Friday, 5 February 2016

You are waiting for one bus...

.....and then three come all at once!

You know the phrase, and so it happens to be with #welshblanket quilts for me!

I saw the gorgeous quilt on IG that @maryemmens had made way back in November I think.  She was calling for pattern testers.

Now I happen to have 'a thing' about Welsh Blankets!  I have several and love them because you get one pattern on one side and then on the other side you get the same patttern but in reverse colours!   Plus they are great to use and wash well.

It had been a plan of mine to make a quilt inspired by one so when I saw Mary had done the maths you couldn't stop me volunteering to make it!

I started using what I had in my stash - it was coming up to Christmas so a red/white colour scheme seemed the obvious one!

This quilt is the result

And here is the back....

But then online I saw a colour scheme I loved of a real blanket !   I had to make another and decided to use my pal Karen Lewis' Allotment fabrics!

Having made the top I had the crazy idea of doing it proper #welshblanket style and putting the reverse colours on the back!  At the same time Karen asked if she could take it to the Stitches show in February!  

Happy Day!

Karen provided the 'backing fabrics' and I made my third #welshblanket top!  

And then came the tricky bit to put them together back to back.

Now if I had started out with this plan I would have made each square Quilt-as-you-go and built it up that way but by now I had two completed tops!

Never one to let a tricky situation get the better of me I decided I'd machine stitch baste the white one onto the wadding - one layer less to worry about shifting around.

Next I pulled out the stitching in my dark top so that I had rows again.  I pin basted the middle row as well as I could onto the middle row of the white top, matching seams where I could.  I quilted it leaving a margin at either long edge.

Next I used that unquilted margin to join the next row - only the dark top rows were joined together at this stage.  It was a bit fiddly just catching the dark side but possible with that wide unquilted margin.

 I smoothed out the newly attached dark row, pin basted it matching seams with the white top - ok it wasn't perfect but a lot closer than it would have been if the tops were basted together whole.  I quilted this row.

I repeated the process for the other row!

I would be lying to say that they match perfectly but well enough that a bit of trimming and jiggling here and there meant I could bind and finish this quilt.

If the quilt police are out it would probably arouse a bit of criticism but I'm hoping they are overwhelmed by the fact that I even tried and did as well as I have!

Tempted to have another go?  I just might be!  But I'd definitely go straight for QAYG in blocks!

Now if you love this pattern as much as I do there is some rather good news because Mary has agreed to a pattern giveaway - just leave a comment below and say which colours you would choose for your welshblanket!  I will pick a winner randomly next Friday!  

Not only that but you can get a 20% discount from Mary's store on payhip using the code NICKY and the price on her Craftsy store will be reduced by 20% until the giveaway closes.  If the winner has bought the pattern then Mary will refund the cost so nothing to lose by buying it now! What are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

#scraptastictuesday - January winners

I have managed to sneak in a little bit of scrappy stitching for my #stitchtease bee mate Susan.   She wanted some wonky quarter log cabin blocks in jewel colours, tone on tone fabric with a slice of navy.   I'm hoping I have met the brief.  

Only two blocks but photographed twice !

Scrappy stitching in this style is so liberating don't you think?

Lots of you have been doing your scrappy best I see as I go round all the links I can.  I am inspired by many of you to keep scrapping along and I have definitely found a few ideas I want to follow up on this time as they solve some problems for me.  So watch out this space....

Now its time to award the prizes for the January Scraptastic Linkup, from these wonderful sponsors:

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which will be awarded randomly among those of you who link up.
    Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone who linked up for the lovely inspiration. I will be sending emails shortly to get the prizes to people.

    Please plan to join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I for February's Scraptastic Tuesday Link up on the second Tuesday in February which is February 9, 2016.

    Monday, 11 January 2016

    Have a Scraptastic Tuesday New Year - January Link up

    Are you starting 2016 in a Scraptastic Tuesday way ?

    Leanne and I do hope so!

    We are all set for another year and I still have loads of scraps.

    Here are the scrappy projects that I'd like to finish this year:  

    1 the triffid quilt - pure fantasy this one!

    2. An Irish chain sort of a quilt in Spring colours

    3. Leftovers from cutting out my clamshell quilts which could be appliqu├ęd onto a background - not sure if they are flowers, birds or something else

    4. A hexy star quilt - hexies donated by Gayle Brindley and Helen

    5. Finally a nine patch....

    So do you have a list of scrappy projects ?  If so we'd love to see them.  If not we still want to see what scrappiness you have been up to.

    Be sure to visit Leanne @ She Can Quilt and a few other people who have linked up.

    A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which will be awarded randomly among those of you who link up.
      • Massdrop - Little Bird Fat Quarter Bundle
      Please join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
      • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
      • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Leanne's blog - She Can Quilt  - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
      • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect. 
      • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button and invite your friends to join us too. Please share our button, or a link or the hashtag #scraptastictuesday in your linked post or photo.
      • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday. 
      • If you have trouble linking up, let me or Leanne know and we will get you sorted.

      Thursday, 7 January 2016

      Happy New Finish-A-Long Year!

      FAL 2016

      Welcome everyone to....the first Quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long - I have to say that the Finish-A-Long has been a huge help to me in getting things done that I hope you will join in too!

      Adrianne from On The Windy Side has done a magnificent job of hosting the 2015 FAL - thank you, Adrianne!  Thanks also to all of you who participated in 2015 and welcome to any newcomers - if you have any questions, please shout!

      As revealed in an earlier post, the 2016 FAL is going global - a community of bloggers across the world will be jointly hosting the FAL, and the hosts are:

      For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects which are hanging about becoming UFOs.  At the beginning of each 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.  You don't have to sign up for every quarter (although I'd recommend it as it's really helpful in moving those WIPs/UFOs along!), you can dip in an out as you wish.  You must have linked up a list of proposed finishes at the start of the quarter in order to be eligible for linking up your finishes (and prizes!) at the end of it.

      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 as long or as short as you wish (I tend to prefer the long version, that will come as no surprise, I suspect!).  The 2016 Schedule and the Rules for the FAL are on my  All You Need to Know About FAL  page, let me know if you have any questions.

      Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q1 of the 2016 FAL - you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo:

      There are loads of prizes I'd love to win!

      For the 2016 FAL, we will have the return of a tutorial week at the end of each quarter, between the opening of the link for finishes and the day that link closes - watch this space.  If you have a tutorial that you would like to share, please let me know.

      It's time to round up the projects you want to finish over the next three months: take a photo of where you are now and make your list.  Please ensure that you have at least started your projects (pulled fabric with a pattern/plan count as started) and remember that it's finished projects that will count, so while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, quilted quilt.  (It doesn't have to be just quilting projects, though, knitting, embroidery, etc. are also welcome - I've linked up several 'non-quilting' projects in the past and it's nice to see a variety of crafts across the FAL.)

      The 2016 Q1 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below, on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs.  You only link your list once, on one blog, and that link will show up on all of the hosts' blogs.  If you are using 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 and visit and comment on their lists.  We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own, too.  (I should get back to blogging about each one as I finish as this time around I wrote up 11 blogposts in one day!)

      I am posting my new FAL list in another blogpost as it is quite a long one!  Nothing new there!  I will also post it on a page too - much easier for me to find it that way than scrolling through posts!

      Now it's your turn.  Get those lists together and get linked up.  The Q1 linky party will stay open until midnight EST, 16th January - as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link.  (The link closes at 4am, 17th January for those of us on GMT.)  If in doubt, there's a little count down on the bottom right of the link up telling you how long you've got before it closes.  When I'm cutting it fine, I like to keep an eye on it, just in case I've got the time conversion wrong!

      Remember: you only need to link up on ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.

      Good luck!!


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