Monday, 28 July 2014

Queen bee for August

I'm Queen bee for my lovely Stingy Bee Mates in August!

I am so excited - I have been planning my quilt for months !   Though in a way I cannot plan for this one!

Let me explain...

I have made Christmas sorry Winter quilts for my children but don't have one for our king size bed.  

I love Green Tea & Sweet Bean style sampler quilts and used the idea of the GT&SB quilt to finish this UFO - a mix of pieced and applique blocks, different sizes, blocks, borders and filler strips held together with a restricted colour palette.


So now I'm wanting a sampler style Scandinavian themed Winter quilt made from a variety of blocks, using different methods and a variety of sized and scaled blocks.

I've already made a few as examples of what I'm looking for: 

A feathered star in my chosen colour scheme of red, cream/off-white with touches of aqua/teal



A mix of border patterns and blocks - my Dresden plate needs an applique centre and background!


A chevron star block based on the Le Moyne star with a strip of background fabric in between!


I have a pinterest board full of Scandinavian inspiration - quite a lot of it is knitwear!   And here you can see how I was inspired to develop these blocks from knitting patterns!



Over the next few blog posts I hope to write up tutorials for the blocks I have made but I'm hoping my bee mates will add to the variety by designing or selecting their own block within the theme!  Big ask I know....







Saturday, 12 July 2014

Scrolling was so much fun!

Scrolling was so much fun, I actually finished the quilting ....






Then it just needed a bit of a trim and some white binding 


My job is done here so I can hand it over to my lovely daughter!

Quilt Deets
Pattern:  by V and Co - I rarely use a pattern but was taken by this one!
Materials: Top :Oakshott Ruby bundle; oddments of pink sparkly fabric donated by Helen; Kona white and Backing:  Cosmo Cricket Odds and Ends
Size  65 x 52"




Finish Along 2014

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Scrolling around!

An update on yesterday ....







I'll just be scrolling around for the next few days and trying not to get a pain in the neck again!  

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Do you ever...

Do you ever think something is going to be really tricky....

well nigh impossible....

so you put it off for ages and ages....

you look at it and shake your head....

you put it on a shelf...

and try to forget about it?





And then someone comes along and challenges you to do it....

and when you do get stuck in you feel silly .....

because it was easy....

your imagination had made it more difficult than it was....

and you could have done it ages ago? 




This wasn't very flat ....so I ironed it!

I decided I wanted to quilt it with some shiny Rayon Madeira embroidery thread - I was scared of that Rayon thread ....so I practiced with it!




I pinned the heart a lot ....and it went surprisingly.  I love the shiny thread on the shiny Oakshott fabric.  




The heart is all quilted and I'm trying to decide how to quilt the background. 




My two thoughts are big poofy feathers ....but I'm not as good at this as I'd like to be (I want to quilt like Trudi - never going to happen in my lifetime!)

Or straight vertical lines....which are never very straight when I do them and I find very boring to do


Hmm tricky choice!



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Siblings Together Twins

As I had Mixed Bag left over from the first Siblings Together quilt as posted chez Lynne on Lily's Quilts





I got cutting at the weekend and started making Mark II!

Even quicker once you've done it before of course, even without a marvellous group of friends from Siblings Together Bee to assist!




I had some Oakshott I picked up from a sale at least a year ago, and as I hadn't any plans for it, I thought it would fit nicely with the bright colours and the orange border that went round this version of the quilt!




I bound it in a Kona red solid for a bit of contrast.




And another quick quilt for Siblings Together and an FQR handover.








Now just got my classes to prepare for and my sample swaps to get ready...ok that is still quite a lot!  I'm sure I can do it though...(fingers crossed).

Two quilts for Siblings Together and who knows if I find another free weekend...

Finish Along 2014

Monday, 7 July 2014

Trial Blocks

Before cutting up my precious Oakshott for the bloghop I tried out my trellis block design on some Kona solids





 And also in some print fabrics


As these are printed I did have to cut reverse triangles ...ie use my template flipped over on the other side.   

As I would love to see a quilt in this block I tried it out with a Picmonkey mosaic of the blocks I have made...






And then I tried this colourway on EQ


Much quicker to make an electric quilt of course but I like it's  potential....and I could play with the colours for hours!

The bloghop continues and today is the turn of my Siblings Together Beemate Sonia - you should see her fabulous rose themed project

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Not here today - over at Lily's Quilts

I'm over on Lynne's blog today talking about my Siblings Together Bee quilt.

Hope to see you there...!



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