Thursday, 29 August 2013

Last One

Well, at least for the time being :-)

A little playtime with feathers a la Diane Gaudynski and a little smattering of Wandering Feathers from Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project. Not sure why the second photos is so dark, but you'll get the idea.

Time to switch off from FMQ for a little while, and get down to some piecing I think before it totally takes over my life :-)

Ooops!  Forgot to mention the size - 12 1/2" x 16 1/2" approx.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Big Reveal

My little Doll Quilt has made it safely across land & sea to Utah and thankfully has met with approval from my swap partner :-)

This month's theme was based on the ever popular 9 Patch, and my partner's tastes are 'country' which I wasn't quite sure of .

Whilst I did start off with 3 x 1 1/2" strips , this is what I ended up with which is a kind of  " 9 Patch-gone Seminole-gone Shabby Chic " which finished at approx. 16" x 21" .  Think maybe I failed on both counts,  which is why I am so relieve she likes it :-)

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Minis Month

August is quickly turning into a month of mini quilts, first there was this one that I so enjoyed making I just had to try again

My attempt at a Celtic Knot, and the back is almost as good !

Finishing  at 15 inches square, it was another fun personal challenge.

Just a little larger at 29 inches square, another red & white mini

  Both are waiting for binding, and there is a reason for this  -  I'm scheduled to go into hospital mid September for a knee replacement, so I'm trying to organise some sewing whilst my new knee settles down.  Now we all know about my aversion to hand sewing, so I thought stacking up some binding might be one way to keep occupied.

There is actually a third finished mini, but I can only show you a sneak peek of it at the moment as it is on the way to my swap partner in the Doll Quilters Monthly Group,  and I know she follows my Blog :-)


As the weather continues to be in the 30s most days, it's been great working on these smaller quilts rather than wrestling under a full size project - and my display wall is filling up nicely ! 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Pets on Quilts

Seen this link on a number of Blogs over the last few days and thought I'd enter my old man - no, not DH but William my 13 year old 'kitten' !

Will has been seen on my blog from the very beginning, and has always been very helpful, as you can see here and here.

 He also  likes to help in the garden , but most of all he loves having his chin tickled !

Here I come....

No!  Not yet .....

Nearly there.....

Will somebody PLEASE tickle my chin ???

That's my boy !!!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Learning Curve

Some months ago I decided that I really would like to be able to improve my free motion quilting, so I joined Cindy Needham's   'Design It, Quilt It' course at Craftsy.

If you're a fan of Cindy's then you know that she does some seriously gorgeous work  and to be able to quilt anywhere near to her standard is just a pipe dream, but -  we all have to start somewhere don't we ?

After hours of drooling over the  instruction videos, then drawing on any scraps of  paper lying around and followed by many more machining hours spent producing samples like these

I finally took the plunge and tried my hand at my first whole cloth quilt


Just  14 inches square, and not perfect by any means - I don't think Cindy has to worry too much about the competition (!)  - but not too bad for a first attempt.