Thursday, 30 August 2012

BQS3 posting day

And so the day has finally arrived when we're allowed to pop our Brit quilt Swap packages into the post.  In the end I put two quilts up on offer to my partner and asked her to vote, then based on the responses received, the one that she preferred is all wrapped up together with some goodies and in the hands of Royal Mail.

The postage stamp fabric is our new dining table cloth and I'm absolutely loving it.

 Last year I saw the tutorial for this little hexagon needlebook on Angela's blog My Three Sons and decided to bookmark until such time as I needed to make one. It really is the easiest tutorial to follow and takes almost no time at all!  As a quilter we don't always need things as much as we want them :)  While I was stalking my swap partner and following comments she left I got the impression she wasn't really a frilly fabric type of person and these buttons were just calling for a needle and thread ... get it ...

Then I wandered if she might one day like to try some hexagons the way Katy describes in her tutorial on Fat Quarterly blog, using a glue stick and popped one of these fabric glue pens into the parcel.

I'll be at work supporting my residents over the next few days and won't be here to keep pulling the curtain back when the postman is due, or to check the flickr group to see new photo's posted or ladies posting that they've received theirs. 

Be back soon,

Sunday, 19 August 2012

A lesson in modern quilts

You will remember that I showed my mini quilt for the Brit Quilt Mini Swap that is currently taking place.  At the beginning we were all asked to create a mosaic of elements and quilts we liked which would give our prospective partners clues and inspiration.   One of the quilters put up a mosaic that had a modern city quilt in it.  At the time I made a mental note to try make a miniature version when I had nothing else on my to-do list.

I've never knowingly made a 'modern' quilt and thought it was time to change that.  That day when I went to The Skep I also selected some solids and during a lull in chores I went cutting and sewing and ended up with a piece that I didn't know was right or wrong.  Either way, I auditioned black and shades of blue and grey as borders.

 The one I chose was too dark, well I thought so anyway, and so it was unsewed and I put a lighter shade on.  Then I decided to put a picture of it on Flickr and ask those in the know how to quilt it.  Bless their hearts, in no time I had comments saying :

*...quilt it across in lots of close together lines...
*... lots of straight line quilting with smallish gaps between, maybe in different sizes ranging from quarter inch to inches randomly...
*... to stick with the modern min concept its gotta be the straight lines tightly packed...

 Off I went, up the stairs, popped a CD in the player and started sewing straight lines.  It is surprising how long it takes to sew a bunch of straight lines!

2 hours later and they're all done.  Time for the binding ... had to use a different shade of grey as I'd run out of the other one.

The binding will be all done by bedtime.  I'm really quite pleased with the result and am very grateful to those that told me to do it this way.

By the way, I basted it using 501 spray and I got to say that it works like a charm! :)

On that note, Bye for now

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A plate or two

 Today is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday but I want to show you something I'm working on.  

During a visit to The Skep a while ago I found some fabrics grouped together in what I think they call a book.  I know that interior decorators have their fabrics all stapled together in the same way, only theirs is fancy shmancy with a handle so they can carry it around easily.  Anyway, the colour scheme and the gentle flowers caught my eye.  It was winter at the time and maybe I was wishing for spring .. who knows .. either way the fabrics came home with me :)

I enjoyed the hours cutting out dresden blades with my new dresden ruler and very soon I had seven flowers dresden plates sewn up.  Keep in mind that this is supposed to be a scrap quilt (because I love scrap quilts), it was cathartic to not be obliged to put certain fabrics in particular places.  When they were done they were placed onto a neutral cream coloured backing fabric with some other fabrics forming a framework.

Usually I do my own quilting but with a bout of frozen shoulder a while back I decided not to tempt fate and googled for a long arm quilter who was close to me.  Guess whose name popped up ........ Father's Heart Country Quilting or as Katie calls her Longarm Chris.

So I took the quilt top, batting and backing and went off to meet Chris.  She is really a lovely lady.  Her studio is out of dream land and she is ever so organised. She explained how it all works and I left it with her.  Yesterday morning the phone rang and it was Chris to let me know it was ready to be collected.  It was my day off and the perfect excuse to get out and also a chance to chat with someone who I'm finding is very wise too.

Now the quilt (which is bee-youtifully quilted!!)  is home and just needs the border sewn on.  As I'm off to work in a few minutes that will only be in a day or two, then I'll show you the quilt in it's final form.

So, until then, have a super day.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


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