Monday, December 22, 2014

This Year's Finishes

I thought I'd look back and see what I had made and finished this year. The first three quilts I started in 2013 but were finished this year. Quilted and bound. 

Lori's Big Top Pattern.

Sandra Boyle's Peony Medallion

Jan Patek's Coxcomb and Stars

This year I started and finished the following.
Solomon's Temple Block
I think I'll call it 96 Pieces, still to be quilted.

Sue Ambrose's Briar Hill
still to be quilted.

Di Ford's Sutton Grange
quilted and bound.

Karen Styles Chintz Hexi's
still to be quilted.

Irene Blank's Message in a Bottle
booked in for quilting in Feb.

Marg Sampson-George - Crib Quilt
quilted and bound and wrapped for Christmas.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you All.

Monday, December 15, 2014

I've been doing a little sewing..

...throughout the year and not showing it on my blog, until now. I first saw these blocks
here and just liked them so much I knew I would make them one day. Meredithe drew up the block for me with all the measurements and I never realised until I saw the draft that there are 96, yes 96 pieces in each block.  It's been slow going but I am really happy to have it finally finished.

I have used a large selection of different blacks, blues, reds and shirtings. Just one question to ask... Do I add a border and if so what colour?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's been a while

My last post had a picture of this bundle of fabric from the range Bella Suede Collection by P&B Textiles, Basics. A collection of bright tone-on-tone colours.

and this is what I have come up with after several days of thinking, several days of cutting and many more days of sewing. I finally finished it last night. It is almost 60" square. The first photo was taken with just the lights in the room on....

and this photo is with the camera flash on.

I got a new camera for my birthday which will take a bit of time to work out if I'm ever game enough to switch off the Auto button. The camera informed me the flash was needed but I think the clear colours in the first photo are closer to the actual colours. Here are a couple of close-ups of the fabrics so that you can see the designs.


and todays job has been completed. It's that time of the year again.

and my Christmas Cactus quilt is up too.


Monday, November 24, 2014

All stitched

All stitched and backed. I have enjoyed working with wool again. It is lovely and soft on the hands. I can bring it out in the Autumn and pop it on top of the table.

Last week I received a bundle of fabrics from P&B Textiles to have a play with. Thirty wonderful tone 0n tone Fat Quarters. What to do? Hmm!

Thinking time.

Monday, November 17, 2014


At sewing on Friday I was sitting next to Sue and she was sewing a Felted Wool pattern and I came home thinking about the wool pattern I had bought recently from the Buggy Barn.
I wanted a table topper and not a wall hanging so over the weekend I popped round to 'Officeworks' and had the pattern reduced in size. Home again, I put the pattern in the printer to make a copy for cutting out, giving me all the pieces of the pattern ready for attaching to my wool.
The next job was a search through my container of felted wools to find the right colours. I then stapled the paper pattern to the wool and cut them out.
Saturday night I removed the pattern and attached the pieces to the background. Now that all the preparation is finished I can sit, sew and enjoy. The watermelon and the pear I cut out of velvet, the rest, including the background, are felted wool.
The pattern is Bowl of Plenty by Maggie Bonanomi.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Binding and Borders

My Sutton Grange came back from the quilter this week with all this beautiful quilting highlighting my applique. Pam does such a great job.

Then I set to and got the binding sewn on. Finished!
I had no sooner got my quilt pegged up on the line and the wind blew and the rain came on, such a change from yesterday.

Yesterday was hot and sunny 30C, so my Briar Hill with it's borders on has a few shadows from the trees. I found this perfect fabric, Pomegranate, in my stash. I had bought it to use for another pattern,  but fortunately the other quilt didn't get made, because it is so perfect for this quilt.   


Monday, October 27, 2014

Getting it all together

All the hexies and circles are appliqued to the background. The sashing has been added and Briar Hill is now all together.

Time to pick a border fabric.

Time to get a bigger display area!