Sunday, 1 March 2015

Two quilts update!

My Lazy bum challenge for February was this quilt - affectionately called Big Hexy Balls, for want of a better name!




I made some rather large hexy shapes from a few Kona Honeycomb precut packs which I bought at a discount from Simply Solids oh so long ago!   And added a few hexies cut from my then small collection of hand screen prints by Karen Lewis (changed days now).





I confess I have been putting off working on it as I had to start by unpicking a whole lot of quilting.  I hadn't pinned it enough and the whole thing shifted so it was never going to lie flat.  In the end the un-quilting only took a couple of hours so why did I put it off for so long?   

Well it might have been because I had no other idea of how to quilt it....didn't want to do the same thing as before.

Anyway it was unpicked and I started marking hexagons on it - I quilted hexy frames and filled them with FMQ motifs - several with patterns drawn from the creative mind of Karen Lewis who has gone on to make lots of patterns and I am including her newer designs in my quilting motifs.



This is my interpretation of Scruffy Daisies!



And Libby's stitches....




I really wasn't sure if I liked it and was on the cusp of deciding to unpick it all again but it would have been more work to unpick this time around and that sort of perversely kept me going.

I have finished quilting this larger side - almost half the quilt.




I have now decided I need to quilt the narrower side the same.  The straight line quilting on this side is ok and instead of unpicking it now and pin basting it I am using my quilting as my basting and trying to incorporate as much as I can in my new quilting so I will have less to undo.

Not long till I get this finished I hope ....

As I'm also working now on this one again....





Well it wouldn't do to have nothing up on my design wall would it?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


Scraptastic Tuesday

When I started out making quilts - they were small (wall hanging size), quite dark and had a lot to do with Debbie Mumm!  They were often made by applique - at that point I found piecing rather scary and avoided it as much as possible!  

Here is a Christmas one....



Well my love of applique has taken backstage as I've been improving my piecing skills but finishing off this quilt brought me back to the enjoyment of applique.



Thanks to these little blocks




So almost in celebration I ordered this out of print book 



I have quite a few piecing books by Jan Halgrimson and love them!   How could I resist this title :  Tiny Treasures 100 miniature applique quilt patterns?

Well true to my usual butterfly ways I just had to try out a pattern when it arrived - here is the result


Two bluebirds of happiness!  They might be nesting soon don't you think?  Not sure what this will end up as but it was fun to create a little project.


And now I remember another reason  why I save even the smallest scrap of fabric.   Even if something is too small for piecing it can always find a place in an applique motif as an eye or some such!  

What is the smallest bit you keep and what do you save it for?

Now Leanne has been enjoying the delights of Quiltcon recently and I'm not sure she has had the time to post on her blog today about scrappiness but I do know she has a beautiful new quilt made from the latest Oakshott Scandinavia pack and that has to be worth drooling over!   Oakshott has been brilliant in sponsoring us and several people have been lucky enough to win some Scandinavia as one of our link up prizes!  I may be a tiny teeny bit envious of that!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Clammania!

In the summer 2014 I got a sizzix clamshell die and then of course I started using it!


 Anything and everything went in...




 I showed a little bit of how I stitched them here.

I stitched a few together...








and a few more!




I even stitched some poolside in Spain





And more when I got home




It just kept growing...with a bit of help







or not.....



Until it got this big - with that bottom corner of course



I then had a problem - do I trim those clamshells or add something in?  

I don't like throwing things away so I had to add more in, didn't I?

So I chose a lovely colour: Kona Pear, and started piecing in partial clamshells



The best bit is that I retain these pointy points!




I added some straight strips to make a border: the idea being to make it look like my clamshells were floating on the background.  Think that has worked and   here is my finished top...




Now I just have to pick my backing fabric and hand quilt this one!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - full list of winners!

Sorry about the hiccup!

Here is the full list:

Congratulations to the following winners of these lovely prizes:
  • Massdrop - Sakura fat quarter pack - Lisa, Sunlight in Winter Quilts, #36
But I'm sure you have been to check up on Leanne's blog!

Scraptastic Tuesday - February Winners!




Scraptastic Tuesday

Bit of a busy week scrappy stitch wise for me...

After telling you all last week about the Hot Cross Bun blocks I was making, based on a photo I found on Bonnie Hunter's website Quiltvillle,  I have now finished one of my layouts: the courthouse steps one with a solid blue background (Kona Riviera, which is a gorgeous blue).




Not only that but I have started the next one too which will be an embellished Danish Flag (as described by a lovely Danish IG commenter) or a cross on red background!   


And made a bit of progress in the evening...only 20 more blocks to add!




And not only that but I started and finished another scrappy top inspired by Karen Griska's great pattern the Yellow Brick Road - can be found here.   Her pattern continues to spiral round but I've made mine into 20" blocks suggested by the lovely Sarah





 I also decided to change up the background for alternate blocks.

I keep thinking of marmalade when I see this top so I guess it has a name!

Why this frenzy of top making? Well I am making these quilts for a brilliant cause called Siblings Together, a charity which helps keep siblings in touch when they have to be put into care - bad enough to loose your parents but to loose your brothers and sisters!   A quilt is a small gesture of love but one that the children attending summer camps really seem to appreciate.  

I am aiming to finish ten quilts for the charity but we are actually looking for 100 overall so that every child attending will receive one this summer!   You can find out more about this awesome cause here.

We could do with lots of help so do pitch in if you can - the link above lists a few ways that you can do that.




And now to other important matters....who won this month's draw?

But first Leanne and I would like to thank on behalf of everyone our wonderful sponsors





And now I can tell you these are the lucky people who won!  Congratulations to you all and hope you enjoy your prizes!

  • Massdrop - Sakura fat quarter pack - Lisa, Sunlight in Winter Quilts, #36


Sadly I seem to be missing a bit of code to tell me who the other winners are - another three to tell you about but this is one of the disadvantages of time zone and living miles apart from your co host!    Will get back to you with an update!

If you are a winner, Leanne will be emailing you or you can contact either of us first. 

To everyone else, the next link will open on the second Tuesday in March  - March 10 - so please plan to play along with us again then. In the meantime, do check out the February links for inspiration. And share your scrappy work using the tag #scraptastictuesday or our button anytime you like.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The KLT Quilt

The idea for this quilt came from a Sizzix die  - the chevron - though we all know the shape is a parallelogram don't we Helen!

I bought the die in about August/September last year and needed to test it to see if it worked.  

I chose to test it on my growing collection of hand screen printed Karen Lewis Textiles (formerly known as Blueberry Park - bit like Prince you know!)  




I tried out a few different layouts 



 Before I chose this one







which paired them with my supply of charm squares and it was all going well!

I even wrote a tutorial of sorts here in case you want to make your own version.


Imagine the hours of pleasure I had matching or contrasting Karen's lovely prints to my charm squares...I got quite carried away to the extent that Karen suggested my quilt was surely big enough ...!










I started squaring up the edges 



...forgetting they were supposed to be this way round.









I got around to sorting it all out into a quilt shape this month with some partial blocks...




Into a lovely quilt top I was very pleased with




I chose a backing fabric by Lotta Jansdotter (with a bit of text fabric sliced in to make it big enough)as I thought Karen would approve.   Well Saffy liked it!




And yesterday at about midnight I finished stitching down my quiet binding.




And here is my KLT (Karen Lewis Textiles) quilt - can't call it chevron as that annoys Helen too much (maths teacher)!





At the end of next month I will be linking this quilt up to



2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - February Link Up

Scraptastic Tuesday




My Hot Cross Bun blocks have got me feeling scrappy happy at the moment!  I have made 54 so far...





I love planning the combinations of colours which I have been doing on old pizza bases and stacking them in a pile 20 high!   Then when I have had a bit of time I have been chain piecing them together.





My initial plan was to make a quilt 60" square from these 5" finished blocks which would mean making 144 of them!  This is a small sample of what I thought it might look like....



I was quite up for that - I do get enthusiastic about things and as long as it is a quick make I can power through it especially if I give myself a daily or weekly target to hit!   I might just be a little competitive...??  



But then after a bit of play I thought I might make a large cross with the blocks and fill in with solids....



More play and I thought this might be another great layout - courthouse steps


And then this one



And because I am hopeless at choosing I am now thinking of making all three for the Siblings Together Charity!   Solids are already on order.  

And I can keep making blocks right?   I will need 45+49+45 = 139!   I'm feel like I'm winning as that is less than I had originally planned and I get three quilts instead of one!

Now I'm sure Leanne has been up to something scrappy too - I'm loving her courthouse steps blocks which I might just have to make a normal sized scrappy version of!

And now to the important matters!  

Here are our February Link sponsors:

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes:
    They have all been such a great support and I hope you will support them in turn.  Hope you winners have been enjoying your prizes!
    And here is the February link up - show us what scrappiness you have been up to...



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