Tuesday, 23 June 2015

National Quilt Championship at Sandown

We had a splendid day at Sandown on Saturday.  Went there with St M's quilters, Sam and Sharon and friend Imelda and were inspired by the fabulous quilts to then go and raid the traders for books, fabrics, notions and info on up coming workshops.  Here is a flavour of what was on offer.

We loved this quilt called "All that Remains" by Terry Donaldson

"Layers of Polperro" by Brenda Thomas

"Maldives" by Neel Williams

Part of a series of three but this was my favourite "Narracot Snow" by Penny Armitage

Section of Liba's Quilt by Liba Blaha and Richmond and Kew Quilters based on a Dear Jane

And another Christmas Jane by Dorothy Darrell

"Purple Haze" by Pinewood Quilters

And I'm always a sucker for a beach hut quilt entitled "Summer Breezes" by Jenni Sharpe.

Hope you enjoyed my selection, happy stitching............Jacky O

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Beach Bag

Well I thought that as it's officialy summer and I live in the second most popular seaside resort in Great Britain (yes Broadstairs came second to St Ives) in a seaside survey that I ought to have a beach bag. Those of you who regularly read my blog will know that I made the lovely daughter one of these earlier this year, but I didn't make one for myself.

So, as I had this weekend all alone, my dearest was on a jolly to Brighton, I decided I was going to be really self  centered and make something just for me!!

This was a very satisfying make, I added a zippered pocket to the lining and also a couple pockets inside so this could double up as a project bag if the British weather stayed so determinedly not summery !!

Not sure what happened to the colours in the first photo, both pics taken within seconds!! But the second picture is a truer representation. 

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

Monday, 1 June 2015

WIP and some instant gratification!!

I have been away from my blog for a while as I've been busy on a project I began sometime last year or it may have even been 2013!! Anyhow I retrieved a few of these WIP log cabin blocks two weeks ago and put them up on my design wall and since then they have inspired me to crack on and finish this project.

It's still not finished ..... The blocks are completed but they need squaring off and stitching together, then I will need to decide on a border, I'm thinking some piano keys......

Well that was last weeks sewing and some of Saturday.  But when I went in my sewing room on Sunday I felt like just playing.........so I did!!!!!

And made these cute little pin cushions. Each little square on the nine patch measures just half inch!!! They were so simple to put together that I got seriously addicted, it's a good thing I got called away or heaven knows how many I would have made. But hey oh they made me smile!!

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