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

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!

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

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

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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Cushion

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

Happy quilting and sewing.

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!