Wednesday, 25 November 2009

top 3/4 finished

Strips sewn - they are laid on a navy backing which I will use as the edge pieces.


i am liking the contrast of navy sashing and bright blues - i think the navy thread for quilting will darken these down and pull the whole thing together

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

pieces cut (mostly)

Fabric cut - there's enough for 6 strips - about 5 and 3/4 inches wide. variable lengths from 2 to 4 and 1/2 inches. I love not having a pattern - but how hard is it to get the strips random - and looking random... there will be some rearranging no doubt - but i feel like it will be flowing as the tones are all complimentary (even if in the photo they may appear not to be)

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Friday, 20 November 2009

back to business

I realised that it had crept up on me when I didn't even feel like sewing any more!! I have been feeling really under the weather. Who'd have thought sinuses could give so much grief - not me - till now....

Anyhooo I am feeling so much better that the new project has started. I am using the sample books again


The plan is to have a blue quilt ....with dark blue sashing .... and even quilt in blue thread. I am feeling my way with colour and texture ( the anniversary quilt gave me some confidence!)

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The back will be navy panels with splashes of colour. this is the first strip/coin quilt I have tried - so wish me luck...

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Anniversary quilt

hurrayyy to the finished front..


and the back....
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I used dark red with a black threads running through it for the binding and it seems to bring the quilting and fabrics together. It's funny how the back has really come to life with the quilting and i really like it.

I think I will wait a moment before moving on to the next project........ok, ...that's long enough ;-) what to do next??

quilting styles

I quilted the maroon border with circles - (Well loops anyway)
and was pleased with the results - it makes the quilt a bit more 'bendy' - a totally different texture to when I meander


I am definitely branching out because I also quilted with meandering -- 2 styles on the same quilt - what's going on?...


I even used 2 slightly differnt colours of thread to quilt , a purpley red and a browny red


and throughout the quilt I have hidden quilted hearts - near the middle on this photo ...if you look really closely..

 < just the binding to

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Wednesday, 30 September 2009



as you can see --- that's what you get when you work when you're tired and work in bad light! i never realised the back was looping and bunching ....until it was too late.....

the good news .... a couple of hours of patient unpicking has cleared all the bits of thread and the fabric isnt marked. so it's ready to go again ...but i'm not. ;-(
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Sunday, 27 September 2009

quilt back

i decided on a simple block pattern - with some of the front patterns. the colours really do complement the front - i definitely wont be quilting in cream thread.....but what colour for all??

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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

quilt top together

quilt top assembled.....

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maybe a plain maroon border.....but i have no idea what to do for the backing or what colour thread to use for the quiliting

Friday, 11 September 2009

textured quilt

this is a departure in colours - much darker than my usual palette. i settled on the graduated colour rather than a total random look

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this was the alternative scrappy pattern

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I used the sample fabric books that I found back in March.

Friday, 4 September 2009

strippy pillow

I have discovered strip quilting!!!!!


i love it!!!!!!!!

i even ventured out to new quilt stitches - i really like the cirlces ....but they take an AGE ..I think i will reserve this for smaller projects because you need to be able to manoeuvre the quilt freely to get nice circles so i may not be able to on a full size quilt?


back to meandering on one side - after the circles i actually enjoyed it and kept the paths close together.


and the full side view..(i think that's my shadow on the photo as there are no dark areas)
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i am thinking of planning a Quilt now as i learnt so much doing this small project. we shall see.

Monday, 31 August 2009


And finally - the rising and setting sun quilts together


and back...

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Friday, 28 August 2009

Setting Sun nearly finished

I have all finished except for my favourite part of hand sewing the binding (no really i do love that part!)

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The matching Rising Sun quilt has a differnt back - I used off centre squares for the quilt blocks here, set randomly in 2 rows. I'm not sure which I prefer but they make a lovely pair of quilts.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

how strange

i have no idea what they are -but they are sort of pretty....even for bugs...
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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

quilting again

i have started to quilt my 2nd strip quilt - similar to the rising sun - by that i mean the same front but a differnt back! i will have to take photos - i'm just slogging with the quilting = little and often.....

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Flower Pillow

inspiration from 'don't look now' blog and tutorial for flower pillow



and strangely this herring bone stitch is my favourite part of the whole pillow! ( you have to look closely at the seam/binding edge - but it just goes to show it's the smallest of details that make the difference)

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i reallly enjoyed the appliqué - but i'm not so sure that i can cope with the raw edges - after i had sewn on a few flowers i changed my ideas and i did try and satin stitch so the edges weren't quite so raw...... still i learned alot about what i do and dont like to do, so all is good..

Tuesday, 7 July 2009


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This is my new bath mat !! went with the wavy line boxes for the quilting as this matches the mosaic type lino pattern in my bathroom. can't decide which side i like best - started with the small squares as the favourite .... but now like the bigger squares too!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

pretty in pink

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New mini project - I just fancied something a bit brighter

Thursday, 2 July 2009

branching out from stippling!

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I am feeling adventurous and wanted to try something different.

So I decided to try this sampler. I'm pleased with the results - I like the wavy box lines and the circles in particluar - but I have realised it will depend on what the piece is that I want to quilt - and stippling is the easiest of all - so we shall see...