Monday, 31 January 2011

Same Quilt, More Life

Yep that's right, been working on my Pinwheel quilt again. Lots of progress today while I was at Franney's house.

Squaring up the blocks

Sewing the blocks together

Starting to add the narrow border

Narrow border complete

I'm really pleased with the sudden quick progress of this quilt. I still have to add the wider border & then the top is all done. The wide border fabric is one of my favourites, hopefully before the week is out you'll get to see it too.

Happy stitching :-)

Friday, 28 January 2011

The Life Of A Quilt + Other (image heavy!)

This Wednesday I decided to go back to the quilt that I started in November, the Pinwheel quilt. I made some excellent progress & have completed another 10 blocks. Now all I need is to square them all up to 12inches & the blocks are ready to sew together.

Strip pieced & cutting wide sections

Strip piecing the narrow sections

Narrow strips all cut

Chain piecing back together

Four patch squares created

More piecing

Blocks Complete

Just in case you haven't seen enough pictures I thought I'd share with you what else I got up to. This first quilt top is for my DD... aka Twin 1, Missy Moo, Little Moo or Hannah Moo. It's a disappearing nine-patch that I started at a one day workshop at Thread Bear that was with Carolyn Forster as the tutor. All I need to do now is add the border & then sandwich it. I think the border will be the lilac marble fabric as I have quite a bit of it & I think it would finish it off nicely.

This last one is a quilt top that I finished a few months ago but so far I haven't got around to sandwiching & finishing. I think I blogged about some of the stars as I was doing them but can't remember if I shared the finished top with you, so here it is.

I think that's everything.... for now... time to trim up some blocks.

Happy stitching :-)

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Oooops, I did it again!

Yet more stash.... yikes! This latest haul follows a trip to the Stitch & Creative Crafts Show at Sandown Park. I went with my stitching friend Franney & while we were there we met up with two other crafty friends from CTnY forum, Noo & Jessica.

Fat Quarter bundles from Sunflower Corner Quilting

3 x Patterns from the Stitch Witch
Fusible Bias Tape in Gold from the Stitch Witch

This next photo is some stash that I bought just after christmas when we were out on a little drive & found ourselves in Tunbridge Wells right in front of The World Of Sewing AND it just happened to be 25% off all fabric day... woohoo :-)

2 x Blush Charm Packs
2 x Cosy Quilt Designs Quilt Patterns
2 x Metres each of some lovely funky fabric

On the CTnY forum I've signed up to make a project every month using just fabrics from stash. I'm hoping to make a little bag every month. This is Januarys bag. My best description of it is a make up bag or bits n bobs bag or project bag....not sure really but it is fully lined in Navy Blue with hidden seams & is quilted all over. It measures approx 9in x 8in tall & could be yours for £7.99 :-)

Happy Stitching :-)

Thursday, 13 January 2011

New Fabric Storage & New Stash

Finally I have my new storage units all up & running & most of my fabrics have been transferred over from the many boxes that were in my sewing room/under the bed/in the cupboard etc etc. Almost everything in one place.... bliss. Thought I'd share a picture of the chaos before & the tidyness after.

While I was putting all the fabric into the nice new towers it gave me chance to look at some of the upcoming projects that I have to work on. Not all of them have a particular pattern or purpose as yet but all are grouped toghether ready for me to "play" with. Here is just a few of them.

Also... making their debut into my fabric stash is my lovely new items from The Quilt Room, Dorking. Myself & friend Franney headed off last week to Dorking to check out the sale at TQR & see if we could bag ourselves any bargains. Once we'd done the sale portion of the store we couldn't leave without having a good look at everything else & this is what I came out with.

Bag of Red Strip Scraps
2 x Heather Bailey Charm Packs
1 Red Charm Pack

12 Days of Christmas Fabric Panel
2 x Quilt Stencils
5 x Fat Quarters

Fandango Layer Cake, Charm Pack & Jelly Roll
The Jelly Roll will be split between myself & Franney for a workshop that we're going to be doing at my quilt group, Shirley Quilters.

Happy Stitching :-)

Saturday, 8 January 2011

TUSAL & Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I know I'm about a week late but things have been hectic around here. The twins have been enjoying christmas everyday for a good two weeks & a couple of days ago one of them even asked if Father Christmas was bringing more toys. I think we have just about managed to fit everything in the house.

I've done no stitching for days if not weeks & it feels like I'm having withdrawal symptoms, luckily next week gets back to normal around here (finally). Twins club is back on, nursery is back on & it means I get my "work" days back... hooray!

Here is a picture of my little orts jar for the year 2010. The pictures were taken on the 4th Jan as that was the new moon & the day in which we post for the TUSAL (i'm late again!). I'm quite pleased it's full, means that I really did do some stitching last year... I must remember to keep a list of all my finishes this year (if any!). Now the jar will be emptied & the TUSAL will start all over again :-)

I have lots of things still to post about & hopefully over the next week or so I may get the time to share some with you. They include:
  • Stitching goals for 2011
  • More stitching stash
  • New fabric storage

Happy stitching :-)