Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A week of finishes: Monday

Well, that is the idea anyway. Last Saturday I went to Margaret Harrison's bag workshop for the Quilters' Guild. We were a smallish group. It was a real teaching project. We drew up our own design for the sides and used freezer paper templates to make the crazy patches. I used Cherrywoods for these, colours prompted by the centre fabric left over from a long ago completed quilt. We used fancy thread and our machine's fancy stitches for the quilting. I completed it this afternoon.
Hopefully more to come.
Pocket side

Reverse

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Bye bye quilts

My daughter and granddaughter came to visit yesterday and I showed them the quilt which I am currently binding which led to a thorough recce of my sewing room. I was delighted that three of my recent quilts found a home with a fourth soon to follow. These were always meant to find a new home eventually whether  to sell, give to charity or best of all to family and friends. So job done and I get to visit them once in a while!
Glimma Crosses

Quilt made in a workshop with Marion Fox, made twice as big.

Two happy campers with my Jelly Roll Race quilt

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Sewing day

Every two months the Usual Suspects get together with other friends for a day of sewing, lunch, chat and cake. This time the cake had candles and lunch was accompanied by a small glass of something sparkly to wish a very special member of our group "Happy Birthday".
Hever top in three pieces.

Judi has more or less pieced together the Hever raffle quilt top which five of us made blocks for, batik stars on white-on-white; we think we'll be able to sell lots of tickets.
Hexagon pieces using varying sizes of units.



She's also made modern hexagon pieces inspired by Heather Hasthorpe which will be a Guild workshop project later in the year.
In fact Judi has been very busy, adding more samples of the previous modern log cabin workshop also inspired by Heather and making an envelope quilt.
Modern envelope quilt
Lovely quilting motif

Modern log cabin with a dark bacground

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Marigold has finished her centre Stonehouse blocks and laid them out . They very exquisitely sewn and so fresh and pretty.
Cheery rabbit made from suede fabric

and kangaroo likewise



Judy O has nearly completed an African hanging for her husband. There lots of quirky little details and she has some embellishments to add.
Judy O's African piece inspired by Mary I's earlier piece.
 All I did was organise Linus blocks and make one top but others are ready to go at the UFO day on Saturday. Photos to follow when complete.
Stonehouse layout

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Hazel Hedgehog

I am continuing with Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest quilt pattern determined to look neither right nor left. This afternoon I made two Hazel Hedgehogs. This is a really clever pattern but you really do have to concentrate.
I cut out all the pieces for each block in advance and pin to my soft board with labels.
Some pieces have been assembled and the others pinned and ready to go.
Note that all are rectangular in shape.

They're very sweet

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Tu Whit, Tu Whoo

Two owls to join the rabbits - these were quite tricky and used all the colours.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Rabbits

Pocketful of Posies block

Two rabbits from Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest pattern.
I've finished the next to the last block shown here for my Piece o' Cake pattern and two rabbits from Fancy Forest. This is for a friend's first grandchild.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Fancy Forest

I have embarked on a quilt for a friend's first grandchild, a boy, using Elizabeth Hartman's "Fancy Forest" pattern. I'm not too sure of how it's going, still less whether the extra piecing effort is worth it. . .First up four foxes.