Thursday, 21 May 2015

Bonnie blocks

Blue Stained glass block

I have been doing my stint involving lots of hand sewing. I've finished the  stained glass block from Lynne Edwards' book in blue but this design does seem suitable for my Doe fabric so I used an applique design from a recent magazine. I made my bias strips using bias bars then ironed Steam-a-Seam 1/4" fusible to the back and ironed it into place then handstitched to secure.
Fabric audition

More fabrics

Pieces in place, temporarily secured with pritt stick and
Roxanne's fabric glue.

Stained glass ready to sew.

I've also pieced a new Honey Bee base to replace the one in my last post. It'll have dark wings. I've drawn  round templates on fabrics to make a Leila's Fan block and drafted a 12" schoolhouse.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


I completed my blue version of the Honey Bee block.
I knew as I was making it I didn't like it.
This one won't make its way into the quilt.
I was plotting an alternative version as I sewed.
Small picture on purpose!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Been Shopping

Today we have been visiting the wider area around Chesterfield and calling in on two local quilt shops along the way. The first was  Quiltessential where there was a class going on and lots of lovely fabrics including my favourite Carrie Bloomston prints. the shop owner was also a fan and brought up pictures on her phone to show examples of items made from Carrie's next collection, "Story", out in September. I think I've thought of how I want to use these designs, a repeat of a quilt I made for Bronwen in NZ some time ago. This shop is sited in Cromford Mills, the first/very early, 1771 cotton mill built by Richard Arkwright and powered by a complicated system of water power. My husband enjoyed reading up on all this while I was in the shop. Then we checked out the canal and the wharf. I was pleased my quilting led us to such an interesting place.

The setting

What I bought

On the way to Bakewell (utterly lovely) we stopped at Heirs and Graces, Patchwork Direct. Lots of varied fabrics including wovens and designer voiles and the converted church was an excellent setting.

My Heirs and Graces purchases: I continue to collect novelty prints.

It was a lovely day and the countryside round here is so delightful; the leaves are very fresh and every town has a river and extensive riverside walks.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Honey Bee

After ignoring a good  deal of pre-election news, a mixture of spin and wild promises from the politicians and misguided polls and commentary we watched TV yesterday evening as something real was happening, particularly mass resignations, very sad for the people concerned who were only doing their best. And "Have I got news for you" was lively as well with the recording punctured by news of yet another head to roll.

Anyway I took the opportunity to  finish the Doe Honey Bee block. I am appliquing the "wings" on the blue version but am not very happy with the fabric choices on that one. Indeed. although on the face of it it's an easy block, we all found fabric selection very difficult.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Helen's House

During our 40+ years of married life we have enjoyed many house exchange holidays which has enabled us to enter into into the domestic lives of other families, visit places we had never thought of visiting and sample other choices of books and music. Anyway yesterday we voted and made our way to Derbyshire stopping at the Newark Air Museum en route. I  stayed up till three to watch the election results then listened to the radio in bed as more rolled in. Very exciting as all the polls were wrong as were the politicians and all the pundits. The people had the last word. It was a very sad night for some.
Anyway here we are in very aesthetic surroundings, lots of graphic art and Helen's quilts adorn the walls. With her permission here are some pictures.

Bedroom quilt


Kantha quilt


House quilt


Day Bed

More houses

On the sofa arm

Chair back

QQShow & Tell, Wednesday evening

All packed up for the following day I set off to Quayquilters where we were making items for the sales table and tombola for our show. I hate making bits and bobs so brought in the tessellated pinwheels cushions I made for the U3A. Pauline, meanwhile, had been asked to make a peg bag and bored with usual options came up with a wonderful wigwam held up by a hook. She had also made a bag while Vanessa has made a top from HST's which she found was incredibly quick to make and to quilt compared to her usual complex pieces.
Bug Bag by Pauline

Pauline with her peg bag

Vanessa's batik quilt

Vanessa,right, with her quilt

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


How could I not see it! My interlaced star was completely mis-assembled but thanks to Mavis it was pointed out and I've unpicked extensively and repieced.


Another milestone was finally getting all the QAYG sections of my inner Bonnie Blues quilt assembled. I'm off houseswapping tomorrow but will set to on the borders when I get back.
Bonnie Blues minus borders

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Three Days

Mavis reverted to pink after originally plumping for blue. She likes pink!

Fran chose blue but reverted  to including blacks and greys.
She has a lot of those.

Thursday was Bonnie Day and the others showed off their blocks. Mine have already been on this blog and others have seen them but noone including me noticed or at any rate pointed out my mistake. I'll post again once I've restitched the "after" to go alongside the "before". Trish is deep into wedding sewing and will catch up later.
Mary's exquisite baby quilt, soft viyella and sweet embroidered bunnies.

Maggie's quilt top using Schweshwe fabrics. Fantastic border.

Friday was Queen Bees work on our joint quilt which involved a day of sewing in ends with more to come when the quilting is complete. All will revealed when it's on display at Sandown. Meanwhile there was some Show & Tell.
Saturday was a trip to see our son's flat in its completed splendour. We left the car with him and courtesy of our bus passes travelled into London to go to the Tate Modern to see the Sonia Delauney exhibition. Lots of colour inspiration and pattern as there was elsewhere in the collection which we looked at selectively. There was a work by Ellsworth Kelly which looked just like a painting. I bought the Delauney catalogue and her textile adventures were in part prompted by her Russian heritage and by the quilt she made for her baby son. Sweetly Alan said it wasn't as good as mine! I said hers would cost a bit more.
Catalogue and brochure

Sonia Delauney's quilt for her son.

Tate Modern from the Millennium Bridge; everywhere was seething with people.