Thursday, 31 October 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I've never felt I had anything good enough to be entered into the Bloggers Quilt Festival before, but this year I'm giving it a go.

I've decided to enter this wall hanging I made for one of my sisters.

 

It's an original design, based in a much smaller mini quilt she had seen on my wall and admired. There's paper piecing, improving, appliqué, machine quilting and hand quilting.

It's finished up at 63" x 75" which is hopefully big enough the hide the crack in her wall in her rented house.....

Linking in to the Wall Hanging category.

 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Have yourself a merry Cherry Christmas

My new boss is a Christmas freak. No kidding, she's obsessed. I did not know this in the interview - it might have changed things.....

I have now managed to add fuel to that fire, at the same time as selling my first quilt - how exciting is that!

My Cherry Christmas quilt that I started last year and couldn't finish because of a poorly sick Janome is now finished, quilted (although not without great fabric-creeping suffering) bound, rolled up and tied with a big red ribbon, and delivered.

Lovely fabric-creeping herringbone pattern

And she couldn't be happier! I took it in on Monday after my week off and every time I turned round (she sits behind me) she was cuddling it! It is now apparently already in use on the sofa, and an order has been placed for a table runner, 6 placemats and coasters.....

After washing, no more herringbones

All I have to do now is make another one for me.....

Simple 10" squares
I do love a roll up shot!

Quilt stats:

  • Size - 58" x 58" roughly
  • Fabric - Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey with Kona White backing and binding
  • Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt, quilting at around 1/4" - 1/2" apart

 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.... Done.

Remember this?

Well since you last saw it, I've got a bit more done....

Hand quilting the sun
Stitched in the ditch with a £2k sewing machine!!
Added a few clouds
Soaked up some rays
Appliquéd the boat and beach huts

So, I originally had till October half term to get this finished, then that was shortened to this weekend. Sadly car trouble and a tummy bug prevented me delivering it, but it's done.

Yet another one I'm giving away and wish I wasn't!

Quilt stats:

  • Size - 63" x 75"
  • Pattern: my own design
  • Fabric: all Kona solids except some Oakshott in the sky and Art Gallery Fabrics Square Elements to bind
  • Pieced and quilted using various Aurifil threads.

 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Losing it....

 

Work colleagues of mine have a critically ill two year old son, currently in Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has had 6 major brain operations so far, with more to come, and his parents were recently told he had around 20% chance of survival. It's so tragic and certainly puts your own troubles into perspective.

In D's name, there are going to be various fundraising activities around the company, and the one I'm involved with is a sponsored slim. Between 1 October and 30 November, which is 9 weeks, I am aiming to lose 18-20lbs. I've already refused ice-cream for dessert tonight, just to show how determined I am!

It sadly won't help D much, but it will be a worthy contribution to the hospital who are caring for him so amazingly well. If anyone would like to sponsor my efforts, please drop me an email.