Friday, January 30, 2015

TQS BOM 2009 - Thimbleberries edition

My quilt photographer assistant is still at work, so this photo will have to suffice for now. I finished this top, probably not long into 2010, I started quilting it on my longarm with thoughts of beautiful custom feathers, but I haven't ventured far from using the Prostitcher edge to edge designs yet. so it was taken off the machine and abandoned on the top of the wardrobe until this month.

I love the centre feathered star block of this quilt and I have to admit to falling back in love with this quilt now it's finished. I must find a home for it as I have too many quilt (finished and in progress).

These six inch stars made up of lots of half square triangles were a challenge, but I love how their scrappy colours helps pull the quilt together. I used fabrics from about four different Thimbleberries programmes to make the quilt and only ran out of the blue binding fabric, but a member of Kim's TB2 group came to my aid.

I used a flowering vine pattern to quilt the piece and was inspired by several of the fabrics I used to choose this new pattern. The quilt is now ready for entry into our local Eisteddfod needlework section in March.
Come back on 1 February to see what I have planned to work on in February.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two years late but a finish never the less

I bought the kit for the Christmas knitted bunting at Knit & Stitch over two years ago. I also bought one for Claire as her Christmas present. Claire finished hers and made a second for a baby. Mine was almost finished apart from the string which I finished this month. I've even blocked it and it's ready for the Jersey Eisteddfod in March. I think I need to put it on a cardboard base to keep it nice and flat.
I'm also trying to finish up all of the odds and sods of moisturisers, cleansers and more. I seem to have more eye creams, hand creams and body lotions than anything else. I've definitely made progress on this in January. I have two containers in the top drawer by my bed and I need to work through them. I've just found a small pot of Crème de la Mer moisturiser which I've started using up.
I'm looking out of the window and it's a dreary damp day - to go on this morning's WI walk or not? I'll decide in half an hour. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January bee blocks

I have dithered about my blocks for Sue Blake for the ST2 bee. Sue asked for blocks in red and blue using half square triangle (HSTs). I decided at the beginning of the month that I wanted to do one friendship star and knew I had some HSTs left over from my Swoon quilt. As the end of the month approaches, it was time to get down to piecing these blocks. The friendship star was quick to piece and cut.

The small HSTs - 1.5" finished took ages  to trim and piece, so much so that I forgot an appointment.

Monday, January 26, 2015

WI centenary wallhanging

2015 is the centenary of NFWI and each WI has been invited to make one square depicting their WI and / or parish for inclusion in a wall hanging. We made the decision as a committee to represent our logo. I also immediately decided that I would use Bike Tracks as the background fabric.

I found a small scrap of navy linen which was perfect for the jeans and I thought the Cotton & Steel looked like the tread of a tyre. I hope my members like what I've done. Next job is to finish reading our Book Group book for this evening.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

FNSI January 2015
Last night was the first meet up for 2015 hosted by Wendy at Sugarlane Quilts and friends from all over the world. I had been sewing during the day so I finished a few blocks last night and prepped a couple more.

Block 25 of the Moda Building Blocks. I drew myself a foundation piecing pattern for this economy block and it went together smoothly with some Pearl Bracelets and Cotton + Steel.

Oops, another little project started. I am only doing nine of these blocks for a baby quilt (no intended recipient) and this is a combination of Cotton + Steel for the spines and plains for the body and face on a low volume background. I have three patterned fabrics and have raided Jane's stash for more. I am surprisingly lacking in plains though.

Another Moda Building Block which looks striking with its red and white spot on a Carolyn Friedlander background.
Time to get ready for the day, plans include:
Making cakes - probably ginger cupcakes
Playing canasta this afternoon (hence the need for cake)
Dinner with Mike & Jane
Prepping some blocks for tomorrow's UFO day as I've stitched up the ones I had already prepared. I also need to find the last border for my Aviatrix quilt which might also lead me to some more plains.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In a bind

I have successfully sewn the bindings to the front of two quilts this week and I have even hand sewn the binding on all four sides on the Thimbleberries quilt which is about 80 inches square. I used a blue print which had been used in the centre of the quilt in sashings. I like this quilt more than I expected now that it's almost finished. Now I just need to sew in a few ends which I marked with a pin as I quilted it.
I also found the rainbow stripe that I bought at the Festival of Quilts in 2014 and even better there were almost enough strips already cut to bind the New York Beauty mini. That will wait until my next morning guild meeting which is the perfect opportunity for doing hand sewing. Then I'll just have a few ends to sew in and the centre will need to be removed, rectified and quilted.
I've even made progress on my Christmas bunting which now just needs blocking once I've washed out the mister I need to do the job.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mid month progress

I know it's the 20th, but I am still checking in to show you my progress on this month's projects albeit a little late:

  • Thimbleberries TQS BOM 2009
  • Knitted Christmas bunting

So the BOM is quilted and trimmed and ready for binding. I cut the binding over a week ago, but I now need to locate it to sew it on by machine today. Then I can hand sew it over the next ten days.
And the string for my Christmas bunting is now complete - all 500 stitches of it. However I now have about 40 ends to sew in. I think I'll enquire about going to Stitch n Bitch tomorrow evening to see if someone can guide me as to the right tools and technique.
I have even progressed my New York Beauty to the quilted and trimmed stage. Again, I need to apply the binding. I'm thinking that the rainbow coloured fabric I used for a Siblings Together quilt might be perfect for this to pull the myriad of colours together in the piecing.
Once bound, I can focus on the middle of the quilt which is a little poufy. Fortunately the centre was hand appliqued so it will be easy to remove and remedy - fingers crossed.
And in bigger news - I've even managed to not start any new projects. I've been very close to clicking buy on a pattern or two but I've been strong so far. I also figure out what to work on at our group's UFO day on Sunday. Perhaps the final Aviatrix border and a Moda Building block or two? Or perhaps my Wishes quilt. I need to get another quilt on my machine whilst customer work is quiet.