Friday, 19 August 2016

Making a Block Keeper

A few people have been asking how to make my Block Keeper.  So I thought I should repost a link to my Video Tutorial.
First some pictures of said Block Keeper.

Sew - here is my Quick and Easy Block Keeper Video Tutorial

Monday, 15 August 2016

Quilt as you Go


For all of you who want to know how I put together my Sampler Quilt Blocks.  

It's a Quilt as you go method which I show in the video below.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

And now for something completely different

Today was  Crochet workshop day with the W.I. And what a lovely eager and friendly group they were.  I had a lovely day. 
I'm so proud of what they all achieved.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Lions & Tigers & Bears Oh My

Can you spot the mistake? - it's quite a major one. This is what sometimes happens when us quilters get over exited working on a project.
I finished putting this quilt top together and laid it out to consider how I wanted to quilt it.
Um......that's a strange way I've put those colours together I thought. 
Why did I put all the pink on one side of the quilt? That was an odd thing to do.
Then it hit me - I pieced the top in two halves - In my excitement to get the top completed I'd stitched and joined them together the wrong way around - Oh My!
There's no way I'm unpicking it - all the letters have been heat n bonded and stitched down. 
And there is hardly any of the fabric left to make new

So on to plan B

 I did have some flowers I'd cut out earlier and not used. 
I needed to bring some pink over to the left side.
I only had two Pink Flowers but visually odd numbers are better. 
So I'm using a yellow one as well. 
I've placed them so they highlight Lions, Tigers & Bears. 
I was tempted to try and make them into a lion, tiger and bear. But my Better Half told my I was over complicating it.

I'm making it to go in The Wizard of Oz exhibition that Swansea Quilters are putting on in the Waterfront Museum  Swansea as part of
  Swansea Festival of Stitch
August 5th - 19th


http://www.swanseafestivalofstitch.co.uk/



Sunday, 8 May 2016

Celebration

I managed to spend some time lately working on my own projects.
I'm making a series based on some of my favourite photographs.  I've always loved taking pictures and the digital age means I can snap to my hearts content.
I'm currently working on five pieces inspired by my photographs. This one was taken in Alykanas on the Greek Island of Zante.  Our favourite spot for a relaxing holiday.  On this visit we were (still) celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

William & Daisy

Yey - had a lovely play day today working on my own little project.
Inspired by a photo I took of my Grandson and dog last year.

Using some fabric I had hand painted,  some freemotion quilting and appliqué - and a touch artistic licence (I changed the direction the was running in). Some scraps of fabric for the binding. It's all finished and hanging proudly on my wall.


Monday, 28 March 2016

Grandmothers Pride

To make this block you need two different fabrics a dark (feature) fabric and a light (background) fabric.  

From the dark (feature) fabric cut:

9 x Two and seven eighth inch squares.

From the light (background) fabric cut:

4 x Two and seven eighth inch squares.

4 x Three and a quarter inch squares -
Cut these squares in half on the diagonal (corner to corner) this gives you 8 triangles. These go around the outer edge of the blog.

And

2 x Two and a quarter inch squares -
Cut these in half on the diagonal (corner to corner) this gives you 4 smaller triangles which form the corners of the block.

Use quarter inch seams throughout. 

Lay the squares and triangles out next to your sewing machine. 
You need to stitch them together in diagonal rows  ( see pics above and below) nice slippers! 
Stitch the rows together
And you'll end up with this.
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