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.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Fidget Quilts

I hadn't heard of Fidget  Quilts until a few months ago.  And once I had I wanted to find out what they were. A Google search quickly educated me about them.
They are small lap sized quilts (about 20") with items such as buttons, zips, pockets etc securely stitched on for the recipient to fiddle with and so sooth restless hands.
Typically they are made for people with Alzheimers/dementia or any other condition where the user would be comforted by occupying restless fingers.

Coincidentally at around the same time a friend of mine asked if I knew anyone who made Fidget Quilts as she wanted one for her mum. Of course I jumped at the chance to make her one myself.

I then took it to my Quilting class to encourage others to make them.
They are lovely projects to make. They don't take too long and you get to be quite creative and playful. 
The three pictured are my original one and the first two that class members have made.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Quilt as you go

Just a quickie for Thursday Ladies.
Here are a couple of pics of what you need to bring with you next week.
I've cut the background 8"
The wadding 7 1/2"
And the front 7".

Cut two 'blocks' and quilt leaving 1" free of quilting around all four edges.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Enjoy your Stitching

Thursday Ladies are busy with their Sampler Quilt.  And they have recently finished their Seminole blocks.  (Pics below)

On Monday we are about to start a small (ish) nine block quilt.  Using a variety of blocks including flying geese using a flying geese ruler, some disappearing Nine Patch and four patch blocks to name just a few.

Until I did some research on disappearing Nine Patch I didn't realise there were so many variations.

I'll post updates as we go along.

Please remember my Quilty Friends as with everything we make together,  please  please feel free to participate as much or little as works for you.

Although I want to share/show you everything.  I know that each of us are different (definitely a good thing) some of you stitch fast, some sew more slowly. Some enjoy complicated blocks that stretch them. Some enjoy a repetitive block that relaxes them. Different colours and patterns of fabric attract different people. And that's one of the reasons I love patchwork and quilting - we are all different but brought together by a love/need to create.

Time obviously dictates just how much anyone can produce.  Family commitments and of course the unexpected.  Always expect the unexpected I say.

This is a hobby, something to be enjoyed.  Sometimes a challenge - that's good now and again.  Occasionally frustrating, I know many a sewing machine will be on the receiving end of a quilters frustrations. Mostly it should provide you with a sense of achievement, pride and satisfaction. 

 It shouldn't become a chore, cause stress, upset you - at least not regularly. Keep it light, keep it happy. Relax and Enjoy. 

Yours in Stitches Joy.

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