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

 

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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

One year on…

Braintree Quilters has been running for one year now! Yippee!!! Over the year we have welcomed ladies who had never quilted before, so our numbers swelled!

At our initial meeting we agreed to attempt a group quilt after our first year. As we meet in St Peter’s Church Hall we decided to challenge ourselves to make a quilt that the church could raffle at their summer fair. We really hope it will help generate more cash for their church projects.

Several of us met up just after Christmas to choose a fabric that would be the main one running through the design.  We chose the dark green marble fabric, hoping it would appeal to both men and women.

Everyone who attended our meeting today set to work with enthusiasm making two “Cross Roads to Jericho” blocks. Grace chose the biblical block, as the most suitable one for all our members to sew. To create each block Sheila gave everyone five of the 2 ½ inch green marbled fabric squares. Then we used our stash scraps to make the arrows. Each finished block is 9 inches square.

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As we finished our blocks we placed them on the tables and watched the design grow. It was exciting to see what it looked like. Then we started moving the blocks around to see different effects. Look how your eye follows the green squares up and down, side to side, all in lines!  Wow, it will look good when it is pieced together. We have four more blocks to make before we can begin to think about adding the borders.

I hope you like the beginnings of our charity quilt. If you have any ideas how to ensure lots of local people see our quilt, which would help raise even more money do let me know!

Happy quilting!    Linda

The next four….

Well the next four blocks for the CQJP 2013 have finally been sewn.  These blocks have been in the thought pipeline for ages and as usual I have just finished them by the deadline.  I spent Monday sewing them together, in a frenzy, whilst at Braintree Quilt Club. They continue to record my year, as you can see.

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Every May I remember the May Day celebrations at primary school. No doubt time blurs the memories, but the sight of the first bluebell always takes me back to gathering bluebells to take to school, along with an afternoon of maypole dancing.

This year I spent a wonderful afternoon with a friend wandering through a wood that was carpeted in masses of bluebells. The wind was softly whispering through the trees and the smell was soooo delicate and fragrant.

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June means holidays…

We spent a week of lazy sun filled days, with sangria evenings in Majorca.

Next we went to Brighton, so I just had to include the GROOVY material, along with the union jacks.  I bought the seaside fabric in the North Lanes – yes, I was planning this block!
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July saw us in Rutland.  We had a lovely time at Rutland Water wandering along the paths. It was soooo hot!  I just had to include the first mate fabric as I made Farris a couple of dribble bibs in it.

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Well, August is the time we quilters love with the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.  I cut and sewed the peachy 8″ block at the Sizzix stand.  I love my Sizzix Big Shot Machine and am saving hard for more dies!

My September block is going to be sewn around friendship.  My fellow quilters at Braintree Quilt Club are all giving me some fabric to sew into the block. They are choosing the colours they like and work with. Watch this space to see what it looks like!

I hope you have enjoyed  looking at the next four blocks.

Have a fun bank holiday!

Patchwork and Quilting

Wow, what a day! I’m missing my machine as it’s in for a much needed service.  So I thought I’d update some of the photos on my blog.  I’ve added a gallery of some of my patchwork and quilts to the About Me page.

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Table runner

Wow, what a difference when these are the same block!

Wow, what a difference when you choose  different fabrics.  These are the same block!

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I hope you enjoy looking at the rest of my piccys!

Happy quilting and sewing.

CQJP2013 the next three blocks!

Well, its been a long time coming as I’ve been sooooo busy sewing for Farris.  The blocks for February, March and April are finally finished.  I have been trying to make my hand sewing stitches more even.

It was hearts for Valentines day…

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It had to be Peter Rabbit for March, as I’d just finished my Peter Rabbit quilt for Farris!

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In April I decided to use the lettering stitches that came with my Bernina machine. Looking out into the garden and seeing all the spring flowers inspired me.   I used a King Tut multicoloured thread to spell out the flower names: daffodils, crocus, tulips and primroses.
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As to the next block, all I keep remembering is my primary school May Day celebrations, when I enjoyed joining in with the maypole dancing.  My favourite flower from childhood is the bluebell, so watch this space to see what I design!

Happy sewing to all!

Braintree Quilters

This week we all worked on our own projects.  Launa finished her cushion. She finished the back neatly in an envelope style. This is the first time Launa has ever quilted, she worked carefully and her cushion is very good.

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 She also finished her cathedral windows pin cushion and bought it along to show us all.

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Sheila bought in a picture of the seaside.  She made a hanging sleeve to go on the back.

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Linda made some kaleidoscope circles. They will be backed and made into table mats.

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In June our meetings will change to the second Wednesday of every month and the fourth Monday.  If you would like to join us for both days or just one each month, please contact us by email using the contact page.  Those who are beginners, or experienced at quilting, are very welcome.