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

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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

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

Toddler seats!

My latest sewing project was a toddler seat.  My sister asked me to make a seat that would secure a wriggly child to a chair during dinner.  I designed one for my own children, which seems like a lifetime ago, and was able to use it to make another pattern. Modern chair backs are much taller than my dining chairs, so I had fun altering the pattern to make it fit.  Keep an eye out and I will post a piccy when it is in use!

Have a peep at my new project page and see what I have been making.  Hope you like it all.  Have fun, happy sewing

Travel chair seat for a toddler - front view

Travel chair seat for a toddler – front view

Rear view of toddler seat

Rear view of toddler seat

Braintree Quilters

Another busy week for us all!

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Some club members were making a carry tote for their cutting mats and rulers.  I am very proud that they have chosen to use one of my own knowhowtosew.com patterns. Members will all be able to personalise their totes to ensure they fit their own rulers and cutting mats.

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Launa is quilting the outside of her tote.  It will be a lovely bright tote, as she is using some of the cotton fabric her Mum bought in India.

Linda and Diane were in great discussion about Linda’s quilt top, which is absolutely beautiful. During the day Linda busily pinned the wadding and backing on.

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Grace is hooked on attic windows! She has chosen to use the fabric she bought in Australia and New Zealand.  There will be lots more photos in the weeks to come as she works on it.

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Pat, one of our newest members, is busy hand sewing her cushion top.

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We have enough members now to start a waiting list, which is very good for a club that is only four and a half months old!  Friendships are being formed as we sit, sew, quilt, hand stitch and chat!

Happy sewing and quilting to you all!

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!