Sunday, 20 July 2014

Buzz Buzz - 4

For my June trick, I present....

Heidee's friendship star block.

There's a great tutorial for how to make this lovely block here.

I am not going to lie, I was horrified at the thought of cutting anything to 7/8 of an inch, but therein lies the learning, which is what this bee is all about.

Now onto Claire's July block.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sister's Choice - DONE!


I have finished the quilt for my sister.

It can't make up its mind whether it is raining or sunshine today, so the photoshoot location is the most un-glamorous stair in the world, which just so happens to be flooded with light.

This quilt measures about 54" x 54".

I am so HAPPY this quilt is finished.  I started it back in January and was supposed to finish it in March for the Pantone Quilt Challenge.  Oh well, best laid plans and all that!

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday and TGIFF

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Can I get a WIP WIP!

Sooooo close!  Sister's Choice is almost done.

This is me binding with Dolly Parton.  And yes, I did sort out the wonky corner!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sister's Choice - In a Bind

This is a bit of an experiment post, as I am using my new snazzy phone which can handle such things.
My old one was so rubbish the sound didn't work, so I had a phone which didn't ring!
I digress. I'm just here to show you the binding of my Sister's Choice quilt is now on ready be hand stitched.

Almost there.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

I'm a hexa-gonner!

"Oh this?  This is a free gift from a magazine - so useful, I use it all the time."

Said noone, ever.

Until now that is.  I've received the last few issues of Love Patchwork and Quilting, but have not yet succumbed to using the free gifts which have accompanied it.

However, I have spent two weekends locked up in a caravan with no electricity, running water or wifi, so teaching myself to English Paper Piece using the instructions in a magazine (what, no YouTube?  How does anyone learn anything without YouTube?) seemed like a great idea.

Here's my first few attempts at basted hexagons:

And then I tried some fussy cutting:

Then I went for a walk in this:

Before getting brave, and making this:

 The hexagon theme of the holiday continued with a little of this:

I am going to turn this (oh shameful scrap pile) into a quilt of 1 inch hexagons made up of fabrics I've included in all my quilts and sewing projects.

So, now I'm totally addicted to making these you can all look forward to seeing these beauties in every WIP Wednesday for the next fifty years!

Linking up with Lucy from Charm About You and Lee at Freshly Pieced.

PS. I also had the time to sort the scrap pile.  It is really embarrassing to admit, but it was really satisfying.  The categories are a little like Monica's towel collection.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Buzz Buzz - 3

For the May block of the Little Blog Quilt Bee, Joanna from My Quilts and Other Stories asked for a Wonky Churn Dash.

She wrote a great tutorial for this block which you can find here.

Here's how my block turned out:

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

WIP - Sister's Choice

Despite the fact the wedding is long over, I am still dutifully ripping away at the mess I made of the FMQ on my gift to my sister for being a bridesmaid.

What took about an hour to achieve has taken about ten so far to unpick.

Anyone got any advice about whether I'm crazy for even attempting this? The new quilting is great, but now my quilt looks like a seive!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Peiced for WIP Wednesday