Monday, 8 July 2019

Look what I found!

I was looking for something in my sewing room a few days ago and then found a bag of gifted bonus triangles, already in pairs. I then unearthed several bags of them!

 Quite small but I couldn’t possibly throw them away so I decided to start sewing them together into HSTs. I have been sewing them in little bursts of machining or as Leaders and Enders as I put together a baby quilt. I have actually emptied one bag and started on a second one.I have also been pressing the HSTs and trimming in short bursts too as I find that a tedious job and I’m happier tackling them like this. I am now building up a bag of trimmed HSTs.

Here’s a few of them:

Sunday, 23 June 2019

A super weekend

Two sets of Crumb blocks I put together late this afternoon, a few 4” ones and more 4.5” blocks.
I have laid out a set of 4.5”  Crumbs alternating with a variety of fabric squares so I can start a Linus Quilt at tomorrow’s Patchwork Group meeting.

We had old friends to stay for the weekend which was so lovely. Good weather (for a change this summer!) so we were able to do a few walks including a great day yesterday when we combined a walk beside the canal and a  visit to Packwood House and Gardens, a National Trust property not far from our house. I was happy with all the meals I produced which were devoured eagerly. All our walks were new to our friends so a good time was had by all.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Another finished quilt

I finished hand quilting the latest Siblings Together quilt using various Perle threads.
Finished at 51” x 62” although I guess it will shrink a little in the wash (just finished).

Friday, 7 June 2019

Memories jolted by Cathy’s blog

I follow Cathy’s blog Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting every day. I love everything she makes and admire her ability to sew beautiful quilts from scraps many folk would throw away.

A couple of days ago she wrote about her sewing history - she was lucky enough to be taught by her Grandma and it made me think back to my own childhood and how I was “put off” sewing!
Which was strange as my Nana (Dad’s mother) was a  tailoress and was able to knit and crochet beautifully as well. My eldest sister is 11 years older than me and learned a lot from Nana but by the time I was old enough to learn she wasn’t able to teach me. However I picked up knitting and crochet from my sister.
Then came Grammar School at aged 11 and in the first year we had to make a cookery apron and a silly hat for Domestic Science lessons. I had never used a sewing machine - Mum didn’t sew - and every lesson was horrific. Either the machine wasn’t working or the needle broke, or the bobbin ran out etc etc. I spent most of the lesson waiting for our teacher (can STILL remember her name!) to help me. So as a result I hated sewing and was terrified of sewing machines!

Fast forward 10 years and I was a qualified Primary Teacher. In those days there were such things as Evening Classes run by the local Education Authority. My lovely big sister had always made my clothes . She knitted all my baby clothes and then all my jumpers and cardigans and then my dresses, even through my College days! I thought it was about time I learned to sew myself and stuck it out for two years. Not really my thing, although I tried!

Fast forward again another 10 or so years. Now a Mum of two children including a little girl who took Ballet and Tap dancing lessons. Every two years her teacher did a big show and I was expected to make costumes for her. Quelle horreur! Mum -in-law was also a good sewer and gave me her old machine. Unfortunately she didn’t live near enough to help me so I plugged on by myself. I actually managed to make the costumes but I hated it!

Then came early 1997. I read an article about Gillian Clarke, wife of a well loved politician.  She was a Quilter, something I don’t really think I knew about. She made the most amazing appliqué quilts and I was hooked. I investigated Quilting, went to a Saturday class the other send of the country because I didn’t know of anything in my area. I was put in touch with a local group and the rest, as they say, is history! I was hooked, “obsessed” my husband would say. I have made the most wonderful friends, made probably 200 quilts, of all sizes and loved every minute of it.

My big sister is still amazed, she still has to pinch herself that Little Sister sews, owns more than one machine and loves cutting up fabrics into little bits and then sews them together to make something pretty and useful. She readily says it’s something she COULDN’T do, the thought of sewing all those bits together fills her with horror! So I’ve loved making quilts for all of her  8 grandchildren. Perhaps Great grandchildren one of these days?

Sunday, 19 May 2019

At last, time to sew!

I haven’t had time to sew for over a week but yesterday afternoon I managed to sew for most of the afternoon. I have been working on creating a second quilt for Siblings Together using another set of Sunshine Lotto blocks which are Autumn colours.  At the end of my last sewing session I had all the rows completed including sashing and cornerstones. Yesterday I sewed all those together, added side borders in the sashing fabric and outer borders using a piece of autumn coloured batik fabric which had been sent to me by a member of the Sunshine Lotto Group.
I now have a completed flimsy which I am happy with. I spent a lot of time choosing which of the blocks to use in this quilt and even longer deciding on an arrangement that looked right.  That only happened after I emailed a few photos to Australian blogger friend Jo who was so helpful! Thank you, Jo 🙂

As I was sewing the flimsy together I also turned some HSTs I had made from bonus triangles left over from some Sawtooth blocks I had recently made. A great afternoon’s sewing!

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

My Blue and Yellow Quilt is finished

My Siblings Together Quilt is finished. It measures 50” x 64” and bound with a variety of blue WOF scraps I had. 

The backing is the back of a duvet cover I picked up at the Charity Shop. The top of the duvet cover is the reverse of this colourway and I think it will be used as the backing of my next Siblings Together quilt I shall make from the Green Sunshine Lotto blocks I won.
Just got to wash it and send it off to the coordinator Nicky. I’ll be interested to see how much the quilt shrinks in the process.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Hey presto! - the inspiration for 2 quilts

Included in the parcel of blue and yellow Sunshine Lotto blocks I won were two more random coloured blocks. When I decided to use the blocks to make a Sampler style quilt for Siblings Together  these two different  blocks didn’t fit my planned quilt. One block consisted of horizontal bands of solid colours: bright pink, yellow, lime green, turquoise and teal. I cut the block vertically into four strips and used them as a basis to make 2 Premature Baby Coin quilts.
As you can see from the photos, three strips were in one quilt, the fourth strip in the other. Alternated with teddy bear fabric and framed to achieve the required size of 15” x 20”.

I used several leftover pieces of bindings to complete the duo.

Really pleased with the result so I now have to think of how to use the other multi coloured block.