Thursday, 21 May 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival Modern Category

Most of my fellow quilters at St. M's are traditionalists and were a little surprised when I came up with this quilt

It's called "Block End" and this is going into the modern category over at Amy's quilt festival. I really enjoyed the freedom of not working to a pattern and just seeing where the fabric took me!!

Check out all the categories there's some fab quilts on display, or enter one there's still just time.

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

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I can't believe how quickly this has come around, and it's such fun to see what everyone has been stitching. To see for yourself hop over toAmy's Creative Side and take a look.

I've thought about which quilt I should enter and have decided to enter the small quilt category with my "Stacked Squares".  This is a quilt that was originally inspired by one I saw over on Kelly's blog at My Quilt Infatuation. So here's my version.

This quilt measures 60" x 84" and was straight lined quilted approx 1" apart.

Enjoy looking at all the quilts and happy stitching...........Jacky O

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Zippered pouches

Having got my Mustang quilt all bound and finished I wasn't sure what to get started on next. I have a lovely fat quarter bundle of Dashwood fabric....

A big fat quarter bundle of Kona solids, that I got free when I subscribed to a magazine...

A fat quarter bundle of nautical/seaside prints, that I got on special offer from Lady Sew and Sew..

I still haven't decided what to do with my lovely ikat fabric that my sister sent..

And last but not least I have 3 metres of fabric that I couldn't resist when Lady Sew and Sew put them on offer for just £5 a metre......

So much yummy fabric I really didn't know where to start.  I also have a charm pack of Regent Street which looks very much like Liberty prints which I want to make into a small simple lap quilt, I've already bought some off white fabric to use as sashing. So where to begin????

In the end as it was lovely daughter's birthday I decided to make a zippered pouch for her in the wonderful sixties Notting Hill fabric.

And then as I was on a roll I also made one for myself from some vin de jour fabric I had in my stash..

Sometimes there's just too many choices. I'm off to Paris for the weekend so I think I will spend my time planning until I get back, but when I'm back...... I'll be a busy bee in my hive!!!

Happy stitching...... Jacky O

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


This is my latest quilt finish which I am calling Mustang as I can't think of anything better at the moment and the fabric is from a range by Cotton and a Steel called Mustang. If you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them, in fact I always love to read your comments and suggestions .....hint hint.

The backing I chose is a lovely fabric by Riley Blake called Derby horses which I thought was very appropriate and goes very well.  I was intending to put this quilt in our local exhibition but have changed my mind as I am so disappointed in the binding.

Now I know us quilters are advised not to point out the flaws, which we are assured nobody but us really notice ......but .....I really messed up the binding.  I have always used 2 1/2" binding, ironing in half and then ironing outer edges to the centre just like shop bought bias binding. I then machine stitch along the first crease, flip it over and hand sew on the back. This time I followed a "you tube" tutorial which suggested ironing the binding in half and then stitching the raw edges to the quilt with a quarter inch seam and then turning over and hand stitching to the back.  It went so wrong on me. Instead of an even amount of binding on either side of the quilt I ended up with a thin meagre binding on the quilt front and a larger portion on the back.  I could unpick the whole lot, but that's not my nature, I think I will just put this down to a lesson learnt and move on.  I still love this quilt, I love the colours and pattern and that's what really matters, I just won't show it in the exhibition!!! On the bright side it gives me an excuse to buy more fabric to make another quilt to show! See what you think.

Actually it's not so bad......

Happy stitching.......Jacky O