Monday, 1 September 2014

Where Have I been and What have I been doing

Hi everyone it has been a long time.  In all honesty I just haven't felt like blogging.  Life has been full on and I have made the big decision to pack up my sewing business.  It doesn't happen over night but the process is well underway.  I have a little sadness that it is ending but am excited and relieved to be moving on.  The thought of being able to sew what ever I want rather than a conveyer belt of bibs and  purses etc etc is good.
I have been feeling quite homesick of late we have been living in the Channel Islands for 18 months and although I do like some aspects of life here it is just not home.  I miss the accents, the casual chats with people who you just meet, the friendly hello in the morning from everyone, fresh air, hills, mountains and the humour.  
I plan on baking loads, working out and sewing loads of quilts.  Here are some of my recent projects.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

End of the month and what have I done?

Hi everyone can you believe it's the end of January?  ( thank goodness I hear you cry)  January can be a difficult month for all sorts of reasons the weather for one and all the darkness.  I have been a busy bee in my studio and in between all my wholesale work I have been getting a few hours quilt making in.  I thought you might like to see.

My fist red and white quilt top completed I love it and can't wait to get it quilted.

Next is my snowball nine patch, so pretty.
A little baby scrappy log cabin quilt top.  I used a duck egg cotton for the sashing.

And a scrumptious Goose chase quilt top.
I think surrounding myself with all these beautiful fabrics has made my January go by very quickly.  Which quilt is your favourite?

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Making a Quilt Sandwich

Now this is my first tutorial so please be kind .  I was basting my latest quilt today and I thought it would be a good opportunity to go over the process one step at a time for those of you who are beginners.

This is what I did there are other methods.

First I steam cleaned my floor to make sure it was not going to leave any marks on my fabrics.  Second I layed down my ironed quilt back making sure it was wrinkle free,  I had run out of masking tape so I used some low tack tape instead just to hold it in place.
 Next I layered my wadding centering  it on top of the backing again keeping it wrinkle free and straight.

Centre the quilt top on the wadding right side up smoothing as you, keeping it straight and centered.

Make sure your wading and backing are larger than your quilt top.

Starting in the centre of the quilt using basting pins I  curved saftey pins) basted the 3 layers together.

Thats it.  Don't try to rush the process just work away methodically.  Now you are ready to quilt.

Hope that has been helpful.
Happy weekend.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Straight Line Quilting

Hi everyone, I thought you might like me to share one of my last finishes for 2013.  My fist straight line quilted quilt. The idea behind this quilt was to show the versatility of quilts.
 I love just about every period of quilting from English paper piecing, civil war  quilts with their tiny pieces of fabric to pioneer quilts with quilt blocks that tell the story of the settlement of the west and the journey made by so many to depression feed sack quilts, Retro, and our modern takes on them all.  I appreciate that not everyone is the same.  Some people think quilts are old fashioned and dated. ( gasp)

This quilt was simple in its construction and utilised a palette of pistachio green, aqua, robins egg blue and dove grey.  I straight line quilted it with aurifil 50 cotton thread and bound with pistachio and hand stitched onto the back.
What have I learned about straight line quilting?  Tension can be tricky to get right, a walking foot is essential, it is back breaking and hugely time consuming.  Would I do it again? yes in a heartbeat, the texture is so tactile and the effect is simple modern and breathtaking. What do you think?  i would love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Neglecting my Blog

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by.  I have been absent from my blog for too long, other things just get in the way.  Life is hectic, the run up to Christmas is more like a looooong sprint but I am nearly there.  I have been doing a few local markets and have been taking orders for christmas delivery.  My facebook page has taken off and its lovely to get comments and likes and messages on a daily basis.  You should come for a visit your very welcome. I am going to try to keep to weekly blog posts in the New Year.
Happy Friday

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

What can I do to help?

Hi all I am on a mission.  I want to help more of you to take up sewing or sew more often.  Sewing is such a practical skill that can add a unique and personal touch to your home and those you love. What can I do to help?
What about online tutorials?  What projects would you like me to walk you through?  Sewing patterns are another thought, is that something that would interest you?  or maybe kits.  kits for quilts and other smaller projects?
How can I help?

Saturday, 28 September 2013

I have a Plan

Morning lovelies I hope you are all having a creative weekend.  I have been baking oat cookies with cinnamon, such a comforting smell. I have also been hatching a plan for my fabric shop.  I have to start small because I am small ( only 5 ft) ha ha but seriously I want to take it one step at a time and get it right.  I know what I like and use but I have to find out more about you.  What you sew, the notions you use, the tools you might need, and your taste in fabric design.  I would really appreciate your input please give me your thoughts.  I am going to be listing some quilting cottons both prints and solids as well as some organic fabrics and waddings over the next week in my online shop so keep an eye out for new options. I really hope this is the start of a new adventure and I hope I can tempt you into joining me.
Happy Sunday.