Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Free fabric!

At the last meeting of Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters in Rugby, there was free fabric to be had!  Each person got a half yard of this fabric 

Which is actually turquoise, not grey, plus a half yard of this fabric, 

Leaves in brown, orange, red, blue and turquoise, plus a cot wadding!  Where's the catch? 
The only catch is that it must be used to make a quilt, which will be viewed at the next meeting in November.  After that, the quilt belongs to the maker to keep or donate to charity as they wish.  What a great idea! 

Here is my progress so far.  I don't think it's the best quilt I've ever made, but I wanted something which would be suitable for Linus, so have called it The tree of wishes, and there are six leaves to make wishes on.  I half wish I hadn't put the piano key border on, and had bought yardage for a border, but then, it's used all the fabric up and saved a trip to the quilt shop, so it's staying! I have till 11th November to finish it, so I'd better crack on! 

Monday, 2 October 2017


Having finished the appliqué border on my Sarah Fielke BOM, I started cutting hexagons for the next border.  Sarah has now released instructions for another border, the one with the rabbits! but that's fine.  How do you eat an elephant?  A bite at a time! 

I have two sides of the border done, and I think it's looking good.  I used a plain blue alternated with a patterned blue for the rolling hexagon border.  I think it would have been even better if I'd used fabrics with a bit more contrast, but at least it makes a nice firm statement as a foil for the two appliqué borders which will go either side of it. 

I'm pleased that this scrappy quilt, a Bonnie Hunter design, has used up lots of 2.5" squares and strips.  I actually started it in July, but there's no deadline to be met.  I think the turquoise binding really helps to pull it together.  I'd make this one again. 

And here are the jars which were made by a U3A Craft Group in Barlestone , earlier this year.  I still have jars fabrics left, so I can see another of these in the future too! 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Nearly up to date

I have been working steadily on my Sarah Fielke BOM, and am catching up gradually.  I have now finished the sunflowers and leaves, and I'm happy with them.  I used some gorgeous fabric I bought in Australia for parts of the sunflowers, and fussy cut them.  It's amazing how much fabric this uses, but I'm quite satisfied that I didn't have enough matches to make all the flowers the same.  Nature doesn't make all the flowers the same, so why should I?

It's getting very big!  I think the next border needs to be blue, but I'm having a brief rest before that. 

One of the things I'm using for a bit of mindless sewing is this jars quilt which was started by some U3A Craft ladies who meet in Breaston. It just needs a border then it'll be done. 

Monday, 25 September 2017

A sort of Victorian bonnet

I am doing the costumes for our local production of 'Frankenstein' and needed a Victorian bonnet.  The only ones to buy that I could find were actual ones, and consequently out of our budget.  So I decided to have a go at making one.

I got a straw hat and chopped a piece off.

Then I bound the edge with fabric.  I could have used ribbon, but I used fabric and my trusty Clover 0.5" bias tape maker instead.  I started and finished at the side of the bonnet so the ribbon ties would hide the join.

Next I put the ties.  It's one long piece of ribbon sewn onto the bonnet - makes it secure that way.

Then some decoration I found in my ribbon box.  I think theyve been saved from boxes of chocolate, but they do the job pretty well!

Here is the finished item modelled by my good self.  Not the most authentic bonnet,but certainly passable, quick and cheap!

Friday, 1 September 2017


HI don't like quilt as you go.  It's a great method for making big quilts without all the hassle of heaving them about under the machine, but personally I find all the fiddling about with covering the seams on the back outweighs the heaving.  That's just my view of course: I know others love it.  Well, they say a lady has the prerogative to change her mind, and I'm making a reasonably big quilt, and I thought, 'What about making it in two halves?'  

It's a mile a Minute with hearts, and I thought if I made it in two halves, then I could join it down the middle and it would save both the heaving and the fiddling!  Plus, I'm using large pieces from my stash as backing, but only making them half as big as I would have had to do! The first half is ready for quilting, and I'll report back. 

In other news, my pineapple blocks are ready to layer up.  I'm really pleased at how well the scrap box went down, and am waiting to show Carole, as it was her scraps in the box!  Just shows what you can make from what was ready to be thrown away! 

And here is my Sarah Fielke BOM so far.  I've been a bit slow on the corner sunflowers, but that's fine, because it isn't a race!  I'm pleased at how they're going, and will just take it steady till they're finished.  

Friday, 25 August 2017

Class finish

I've layered up, quilted and bound my class quilt for this year.  The reason it's not been done before this is that I thought people might like to see the back of the work, especially for the appliqué centre. 

It's inspired by old quilts in Sarah Fielke's book, 'Old quilts, new life' and I've called it 'Heirloom'. I'm really pleased with it, and love the setting.  I started by choosing mainly Baltimore appliqué colours, red, green, yellow, and added a bit of turquoise and pink along the way!  The date is 2016 because that was the year in which I made the top.  If I'd been sensible, I'd have bought the border fabric first and chosen the colours from that, but I was lucky to find this border fabric in my LQS and I think it's a good choice, even if it does contain purple! 

I've also been making more pineapple blocks.  Carole gave me a bag of strips and scraps which have been perfect for this project. 

And here is a bit of progress on my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt.  I took a long time to decide on my sunflower fabrics, but now I just need to get on with them! 

Sunday, 20 August 2017


Hi It's August, and while there has been some sewing going on, there's also been the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham - as good as ever!- and a couple of short holidays.  (A couple of nights in Weymouth - very good - and then a week in Edinburgh for the Fringe festival - fabulous!). That has meant not so much sewing has been completed.  

This UFO has finally been bound and labelled.  A very suitable Linus quilt, I think. 

I haven't done very well on my Sarah Fielke BOM.  I waited till I was ready to choose fabrics, and that was just before we went away to Edinburgh.  The choosing is done, now the sewing follows.  So far, so slow.  Good job it's not a race. 

If it was a race, I'd be doomed.  I never let an unfinished project get in the way of starting something new, so here is the start of a scrappy pineapple quilt.  I have an extensive collection of strings and strips, and the idea of using them whatever width and only in pairs was irresistible!  Off I go!