Saturday, 12 April 2014

Quarter 2 aims

I'm setting out my stall for the next quarter of the finishalong. Too be honest, as long as I get one thing completed I will consider it a win.

You can see others plan over at Katy's blog http://www.the-littlest-thistle.com/2014/04/finish-along-quarter-2-now-open.html

Firstly, I'm doing so secret sewing which includes this block

 

Then I really want to finish Jim's quilt

 

I have a couple of tops for baby quilts I sewed up int he last quarter when I should have been finishing things off rather than starting new stuff.

 

Fingers crossed x

 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Finish a long 2014

Well damn! It's already the end of the quarter.

Back in January, I made my list and made it short as I knew time was limited, http://shevvylondon.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/2014-1st-quarter-finish-long.html.

But even that was too ambitious for me and I've only finished one thing which I haven't even blogged yet.

Here it is, my loving the love quilt.

 

All finished and I'm very happy with it. I quilted it on my new frame and learned lots about how to work with that and a bigger quilt.

For more entries from people who actually achieved what they set out to do head over to http://www.the-littlest-thistle.com/2014/03/finish-along-quarter-1-finish-party.html

Saturday, 11 January 2014

2014 1st quarter finish a long

The link up for the new quarter is open at http://thelittlestthistlecraftshop.blogspot.ca/2014/01/finish-along-2014-quarter-1-now-open.html so go and see what others are committing to.

I've have failed quite badly in the past and missed the last quarter completely. My usual approach is to put on everything I have and then get all disappointed when I don't achieve much.

I'm only going to put a select few quilts in my goals this time.

Firstly, loving the love. As it is already on my frame and half way quilted I should be able to get the quilting and binding done.

Then Jim's quilts. The top is made, it needs basting, quilting and binding.


This needlepoint is done, it needs making into a cushion.

And lastly, let's try and the tufted tweets top finished as well.
I think that might be manageable!
Fingers crossed.

 

Friday, 20 December 2013

It's been how long!

I've just checked and am a bit embarrassed that my last blog post was 5th October. I didn't plan to drop out of blogging, it's just been hard to keep up.

What have I been doing with my time? Well mainly it's my studies and the placements, I have two different ones name and am seeing 7 clients a week. Along with the rest of the course, that is taking up a big chunk of my time.

I did create myself a sewing room in my smallest bedroom and bought a new machine and frame to go in it. The frame is from Martha at http://www.machinequilter.co.uk/the-new-english-quilter/, I went for the 6ft one as that is all I could fit in my tiny room.

Here it is being used for the only quilt I've quilted since I got it, a little one I made for charity and a close up of my quilting.

Martha gave me a really good workshop on how to use it when I collected it.

A few weeks later, I had the chance to visit the East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild - their flickr group can be found at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1317961@N25/. This was a great day of sewing and chatting with a lovely bunch. If you are in the area and haven't discovered them already check them out.

While I was up North (yes I think they are north) I was able to see a version of my new frame in the hands of a superstar. Trudi at http://trudi-quiltingprolifically.blogspot.co.uk/ has the larger version and achieves the most wonderful things on it. Just to watch her in action was an amazing experience. I also got to explore her collection of quilts - and what a collection. I was in quilty heaven.

I have managed to finish a new quilt top, one that I would have been too scared of a few years ago. Yes, I have conquered the Y seam!

This was all pieced by machine, I found a kona solids roll up when I had my sort out for the sewing room and I just decided with no planning to go for it with the tumbling blocks.

I've also made a few scarves, for myself and as gifts.

And finally, I am working on a quilt for a friend who is going through the most horrific time. He had cancer in his hip which was undiagnosed for 18 months, by the time they realised, the only option was hindquarter amputation, which basically meant they had to chop is leg off to remove the hip joint.

So eventually he is getting this.

And yes, that is my design wall. I have one of those now! Check me out!
I have a bit more news on swaps I've been part of but I will do a separate post on those.

 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

3rd quarter FAL

Woohoo! Surprisingly I have a couple of finishes this time to enter in the FAL which you can find more details of here http://shecanquilt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/its-time-to-link-up-your-q3-finish-long.html

Back in July I http://shevvylondon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/q3-finish-long-please-let-me-do-better.html listed again all that I have outstanding in the hope it would get me motivated..

And it did a bit.

I haven't yet posted the pics of my 2nd scrappy trip along which I finished a while ago so here it is.

It's orange isn't it! It finished up around 72 in square.

I also completed a couple of others quilts that had been hanging around as well which I've already posted about.

On top of that I made a few baby quilts that weren't even on the list and started another new quilt. Not bad for me lately, but then it was the summer holidays.

Please check out more of the finishes using the link at the top of the list.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Scrappy-tripalong-afinish

I've been working on one of my scrappy tripalong quilts this week and getting used to doing free motion on the new juki. It's so much faster than I'm used to so it's been a bit hit and miss in terms of stitch length but the bigger throat space made it very easy to handle this 64x80 inch quilt.

I'm still working on getting the sewing room sorted in advance of the arrival of the frame so the house is all topsy turvy. Therefore I haven't been able to find the space for a full sized quilt pic. These are the best I could manage.

The front

The back and binding

What is even more exciting is that of the remaining 6 tops I have left, only one is too big for the frame so I only have that one left to do the job I hate most and baste it. Yippee. The rest can wait for the new baby. I've been auditioning backing fabric for it tonight.

 

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Migraine!

Since I exhibited a quilt in the Sandown show earlier in the year I've been thinking about what to do for next year.

I saw two kona solids together and just had to get them.

I know chartreuse and coral aren't a usual combination but I had in my mind something shocking and uncomfortable for the quilt.

I played around with the touchdraw app and came up with a design that reflected what I was looking for. Something that hurts the eyes - I even named the quilt before I ever cut into the fabric.

Today I finished the piecing. For some reason I can't get a photo that shows the green in all it's real vivid glory but you get the idea


I am waiting to get the frame before I try and quilt it, but I already have ideas how I want to do that as well.