Sunday, 22 May 2011

Bits and Bobs

We don't get may quilting related functions in this part of the world, so whenever there's news of anything interesting happening its always good for a visit.

 Last week there was a sewing and patchwork 'Troc' advertised in nearby Pontivy , so off we went to have a look.  In the main the items on sale were antique Breton traditional dress items and beautiful handmade lace, so lovely to look at but well out of my budget I'm afraid!

As is usual at these very infrequent events, photos were a bit difficult because of the crowds, but I managed to snap these lovely embroidered bags

 these wonderful vintage head forms, which I would dearly love to own, but at 150 euros each - well!!

and what every well dressed woman should be wearing!

Ooh La La!!    (wish Blogger hadn't turned the pic!)

I also managed some Moda and vintage Laura Ashley FQs from the two patchwork stalls at the sale, so the afternoon wasn't totally wasted !

I'm still trying to keep up with my own target of one UFO a month to make some kind of dent in the 'drawer', and May's finish is a small  & easy, but bright and cheerful baby quilt. Made from 2 Moda Freebird charm packs plus yardage and on its way to the family's newest member, Daisy, born 22 March.  A little late I know,  but at least it'll get to her before she leaves for Uni :-)

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival : Spring 2011

My entry this Spring has to be the Pineapple Quilt that was finished not so long ago

All the blocks were traditionally pieced from 1 1/2 inch strips and it seemed that I spent more time cutting and pressing that I actually did sewing!

This quilt was really a case of make a few blocks then walk away until the next urge to carry on grabbed me, so it was some time in the making.  It is also the biggest quilt I've attempted to machine quilt, which again was a slow process!

But in spite of all the scorched fingers, aching shoulders and temper tantrums - I am glad that I stuck at it as I now have a lovely quilt!

Thanks to Amy for giving up her time to organise this event once again  !

Back Again .....

... from what must be the shortest break from blogging ever(!) , but how can I possibly take a break with two very important quiltie happenings this weekend ?

First,today is Sue's Christmas Quilt A Long , so why not come along and join in the fun ?

Secondly, its Blogger's Quilt Festival time again over at Amy's and no way should anyone miss this ! Under the rules I 'll have to blog about my entry in a seperate post, so not one, but two post today !

What's happening to the redecorating - well, that can wait another couple of days I'm sure :-)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Taking A Break

Life is very boring at the moment with most of my time being spent catching up on chores.  The garden is looking good now, but all this sunshine is showing up the tired paintwork so - dust covers on the Bernina and camera and time to get on with some long overdue redecorating!

Will be back when things settle back to normal I'm sure !