Thursday, 25 February 2016

Sewing, sewing, sewing!

At the moment I am continuing to sew up a storm! I am sewing to the exclusion of most other things, not that anything else is a particular priority just now!

This Christmas quilt is for DD and is being made from fabric I'd already cut out but lost the pattern. The new quilt pattern is from a book called 'Pretty Patchwork Quilts' by Cyndi Walker and is called 'Shooting Stars'. It is made up of 12  left hand blocks and 20 right hand blocks. I have now finished the 12 left hand blocks and have started on the 20 right hand blocks.

In between doing other things I am adding to my 'Wild & Goosey' blocks (a Bonnie Hunter pattern)

Moda Bonnie & Camille 'Miss Kate'

I have started 2 'Block of the Months' although one of them is 2 blocks a week!

The first one is The Splendid Sampler (free)which is 2 blocks per week and had has been organised by Pat Sloan. There are 80 designers involved in this and there are over 16,000 people following the Facebook page! and every person that has uploaded photos to the page has used different fabrics and/or had a slightly different take on the blocks. It is going to be so much fun to see how it all develops. It isn't too late to join the party as we are only up to block 4 which has been released today. 

These blocks are Bonnie Hunter's Boxy Stars and have been from a Moda Patisserie  jelly roll. Again I'd started using this jelly roll for something else and changed my mind (that's what being a Libra does for you)

I've finished all the 6" blocks but have to sew them into the 12" blocks and as they are sashed and I didn't have anything suitable in my stash, on Tuesday I went shopping. I went to Patchfinders in Poynton which is about a 25 mile drive from Northwich. Patchfinders used to have a shop in Cheadle Hulme but moved to Poynton in September. didn't get to go when they first moved as I had broken my foot. Their new premises are huge and the range of fabric is fantastic! So if you are in the area they are well worth a visit!. 

Usually I have an idea what colour sashings I want to use but in this case I didn't (other than a vague idea of mid brown), so when I ended up with this gold fabric I was surprised but it is perfect and I love the border fabric which is Moda Butterscotch & Roses.

These 2 blocks are from the other BOM I am doing. This is a Barbara Brackman free BOM from her Civil War Blog called Westering Women. We are up to block 2 so this one isn't too late to join either.

This layer cake is Moda Larkspur by 3 Sisters. I love, love .love 3 Sisters fabric and I particularly love this one. I want to make a Moda Bake Shop pattern called 'Speedwell' by Nicola Dodd. I needed some yardage as well and that came this morning so I can get going with it now.

This is a portable quilt 'wall' for the 6" blocks for the The Splendid Sampler BOW, I've just got to sew up the binding.

And this is the second quilt I made from the Moda 'Boutique' jelly roll I had already started.

Monday, 1 February 2016


Since before I broke my foot I had been in a sewing funk, I hadn't touched my sewing machine in months but I've now got my mojo back!

Moda Fruitcake

A few years ago I cut a quilt out from the Moda Fruitcake fabric. The pattern was from a blog that I've since lost the link to. I didn't know what to do with the cut out fabric so I put it to one side. DD came across it and asked me to make her a Christmas quilt with it so I had to put my thinking cap on. I've come up with an idea, I'll show you how it progresses.

Moda Strawberry Fields

This quilt was made from the scraps of Strawberry Fields fabric that I used to make DD's 2014 Christmas present quilt. It has 2 borders that I have since put on this evening.

Moda Boutique

I cut out and pieced this quilt last week and put its' borders on tonight, The fabric started life as a jelly roll and the patterns for this quilt & the Strawberry Fields quilt came from Pam & Nicky Lintott's book - Two from One Jelly Roll Quilts. I am going to make another quilt from this book with the rest of the Boutique fabric. 

These 2 quilts are both made with rail fence blocks. The difference is in the size of the blocks. I had cut loads of 3.5 inch squares from charm packs and I was left with these 1.5 x 3.5 & 1.5 x 5" wide strips. Both of these quilts have now got their borders on too!

This is were I'm up to with my Hitchhiker scarf, I just keep knitting a bit here & there, mainly on suitable car journeys when I'm not driving.

I'm also knitting socks!

In other news this weekend we have celebrated this little man's 2nd birthday!