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

 

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!

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!

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.

Braintree Quilters

Our new Quilting Group has got off to a flying start. We have nine members, but would like a few more. We worked on our kaleidoscopic blocks this week, led by Grace. The initial cutting of the fabric needed care and precision, but then the fun began. Circles were laid out for all to see before sewing commenced. Those of us who joined in finished at least three or four circles in the time.

Others worked on projects that they wanted to finish.