Monday 31 December 2018
I'm sure that blocking it will reduce the wobbliness of the edges, but I'll have to wait for 63" square of little used carpet to open up for that to happen.....!
depending on the front thread!
I loved sewing this project from start to finish!
New quilting will be happening in 2019, I know. I can hardly wait to get back to my machine.
Best wishes to you all for a super happy, super healthy 2019.
Tuesday 25 December 2018
I'm delighted to have my completed Aves Quilt up on the wall (behind a cupboard, so unfortunately the lower border won't be seen).
Shown here with our knitted nativity in front of it - knitted by my very talented late Mother-in-Law - part of our Christmas decorating every year.
Hope that you are enjoying your festive season too!
Tuesday 18 December 2018
This is probably the least appealing - the 'fern' quilting pattern should be more filled out between the flying geese spokes, I now think. I may go back and adjust this if I can think of a good way to do it without unpicking what is there (!).
I need to decide on a design for the outer flying geese border now. I suspect that it will be freeform feathers - it would be a shame to have a quit named Aves and not to have any feathers on it at all!
I still don't know if I'll get it completed before Christmas, but I'm doing my best!
Wednesday 12 December 2018
This central roundel is the trickiest to reach, as there is more quilt to bunch up under the sewing machine arm here then anywhere else, of course. It's made the lines more wobbly than I'd like. Well, that and the fact that I couldn't manage a full curve on the main star arms in one 'swoop' as I had to reposition my hands each time.... The oyster shells between the points were much easier as my hands stayed in one place.
It's hard to come up with quilting that will enhance the piecing, not to either fight with it or dominate it. I'm hoping that I can use fairly light quilting throughout.
Now I need to consider how I'm going to quilt the next roundel that I choose. It's not the fastest process, but it's one that I'm enjoying!
Wednesday 5 December 2018
This has finished at 4' x 6', and is a coverlet (two layers, in this case patchwork and fleece) rather than a quilt. I keep buying fleece blankets as I love the idea of them, but I'm not sure that I'm awfully successful at turning them into coverlets yet!
Made from stash, with slightly less of the lighter green print than would have been ideal to make the correct number of blocks....
Tuesday 27 November 2018
These easy 3 1/2" blocks. The final pieces in the jigsaw.
Of course, the hard part was trying to make sure that I got the rest of the outside blocks in the right place and facing the right way, but....
The quilt top is finished!
I'm delighted with it. Now I just have to decide on a backing fabric, baste it, quilt it, bind it and label it. I'd really like to have it complete by Christmas....... but at 63" square it is quite a lot to manhandle though my sewing machine, so I'll just have to see how I go.
This one (using up the left over blocks and trying out a quilting idea on this 19" x 29" baby quilt).
Isn't it brilliant what a variety of items you can make from some fabric so long as you have some time?
Tuesday 20 November 2018
Now, to the sewing. This was my version of Aves week 43 - a much simplified version that still didn't go together very well!
Fun to try, but I'm not such a fan that I'm planning lots more of them.
It seems late (only three more weeks to go!) to be introducing another fabric, but I bought this from Creative Quilting recently and love it. Admittedly, leaves rather than feathers, but I love it!
I'm thinking of how to quilt it now - and putting off basting it!
I've also delivered 13 quilts to Project Linus this week so it really was a week of varied activities!
Hope that you've been enjoying some sewing or crafting time too!
Tuesday 6 November 2018
However, I've got another Aves block ready to sew and some fabric basket / bowls begging to be finished, so I'll happily be back at my sewing machine tomorrow!
Tuesday 30 October 2018
Avril, of Stitchinscience won the visitors choice award for her 'Bigger Australian Splash' - congratulations Avril! Apologies for the poor photo - you can see a much better one on her blog here.
Big thanks to the committee and all the other group members (and their families!) for making the show happen. They did a great job of hanging so many lovely pieces and giving over 600 visitors pleasure, as well as raising money for both REACT and the British Heart Foundation.
I suspect that this was foundation pieced.
Benta's Ferris Wheel. Paper pieced. Love the colours and the quilting on this too.
This is number 40 - a 6.5" block.
Love sewing! Love the friends that I've made through sewing! Love playing with fabric in all sorts of ways!
Friday 26 October 2018
RICHMOND AND KEW QUILT EXHIBITION
26th -28th October 2018
Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-4pm
LANDMARK ARTS CENTRE FERRY ROAD, TEDDINGTON TW11 9NN Admission £3, Children free
Lots of quilts to see (including several of mine), traders, raffle, quilter bric-a-brac, and a café for when it all gets too much and you need to sit down!
If you have a chance do come along and visit - there are some really lovely quilts to see and lots to inspire you!
Wednesday 17 October 2018
Cute, but I'm a bit worried that I'm running short of my light colours already, and we still have several weeks of lights to go, I think! It's going to be 'nip and tuck' - although at least as I'm making a scrappy version I'll be able to add in additional fabrics if I need to - although I'll need to hit the shops as anything from my stash is already in the pile ready to use!
I'm now at a pause - I need to decide which of the many options I have I choose for my next quilt. I think that I might have a look in my scraps drawer and decide whether its going to be from scraps or yardage before any other decision can be made!
Tuesday 9 October 2018
I'm enjoying trying to choose the fabrics that I think the recipients will like. Turns out that my stash of liberty type fabrics wasn't as extensive as I'd remembered. On the plus side, I rediscovered some lovelies that I hadn't seen for a while, so my head is busy again with ideas for another quilt. Isn't that always the way?!?