This year's mission, if you can give it such a grand name, has been to finish making my UFOs and to use up my large quantities of scraps, making more quilts for Siblings Together 2015. Camps start in July. I had planned on making ten if I could! The girls in the fabulous Siblings Together Bee started talking about getting quilts for all the kids at the summer camps and we started our campaign to make 100 quilts! A tall order I know but we reckoned there are three bees making for Siblings Together as a start. Then we have had great support from some of the modern guilds in the UK. And some super individuals! Yesterday there were 38 quilts on the list of finished quilts we know about. Last night I just finished no 39 .... Raspberry Ripple!
This quilt has used up lots of red/pink scraps and a bit of white/pale pink background. I have to confess this one came out a bit wavy but the FMQ seems to have sorted out some of that. Quite a girly quilt I think. This is the back ....
now that I got rid of a not so little hanger on
Lots of IG support helped me snip and fray that naughty piece of fabric away! I guess I'm not the only one to have these mishaps then! Should you like to make one, there is a tutorial of sorts here. Hope you want to dive right in and make one for Siblings Together....? Once all the filling is made the rest is quick and easy. It started with this one - called Marmalade!
And I'm working my way through as many variations as I can! Plum Duff is next and is going to be a beauty - had help with the filling from the lovely Victoriaand the backing has been supplied by Helen - what lovely generous friends they are! So if you would like to make a child happy, make a quilt - it is a simple as that! Or help those that are doing so... Offers of blocks, fabric, quilting, binding, backing, wadding, money, tea and cake and encouragement gratefully received! If you'd like to help, please comment and I'll put you in touch with the right people! I'm also thinking that for next year it would be helpful to have more bees making quilts. Our bee has gone for making one very simple large block from stash - it has been fun and very easy to do! They are also a super bunch of lovely people. I am happy to run one if anybody would be interested ... and will probably want to join in the fun too! Just comment below to let me know you want to be in! Great for your first bee if you want to start out! I'll be linking this post up with FAL 2015 Q2 when that comes around
Sorry been a bit slow to get going this morning! The kids are back at school this week and I was on driving in duty! Yesterday and today I have been quilting my latest Siblings Together quilt - the July deadline (when summer camps start) is getting ever closer and we still need plenty more quilts so I am doing my best to provide as many as I can. I am sure there are a few more in the process of being made elsewhere in the UK/world but I am a little nervous that we will not reach our 100 target and don't want to let those children down. This has been a really easy quilt to put together using lots of scraps for my 'filling' - that is the most time consuming bit. Making the blocks and the top itself is a bit of a doddle! As the blocks are not as flat and square as one might like them to be, quilting FMQ style, with a swirly pattern, seems to rectify a multitude of sins! The swirliness seems to draw up and gather any excess - could be my favourite pattern and certainly one I don't have to think much about. Here is my progress ... The close up - first clear shot of the two coloured background
The back - best view of the quilting - not finished yet though...
And how it looks on the front! Hope to finish today or tomorrow....keep your fingers crossed for me!
And now some news of our winners this month.... Thank you as ever to our generous sponsors:
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A big thank you to everyone who linked up to join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I for April's Scraptastic Tuesday Link Up. You can visit there anytime to check out everyone's projects. We hope you will join us again for the May link up, on the second Tuesday which will be Tuesday May 12, 2015.
This means we have been doing scrappy thing for seven whole months! Would you believe it!?
Must say my scraps do seem to have diminished a little - at least the scraps do seem to stay in the boxes I have to store them, which is better than the mess on the floor round them, that I used to have, as they spilled over.
But there is still a long way to go before I could say I have got them under control!
What about you?
This week I've been working on several things! It seems to keep me energised and interested.
I had fun testing a pattern for a foundation pieced tiny featherweight sewing machine for Grace (IG @chainofdaisies). I don't often do paper piecing but I did love making these cute blocks which finish at 5". She has a pattern out now in her newly set up Etsy shop.
I did use some scraps for these but made a whole mess more - they went in the bin I have to say!
The blocks will be added to these bigger sewing machines for my Bee a Brit Stingy partner Collette. She is wanting a row of sewing related items to go with her spools row!
I'll be passing two rows on down the line to Di. And receiving my next row at the end of the month.
I have also been doing a bit of a clear out of drawers and such and found these blocks which are leftovers from other projects - they count as scraps right? I thought I could put a few together to make another quilt for #siblings together. So first up I have these hexagon shaped things - apart from the bottom right one which is an octogon ...
And already I have offers from IG to send me some hexies albeit a different size. So I had a little play on EQ to see what I might do with them and came up with these two options...
Prefer this one myself! Sadly when I looked in the EQ library it only had one pieced hexagon so we just have to imagine different ones!
If you have any hexies to share just leave a comment and I'll get back to you. Now let's find out what you have been up to!
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The giant star quilt (pattern by Jeni Baker @incolororder) which managed to lie undetected for months if not a year or so has been finished! Quite frankly I needed the basting pins
but perhaps it was the decision to donate this one to Siblings Together - a reason to finish it maybe. Or was it just because at last it had been put on a list - my FALQ2 list? Anyway it got finished quite quickly really....makes me wonder why I didn't do it long ago? I had started off quilting star related words around the edges of the star way back when and a few science fiction quotes ....from Star Trek and Doctor Who! Then I was filling in the star diamonds with FMQ motifs.
Yesterday I quilted the background with straight lines following around the star shape and filled in the remaining star points. I made my binding too so I only had to stitch it on this morning. I will be very happy to pass this one onto Siblings Together - you never know it mind end up in the hands of a future astronaut, a science fiction writer or just someone who likes to dream...?
The back is more plaid and a bit of tartan ! Well I am Scottish .....
.....beam me up Scottie! I will be linking this finish up to Finish Along 2015 in July! You still have time to write your new list and join in - do it before April 14th !
I have had to do a little housework - piles of dirty clothes from five people does seem to mount up especially when they hoard it in their rooms for days and then stick it in the wash basket all at once. I have also been digging up things to go on my Finish Along list for quarter 2! Recently I have been finishing things off that didn't get onto a list so before I did anymore finishing I thought I should get my list together. One thing not on my list is the last of my scrappy Hot Cross Bun quilts! I told you it wouldn't be long before it was finished and here it is
Sorry folks got to run - dinner to make and then I'm off to do a talk to the ladies at church about my quilts! Eeek first time and slightly nervous but that may be a good thing as I'm taking a huge pile of quilts and will need to talk fast to get through it all in half an hour! Wish me luck!
My list for Quarter 2 is longer than the last quarter as I managed to finish nine projects off and am happy for a list to roll over to the next quarter if necessary.
I didn't finish four on my Quarter 1 list but I have now finished four other projects that were not on the list! Go figure!
My roll over projects are these ones
Top Left and Clockwise
Nordik, Scraptastic Sampler, Clamshell and Vintage Circles
Nordik and Vintage circles are still to be stitched into quilt tops. Nordik may even need a few more blocks and Vintage Circles is more a matter of appliqueing everything down... Clamshells is being quilted by hand - almost halfway and Scraptastic Sampler is a finished top waiting to be layered and basted.
New to my list are these - Mostly there
Top Left and Clockwise
Interwoven Solids - destined for Siblings Together
Star - destined for Siblings Together
Raspberry Ripple - destined for Siblings Together
All finished quilt tops with the exception of the star quilt which is part quilted.
Top Left and Clockwise
Wedding Ring Quilt
Victoria Plum Duff - destined for Siblings Together
Blueberry Pie - destined for Siblings Together
Not much has happened with these as yet.
KLT2 - these fabric scraps are on their way from the lovely Karen to which I will be adding lots of LV ! And the Wedding Ring Quilt is a template, a book by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and a promise to Trudi Woods plus scraps and stash !
The last two are repeats of Raspberry Ripple but in different colourways. I'm getting help with the filling of Victoria Plum Duff as my purple stash is limited! And I'm not definite about the background choices as yet....
And the Miscellaneous section or Lucky Dip
Top Left and Clockwise
Square in a square blocks - received in a swap and needing to be used in a small quilt I think
My Knotting project from FQR14 with Thomas Knauer - could be a cushion cover when finished
A pile of blocks that were left over and should be made into quilts for Siblings Together with a bit of help from others or more blocks from me - even happy to donate them elsewhere!
My Hand Quilting project from FQR14 with Jen Kingwell - thinking large pouch, cushion cover or mini quilt!