Tuesday, 25 March 2014

English Paper Piecing

As lots of you ladies are coming to the end of our Skinny Quilts Project. My thoughts have been turning to our next adventure in stitchland.

And I'm thinking English Paper Piecing.

I'll be starting you off with a small piece of work, just to get you all into the mood.

I've started making a sample.....

The tin pictured belonged to one of our group's original members who sadly passed away recently. Her husband  (as happens so often in quilting groups) brought along Angele's stash for the group. The  tin is a perfect paper piecing shape too.
How apt Dennis brought it in this week.

The fabric I've used are from the V & A collection produced when they held a quilt exhibition a few years ago
Watch this space for updates on my English Paper Piecing project.....
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Monday, 17 March 2014

Squaring Up

As I had asked everyone in class to finish one U.F.O. before starting any new projects.
I thought best if I did my bit of u.f.o. finishing too.

I had found two u.f.o.'s that only needed binding to finish them.
While I was searching through my stash for the right fabric for one of the bindings, I came across a quilt top which I had been looking for for some time.  Quite how it got into my fabric stash I don't know.
Instantly I knew I wanted to finish this quilt a.s.a.p.
As you can see, it's a Sunbonnet Sue.
I quickly put the top wadding and backing together.
Here it is going through what my hubby calls it's Punk stage. Draped over my machine table ready for stitching.
 I've now machine stitched it in the ditch and freemotion quilted around the applique (with the feed dogs up).
I know I haven't shown you all how I freemotion machine quilt yet. But thought those of you who have done a bit of freemotion quilting might like to see me freemotion quilt with the feed dogs up! 
It's not something I do all the time but sometimes feed dogs up is good. 

This afternoon I squared the quilt up - so I'm all ready now for the binding.
Below is a quick video of how I square up my quilts. 

This quilt is going to a good home. My friend and cycling partner Gaynor's grandaughter Grace.
Phew that was a mouthfull - had to read it twice myself - still not sure it makes sense!
She'll be two next week - so just the right age to appreciate the pictures. 
Enjoy the videos,
I'll be doing a binding one soon.
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Happy (Spring) Days

Hello there my Quilty Friends.
I hope that sounded bright and breezy because spring is truly in the air this weekend.

We have sun.
We have warmth.
We have blue skies.
And we have Happy People.

It's amazing what a little sunshine can do.

And talking of Happy People, today I'd like to share with your the Beautiful work of one of our members.
She is also my cousins daughter. I like to claim that so you know it's all in the genes.
Click on the pink link Happy Days Quilting to see Patricia's wonderful work. Her machine quilting is really rather special.
If you like Patricia's blog, you can follow her just like you follow my blog.
That way you can keep up to date with her progress.

Enjoy & let me know what you think of Happy Days Quilting.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

St. Davids Day - Daffs & Joyofstitching

Want to see more? Check out my St. Davids Day post on my other blog Joyofstitching
have a Happy St.Davids Day,
Yours in Stitches, Joy
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