Monday, 17 December 2012

More of this and that...

A few more finishes :

Improv QAG scrappy mat. 

Recycled pJ quilt

and in detail...

and finally- I could NOT leave this recylcled denim jeans rug in the shop this morning when I happened to be passing!

It looks gorgeous in the lounge!I was tempted to orfer the larger size but I think this does the job nicely. 


Sunday, 16 December 2012

Sunday snaps....

A bit if this and a bit of that....

Wanted to make some small mats using Kaffe scraps, improvised quilt as you go method.I dont want to give them away now! I can see a production line this afternoon!

Ths is my first attempt at Hand quilting!!!! I am quite happy with it and actually enjoyed it! I am not using a frame, I couldnt get on with it. And I am sure my technique is way off the planet but I dont care! End result is as required! This is my Mama said Sew street quilt, pattern from the Moda Bake Shop. 

I have 2 lap quilts from recylcled pajamas waiting to be bound, they are looking good. Pictures later. 
Good luck with the Christmas preparations folks
Heather x

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Bits and pieces....

Ongoing work at the moment seems to be a bit of this and a bit of that.....

I decided to put some selvages together from my Japanese Echino fabrics- and a few other odd selvages that I had...

This resulted in a few key ring fobs from a pattern I purchased a little while ago from Leila at where the Orchids grow. I couldn't punch the holes as my cheap puncher wouldnt go thro the fabric so I took them to the local cobler who did it for free! Just need to put some eyelets in now. 

I then had an urge to do an improvised quilt top using up old cotton an flannel pajamas and shirts that I gathered from charity shops ages ago.
Here is the top , waiting for backing and a little bit of quilting. 

I really like it- I was going to give it as a gift but I think I may haveto keep it!!


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Filling in the blanks.....

Been a busy time , so it is time I updated the blog.

A trip to London was wet but enjoyable at the weekend, and the Bronze exhibition at the Royal academy was brilliant. Sadly you cannot take pictures, so the only time the camera came out was in Regent street in the rain! I have never worked out why there is always a crane in the picture!
Purchases were very limited in London, one piece of Liberty print!Very restrained for me.....

Now for finished projects- this is the bound 1600 jelly roll quilt in a basic grey range , which I am happy with but not keen on the colours- it has gone off to a Christmas fair with my daughter!

Next, I decided that I had to make the little quilt on the Moda Bake shop site recently- it is made from Mama sais Sew, which I just happened to have as I sent for it from the States.Not yet backed , but will be soon!
And then I saw a post ( will try and remember whose)about using up triangle scraps- perfect for the offcuts, so I gave it a try and ended up with these blocks-

Then I decided to whip up a little prem baby quilt for linus, here it is -

I decided it was time to tidy up the finished quilts and rearrange some books for a general tidy up-

And finally- one of my clients was clearing out lots of her quilting mags and patterns from the attic! 
Whoop whoop- here is a picture of some of the goodies! Plenty of bed time reading for the next year I reckon! and a few paper patterns for animal blocks and a few templates!

There must be abput 120 magazines, all from the last 12 years, full of ideas and information. I am one lucky person!

Off to back and bind my hexi union jack. Watch this space...
Heather x

Saturday, 17 November 2012

finishing touches.......

Finally finished off the experiemental disappearng nine patch mini quilt that I made with Kaffe Fasset fabrics. Not sure where it is going but I love the colours. I plan to do some more of these as there are endless patterns you can make depending on the colors used. I have found a few good ones on Pinterest, which is fast becoming the time waster of the moment!

I went browsing the charity shops last week and found these little gems of old quilting mags, a diary and a patchwork book- all were 20 pence each!!! Weirdly the book has the owners name in- Joan York ,who was a brilliant patchwork and quilting teacher in the area for many years. I wish I could be as good as her one day!

And finally, I have started a small quilt using Petite Odile by French general - a charm pack I bought a little while ago. The pattern is Coming Home by Camille Roskelly ,which I have used before. I have seen this pattern called all sorts of names- I think the Road to Tennessee is one of the names. 

It is very civil war colours, a bit dull compared to my usual selection but it will look quite nice when done. 

Off to baste with safety ins for the first time! 

Heatherx x

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Picking up the stitching....

Well, Egypt is well behind me now, work is at last caught up with and I have had time to sew!

The first things I made were some christmas placemats- very simple but quite pleased with them.

Yesterday I found some half price jelly rolls so I decided to bite the bullet and make the quickest jelly roll strip quilt as demonstrated by the Missouri Star Quilt co. on you tube. Now I cannot pretend that I did it in the time it says, however, 3 hours down the line I have a completed quilt top! It is Moda fabric- Origins by basic grey. The colours are not really me but as it was cheap it was worth the experiment.

I think I will put a border on it before backing and binding when I find the right fabric and it will make a great lap quilt. 

The sun went down pretty early today but there were some interesting clouds around before that!

Thats all for now folks

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Pyramids,Papyrus and Pharoahs

A few highlights of Egypt ............

And now its back to work, and hopefully some sewing!