Sunday, 26 April 2015

A Finish!!

My quilt along Irish Chain Twist is finally completed.  The quilting is a bit of a mix, I wanted to practice my free motion stippling and also use some of the stitches on my machine so I just went for it and threw it all into the mix!! This one's for my granddaughter Mimi as she's just got her first tiny bed!! She couldn't stop smiling when I took it round there yesterday and kept laying on it when I was taking the photos!!

As you can see the tips of my petals got lost in the binding, shame.  I followed the instructions exactly but I could see they were too close to the edge as I was making those blocks.

Now onto the next project.........

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

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Red Letter Day!

Yesterday was certainly a red letter day for me! My lovely big sister went to a World Textile Day and sent me this gorgeous fat quarter bundle. 

 This cloth is made in East Bali and is a technique called ikat weaving. This is done by measuring out the weft threads and then binding them tightly with colour coded string.  The threads are then dyed, and the string removed. Finally the weft is woven into a plain warp on a hand operated loom.  This method gives ikat it's "shimmering" effect.  It's so lovely I now have to think what I can make with it to properly show it off. 

There are a few more dates for the World Textile Days to find out more check out

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

Sunday, 19 April 2015


I've just finished piecing my latest quilt top and am very pleased with how it's turned out. I used a fat quarter bundle of Cotton and Steel  Mustang prints that arrived on Thursday, so you can see how busy I've been!!

I'm not sure if I want to add a border and I want to find just the right fabric for the backing, so I guess I'll leave this up on my design wall for the time being. In the meantime I've pieced the backing for my Irish Chain Twist quilt and will get that all sandwiched up tomorrow and start the quilting. I want to have this all done and ready for the grand parade of quilts on Thursday.

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

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

I'm back!!

Yes I'm finally back on my blog and in the "hive"!! It's been two whole weeks since I last wrote a post and shared what I've been up to.

I have been off work looking after our two beautiful whippets whilst Simon has walked "the Camino" in Spain, now this should have afforded me plenty of blogging and sewing time but not so, not once lovely daughter realised this meant I was free for babysitting and helping with dump runs etc!! Still it was Easter and it has been lovely to spend time with family and friends.

Still I have got a couple of finishes to share with you.  First up is a beach bag, made for lovely daughter - she told me that now she lives near the beach she needs one!! This was made using a Lakeside Gatherings charm pack I had that has anchors and birds on the fabric.The design is just a bigger version of a drawstring bag I've made before except this time I added a zippered pocket inside to keep keys etc safe.

It's very roomy and I added a thick cord drawstring to keep the nautical theme!!

Next is a small lap quilt that I've been working on in grey, black and yellow. I had such fun making this as there were no rules or pattern to follow I just kept adding fabric until each block was about 17" square, then I trimmed them all to 16 1/2".  I also added some of the fabric to the backing to break up the black. It hasn't got a name yet.........any suggestions????

Well that's it for this post. I won't leave it so long until the next!

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