A LONG TIME COMING….

KING SIZE QUILT KING SIZE QUILT

Well it is finally finished and on the bed!  I have named it my ‘Two Colour Nine Patch Quilt’.

I have worked on this quilt for a couple of years or more, doing a few blocks at a time. There are thirty different nine patch blocks in it, finished with a piano key border. It took hours of time and much hard work, but was very rewarding when finally finished. I hope you like it!

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Amongst many other things I have also sewn these purses for my daughter’s birthday; they are great to hide other presents in. I love making purses and am teaching how to sew them at the Patchwork and Quilting Pals group next month.

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Advent calendars have been made for my two gorgeous grandsons.   I spent time beading the pictures at the top for Farris. Here are the beaded Christmas trees.

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Of course I couldn’t leave out Santa’s sleigh! It was  fun adding the bells.

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Joseph’s advent calendar has the beautiful traditional Christmas story pictures on it. I have finished it off with two star buttons at the top. There is lots of gold on this calendar, so it didn’t lend itself to beading.

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Both advent calendars are waiting their poles to hang them from. The workshop has started them, but is rather slow this year!

Happy days!

Linda x

Bags, Bowls and a Cushion!

It’s been a while since I blogged as I’ve been very busy enjoying life to the full. I’ve been sewing, but can’t show my work as they’re gifts and the recipients haven’t seen them yet.

All of my Patchwork and Quilting Pals have been very busy making bags. Some of us are using them to carry equipment to club, others have made them as gifts for friends or expected grandchildren.  These bags are designed with lots of pockets on the outside and a large open interior. Angela showed us how to make them and we have all found them very useful.

As I tend to tip things up in the car I used Velcro to secure one long pocket, so I could keep my rulers protected in one place. I added a zip to the other pocket, which means my clover mini iron will also be safe. Then I decided I needed to attach extra pockets on the inside as I cart along lots of paraphernalia and wanted to try to become a bit more organised.  It has made clearing up easier, as everything has its own place and I can see what is missing.

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Angela also helped us make beautiful fabric bowls. They were a bit fiddly, but worth the effort. I have popped mine away as its in Christmas fabric and the first thing I‘ve made for this year. I always have good intentions of making one Xmas thing a month, but it never materialises

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Look at the inside of our Easter and Christmas bowls. They are all reversible so can be turned inside out revealing the reverse fabric.

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A while ago I was shopping with Farris when he spotted this ‘nee-nor’ fabric as he calls it. It was on top of a bolt of his digger fabric and he kept saying “Digger Granny, nee-nor Granny”.  Well I couldn’t resist and made him a cushion for his second birthday. How time flies!

I covered the back zip with a flap made out of black and white fabric. Its the same fabric I used on his cot quilt.

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Well I hope you all have a happy Easter. Enjoy yourselves, happy sewing!    Linda

Sewing for little people!

I am pleased I managed to finish the next two quilts for my beloved grandsons before Christmas.

Farris is delighted with his ‘digger’ quilt and sleeps with it crunched up beside him.  I backed it with a soft fleece, which is very soft and cuddly and also covered in ‘diggers’. I free-motion quilted this in loops, which was a bit of an experiment, as I’d never used this type of quilting on fleece before. It was quite thick as I’d also added an inner layer of polyester wadding. I used Isacord thread, which flowed through the machine needle like a dream. No thread breakages or knots beneath my work!

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The central feature of the quilt is a panel, to which I added matching fabrics. I decided to label it on the front, as I didn’t want anything other than soft fleece on the back. The quilt is cot bed size and was fun to make, especially as I knew he would love it.

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On Joseph’s cot quilt I framed the animal fabric with a narrow blue band and then a soft green and white spot. His parents found the animal print in Spain. It’s absolutely perfect for the nursery, and can be sewn with the pattern in either direction. I’ve photographed it with both the brown teddies and pink deer upright, but you can turn the quilt up the other way, so the red elephants and green hippos are all standing tall.

IMG_0882I’ve wadded this quilt with a polyester wadding as I’m disappointed with the wool wadding I used on the last baby quilt I made. Wool wadding might be sold as lighter and natural for babies, but it loses its loft in washing; leaving the quilt looking decidedly sorry for itself! Let’s hope the polyester wadding stands up better to normal washing.

My new year resolution is to finish my king size quilt that I started well over a year ago and my Christmas lap quilt that I started work on, but got waylaid by the baby quilts. I think I’m going to back both with fleece for extra warmth.

I’ve just cut out all the fabric pieces for the January craft bag-making day at PQPals. I think I’m going to add extra inside pockets measured to fit my bits and bobs, so that when my bag is finished hopefully it will be easier to keep track of my equipment at classes.

Well I wish you all a happy 2015, where have all the years since the millennium gone?

Keep sewing….             Linda x

A busy time…

Hello,

Although I haven’t blogged for a while I have been busy sewing.  I finally finished my wallhanging of the monthly crazy quilting journal project. It took me a while as I kept getting sidetracked on other bits and pieces. It will be a super reminder of my first year of retirement.

IMG_0797During the summer months I busily prepared some gifts to mark the arrival of my new grandchild. My daughter decided that they would wait to see what sex the baby was until the birth. This meant I prepared 2 sets of things, one in pink and the other in blue. Joseph was born in late October and here are the pictures of his cuddly.  I used some minky with dimples on the back which is cuddly and soft.

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I made another set of toy holders with rings on the top, as Farris is expert at opening velcro and could throw his toys out of the double buggy!

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Then I decided to make a set of bags using Peter Rabbit fabric.  They were fun and quick to make.  Hopefully they will be very useful.IMG_0855 IMG_0860

IMG_0858Oops, this laundry bag is a bit creased as I forgot to photograph it, so waited until it was unwrapped!

When I’m sewing I like a bit of variety, so have also been working on 12″ blocks for my maroon and cream king size quilt and a Christmassy hidden star design for a lap quilt. Neither will be finished this year as with the arrival of Joseph I’m working hard to make him a cot quilt and Farris can’t be left out, so he will have a cot bed quilt covered in his favourite diggers with a cosy fleece backing. Hopefully these will both be finished before Christmas. All this will keep me amused over the next few weeks.

Well I hope you have a fun weekend and keep sewing!

Linda

 

Its been a long time since I blogged, as I’ve being busy finishing off things that were long overdue.

Yesterday the Patchwork and Quilting Pals met and I demonstrated how to cut out and sew a dresden plate block. Those who wanted to join in decided that they wanted to make mats rather than more cushions or table runners. As the shops are now selling Christmas fabrics most of us decided to go along with ‘Christmas in July’ and made them with a festive theme.

Look how different they all are!

Look how different they all are!

At least now I’ll have one new thing to put out this Christmas, finished… before I start on the ‘baby’ theme again!

Enjoy the fine weather and have fun!

Linda

Some finishes!

At long last I can reveal some finishes!

Loud drumroll please… I have actually finished the playmat for my grandson Farris and given it to him a few days before his first birthday. I made it, in more ways than one!

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I’ve been adventurous and tried some free motion quilting around some of the countries where I needed extra quilting to ensure the wadding doesn’t move when the mat is washed.  It was fun to free motion quilt on something a bit bigger than a mug rug.

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Then I finished my table runner for Easter. I don’t usually make things in such light colours for my dining room and it made a real change to work with some of my favourite colours.

IMG_0642When I originally put my Easter table runner on the dining room table I felt it needed something in the middle. Unlike at Christmas I didn’t want to put a candle there, so have displayed some of the clay work my daughter made many years ago.  It brings back happy memories looking at it and it’s great to have it out again.

Today at my quilting class I enjoyed sewing the bag my sister in law and brother in law gave me in kit form for Christmas. The bottom of the bag is quilted and it is finished with a turn down cuff at the top.

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We were all intrigued to see how the pattern went together as it was quite different to any we had used before. I am really pleased with it and love all the pockets inside. It seems quite sturdy to carry my things around in.

I always like presses like this where you can learn new techniques and make some thing useful.

IMG_0645Well that’s my total sewing pile for most of March and the beginning of April.  I need to go back and work on my individual quilt blocks again now.

Keep sewing and relaxing!

Linda

 

Starting Another Group

I have had soooo many enquiries about quilting and sewing that I decided to start another sewing group this coming Monday.  We are going to be called Patchwork and Quilting Pals and look like we are nearly full at our first meeting!   WOW, sewing is popular now.

I am kept so busy that I often only get time to sew on my dedicated club days and my ‘to sew list‘ is ever increasing!  I did manage to finish one  potential quilt top by turning it into hanging pockets so I can store all my rulers safely.  I’ve been working on it for over three years, so was glad to see something useful made with it.  No photos at present as it needs securing to the wall properly.

My next project is to quilt the playmat for Farris, something that has been on the list for months.  I hope to get it started at least before he is a year old at the end of the month. I wonder where the year has gone and adore spending time with him.

Have a fun time, Linda