Monday, 20 July 2015
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Yes, you can believe your eyes. I am blogging twice in the same week. I just wanted to share some fun I have been having. I joined in a Mystery Quiltalong that Kaaren is offering. I have just fallen in love with these little houses. It rained this evening, so I had just the excuse to play along.
I love them.
The Quiltalong came along at just the right time. I had finished my second Safe Harbor, also designed by Kaaren, and had nothing else started. Though, I have a couple of 50th Birthday quilts to do before Nov/Dec. I’ll start those soon. We are hoping for a dry day tomorrow to take Safe Harbor to Nicola to be quilted. Doesnt look promising at the minute. Of course, it would be another good opportunity to make more little houses. Bye for now.x
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
I think I will have to start a diary on the laptop, so I will be reminded what has been going on since I last blogged. My niece’s cat Enzo loves to curl up on my sil’s quilt, so I thought he needed one of his own. A few disappearing 9 patch blocks later, and he seems to agree with me.
The tall ships were in Belfast at the beginning of July. GD, D2 and I spent a great day admiring them and eating lots of unhealthy/tasty snacks from the international markets. My new favourite food is sweet potato fries.
My second Safe Harbor quilt top is finished and ready for the quilter. Planning to take it on Friday.
The sun came out just when I needed it, and DH had just cut the grass/moss, so it was just right for my photo shoot. This is a big quilt, so I put the flowers beside it to get some perspective.
Cats do love quilts. Here is Amber on a pile of little quilts I have received from participants of A Little Quilt Swap. She found them on the bed, and thought she would try them for size/comfort.
Talk again soon. Barbara.
Monday, 8 June 2015
Here it is in the Home Industries Section of our local Agricultural Show. Excuse the chairs, it was displayed in the school. If you look at the top right you will see a red ticket. Pondhouse won first prize, and this cup.
I have made a few of these
This one went to France with my grandaughter’s exchange student.
My little quilt from A Little Quilt Swap went to Marie in USA. It is a paper pieced Backgammon Board.The mini daffodils were out, so I photographed it with them…mini with minis.
I received a most beautiful little quilt from Mary in EnglandJust now I am trying to complete a second Safe Harbor quilt designed by Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt. I love the first one to bits. It was longarm quilted also by Nicola Doherty Roe.
In May my D2 and I were at an event where Jennie Rayment was speaking. She inspired me to consider putting a bit of texture into my quilting. I havent done anything yet, but made this little sample of twisted pleats the next day while I was still pumped up and full of ideas………hope they come to pass.
This is all I I I. Thanks are due to all the gifted and talented quilters who design and inspire me. My part is to enjoy doing the quilty things.
Today is sunny and bright. To finish off I have a pic to leave with you. I did not take it, but it has such awe factor, I thought you would enjoy it. Thank you all who follow and are patient with my ramblings, or lack of them. I will try to do better.
Saturday, 14 February 2015
I havent done much sewing. I am working on my quilt for GD who chose the fabric herself. It is Guttermann fabric. The block is a disappearing hour glass. I saw it on youtube with the missouri quilt company’s Jenny.
I like the block, but it needs very careful stitching and cutting, or things go haywire. I have already two blocks that wont belong, as I cut them wrong.
Ah well, they will be good for a pillow or something.
I didnt quite finish did I?
I kept going with GD’s quilt, and she loves it.
I have a couple of little bags made as gifts. Cant find the pics, so I am off to see what happened to them…….technology gets to me sometimes.Found one.
The weather is once more better for walking in my favourite place, the park. The first day there was still a skim of ice on the lake and the birds were ‘walking on thin ice’Next day was much better, and this swan family came looking for food. They had only one grown cygnet.
Finally, on a stitching note. I have been having another go at foundation piecing. I say ‘a go’ as I am convinced my brain is not wired to understand it. I know what to do, but I end up reverse sewing. However I am getting there. Will reveal in a couple of months……yes, it will take that long.
Bye for now.Happy Valentine’s Day.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
On the Saturday the ladies of The Fennel Shed opened an extra hour especially for us, so we had an opportunity to buy up those necessary fat quarters and metres of the very fabric we were looking for.
I have been beavering away at Safe Harbor, by Kaaren Johnston. I have the final border on, and plan to have it longarm quilted. This is the first time I have had a quilt LAQ. I am really looking forward to the finished article.
I have just found this in my drafts today 1st Jan 2015, so I will post before I do my NYpost.
I have become really lazy about the blogging. Sorry to those kind people who follow my almost nonexistant blog. I have continued to sew through the past 5 months. I completed a full size quilt and had it long-arm quilted. Safe Harbor is a design by Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt.
I tried something different and entered it in a competition. I didnt win, but my little quilt was ‘published’ with photos of all the other entries. I was chuffed to bits. I stuck in, this week and finished all the blocks for my Pondhouse by Lynette Anderson, which has been on the go for……..4?years.This is the last log cabin block. Yay! Only two borders to attach and I will be ready for quilting. I would like to attempt hand quilting, but it is sooo big.
I made table decorations for Christmas and two lovely flannel cushions for my favourite Auntie, oh, and a table runner for my cousin in Scotland. Yes, I have been busy. I tried a wool felt workshop, and got hooked enough to make a few Christmas gifts.
I want to wish you all a Happy New Year 2015.
Perhaps I will keep up with my blogging. That sounds like a maybe NY resolution. Bx