11 May, 2015

Another new QAL

post signatureIt's an exciting but stressful week here and it's only Monday !!!!. This is my last week of being 39 and we're off to Disneyland Paris on Friday for the weekend :) lots of nice treats planned but in the meantime we have a cat with a poorly foot off to the vets this afternoon, a dog that's run into something and jarred his foot.  Two nights of school meetings, a boy going off to High school tomorrow to *try for the day* and has to be on the bus for 7.50am and lots of other appointments to fit in, including the hairdressers. Thank the lord for that, I look like the Wella gorilla.

Anyway, the Quilt a long starts on Monday, Here's the  Details but it's a challenging quilt for me.  I calculated about 540+ 1.5" squares, hand piecing, machine piecing, curves, embroidery, EPP but what a gorgeous quilt.

I'm thinking mine is going to be more wintery than springy, so some reds, whites, aquas and a mixture of grey skies and whites.  It uses lots of low volume scraps and is generally a great scrap buster.  The pieces are really small.

Over the weekend I decided to start on the hexagon portion as that usually takes me forever, they are 1/2" sided hexis and there are 30 of them.  I was really surprised that after glue basting in the afternoon I managed to get them sewn up while watching Sunday night TV.

Next I'm going to prep the three embroideries, so I can fit some stitching in during appointments and on the long drive to Paris :)

If you fancy joining in, check out Kerry's post and let me know your joining so we can cheer each other on 

01 May, 2015

Anyone fancy a Spiced Chai

Does anyone fancy a nice Spiced Chai tea :)

Ohhh I'm so excited that my month for Bee Europa has finally arrived.  I've been planning for a couple of months now.  This month the plan is to make my own take on the Spiced Chai tea quilt from Vintage Quilts Revival book.
It's effectively Maple Leaf Blocks without the stems

I've made the coloured centre square and the coloured blocks. I'd like you ladies to make the remaining Grey/Black blocks.


From the white fabric cut two 5.5" squares and two 6.25" squares.  (please pay attention with the pattern on tone on tone, I sewed one of my squares inside out)

From grey/black fabric cut 3 5.5" squares and two 6.25" squares.
Can you measure first before cutting, I think I've cut it to be just enough, if you need more let me know.

Make 4 HST's from the 6.25" squares, Draw a diagonal line, corner to corner and sew a 1/4" seam each side, cut on drawn line and then trim to 5.5"

Lay out the white and grey squares into rows of 3 and then sew those rows into columns.
The unfinished block should measure 15.5" square.

Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy making the block :)
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30 April, 2015

Busy April

Wow, April has flown by and I've been mega busy with the kids, football ,business, paperwork, doctor appointments, x rays but finally things are on the up and I'm hoping for a healthy May.
First attempt at a floating m&m cake. Happy Easter weekend everyone :)We had the excitement of Easter, a visit to the vets to have the dog's stomach pumped because she'd eaten two raw hot cross buns which it appears can kill dogs as the yeast ferments along with the dried fruit. Luckily I read that and got her off to the vets PDQ, after an hour of sickness she was back to her old self and looking for more trouble.

I made a suspended M&M cake for our Easter dessert, it was supposed to be a trial version for the kid's birthday's this year.

The banana cake was yummy especially the icing

DH turned 44 and he asked for a Banana cake, I absolutely hate banana's but I smothered it in a cream cheese icing which was delicious so I managed to eat a small piece or two :)

It came home to mumma :) how i squeeled, i thought it was my @simplysolids order then dh said its from claire poppins @claireepoppins id showm him the pic and said i was sure it was for me �� its gorgeous @claireepoppins thank you so much. Mark me as

I signed up for the Instagram UK mini quilt swap, I asked for a novelty type quilt or metallics, I saw @clairepoppins making this gorgeous mini and I was sure it was for me :)
I squeeled like a stupid thing when I unwrapped it, it's now hanging in my quilting room, keeping an eye on Nobby The Hobby quilter.

Remind me next time I want to make a double sided mini quilt, its not a good idea and definitely not with applique that throws the quilting out, but im pleased now it's ready for binding. Hope you like it partner #heideesgroup #ukminiswap #pippapracticing
Here's the mini I made for my partner, I loved the Hazel Hedgehog but wasn't 100% sure my partner would, so I decided to make a double sided mini. If she hated Hazel or got bored, she could hang it the other way around.  Hazel was the first quilt ever to be quilted with the longarm, I wanted to do a pantograph but in the end just Free motioned a fairly angular type zig zag/lightening strike thing. lol

#quiltinaday the binding is going on as we speak. Learnt loads when quilting with the glide so not perfect at the back, but my dad won't care.
Next up, it was my dad's birthday yesterday, the grand old age of 69.  He's been having his afternoon nap wrapped up in one of the quilts I made for mum years ago, it's got pink and yellow. Not really suitable for a man lol... so I used up two cushion panels and made two supersized blocks.  He's 6ft2 so wanted a longer quilt than wide.  I put on two borders just to make up the length.
The back, glide had to have tension so tight compared with aurifil and superior and bobbin looser  still dont think it was as  good as it could have been
It's really difficult to get a shot of the quilting but I quilted them in a variegated Glide thread (I can't get the longarm to like Glide as a top thread, it loves the bobbins but I had so many tension issues) the pattern is a pantograph of fairly large leaves, think they are 6 inches.  It was a great learning curve and it's exciting as I feel like I'm gaining experience and confidence and to be honest, my dad doesn't care that my tension is off in places :)

First day in 3 months I actually feel semi normal and now i'm grinning manically. @bobbincentral glide delights no spots, I think its nearly perfect tension isn't it @trudi_wood @superiorthreads #rainbow thread and it was started at @fatquarterly retreat

Yes you've already seen this one but its bound and awaiting a label, started at #fqr14 heading off for #siblingstogether when my other ones get finished @siblings2gether
This is a quilt I started at Fat Quarterly Retreat last year, it's sat for ages waiting to be quilted.  The other day I thought oh come on, let's just get it done.  I quilted loops and double loops.  I used a gorgeous rainbow thread from Superior threads and it all worked wonderfully.  I actually caught myself grinning while I was quilting.  I'm thrilled with it.  It's now sitting all bound waiting for a label and after a quilt show in early July, it's being shipped to Siblings Together ready for their summer camps.  My kids aren't too sad to let this one go to other children. Perhaps they are learning some other kids need quilts more than they do :)

Today i made a spicy spiral tablerunner....its actually huge. Does anyone know how you could make it smaller. Next time I'm fmq and bias binding one
I also sneaked this Spicy Spiral in for a finish.  I've looked at this pattern so many times but I didn't want to buy the pattern and the ruler.  Eventually I bought the pattern and decided I'd make my own ruler.  This time I used cardboard but I think hubby might make me one out of plexiglass next.  It's fairly easy, you sew fabric into strips and then cut it, sew it back together.  This table runner is destined for my mum's coffee table.  It makes a very big runner, it fits my kitchen table but not my lounge coffee one.  I'm going to have to try and work out how I can make it smaller while keeping the shape.

30 minute #practice #longarm #pippapracticinglongarming much smoother, perhaps its the gin i had before starting ��
Here's my practice quilting piece, It comes preprinted and you quilt over the dotted lines, I started with a really light colour, now I'm going over it with green, I'm hoping then I can go over 2 or 3 more times.  It's all challenging but I'm hoping 30 minutes practice a day will reap great rewards this year.

Not a bad April, a mini quilt, two full size quilts and a table runner.  I don't think May will be as productive, I've got a very important birthday month coming up *grin*
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17 March, 2015


Please go and check out my posts this week on 52 Quilters
Here is my first post

Have a great day, I'm off to paper piece :)

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13 March, 2015

Exciting week to come

I've got really exciting news that I've kept fairly quiet and am now ready to reveal.

It's my week next week !!! Starting Monday

At the end of the year there was a general call out for quilters to take part in a new social experiment to spread some quilty inspiration, a snapshot into quilters lives.
Each week for 52 weeks, a quilter takes over the blog, instagram and twitter account of 52 Quilters and next week.... Week 11 It's my turn !!!!
From Monday morning I'll be posting my piccies, any quilty stuff I do and perhaps just some piccies of life until Sunday evening.
I'm hoping I might even manage to get a whole quilt made, I've got some ideas for one.
Please follow along and go check out some of the past weeks, there have been some really exciting quilters, I hope people don't get bored

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06 March, 2015

Quilts to say we care

Very late last year (Boxing Day) a family friend of ours lost his battle with Cancer.  It was a shock, we knew he'd been ill for about two years but I think with it being the time of year, he was in his very early sixties and for me, the first family friend to die, it hit us all very hard.
He left his wife who is in her 50's, they don't have children but do have horses, chickens, cats and 5 dogs lol...
I'm a very capable and organised woman and helped her with some french paperwork stuff but wanted something to show her we care and we're there for her in the next weeks, month's, years.
So what do you do, you make a quilt !!! I talked to DH and my mum about it and decided yes, I'd get on and make a quilt, even if the dogs just snuggled on it, at least she'd know we were thinking of her.
I dragged out my Alison Glass prints I had and made my go to Giant star quilt pattern from In Color Order.  It's such a quick quilt to pull together, think it was made in an afternoon.

It's quilted with a very large meander.  I didn't want loops or hearts but something that gave the quilt a crinkle, it was one of those perfect aurifil quilting god days, think it was quilted in an hour or so, using my go to seashell poly for longarm (I LOVE THIS THREAD)  the backing was a light pink, orange, grey triangle bed sheet and it's bound in the green bike path.
@trudi_wood close your eyes �� giant stipple on this one

I gifted it a couple of weeks ago now and I'm hoping that it is being used and abused as snuggle quilts should be :O)

I do love being able to make a quilt, my children often ask me while both snuggled under quilts, "what do other children do who's mum's don't make them quilts mum"

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14 February, 2015

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentine's

I'm really excited to show you my Valentine's quilt, I bought the Layer cake last year with a heart quilt in mind, then there was a #sewmystash2015 weekend challenge to make a finished quilted item.
Well I'm always up for a challenge, I started on Friday morning and by Friday afternoon had a finished flimsy top.

Quilted it on the Sunday and it was bound later on in the week
I am in love with this quilt,everything came together perfectly, the @aurifil quilting gods have been with me this weekend, no thread breakages, quilt frame or machine problems, no eyelashes everything just feels perfect with it. Binding making this after

It's quilted with free motion hearts and loops with aurifil 40wt cotton, it's a cotton bedding sheet from Daxon this time, small white polka dots on pink. I really enjoyed making this one, I loved everything about it, the seams all nest and the quilt gods were with me.

Its bound and now needs sewing down but DS is enjoying it already. That's this weeks sewing in front of TV sorted. Must get other one finished tonight so it can be gifted

DS couldn't even wait for the binding to be stitched on the back, and it's been heavily used already, even though we have another 7 in the lounge that could be used lol...

Here's some nice outside piccies, taken when I had a really bad case of flu and it was just about to snow

I think the black border sets it off but I was to do it again i'd change the 2nd row, 2nd down square to a lighter one so that the heart pops more.

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