Saturday, 28 June 2008

Lucky, Lucky Me

Yes that is right, I am just so lucky. It was only Thursday I was showing you the mini-quilt I had made for my partner in Kate’s ‘Another Little Quilt Swap’ and telling you how late I was in getting finished. The recipient of my quilt will still be waiting for her parcel.
But I have no need to wait anymore as a knock on the door this morning meant I had a box delivered with foreign senders address. Yes it was my mini-quilt from the person who was partnered to send me a quilt. I must explain here that you don’t necessarily receive a mini-quilt from the same person that you send one to. The wonderful lady that sent this mini-quilt to me was Shelly Barker from Pennsylvania, which is one of the places in the States I would really like to visit.


I will tease you a little with this first photo; a little glimpse of the centre and you will see how clever Shelly has been with the fabric. You will also see that she has used my very favourite colours turquoise and purple and used them very nicely too.


Here is another peek of the corner of the quilt and that delicious binding.


I have had a look at Shelly’s blog and I would certainly advise you to go and have a look too, as it is a very good read, she is also very generous with the photo’s. Oh well, enough chat, I suppose I had better share my new mini-quilt with you all.



Isn’t it brilliant? And that’s not the finish, have a look at the fabric on the back of the quilt, it really rivals the front. Fabric with Quilt Diva all over it, its brilliant and it's fun.



Thanks Shelly.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Deadline

The deadline for sending off the mini quilt for Kate’s ‘Another Little Quilt Swap’ is 1st July and I knew I was sailing close to the wind as I kept finding other things to do. This week was hopefully set aside to finish some of the ‘little’ things that have piled up on my workroom desk. Once I had decided on the design and taken another few hours to choose the fabrics I felt much better and started cutting out. I did not want to hurry this little quilt and I decided to make it fairly small. Mostly because I really like this design produced in a small format. Here is a small corner again.







Here we are on Thursday and I have now finished the quilt, which is measured with the binding on at 15” high and 12” wide. This is quite a small piece and would have been much easier and quicker to make in a larger size but I think this challenge is quite special so I wanted to make a special quilt for my partner. It is also a challenge to ‘go small’ and I really love the finished quilt in fact I am tempted to keep it. So here is all of it.


Don’t worry partner, as this quilt will be on its way to you before the end of the day. I won’t make a guess to how long it will take to get to you as that may give you a clue as to who may receive it. I can only say sorry that as I am one of the last to mail my parcel, you will be one of the last to receive their mini quilt.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Mini's and Weeds

Just a quick post to show a quilt that I forgot to show when I completed it a couple of weeks ago. Bonnie Hunter has wonderful free quilt patterns that anyone can use to make fantastic scrap quilts. As part of my stash busting I decided to cut up lots of scraps and very old fat quarters to make one of Bonnie’s quilts. The one I choose was ‘Weed Wacker’ and it now contains bits of many quilts that I have made in the past.



I free machine quilted it with a variegated thread and really enjoyed doing it.




The quilting came together nicely where the light squares met.



And lastly, just a peek at the mini quilt I have made for my ALQS partner. I really love this one and wish I could keep it. I do hope my partner will like it. Hopefully I will get it finished and in the post in the next couple of days.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

ALERT -ALERT- - - - Bumper Picture Postcard Blog

This is a bumper picture blog as I have been receiving postcards from all over the world for the last couple of months or more and not sharing them with you. The holidays are now with me and I am taking a few hours out to clear the backlog of jobs I have. You really don't want to know how many and how much mess there is here, it is not a pleasant sight. Anyway the reason for this blog is I have found a pile of postcards that I have thanked the senders for but I have not shared them with those of you that read this blog, the few or the many which ever that might be.
The first two are from my postcard exchange group and are the last two postcards of our first swap when we started the group. There are 25 of us in this group but we split into small groups for some swaps as our lives are busy at times so we cannot join in all of them.

Firstly from Monica in Spain

and then from Jennifer in Ohio



The second batch of postcards is from a small swap our group did called 'Simple Pleasures of Nature'

From Michelle in Australia


From Debbie in the United States



from Anna who is posted in Japan with her husband and children


From Suzy, again from the USA
Another from Australia, this time from Monica




and lastly one from Gretchen from across the pond in the States.


Pretty good so far isn't it, and I have not finished yet, the next batch are from another postcard group I belong to where I don't join in with every swap but occasionally there is a swap I have time for and I think I might enjoy. That is the good thing about these groups and the swaps that go on between them, you don't have to join in with every one of them.

This group swap was called 'The Man in Your Life' and as you will see, let you know a little about the man in the swappers life and what he does with his life.

Firstly from Barbara who's man likes computers


and from Kathy whose husband is in the forces

from Lise who live in Norway and her man sometimes dresses up in a tie.



Miriam from the States has a man who likes Jazz


Sharon's and her man come from England and her man enjoys trains as you can see.


Lastly in this group is Lisa and her man from America and as you can see he likes Fishing



No, I still haven't finished, this is where you get some idea how many jobs I have piling up and how much catching up I still have to do.

The next photo's are postcards I have received from my group that are in a 'Colour' swap. Now here I also have to admit that although I have sent all my cards out to everyone of the people I have received a card from, this group has not received a 'Colour' card from me as that is another job that is one my 'catch up list' To reassure them, the postcards to do job is nearly at the top of my list!

Here we go and this is really the last pile.

From Monica in Spain this bright and cheerful card


and loads of colourful threads and fabrics from Diane in America

Suzy in San Diego sent colourful oranges growing fast in sunny California

And lastly but by no means unwanted, the most colourful postcard from Monica in Australia.


I will leave you to enjoy these cards as I have and get back to another pile of jobs that has to be sorted and a list that has to be dealt with.

Enjoy.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Hearts and pins

Another week flashes by with me spending a lot of time being chauffeur to the family. What with shopping, dentist appointments, hospital appointments, doctors appointments, Quilt group meeting and more shopping I have spent most of the time in the driving seat. There were good bits though and the best bits of the week were on Monday when I went with a couple of friends up to Bramble Patch for their Strawberry’s and Cream week and enjoyed the exhibition of work up there. It is about an hours drive for me but well worth the trip. I bought a four fabrics to go towards my Sampler quilt that students will be starting when we get back to classes in September.



We also found another patchwork and quilting shop in the area and I was drawn to buying these for a future project. We had a really delightful time with good company and also had time for a delicious lunch.




No asking me what the project is yet as I don’t know myself yet. I just couldn’t resist them at £5 per metre!!

I have been getting some sewing done, not a lot but I have finished something recently, this disappearing 9 patch quilt ate up the rest of my pink fabrics I bought some time ago and I really enjoyed making it. It is such a quick quilt to make and you can use so many fabric combinations and always get a lovely finished quilt.




The appliqu├ęd hearts were fun to add, not too sure where this one will go to yet.



And a couple of pincushions finished and ready to go for sales at our next exhibition of work.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Where has this week gone?

Where has this week gone to, it seems just a moment ago when I was at the Embroiderers Guild meeting with Gina and our many other friends and fellow members. But now I find that it was a week ago. Last Saturday an extremely clever and talented fellow member demonstrated how to fix shisha mirrors to fabric. I have tried to do this before and didn’t have much success, this time however with the expert tuition my shisha mirrors stayed on the fabric. That is about all the good I can say about it, as my embroidery isn’t shining as well as the mirrors as you can well see.

Gina did push me into showing this dismal excuse for hand stitching by showing hers here. So all is now revealed Gina! In my defence I will say again ‘ I don’t do hand stitching’ ; well apart from quilting, beading and buttons!

One thing I was surprised about is how pleased I can get about a magazine. Treating myself to a Craft Magazine recently (I was at Borders and I couldn’t find the book I wanted and wasn’t going to leave empty handed!) I didn’t think it would really inspire me to bigger and better things.


That was until I turned to this page, Dorset buttons are one of my favourite side lines and although Marie and Jenclair have been busy lately I have not wrapped one in ages. This is the article that has wetted my interest again so I have sorted out some threads and rings for another burst of button making. I think I’ll add a few beads as well.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

One Step Behind

I am one step behind at the moment, with Bonnie’s Mystery Quilt – Orange Crush.

I started this quilt to use up fabric that has been in my scrap bin or cupboard for just too long. How come I can’t just give it away or dump it? Well I daresay there are lots of you out there that can answer that question but I am really pleased that I didn’t rid myself of it in that way and used it. When I look at the blocks that I have already finished I can see pieces of fabric from many finished quilts, reminders of the years that I have been doing patchwork and quilting. The quilt is way off from being finished so I won’t make a decision on whether I like it or not just yet.
But here are the blocks from step 5.



The next stage is to start to put it all together.