Saturday, 29 August 2015

photos from the Festival of Quilts

Finally as promised I am uploading some photos from the Festival of Quilts,  hope you enjoy them

this is a 2 person quilt

There was a display of Alice in Wonderland quilts and this one really caught my eye,   still love the book!!

The next two were made by my friend Cherly


Such a peaceful scene, loved this one

This is a bit of fun

certainly plenty of HSTs here

What a show stopper,  a chess board that took 10 years to complete and was made by Mavis Walker

   This appealed as it was so colourful

This is the show winner   made by Janette Chilver    a beautiful quilt.

this is the binding on the winning quilt,   love the little scallop she put on prior to the binding   fascinating have not a clue how it as done

This Stonefields quilt was the visitors choice winner on the satuday,  not sure if it won everyday    what a beauty,  quite a few bloggers I follow are also making this quilt

This won the young quilter 5-8 group   such talent in one so young

This is the 12 - 16 age group winner    a real beauty.

I have also added a bright green 4" border to the cat wall hanging and this morning quilted the steps to heaven,  just the binding to do now  which |I hope to do monday   The quilting is slowly improving, just diagonal and straight lines following the squares.  Pictures will follow in the next blog

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

quilted shopper, cat wall hanging.cozy afternoon

I have a few things to share today, seem to be rather lazy in writing my blog but not in keeping up with the ones I follow.

I made this shopper to take to the quilt show as it is very roomy!  I used some of a jelly roll I got as a gift from Popular patchwork magazine,  not my fabric choice but it works well on the bag.


All 8 cat blocks are now done, corner blocks added and the sashing done,  now to decide on the 4" borders,  was thinking a darker orange but now not so sure,  will take it to my local shop today and pick there brains and see what they suggest. Back from the shop and have a bright green for the 4" border,  trust it works okay  maybe will get it done today though I need to get out and find backing for 4 flimsies,  need sheeting really so far not tracked any down as I do not want to piece the backing   far too complicated 

I have also done 4 cozy afternoon blocks so now caught up with the BOM,  quite   well no very pleased with how these have worked,  the last one was difficult to do but oh so worth it.  There is one more block to do which should be out next week

I even managed to make a paper foundation block,  used rubbish fabric as did not know what I was doing,  took me ages and still not really understanding how to do it but    well I have done a block,   pat on the back for me.

This blog was started 2 days ago but could not upload photos till today   lap top seems to be playing up since the windows 10 upgrade.

Will post the quilt show photos tomorrow if lap top allows.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

august hexagon

I am home from my visit to Birmingham and the Festival of Quilts show.   So many quilts to see and admire   will be sharing some photos on my next blog,  need to sort through them all first.

Not much stitching done,   the august hexie I finished this morning

I signed up for the twinkle quilt along with zany quilter and made a trial block to see if I would manage them okay   What appealed to me is the sashing is done as you go adding 2 pieces to each block and like the flying geese that are different to any goose I have come across before..  I think I will do it in assorted fabrics rather doing all the blocks the same,  there are 5 different sizes to choose from so will see how I go on.  This one will not be used in my quilt   just a scrap one, I would never put these fabrics together normally.

I had a bit of a shock when I realised I had 10 projects on the go and far too many on the to do list and now this one is added along with the midnight mystery quilt and also the mystery quiltalong which is little houses that are not foundation paper pieced    so glad as I cannot get my head around paper piecing.   I must not forget I gave in and bought Lori Holt`s farm girl vintage quilt book as I have seen so many blocks on the internet and so wanted to have a go myself,   this is on hold for now though

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.