Monday, 30 March 2015

Stacked Squares

The sun peeped out for about 30minutes this morning so Sharon and I downed tools and raced outside to take a couple of photos of my latest finish.  So here you are......

What do you think??

Happy stitching...........Jacky O

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Irish Chain Twist

I have just finished stitching all my blocks for the quilt along together, so here it is -

Making this cot sized quilt top took me in a slightly different direction. For the first time I didn't match up the points on the "x" squares as they are supposed to be wonky!! To start with this seemed to go against all I had been struggling for since I started piecing and quilting, but I really enjoyed the freedom it gave me and my next project, with my yellows and greys is going to embrace this style, I can't wait!!

Tomorrow I will raid my stash for a suitable backing and get it all sandwiched up ready for quilting.  I can't decide at the moment how to quilt it though.  I'm tempted to do a free motion loopy pattern in a contrasting thread, but not sure yet.

I've also finished quilting and binding my Stacked Squares quilt, and as soon as the weather bucks up and I can get some decent photos I'll share it with you.  I'm really happy with how it's turned out, the fabrics works well with the pattern and I've quilted it in a grey thread in straight lines one inch apart. 
I'm looking forward to see what you think of it because I'm entering it our local quilters exhibition!!

Happy stitching ............. Jacky O

Friday, 20 March 2015

Appliqué petals

I have never attempted machine appliqué before so this weeks assignment for the Irish Chain Twist quilt along was a first for me, and once I got going I loved it!!  I used a blanket stitch,  a blending colour of thread and quickly settled into a rhythm that I felt comfortable with.  I even found myself thinking "this is great what else can I machine appliqué !!"
Here's my appliquéd petals

Tomorrow I'm off to a fund raising quilt exhibition at nearby Manston and will be meeting up with quilting friend Imelda - hope there's some cake to be had whilst we catch up about our latest projects!! Imelda went to Duxford quilt show recently and did a workshop with Sally Holman. So I'm longing to hear all about that and the lovely Kay called in on the St M's quilters today with our orders from Quiltique in  Vegas.  I've been slowly collecting some lemon and greys for a quilt I want to make here's what I've got ......

It's been a busy week catching up and I managed to layer and pin my stacked squares quilt top ready for quilting. So watch this space for a quilt finish .......

Happy stitching .............. Jacky O

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Quick catch up

It's been a grim time in the Hive this past week, and precious little sewing has been undertaken. This once again has been down to sickness.  First little Mimi went down with a nasty tummy bug, followed by her mum and then I managed to round it all off with developing a streaming  cold.  So in between helping Kate out with Mimi, and minimal sleep it's surprising I have anything to show!!

But I have done this weeks assignment for the Irish Chain quilt along and finished my dining room table runner. So without further apologies here they are...

The petals for my Irish Chain

My table runner, complete with my flowers for Mothering Sunday.

Happy stitching......... Jacky O

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Irish chain twist blocks

Phew! True to my nature I've just completed this weeks homework, the night before it's due!!!

To be fair the quilt along doesn't really put pressure on for participants to "keep up" and it's up to us to fit our sewing around whatever is going on, but if you want to be included in each weeks give away then your homework has to be in on time!!!

I really thought I might miss out this week as I've been helping the lovely daughter move into her new flat  quite near to me and this has kept me out of my sewing room.  But as I said I've finished this weeks blocks and here they are!

Happy stitching.......... Jacky O

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Thanet Quilters Quartely Meeting

The Thanet Quilters had their quarterly meeting on Tuesday evening and what a well attended meeting it was.  The Thanet Quilters is an umbrella group for all the smaller Thanet quilting groups and meets four times a year at Birchington.  At each meeting a different group hosts and provides the tea, coffee and biscuits, and after notices have been read out we enjoy a talk or trunk show from a visiting speaker.  This meeting it was the art quilter, guild teacher and quilt judge Annette Morgan, who treated us to a slide show and talk about her art quilts and innovative techniques.  I'd never thought about using emulsion paint and a soldering iron on my work but that's exactly what Annette does with amazing results!!

After the talk we have a break for tea etc and a chance to buy yet more fabric from the visiting trader or choose books from the groups library. Then it's on with the raffle and a show and tell spot.  I love the friendliness of this group, when Sharon and I first found the group on the internet we just turned up and was so warmly welcomed we've been going ever since. The group welcomes individual quilters and we were allowed to borrow books on our very first visit.

The speaker generally seems to be booked to run a workshop the next day, unfortunately we've not been able to attend these as it's mid week and we have to go to work!! But we did sign up for a day trip to Lady Sew and Sews at this meeting.  We also, very bravely took entry forms for our quilts to be entered in this years Thanet Quilters exhibition!!! I haven't decided yet whether to enter the traditional or art quilt category, which is a bit of a joke really as I've never made an art quilt but I was very inspired by Annette Morgan, and have already been on the look out for a soldering iron!!!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Irish Chain Twist Catch up

I didn't make last weeks link up as I have been unwell with a horrid flu like virus.  I felt so weak it was tiring to speak let alone sew!! Anyhow much better now so getting back on track.  I have made my wonky "x's" and yesterday I stitched and cut this weeks blocks, and here they are.

Happy stitching..............Jacky O