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

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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

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

A long time….

Its been a long time since I last blogged.  I’ve been sew….. busy making pressies for folk and testing a handbag pattern!

I can now show you my latest creations…

The cushions are very bright as Kate asked for these colours. I used my Sizzix applecore die to cut this one out.

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I was lucky to be able to test a pattern for the Lombard Street Bag  for Chris of chriswdesigns.com.

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This was great fun and I can recommend her patterns. Here are some pictures of my bag which featured on her website.  The bag has multiple pockets on the outside, and a great iPad pouch on the back, just right for travelling with.

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It has a zip closure to keep all my bits secure.

Well that’s all for today, I’ll continue with my quilting and hope to finish my latest quilt quite soon.

Have a good day!  Linda

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.

Table runner

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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.