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.

 

13 comments:

Leanne said...

I am very curious about the frame, your quilting is lovely and hopefully you will have more time for it soon. I love the tumbling blocks too and I sure hope your friend is getting better, I think his quilt it perfect.

Lynz said...

My thoughts are with your friend - that's quite an adjustment for him. And an awesome quilt!

I am a bit envious of your frame!! Do let us know how you get on with it - time to play over the holidays maybe?

Sarah Lou said...

You have been busy! Love the tumbling blocks quilt, and I'm sure that your friend will appreciate the sentiment!

Catrin Lewis said...

I had wondered where you'd disappeared to! I've only managed four quilts on my frame :-( but isn't Trudi's quilt emporium brilliant?

I love your quilt top, I'm sure that as long as your friend has the right attitude he'll be just fine!

poppy in stitches said...

the juki looks at home. Your tumbling blocks are fabulous and machined too, your a sewing super star! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Poppyprint said...

oh, you poor friend. I wondered what the F-word quilt was destined for and I cannot think of a more perfect plan. I wish him well as he adjusts to his new reality.

All of your sewing looks tremendous, I am especially enamored with your tumbling blocks. Must be the best use of a solids roll I've ever seen - well done you!!!

Judith, Belfast said...

Wow! You've been a busy bee! You're quilting is beautiful on the frame! I'm so jealous! Jxo

Marg said...

The tumbling locks look fabulous. I hope you find time to quilt over the Xmas hols. I absolutely love the quilt for your friend.

mumasu said...

Love the tumbling blocks, I am still afraid of the Y seam. I will take inspiration from you!!

My partner is a hind quarter amputee of 27 years and there is life after although it does not seem it at the time. People say to me "Oh hasn't he got over it well" I say very calmly and politely (although I really want to put my face very close to theirs and scream as loudly and rudely as I can) "No, you never get over it you just learn to live and cope as best you can or lay down and die". There certainly are times when you have to just say F Off to the norms of life.

Good luck to your friend, we have coped with the love of our friends and family, had four children, built a life which although disfunctional works for us. There is life after, just different and not what you planned.

mumasu said...

PS, Shevy. On re-reading my post seems a little abrupt for first thing on a Saturday morning just before Christmas. I think it just spilled out of me. Sorry :)

Shay said...


Dont you hate it when you get a new toy and have no time to play with it properly. Hope Christmas and the break after gives you time to get to know your frame properly!

The charity quilt looks fabulous. Tumbling blocks looks amazing. And the quilt for your friend is perfect . Yes – it is all about him, and thats exactly the sentiment he should be living his life by from here on

Michelle said...

Ah! You have a Juki!!! So do I. I love it, and right now am getting to use it less often than you do!

Love the Kona Solids y-seam quilt top!

I am so sorry about your friend with cancer. But , OMG the quilt you have made him is fabulous.

Di said...

Your frame is going to bring you lots of fun. Sorry to have missed you at the EMMQG. Your friend is certainly having a tough time and his quilt rather says it all. Di x