Friday, 11 July 2014

This Weeks Project

I received my new bundle of fabrics from the Blueberry Park Fabric Club recently so thought I'd put them to work straight away. I wasn't sure where I was going or what I was going to make but in true 'me' style just went for it and made it up as I went along. 

I knew I wanted to try to make a wonky star so set about figuring out how to do that....the rest just kind of grew around it. I love how Karen's fabric colours are not always ones I would put together but work so well and make me explore different colour ways. 

Again, I didn't really know which direction I wanted to take with the quilting so just let it happen organically. I quilted into the points of the large and smaller star by machine to let the star stand out from the background then filled the rest in! 

At this point I decided to give hand quilting a bit of a shot, perhaps not my best idea but fun nonetheless. The front looks ok but the back is shall we say, slightly more interesting!!! Nothing a bit of practice won't sort haha.

So here is the finished mini. I like its wonkyness, love the colours and I forgot to add that it is a surprise gift for someone. I spent this morning adding a small label to the back before taking it to the Post office. I'm a bit nervous if it's new owner will like it or not, I hope so, I think it should be to their taste..... Keep your fingers crossed xxx

Saturday, 5 July 2014


I have so much respect for the quilters out there who can spend hours cutting, stitching, trimming and piecing! I love the look of a whole load of HSTs sewn together with the points matching up, perfectly aligned but after trying it out I know I would never have enough patience to complete a  quilt like this (unless the squares were huge or I spent about a year on the thing haha!). I had such a great idea in my mind of how this would look as a throw on the double bed on our spare room, randomly placed HSTs giving a nice random, wonky type feel to the quilt but it's not to be, not for no patience me!!!! It may just become another mini, lucky I like them so much now..... It can always just be a little mat for the bedside cabinet.... And I'll be happy with that :)

Friday, 4 July 2014

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap

A couple of months ago whilst flicking through my Instagram feed I saw someone repost that they had just signed up for the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap! After a lite bit of investigating Iooked it up and thought I'd go for it, boom, I signed up! Eeek! 

The Fantastic Kristi of Schnitzel and Boo has already run one of these swaps and around 200 people signed up....this time over 600 did, pretty amazing huh! 

You fill in a form with your details, social media, favourite fabric designers, patterns etc and through this they allocate you a secret partner. You can stalk their Instagram, Flickr, Pintrest etc and get a feel for what they would like you to make them. You keep your partner a secret and can post updates, sneak peeks under the hashtags #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap #makeaquiltmakeafriend. The person you are making your mini quilt for will be making theirs for someone else and so on and so on....

I cannot tell you how much fun it has been to take part in this swap. Watching the minis come together in the hashtags and seeing all the wonderful minis arriving at their new homes. I can post this now as my partner Erica received the mini I made for her yesterday, it travelled all the way from Dundee to California...... And she loved it phew!!!! 

I'm currently stalking the postman to see if mine is going to arrive soon!!! 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Custom Quilt

Here are some photographs of a custom quilt I made for my husband's work colleague. It was a gift for her mum and I had a completely free brief but she wanted the names of all eight grandchildren on it somehow. I made this for Christmas but need to clear the photographs off my phone, hey it's only July now, not too late to put a blog post up about it is it haha?

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Oh and this was my effort!

This was my effort from the quilting classes made up from some of the demonstration blocks I had being making. I used this as a guide over the weeks to show how the different processes work and it is destined to become a wall hanging for the vestibule. Unlike all the wonderful students though I've still not completed it, shame on me! It just needs the binding sewn on and that'll be it finished...... Maybe this week!?!? 

Quilt Class Success

Five weeks worth of quilting classes with some really lovely people resulted in some amazing creations! I can't tell you how proud it made me to get to week five and see all these wonderful quilts completed knowing that I had helped with the process. As you will see from the photographs they are all so different from each other in colour, fabric choices and quilting designs! I can safely say the whole experience of teaching these ladies was so much fun and I'm so happy I took the plunge and did it. Take a look at the photos for yourself..... 

Well done ladies, keep up the good work! 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Neglected blog!

Oh dear it seems once again I have neglected the blog in favour of Instagram and Facebook! I have got things to share, namely photographs from the quilting class which has been so much fun. It's the last night tomorrow which makes me sad but hopefully there will be a chance for me to do another in the future. 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Patchwork and Quilting Classes

Some exciting news! I'm going to be taking some evening classes in patchwork and quilting at the wonderful Kitschnbake cafe. The class is suitable for complete beginners, all you need is your own sewing machine and to be able to see a straight line with it, as easy as that. We will start by making some simple quilt blocks then move onto individual projects which can be pieced, basted, quilted and bound into lovely handmade masterpieces! If you are interested just get in touch. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

A Quilt For Joshua

My gorgeous little nephew Joshua arrived in January and I wanted to make him something special he could keep for years to come but I also wanted to make him something he could actually use. It was always going to be a quilt but I wasn't sure what colour scheme to go for - a nice mix of fabrics in paler shades or to go completely bold with it?!? 

I used a lot of my wonderful Maze and Vale fabrics by Leslie (who couldn't love them right?) and I mixed them with some new pieces I picked up on an Instagram de-stash sale. I tried to add lots of little details like these tabs, perfect for little hands to play with, the monkey pictured below has nice crunchy ears too, he should have had a squeaker in his belly but I forgot to put it in! This all meant the quilt could be laid on the floor and used as a play-mat too.  

I hand embroidered his name above the monkey and of course finished off the dungarees with a J. I must admit I really loved this quilt and was quite proud to hand it over to wee Joshua. I hope he will love it for years to come. 

I actually forgot to take photographs of the finished article for the blog so these are just some of my work in progress ones taken a while ago. 

And how cute is the wee man himself lying there on his quilt looking quite content. Proud Auntie alert!

Another Apology!

So it seems that I have yet again neglected the blog. It's not that I haven't done anything, but these days with limited time I tend to post photographs of what I'm up to on Instagram or Facebook and then am too flipping lazy to write a blog post about it too! I've also been without my camera for a few months now  and am a bit loathed to just keep posting lots of poorer quality photos from my phone on here, however that's what you are gonna get just now and until I get my camera back!

Here's a little picture of Sam in his quilt to brighten up this post for you and keep it vaguely interesting. Must try harder......