Friday, 31 October 2014

Works in progress

As you all know I am relatively new to the quilting community but I have noticed in reading more than a few blogs that nearly all you quilters out there tend to have works in progress. In fact some have projects that span over years, well I'm not there yet, but give me time!! I've already found how easy it is to get side tracked into new projects and the lure of freshly bought fabric just can't wait for a finish. Then there is also mood to consider, sometimes ones mood simply dictates what to work on!!! Do I sound like I am making excuses to myself for starting yet another quilt with three already on the go?!! A little count up at work the other day (I got bored with doing the staff rota) honestly shocked me when I counted all the projects I'm currently working on, and then I panicked even more because I know I want to get started on my Christmas gifts and other festive makes, and the knitting I want to complete in time for the right season......... Oh well there's no point in kicking against it I guess I'm becoming a fully stashed up member of the quilting gang.  

I was off work recently feeling unwell, too unwell even to sew, but not so poorly that I couldn't go on line and treat myself to 10 half metres of fabric from the wonderful Kaffe Fassett range.  This fabric is so bright and fun it really cheered me up. Last night I cut out 160 equilateral triangles from it for a quilt that I want to make channeling Kelly from "my quilt infatuation" Jewelled quilt. She made hers using Amy Butler fabric and I wanted something equally bright but not the same.

What do you think?

Hey ho another project to add to the list.......leave a comment and let me know what you're up to. Jacky O

Monday, 27 October 2014

Show and tell Monday

I know I've missed a Monday and there are no excuses except to say life got in the way of sewing! But hey back this week with a couple of finishes. 

Now those of you that have looked carefully at my quilts will have noted that I tend to stick to quilting in straight lines.  This is mainly because my attempts at free motion quilting have ended up with frantic squiggles rather than lovely free flowing swirls, so this week I have made some simple cushions in order to practice.

Still a long way to go..........

At this rate I'm going to be over run with cushions!!

Also I've been busy making a little "train case" using a pattern from Sara Lawson. I made the middle size but having finished it wish I'd gone for the larger one.  It was a bit fiddly to put together but the instructions are clear and the diagrams good. Sara's pattern can be found at "Sew Sweetly".

Happy Monday..... Jacky O

Monday, 13 October 2014

Show and tell Monday

Today I have two finishes to share. First up is my "red red wine" quilt. This quilt was inspired by a pattern I found in Primitive Quilts magazine.  I have tweaked it a bit but have basically kept to the same colour scheme.  It measures 66" x 66" so lays nicely across the top of my bed.  I used a variety of fabrics that I have collected, these depict - my favourite wines!!! Blacks for Pinot Noir, pinks for rose and dark red for a rich claret. The yellow is of course a lovely buttery Chablis!!!!

Unfortunately it's been raining ever since I finished this quilt so it had to be photographed in doors and the result is not great and doesn't really do the colours justice. As soon as the sun comes out I'll re photograph it.

Next up is a bag made using a Lynette Anderson pattern from her book "Country Cottage Quilting". This has taken some time to finish as I lost momentum with the embroidery element but here it finally is!!

It's great to have some finishes to show, please feel free to link up and show what you've been doing and don't forget to leave a comment. 

Love Mondays !!! Jacky O

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Log cabins

There's been a serious change in the weather, the wind started blowing, the sky darkened, the rain arrived about mid day and the temperature dropped considerably all making it perfect to retreat into my snug little sewing room and cut lots of strips for my log cabin project.  I haven't decided on the arrangement yet but think it may be a variation of the barn raising design. So many more blocks to make before I get to that stage though!!

Loving log cabin piecing..... Jacky O

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Detling Autumn Quilt Show

Set off early yesterday with Sharon and Imelda for the quilt show at Detling, we left at 9.00 as we wanted a leisurely day with time to spare for a sit down and the obligatory piece of cake! Well a smooth drive and no traffic got us there promptly just before 10.00 so we had to queue along with lots of other excited ladies. 

The quilts once again were an absolute delight and unlike the Festival of Quilts at the NEC there was actually room to move around and take time to really inspect the workmanship ( should that be workwomanship - I didn't see any by a man on this occasion??!!).  Anyhow I snapped away with my iPhone and here are a few of my favourites:

First up a couple of the tropical theme wall hangings

Calendar quilts - love calendar quilts, it's on my bucket list to make one!!

A Dog's Life - one of Lynette Anderson's designs

Now those of you that know me will know that however much I try to get modern and use fresh bright fabrics I always gravitate back to the traditional and lovely civil war prints so the next few quilts had me swooning in the isles!!!!

(Didn't really capture the fabulous colours of this one)

Showing this next one because I am always in awe of quilters that can do perfect points on the mariners compass!!

This next quilt had us touching (with gloves) and feeling every wonderful texture and marvelling at the range of skills displayed, a brilliant demonstration of techniques

And finally a few to prove that simple blocks cleverly arranged can use up the stash and make lovely quilts!!!

After looking at the quilts we were inspired to use up our stashes but not before we had added to them considerably!!!   I bought some Civil war fabric and book plus one or two other bundles, Sharon purchased all the fabric she needed for her next quilt project and Imelda, well every time I looked she was tucking yet another goody into her copious bag!! She excused herself by saying she was new and had to build a stash!!! 

Happy Sunday stash building - Jacky O