22 November, 2013

Is it Friday 13th ???

Is it Friday 13th ??? my gosh it feels like it is, DH has gone off with DS to England in the van, we've had a week of worry as it's forecasted to snow today and during the weekend, everything that has gone wrong in the build up to them leaving has....
DH is dropping DS off with my parents and bro and continuing across to Norfolk to pick up a trailer for the drag bike and another *project* a Ford Popular with v8 engine that needs finishing, you know one of those old ones. back to mums to pick up DS on Sunday morning and then home, He's bringing my mums settee back and a load of goodies including my frozen turkey lol... but today has had it's trials, he's had massive problems with roadworks/crashes/deviations which resulted in a much longer journey time and he managed to block his pin code on his bank card.... DOH !!!!
During this I was intending to tidy the sewing room but got side tracked by Katy @ I'm a ginger monkeys spool cushion and decided the tidying can wait. Anyway, I was on the phone to mum, dh and not really paying much attention. I had the sizzix out and the 2.5" strip die which is damn heavy..... it fell on my foot resulting in
And that is the bruise caused by @sizzix_UK 2.5" strip die falling on my damn foot #killing @imagingermonkey your fault !!!

a really large bruise and it's damn painful, typical when I need to be moving wood in for the heating and am now hobbling about (plus it's started to snow)

However, I digress, I did get on and made the cushion cover, it's a whopper and I'm now on the hunt for a suitable cushion/pillow form and have the weekend to decide how to quilt it.
Mini quilt, cushion or 1st block of quilt? @imagingermonkey spool pattern
I'm really keen on making a quilt from it, but haven't got enough low volume scraps to make it like Katy did, so, if I do make a quilt and its all got the same background fabic, I'm changing the pattern slightly and going to make a large rectangle on either side of the *thread* colours rather than the 6 individual strips.  These strips were from the Fat Quarterly Strip swop and it seems appropriate to make it into a quilt frame room quilt :) I'm waiting on my ikea rug arriving with DH so I can choose the principal thread colours and will be on the look out for more make do and mend or a suitable sewing themed fabric for the background.
Sizzle likes it although he and 2 other kitties have colds/rtis
Sizzle seems to like the top but unfortunately we have flu in the house, it started with a trip to the vets with max, red weeping eyes and some sneezes so antibiotic eye drops and today we have sizzle and pepsi sneezing.  She's diagnosed a virus like cat flu (the kittens have had jabs pfff) and so their all on antibiotics, tlc and warm beds for 5 or 6 days, fingers crossed they don't have complications

A girly weekend continues..... :)

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19 November, 2013

Time's moving on

I can't believe we're nearly in December, time here seems to be slipping by. We've got patchwork club Christmas market prep tomorrow all day, then Thursday I have french lessons, followed by DH and DS off to England for the weekend on Friday. However that means Amelia and I get a girlie weekend, I'm planning a clean up and sort out of fabric, perhaps Amelia and I could even get a simple quilt cut and sewn out. Lot's of tv, Strictly and a nice film on Sunday afternoon. We are however due snow *eek* so am hoping DH manages to get there and back ok. DS is staying with my mum and so will be spoilt rotten, they are also bringing home my Christmas Turkey and all our goodies :O)

Putting my new cushion away for a few more weeks and no it hasn't got lights :( *yet*

Last week I knocked up a Christmas cushion, I printed out the pattern from *quilter's world* I think it was and even though I should've followed it, I didn't really, just used some of the 2.5" squares from my In from the cold leftovers. It will go perfectly with my quilt :) Only 11 days and I could probably get the quilt out again lol..

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15 November, 2013

Flashing Christmas tree quilt

I am super super excited about this week's finish.
I fell in love with Kate Spain's In from the cold fabric line as soon as I saw it. The cute cocoa cups and the gorgeous hues of green, mistletoe and who can't resist red at Christmas. I already had an idea of making this block from Ellison Lane into a giant quilt sized block
It wasn't without it's hassles, I forgot about the directions of the cups for the border and had to order more fabric, literally needed less than half a yard.
Last week it arrived and I was so quick getting the quilt on the frame and quilted it up with swirls to match the cocoa cup swirls

Ready for binding and then lights/bunting  #christmas2013
#improved #quilting actually enjoyed this

My quilting is definitely improving and I don't normally like densely quilted stuff but as I got into the flow of it, time flew by.
It's quilted in white YLI cotton thread with bottom line superior threads bobbin thread and I used the Sew Simple supersoft 70/30 recycled wadding.  It seems to make lots of fluff and my machine needed cleaning out twice during the quilting, fluff bunnies everywhere.
Now to the exciting bit, people who have followed me for a bit or know me irl, yes I like anything flashy especially at Christmas, our house looks like Blackpool every year inside and out, we generally have two Christmas trees outside, 2 inside and lights in every room and walls outside.... so what had my vision been for this quilt.... yes a FLASHING lit up Christmas tree.  I researched conductive thread, problems for me is that it couldn't realistically be quilted over without breaking the electric circuit, if I used it as a top thread you'd see it and the leds and the connectors (not pretty) I wanted to be able to wash the quilt so that meant a no no to a special conductive electric pen you can buy (it's washable lol), needed to be bendy so we could snuggle, didn't want it to be mains electric so I had to work out how batteries would work. I looked on every search engine for a quilt with proper amount of lights and still can say I haven't found one.  However, having a techie brother and husband does help at times but ultimately I had the idea and bought the lights, they just said it would work and helped me with the battery pack.
I bought a 5m length of 12v LED WATERPROOF strip lights think it's got about 500 lights, with double sided tape on them, then I very carefully sewed them inside my home made bunting binding and used a charm pack of In from the cold cut into 4 to make tiny 2.5" triangles for the bunting.  (I've got another set of plain white lights to use in bunting for my quilt room one day ) Don't look too close at the bunting, my stitches aren't very even and I know if I ever make another one I need larger than 2.5" strips to start with.  I kept testing every so many triangles to make sure I hadn't cut through a wire.  I pinned them on the quilt and the kids and I made this quick video

Then I had to hand sew all of the bunting on....not an easy task, making sure the leds were the right way up and then all the normal hand sewing of binding.  I made a little battery pocket which uses 2 9V square batteries and the infared remote control means I can turn it on and off/flash/solid/different colours at the touch of a button.  There are no visible wires inside or out !!! how bloody cool is that, I am so thrilled with this quilt you cannot believe.
I've had massive problems getting a decent picture and it'll have to wait until we have a dry day but I asked DH to help me and so he climbed upto the roof and we took some in what will be fairly soon bedrooms but is currently a building site :)
Backing all folded up and tossed on a plasterboard hoist that will be my frame space, just under the window :)

Hanging from the rafters

In the sunlight in what'll be the bathroom lol

It finishes at 88" by 62" and will light up my settee for many a Christmas to come :)
Linking up with TGIFF and Can I get a Whoop Whoop

Thanks for visiting if you've come from any link ups, for getting to the end of this mammoth post and have a fantastic weekend

10 November, 2013

Kidlets quilting bee

Exciting news, my daughter is joining her very first quilting bee, Michele at Quilts from my crayonbox has been really busy organising a quilting bee for kids. What a fab idea is that. I'm sure she'll make great blocks, get her own quilt at the end and make lots of new friends from around the world.

Quilts From My Crayon Box

She's looking for kids between the ages of 5 through to 11 to be Bee Princess or Bee Princes, they make 1 block a month just like us growns ups do and get to choose their own blocks when it's their turn. 
Simple blocks are the name of the game, along with communication and having fun.  Mums, dads or grandparents are asked to help and advise.  It's starting in December so if you have any kids/grandkids who you think would enjoy the 12 month journey, go and take a look.

I'm sure they'd love to wear the crowns :)

Amelia is really excited, she loves it when i'm princess bee and immediately gets the blocks out and chooses where they will go and when I asked her was she sure she wanted to do it and she'd have to work hard every month, she immediately went into the sewing room to look at her stash lol... not very big atm but I'm sure mummy will let her use some of hers

I'm busy finishing a very special flashy quilt off and have another specialist appointment about my back on Thursday, the kids have tomorrow (monday) off as a bank holiday but have to go to school on Wednesday instead lol... so nice restful day for a change
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02 November, 2013

Fresh Sewing Day

Lily's Quilts

Well, October came and went, two weeks of it have been during the school holidays, I am *so* pleased they are going back to school on Monday, life can return to normal and I can get on with cleaning....errr perhaps

As you can see, I did buy quite a lot of fabric this month, errr about 20 yards to be precise, but there's a quilt planned in there, some to finish a quilt, backing and some pillowcases for the kids.
The Days of Yore quilt finally got quilted and is now all bundled up ready to go on the bed.  Most of October was Halloweeeeeeeeen projects, hanging bits, table bits, wall hangings including a special one with led lights :O)
A all seeing pumpkin for the sweeties and my pumpkin bom embroidery.
I was queen bee for the euro siblings together bee and have about 7 of the 11 blocks back now so good going, perhaps a finish in November ????
For the last month of our sew euro bee an bee, I had to make 2 mugs which were really fun to do once I got into them.  I made a hanging country style wreath and a cute fabric pom pom type hanging decoration for the tree, these are going to be for the Patchwork club Christmas market.
November, is set to be finish up small Christmas things to sell at market and finish my Christmas tree quilt. Linking up to Lily's quilts fresh sewing day  please go check out some of the other links, there has been some fab stuff made in the last month.

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