Tuesday, 10 February 2015

January swaps - better late than never?!

This is my January postcard swap to Jane in Idaho (part of the monthy postcard swap here, posted just after January perished!  It really isn't as wonky as it looks?  Must pin down stuff so it doesn't look so manky!










These are the second rounds of hexies I sent to Janet but... there was a major problem with them...arghhh....  I had downloaded 1" hexagons from the web but, when I printed them I forgot to uncheck the 'fit to page' box so they were too small (only by about 1/16th of an inch but that's a lot when they are only 1" to start with!

Well, Janet was really kind and rebasted my hexies and made this flower:-



But, the seams on the other set were too small to rebaste so, they were used here.  I think this flower is even more effective, even though I am crushed by my carelessness.  Here is how Janet used them and I'm just so impressed:-


So, that's a lesson learnt the hard way for Janet - check your printing settings carefully and still check against a 'real' template or ruler.  

I was especially mortified as Janet runs the swap http://inchyhexagonswap.blogspot.co.uk and I sent silly-sized hexies to her.....well, you live and learn, don't you!  Incidentally, Janet also blogs here and I've been following her for ages - it's a small World.

Codicote Tuesday - February

Codicote Tuesdays make my heart fill with joy:  wonderful, inspirational company and lots of laughs.  What more can a person want or need.  Well today, we got a glimpse of Honor's Di Ford quilt and it is just amazing.  Such detailed hand-work.  Truly, an heirloom.



Only wish the photo was better....

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Laura Ingalls Wilder



A moment of twee-ness!  I grew up with the 'Little House...' tv series and today is the 148th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author.  So, I'm going to read the first one in the series tonight, published in 1932:


Less twee and far more accurate and properly researched will be Pioneer Girl, the real memoir of Wilder's life that was rejected as 'not suitable for young children'.  It was published last Autumn by the South Dakota Historical Society Press but is consistently out of stock.  It is on Amazon though but it's quite expensive at around £25.  Being cheap keen to use my local Library, I've reserved it.

Then I thought, I should make a Little House quilt............Nah......a modern Dear Jane would be better.  But how to do it?  I don't want it to be pictorial but a block design from a modern icon, logo, whatever.  You know, like the Corns and Beans block doesn't actually look like corns and beans - that sort of thing.  Need to think on a bit.......

I really know how to burn the candle at both ends: curled up with a childrens' book on a Saturday night..........sigh.......

Saturday, 29 November 2014

London Quilters Coming Home Exhibition 2014

This runs from 17th November-23rd December 2014 and 2nd-4th January 2015
at
Swiss Cottage Central Library, 88 Avenue Road, London NW3  3HA

This is such an inspirational exhibition of around 50 quilts made by beginners to clearly very advanced members of  London Quilters.  It's also, the magic word, free!  I had such a good day there today and spent quite some time at the Workshop table learning how to raw edge applique circles.  Others were sewing squares together for baby quilts and some were make cathedral window blocks.  There will be a workshop there each Saturday from 10am-4pm and all that is asked in return, is to buy a raffle ticket for this quilt made by the members:

I had two viewers choice quilts: I couldn't decide between them!  
Here they are:-
"Sarah's"  by Margaret Jarvie






The description of this really made me laugh but I can't remember exactly how it was written but something along the lines of considering applique rather than piecing curves!


"Dreaming of San Juan"  by Maggie Paykel




This quilt is made of raw edge appliqued
triangles which were then caught with 
a perle thread at each of the three points
of each triangle and then seed stitched
all over the background





A really moving quilt was "Heart of the Home" by Yana Krizka.  It has been made with her fathers' shirts.  He escaped the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1939 and the maker has made many fabric transferred photos of his various passes and identity cards along with his favourite things, hand-embroidered around the main photograph.  I especially liked the flag, cleverly placed as the background.  A really sad but yet uplifting piece of work.


This is Tracy Chevaliers' "My First Quilt".  I particularly like her description:-  "It was surprising to me how similar writing and quilting can be: the meditative quality needed, the mix of planning and spontaneity, the inevitable mistakes that creep in the make you wince afterwards"

I think we've all been there!












On the way out, was a group of 18 small quilts all 12" x 12" commemorating the First World War.  I especially like these four, all made by Sabi Westaby.  However, all these mini quilts were so moving and also fittingly displayed along a wall in a quieter area on the way out of the Library.









It was such an inspiring day with lots of chatting to other quilters around the Workshop table.  I can highly recommend this exhibition!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap

I'm also in this  swap, swapping hexies that are an inch on each side.

I asked for icy and pastel colours for my quilt.  These are the ones I received from Jan in Georgia, USA and they are just perfect!
The photo really doesn't do them any justice - they are much brighter.  I need to really learn how to use photoshop.

I forgot to take a photo of the ones I sent to Edda in Iceland.  Damn!  Only this sneak preview one that I should have posted on the Inchy site:

Crazy Quilting Sampler with Button-Button

I'm also taking part in this swap over here.  I can't just do as I'm told so instead of making a square, I made a circle.....and covered both sides.  And, I sewed the pieces onto wadding instead of fabric.  I pieced it by the stitch and flip method explained on Julie's blog here.  I didn't sew up to the outside 1/2" and turned those to tidy the sides of each 'arm'.  I've no idea what happened on the right-hand side?!?  I just whip stitched the edges.


This will be the right side

This will be the wrong side

Then I whipped stitched the edges together to make a bowl.  I used the Christmas scraps that Michele gave me at the last Icknield Quilters evening.  

This is the bowl sewn together with some of the stitches that Julie showed here and here.  Julie uses a wall paper seam roller for pressing like I do!  You can't see the stars I embroidered up the joins on the front or the herringbone stitch joining the sides on the back or the button-hole stitch around the central circle.  Just as well, I think!!
Right way up!

Wrong way up!


I'm going to make more bowls as we had the most inspiring talk by Sheila Cetti who showed lots of her quilts and fabric and yarn bowls which she just tossed across the room to members!  You can see some images from that evening here.  I'm making a more traditional crazy quilted bowl at the moment, using the first photo on Julie's Pinterest board here and will use most of the stitches on Julies' pages.

I'm also taking part in Julie's Orange Peel Quiltalong here but just cannot decide on my fabric choices - oh make a decision! I really liked Brioni Greenberg's Petals, which was a workshop at FQR, so will likely use this colour combination.

Secret Sister package has arrived!!!!!


My Secret Sister package arrived from Celine.    OMG as the young people say.  It's just amazing.......She has a really good blog with lots of ideas and inspiration here which I can highly recommend.

This is what I found this afternoon, when I got home:
And, inside (sorry for the bad quality of the photo):
Look at the beautiful label!
A great modern quilt (and I just joined the London Modern Quilt group), a mug, a Yankee candle (I just love those), ahhhh Paris stickers, super-smooth lip butter, a sewing case and pincushion (ooohh hexies!), stitch ripper and ribbons including two really snazzy French ribbons, a notebook and 3 pretty pens and 2 bars of Green and Blacks chocolate - no, I don't know where the other bar went?   Finally, and best of all, good quality thin applique pins (I've been searching for fine applique pins for ages and these are just perfect to continue with my Green Tea workshop with Jen Kingwell at the Fat Quarterly Retreat a little while ago).  I just love the quilt and have put it on my sewing wall to remind me how important friends, especially quilty ones, are.

I've packed some hexies to piece in my new sewing kit to take out with me tomorrow for some guerrilla basting in Clinic!

Outside -  I should have left it tied up with the bow so you could see that properly

Inside - you can't quite see it but there are pockets on the right and a place for the pin cushion on the left


I'm just so thrilled with my Secret Sister swap - many, many thanks Celine - it's just perfect!

I hope my Secret Sister won't be disappointed with her small swap package.  I sent a notebook in a golfing cover 
And a cat that I adapted from my Body Farm Bears pattern.  I made the legs slightly longer and it actually stands up on it's own by pure accident design improvement.

 This swap was just amazing.  Can't wait for the next one!