Thursday, 21 March 2019

The Furtling that happened in March

Archie The Wonder Dog





Mini Archie is ready with his furtling stick I’m sure so I’m trying to be really ready this time.

There was the second session of Horsham Stitchers at the beginning of the March, where I was thrilled to meet to lovely ladies and gather quilts from some of them for Siblings Together.   It was my first time meeting Sue Blake and Suzanne Foster.

Here are the wonderful quilts they brought





We had two beginners come along and I put them to work making the blocks that Trudi and Viv have requested for the #miniblockdrive just five colour graded 2 1/2” strips, 10 1/2” long, making a 10 1/2” square block...and here they are




Also my eldest daughter has taken to cross stitch and finished off this cute foxgloves kit 




I haven’t been idle either - I’m up to date with putting all the Friendship star blocks I’ve received together.  It’s a real community project and it will be going to Festival of Quilts to show our quilting community just how marvelous you people are making quilts for Siblings a Together.  See next photo bottom right...

And then having sorted out a lot of donations I managed to finish three quilt tops - Clockwise from top left:  Framed stars (due to a mistake in cutting at night ....don't ask !!) ; A top made from Karen Lewis orphan blocks and some Kona Thistle I added in the background; #expandinguniversequilt; and a scrappy strip top...




I also volunteered to do a demo of hand quilting at my local fabric shop, Closs & Hamblin, in exchange for some publicity later in the year for another quilt show of Siblings Together quilts - more on that later.

I was a bit worried beforehand as I don't think I have good teaching skills but in the end I just talked (I can do that forever) and invited people to Horsham Stitchers and also spoke about Siblings Together.  I met lots of crafters who don't do patchwork...yet!

As my demo I decided to hand quilt my snowdrop Hawaiian block which was of interest to many.


This is how far I got on....




I'm loving all that texture.... I'm getting quite into it I have to say and really want to see it finished - I wasn't sure if I should make this a quilt ( the pattern is from www.poakalani.net and there is a calendar of designs available free of charge) or a cushion cover....the jury is still out but it may be something to pick up and do from time to time with the other flower patterns....

So that was my month - what about yours?  
Do link up with the lovely Helen and let's all have a furtle along the blogosphere!






Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Furtling time !

Hello all you fellow furtlers!

If you are not a furtler yet then please join up with Archie the Wonder Dog and enjoy the fun.

Mini Archie is waiting with a pointy stick in case you are tardy.....speaking of which I’d better address my very own bit of furtling...

After I came back from Thread House Retreat I managed to catch the flu and just stayed in bed and didn’t do much at all.  But I seem to have regained my energy now and have been busy in the sewing room and here is what I’ve done...


February started off with a new stitching club I set up in Horsham - Horsham Stitchers

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There were nine of us !   And this weekend I enjoyed another session - a few different people came and a few with a Siblings Together connection, which I’m thrilled about as they brought wonderful quilts to donate to the charity - from Sue Blake and Suzanne Foster.





I finished off making this top for Siblings Together with help from my #STQB mates - it was a really easy block made from two fabrics - a print and a solid





Thursday, 31 January 2019

Furtling thoughts and plots





My dear dear friend Helen is starting  up a links page for blogs to encourage us to read blogs, write blogs and socialise in general.  It’s a crafty blog sort of a thing ...write about your craftiness done during the past month or look forward to your plans for the coming month and link up  - then review at the next link up.  She will be ably assisted by her tiny friend mA and he will be keeping a sharp eye out for any slackers that need a bit of a prod with a pointy stick to get going...

Archie The Wonder Dog


Indeed I feel a bit of a prickle at the back of my neck ....wondering if that could possibly be him?

Today I’ve been a bit distracted - while feeling ill I’ve been watching back to back episodes of Marie Kondo’s show on decluttering and so I suddenly decided to start tidying up my sewing room today.





I’ve emptied a whole lot of stuff into the lounge - now the whole house is in turmoil!  But part of my sewing room is beginning to look great.

I’ve taken down one design wall and moved it so I can hang up a little quilt hanging I’ve had for ages but no wall space to put it up.



I made this hanging with help from my first ever bee - Sew and Bee Happy.   It was an attempt to work out my making process so has words and images associated with those words and quite good FMQ if I may say so?  A lot better than anything I can do now anyway....




Monday, 31 December 2018

January Mini Block Drive for Siblings Together will be going to Festival of Quilts - want to come?


Having entered two quilts into last year's festival of quilts and having seen some of the community quilts there I started hatching a plot for Siblings Together Quilt Group to join in the fun!

It is scary putting your work out there but both my quilts were joint ventures so I was not alone and I thought that would be an excellent way for others to put their work forward.

So here is my idea - I am the mama for the January #miniquiltdrive for the #100quiltsforsiblingstogether  campaign.  So instead of asking for lots of blocks I am looking for just ONE 6" finished Friendship Star block from everyone who has ever been involved in making quilts for Siblings Together.  Whatever you have done and whenever it was I'd love as many of us to be represented in this quilt.

I hope you would all love to join in - in fact I'm counting on it!  It will be a very small quilt otherwise.

So here is the block - a 6" finished Friendship Star block




You may have seen my photos on Instagram 



Here is the tutorial:

Cut five 2 1/2" squares - one is the centre square in a light colour.

Please write your first name on this centre square in a pen that will not wash out.  Let's make it easy to read so not your most undecipherable signature!  

Tip:  I did this before any sewing so I was happy with the result and didn't have to unsew due to unsightly wiggles - if you don't like your writing you can ask someone else to or send to me if you don't have a suitable pen, just make sure I know who you are!!

The other four 2 1/2" squares are the background, which can either be light or dark as seen below.








Make four 2 1/2" HST (half square triangles) in your preferred method - they can all be made from two fabrics (star and background) or be scrappy but best if the stars points are all in a similar colour and background fabrics too so the star will stand out.  


In my example below I have used all the same solid for the background and the star triangles in two fabrics






Assemble all HSTs and squares in a nine patch as shown above or you can spin that star the other way if you prefer - I am looking for a mixture of dark/light backgrounds and clockwise and anti-clockwise spinning stars!




Stitch the squares together in each row.






Press the seam allowance in alternate directions in each row to nest those seam allowances when joining rows.








 The finished block - from the front









from the back...


Just contact me Nicky Eglinton on IG or nickyeglinton@aol.com for my address and I hope to see you at Festival of Quilts in front of our quilt!






How to make the HST blocks:

Cut four 3" squares - two in background fabrics, two in star fabrics.

Draw a diagonal line across the back of the squares.  Pair up a background with a star fabric, right sides facing.  Stitch a quarter of an inch on either side of the drawn line.

Cut on the drawn line.   Repeat for second set.  This makes four HST blocks.

Press seams to one side and trim to a 2 1/2" square.


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Time to make quilts for Siblings Together



Last year the fabulous quilting community made lots of quilts like these....



....for the charity Siblings Together.  

This charity helps to keep children in the UK care system in touch with their brothers and sisters.  Many children from the same family are not placed with their siblings.  The charity tries to keep the family bonds by reuniting children with their siblings at activity camps in the school holidays.  

Our campaign to make #100quiltsforsiblingstogether provides quilts for the children to take home - a fabulous memory of their experience and a quilty hug from the quilting community.  

This year I'm hoping you will join me again in the quilt block drive to make quilts like this...


                 

                                                            
                                               
                                                                                                                                 

...a new pattern I have designed just for this quilt drive.                                

The quilt is made with two blocks.  

This block, is a great beginner's block, using just HSTs in a colour (aqua in this case) and low volume fabric, to create an arrow head. 



Make four HSTs measuring 6 1/2" (6" finished) using your preferred method.   


For those new to quilting, take a pair of seven inch squares, one coloured and one low volume, and place them right sides together.

Draw a line across the diagonal of the low volume square and stitch a quarter inch away on both sides of that line. 

Cut along the line and trim both resulting HSTs to 6 1/2" square (6" square finished).  Repeat to yield four in total and stitch together as above.  Your block should measure 12 1/2" square (12" square finished). 



The second block in this quilt, isn't that much harder especially when you foundation piece it!   You can use paper or freezer paper.  I find using freezer paper works better for me and just wanted to share something in return for all the kindness you show in making blocks for the charity.




Here is a link to the pattern which you can download. Please check that your printer is set to print at 100% and NOT fit to page - it makes a difference to the size of your template otherwise.  

And here is how I use freezer paper to make it: 

Print or trace the pattern onto freezer paper and fold along the stitching lines.  

Use the kite template to cut four kite shapes.

Cut four rectangles from your coloured fabrics, 7 1/2" X 3 1/2".  Pair rectangles, right sides together,  and carefully place your ruler diagonally across the rectangle and cut.  This yields enough side triangles to complete one block.  

You will notice that half the side triangles will fit on the right side of your kite shape and the other half on the left.  Sort them so that you attach the correct triangle.  It is easy to pick up the wrong one! 

Press the kite shape on the freezer paper, making sure the fabric is centred.  

Fold back the freezer paper as previously creased.   With right sides together, align the first side triangle along the edge of the kite.  Stitch along the seam line, as shown in the middle photo above.

Once stitched, fold the fabric onto the freezer paper and press.  Repeat on the other side.  Trim to 6 1/2" square and remove freezer paper pattern and reuse.

Make three further pieced squared, and stitch together as in photo.




Now you are maybe asking yourselves which colours to use - if you know me you will know my answer is all of them!   Let's see how many different colours we can get through....  


Thanks in advance.  

Wednesday, 4 October 2017



It's time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose to finish in Q4 of the FAL. We are hoping that the FAL community will be finishing a lot of projects as we move into the last quarter of the year.

The FAL is hosted by a community of bloggers across the world. Our hosts are:
  • Sarah - Sew me - Northern Ireland

For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging about becoming UFOs. Every quarter you post a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and then at the end of the quarter, you post a link from your blog, Flickr or Instagram of each successful finish from your original list.

Each finish is an entry for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list long or short, as you wish. The 2017 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q4 of the FAL - you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo (think about visiting them and saying thank you):



It's time to round up those projects you want to finish over the next three months, take a photo of each one and make your list. Please ensure that you have at least started your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern is considered a UFO, and remember it is only finished projects that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, usable project.

It is very helpful if you tag your list as #2017FALQ4yourname when posting on social media: Flickr, Facebook & Instagram. Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing progress or finishes before the link, helps the hosts find your original list quickly - especially when this is done over a 3 month period. IMPORTANT: Don't forget to link your finishes up when the quarter closes.

The 2017 Q4 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on one blog - and that link will show up on all of the blogs. If you are using Facebook, Flickr or Instagram, link a mosaic and put your list in the description. Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link-up if you need it.

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others - visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too. When creating your list there is one thing to remember....No deductions for not completing something so ..... Aim High! Nothing to lose!!! Well Now..... Get those lists together and get linked up. 

The Q4 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, October 7, 2017- as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. Remember: you only need to link up on ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs. 



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