Thursday, 27 November 2014

Hive cottage!!

Hive Cottage this is the name my good friend Jane has given to my home after her visit last week. Well she's not too far from the truth, and my little sewing room has certainly been a hive of industry over the past few days/ week.  How is it that one minute it's only October and there's plenty of time to stitch up a host of Christmas presents and then suddenly I'm reminded that Christmas Day is exactly four weeks today!!!  

Anyhow I refuse to panic and I am still adding to my list of things I want to have made in time for the big day.  I may need to adjust my sewing schedule though as there are some gifts that need to be posted!! But the main thing is I am really enjoying every stitch and finish and it's great to see my little stack of gifts growing by the day. 

This Saturday is the Thanet Quilters Christmas fair in Birchington so I will be taking a few hours off to browse the stalls, pick up a few goodies and meet up with fellow quilters and crafters. I have only been part of this fantastic community for three years and I can't for the life of me remember how I passed the time before I started quilting!!!

Hey ho I know where my time goes these days!  Have fun   Jacky O

Monday, 24 November 2014

Show and tell Monday

The St M's quilters were depleted from three to two this morning and only I managed to produce a couple of finishes to show.  It's that time of year when getting organised for Christmas eats into precious sewing time and some finishes just can't be shown or it would spoil the surprise!!
But here are a couple of finishes that it's safe to put up.

A Christmas table runner.

Place mat and mug rug!

I've not been able to crack on with my bright diamonds quilt as I need to find just the right fabric for the border.  I've been tempted to buy on line but it has so many strong colours and patterns that whatever I choose will have to be auditioned up against what I've pieced so far or I could end up making a costly mistake. This purchase will definitely have to be made in person at a quilt shop but goodness knows when that will be.

My darling little granddaughter, Mimi is obsessed with ducks and Sam managed to find this fabulous fabric for me.

Will be making a shopping trolley padded seat for her - I can already hear her quacking around the supermarket!!!

Happy Monday stitching.    - Jacky O

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Tuesday - catch up!!

Well I missed the Monday show and tell so catching up today!  I spent a lovely Saturday in Imelda's sewing room in Deal where we stitched, designed and cut to our hearts delight.  She has a huge - well twice the size of mine - design wall curtesy of her husband Terry, and I was able to lay up my triangles until I had the colourful diamonds I was hoping for.  

I will need to extend the width by three more triangles and the length by three more rows to get the size I want but I was pleased to be able to see them up and stand back to view the overall effect.

Meanwhile Imelda was cutting up her HST's to make her Sea scape quilt.  She has decided on a chevron quilt and with the fabulous fabrics she's chosen she has really captured the movement of the sea. I just love it and this is only her second quilt!!! 

Again this is only half the size of her intended quilt.  Her fabrics include fishes, sea birds and waves.  She is thinking of adding the beach hut fabric as a border, but wasn't quite decided when I left!!

Back at St M's on Monday, Sharon brought in her lovely creation of a Lunar Lapin, unfortunately we didn't photograph her, well it didn't seem right - she was naked ( lunar Lapin not Sharon!!) but as soon as she gets a dress we'll show her!!

Thanks for dropping by    -  Jacky O

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Mid week catch-up

It's been a busy week in my sewing room and I have finally finished Lunar Lapin! I bought this kit when I visited the Festival of Quilts back in August but have only just got round to making her!! The kit was excellent and included everything, including pins and the instructions were clear and easy to follow.  The only trouble I had was setting in the little sleeves of the dress.  The fabric, a lovely liberty print was quite slippery and the curves very tight but I got there!!  

My second finish is a favourite bag pattern by Carlene Westberg Designs - her Jumbo Drawstring Bag.  This is a great bag, big and roomy with lots of sectioned pockets inside and because it's drawstring there's no zippers to insert!!! It makes a great craft bag and I can't get enough of them!! This ones made using a selection of lovely Lotta Jansdotter prints that I bought at Sew Modern in LA earlier this year.

I still haven't put my Kaffe Fassett triangles together but I am spending a lovely sewing day over at my friend Imelda's house on Saturday so here's hoping!

Happy sewing.......... Jacky O

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Open house art in Whitstable

I have spent a lovely relaxing weekend meeting up with my talented friend Vince Donlin.  Vince is a brilliant artist, originally from Gillingham but now based in Brighton.  He has been showing his work in Whitstable as part of the open house exhibitions taking part all over Whitstable for the last three weekends. Vince, and fellow artist Helene Williams' work has been on display at the home of fellow artist Stephen Postgate in Oxford Street. 

I only managed to catch this opportunity to view the art of our talented local artists because of my friendship with Vince.  It's a shame that this event was not better publicised so that more people could have visited the open houses.  

To illustrate my luck, I arrived too early at Oxford Street to met my friend only to find a most delightful woman on the house steps by the name of Margo Selby.  She told me that this open house wouldn't open until at least 11.00am however her own studio around the corner was already open.  What luck. I got to see her wonderful textile art and her work rooms.

Such fabulous woven fabric in the most vibrant and gorgeous colours.

This fabric reminded me a very traditional log cabin block.

And the looms where all the magic takes place.

I live less than 20 miles away and was totally unaware of this fabulous artist.

Jacky O