2 days for the Festival of Quilts. Was not planning to go this year but had a change of heart,  wish I could have gone for the 4 days but too pricey,  no plans to buy any fabric but would like to get the loc bloc rulers,  HST and flying goose which also works on square in a square,  aparently it is much quicker using them and I do not enjoy trimming HST blocks I always cut mine a little bigger to allow for errors! .Last year I left it till the last day and they had sold out.  Hopefully we will soon have a supplier in this country that sells them rather than waiting till they come over form USA for the show.

I have 2 more sets of blocks waiting to be joined into 2 quilts,  one a square in a square project and the other a disappearing nine patch with a pinwheel in one corner of each block

Thursday, 2 July 2015

mug mats and assorted projects

We are having a mini heat wave here at the moment,   how I love the sun,  sitting out in it is my idea of bliss.  Fortunately I do not burn   having inherited my father`s Aussie genes,  mind you I would not want to work in this heat.  We have had 2 beautiful days and today seems glorious too,  thunderstorms are predicted for later today.  Helen and I are off to Roundhay Park for lunch and we will sit by the lake afterwards and feed the ducks with defrosted peas,  that is what they say we should use these days and no bread.   Have just spoken to Helen and change of plans,  we will go earlier and feed the ducks in the morning in case we have a storm,  suits me better I can come home and watch Wimbledon providing they do not get the storms, no that will be okay as they will just close the roof.
Not much in the way of finishes for you today spoI am adding some mug mats I made from the left over economy blocks.  I use one as a pad for my mouse for the lap top,  cannot cope with using the pad itself.

I am also working on a cat redwork wallhanging.  It has 8 different cat blocks,  I am doing them with assorted green perle cottons,  here is the first block I have done

Another project on the go is a steps to the altar quilt,  Each block has 49 2.5" squares in so had to cut out 980 in total! I have made 20 blocks but not joined them together yet,   seem to get to this stage and then no further.  Now have 4 in this state!  Not sure how I would manage without the kitchen floor to photo on!

Also cut out waiting to sew into blocks is the row by row quilt with littlebunnyquilts   and of course a lot more of   " I want to do projeccts"  in hand

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Quilt dye disaster

I am delighted to say Helen has returned to full time nursing following her crohns flare up She was off nearly 13 weeks and returned on 20 hours which have over 3 weeks been increased to full time. Next week she should be working nights but they have said no nights for a couple of months.  She loves her job nursing in a hospice but it is very demanding but she would not change it for the world.  I am so very proud of her as she is in a lot of pain at times but keeps going,  injecting herself twice a week and numerous tablets too.

I finally plucked up courage to have a go at FMQ on my disappearing nine patch lap quilt.  I did a little practice but of course as soon as I tried it on the quilt all was not so well.  I seem to have trouble feeding the quilt though,  presume it is to do with the size, weight etc.  I quilted with a sort of squiggle on the large squares changing the cotton to match the colours then squiggled some more on the sashing and borders.  My stitches varied quite a bit in size but it is the first one so did not get too worked up about them.  I then attached the binding and put it in the washer.  I always have colour catchers in just in case there is a problem,  I expect you guessed no colour catcher and the orange ran into all the white fabrics.  I tried re washing with colour catchers this time but the damage was done.   Never mind it is only for me and I will certainly be more careful in future.   I always wash fabric when I buy it but of course this piece must have slipped through without a wash.

                                               Prior to quilting and dyeing

now this is what it looks like

Fortunately the colour does not show too much on the photo!

I have also caught up on the hexie BOM.  This year they are geometric pieces and are meant to be made using three quarter inch hexies but I have used 1" again as I have stacks of card cut out in 1" and find smaller is too fiddly for my big hands.

                                              The kitchen floor comes in handy for photography.

not sure why they look so pale and have not a clue what I will do when all 12 have been done. I still have those from last year unfinished.  Maybe I will use some of them on tote bag fronts or maybe not.

This year I have not taken part in the crazy BOM due to being absent from stitching for 3 months but maybe will take part next year as I do enjoy a bit of craziness.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Ancestral gifts Kaffe Fassett exhibition

Last tuesday I went to the quilt museum in York to see an amazing exhibition.  Kaffe Fassett had chosen 15 quilts from the museum collection and then he created new quilts.  Here are some of them  both the original and his version.  I was so pleased that we were allowed to take photos as usually it is no photo policy at the museum.  I have shown the origonal followed by the modern version,  sorry not too clear as no flash was allowed.

There is going to be a book based on these quilts     I think it will be finding its way into my book collection.  I was a good girl and only bought 2 half metre lengths of his fabric  a bit out of my price range but there were 2 I could not resist.

I seem to be having more blog problems,  I can not comment on blogs that have been put on using iphones,  ipads etc the comment box disappears soon as I click on it   wonder if anyone else is having the same problem.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Malvern quilt show

As promised here are a couple of collages from photos I took at the Malvern quilt show earlier this month.

I have finaly got picasa downloaded onto the new lap top,  thought it would not work as it said it was for windows 7 but happy to say windows 8 accepted it and hence the collages.  Sorry about the one pictorial one  that has go inrto this section but could not work out how to delete it.


Here are a pictorial selection,  the cyclists were  due to the Tour de France starting here last year. Love the one of cats and the tribute to Torvill and Dean is very nice too,  how I loved watching them skating.

This is the winner of the whole show,    

   Decided to show this one on its own as I know quite a few bloggers are doing the Dear Jane quilt and hopefully it will inspire you all.

I took lots of photos, it was hard to pick a few for this blog but lets hope they are inspiring to you all.
If you click on the photo it should enlarge for a good view

Monday, 25 May 2015

completed quilt

Not much to share with you today but first may I say how touched I was by all your comments when I returned to blogland,  thank you all so much for your friendship and concern

I have finished Helen`s quilt, she chose the turquoise spot material for the binding and she seems delighted with it.  It has received lots of lovely comments on her facebook account  where she put a picture up of it,  I am not into facebook but she has read the comments out to me which was lovely,   mind you very few of them are from stitchers so I suppose it will look pretty impressive to those who do not know about things matching seams etc.

Helen is now back at work,  on shortened hours for now and with a new chemo package that seems to be working which is great news.  She rang me in tears of joy friday evening as it was the first time for over 13 weeks she was pain free,  so thrilled by her pain free days

Blogland have been up the shoot, I have been able to see those from the email I get from bloglovin daily but those that I open from my dashboard have been horrendous,  inundated with adverts,  have put an adbloc on but the screen kept crashing,  this has been going on for 3 week but great news today all is back to normal,  not sure what was going on but it has been sorted out now. If I have not commented on your post it is because I was unable to access them.

Also 2 new bags,  one made for my trip to the Malvern quilt show but it  was not used as it poured with rain all day,   no actual quilting on this one,  It has a pocket on the front and I have used stitchy fabric for it,  not sure about the orange with the purple and pink but tell myself it pops!

This next one is reversible and as soon as Helen saw it I knew I had lost it!   so retro she says.


I had a great day at the quilt show and 2 nights in London staying with my good friend Cheryl,  will post some photos, have managed to install picasa on my lap top but have to work out how to use it to make a collage seem to have forgotten from when I had it on the old computer,  took over 100 photos so it will be fun choosing which ones to share.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

returning to blogging update on my quilting projects

After 4 months absence from my blog I am determined to do a blog today.

First thank you so much to those of you who have been such a support whilst I have been going through such a bad time with both Catherine and Helen being so poorly,  your prayers and support have been a great help   thankyou all.

The girls are still both unwell but hope to see improvement soon.  Helen has an MRI scan next thursday and then the specialist will decide whether further surgery is needed,  Catherine is undergoing a lot of counselling but at the moment is still very depressed.  It is so tough as neither of my girls   well I call them girls but they are 42 and 38 years old have good prognosis,  Helen`s crohns is a lifelong illness unless a miracle cure is found and Catherine has had her mental helath issues since the age of 13.

My stitching has had a long break,  having not done any for about 10 weeks I am now back and doing quite a bit.  A cot quilt for a great nephew,  I got this done to flimsy stage this on 3 jan and it was the last bit of stitching and then managed to complete it on 21 march when I started stitching again

Here is Helen`s wallhanging, her choice of colours etc.  I did sign up to do the 2015 crazy quilt challenge but must own up to not having even started it yet and think I will pass on it this year!

The little bunny BOM quilt challenge I did last year is still in block form but I have added another 10 blocks to it so it is now 30 blocks,  I am taking it to the Yorkshire MQG next month and hopefully they will help me decide on putting the blocks in some sort of order,   feel quite pleased as I had to choose and work out how to make the 10 blocks myself   some achievement for me.  here are all 30 blocks they are 12" so it is going to be quite a large quilt.

I have also made a disappearing nine patch,   in flimsy stage. Having cut up the blocks I randomly picked them out of a basket to join them together,  it seemed to work quite well

This is a flimsy of the economy blocks made in 2013,  I made 100 blocks but made 5 into mug mats,
I recently found them having forgotten about them and now they are joined together together, Helen seems to think I should complete it for her so have made 140 more bocks but this time they are 6" blocks,  this one have 5" blocks so will come out bigger but that needs some thought before I put them together and at the moment I am too stiff to plan them out on the floor!  old age creeping up on me.

This is a little bag made through a create and craft show with Jennie Rayment, made up of 6  60 degree triangles I think it works rather well and was very quick to do,  I did cheat as the lining is not pieced like the outside, it is the first time I have used magnet closures and will certainly use them again

It is good to be back and later today I plan to look at the blogs I follow, I am sure you will understand if I do not go back to january as it would take for ever to catch up with everything

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Hardanger runner

Finally I have completed the hardanger runner,   it did not take long as much of it had been done well over 2 years ago.
The runner is 24" x 16" and not sure where it will be used.  It is on 25ct evenweave and I used perle 8 & 12,   green being my favourite colour I had to use some, it is a rather nice varigated green and I think it works well.   Can see me starting another project with this technique before too long as I so enjoy doing it.  Usually I just start in the middle and the design gradually emerges.

I bought a new hardanger book last month and highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn this technique,  it is by Frederique Marfaing and called Hardanger embroidery,  to me this is one of the best instructions book I have amongst all my hardanger books and also has projects in it but there are hardanger cut out designs I have never come across before so will be trying some of those too

I gather bloglovin is up to its old tricks and has started putting verification back on the comments,  someone kindly let me know it has appeared here,  I think I have removed it correctly but if not please let me know if you leave a comment.
Here is the link to sort the problem out if you need it to

Thursday, 11 December 2014

crazy quilt, hardanger runner

Well the december block is done so now all I have to do is put the 12 together to make a wall hanging.   The dark pink stitching on the top right hand side is Anundsjo stitch that Queenie shared on her blog Queenie`s needlework,  I have done it a bit different to fill the spacce but so good to have used one of her Swedish stitches in my piece.

Here are all 12 blocks on the kitchen floor.

Helen has requested grey sashing between the blocks,  not sure where I went wrong but they are not all the same size varying from 7 to 7.5",  hoping I can square them up okay,  still need to add some extra colour to the first 3 blocks as there is no yellow or orange on those which we started using later in the year.   I will try and start working on this today if I can pluck up courage to.

This last week I also rescued a hardanger runner I started before I got the quilting bug and have done a little more on it,  plan to have this completed before Christmas. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this technique,  not fully decided what I am going to do in the parts not cut back yet, but as this is my own design I am working on I just  "go with the flow" and do what I like,  not looking forward to cutting around the blanket stitch edge  have to be so careful not to cut into the stitches so that will be done in daylight

a close up of some of the areas, the top right will be cut out or have some fancy stittching in too as will the bottom left bit

Saturday, 6 December 2014

tula quilt finish,

I am today uploading the final quilt form the Tula Pink challenge.   This one I did for Catherine my older daughter,  I used 49 of the 100 blocks to make it and she asked for red binding on it.   I machine quilted each block on my very  old new home machine  (35 years)  which I have recently had serviced and found it much easier than the bernina to quilt with.  A cold day but I braved it to put it on the line to photo it  This measures 56" square.

I am sharing photos of the first 2 as well for those who might not have seen them when I blogged them earlier. This is the first one I did using 24 of the blocks all of which had some batik fabric in.

This is the second one I did using 24 blocks again  these 2 smaller ones are on the back of my 2  two seater sofas.   I  have 3 not used   not sure where they have gone somewhere amongst the mountainous stash of  all sorts that I am sure we are all guilty of having

. I might make some of these blocks again as I do love them and as these were done soon after I started quilting think I can improve on them,   would like to have one big quilt but that is on the back burner for now.

I also have done the last of the hexie BOM   a wreath which is very appropriate for December.

Here are all 12 spread out on the kitchen floor.   Have now to decide what to do with them,  not sure if I will applique them straight onto one large piece of fabric or make 12 blocks and join them together and if I make the blocks whether to make them with assorted fabrics,   will ponder awhile before I decide although I would like to complete the quilt this year    any suggestions will be welcomed.

  I do not seem to have done much this month,  in my previous blog I wrote about the crazy challenge I did with Kathy Shaw,  well it is complete but cannot say I enjoyed doing it,   seem to have a mental block when it came to the silk ribbon work,  nearly backed out from the challenge as could not understand her instructions but utube saved the day and I was able to sort of do the ribbon work.  It is not for me and do not think I will ever do anymore but love the rest of the crazy work, have still to finish my last block for the BOM one and then get it made into a wall hanging for Helen hopefully before Christmas.  Here is the class piece.