|They don’t look like much in these rubbish photos!|
|I love the texture of the wool in this one! V.touchy, feely!|
|They don’t look like much in these rubbish photos!|
|I love the texture of the wool in this one! V.touchy, feely!|
|Remember the Wot Nots? L-R Sarah, Karen, Me|
|Wallpaper in Red, England Swings by Rebekah Merkl|
Take it easy!
This week I finished my Brit Bee Blocks for Miss October (aka Laura Jane). LJ had the inspired idea of theming her month with stars, any stars at all (because we are all stars in her eyes – bless!).
So after much researching my small collection of books, and online, I came up with these:
|The ‘Orbit’ star|
I was nervous about jumping straight into LJs fabrics with new patterns, especially as I had to do some re-sizing (& Carol Voderman I am not!). So I did practise blocks.
This one is foundation pieced Orbit star, and of course the practise block went like a dream, no hiccups whatsoever!
Until it came to the real thing!
Foundation piecing is known for fabric waste, and I didn’t want to waste any of LJs fabrics, especially as I had 2 x 12.5″ blocks to get out of the gorgeous fabrics. So some of the finished seams are smaller than 1/4 “, but they are all hidden behind the foundation fabric, and securely sewn. So I’m hoping they’ll pass.
The 2nd block is called Spider’s Web, based on this tutorial. Again I had some resizing issues, but my trial half block soon put me right.
I love the scrappiness of this pattern, and while you need 4 of these blocks together to really appreciate the spider’s web effect, I think it’s a lovely star block in it’s own right. I can just see some perle cotton hand quilting going on inside the white star!
I got my siggy block* made too, all parcelled up and ready to twinkle their way to LJ.
(* A siggy block is a signature block, a small square with details of the person who made the block i.e. name, town, Bee, date. Everyone in the Bee makes one each month for the person whose month it is. They then have 11 siggys to piece into the back of their quilt as a record of all the contributors to the quilt. See here for an easy peasy tutorial.)
Have a fab Friday!
Details of my Celebration Giveaway can be found here. Giveaway closes Monday 17th October.
You’ve seen me make some of these tissue pouches before. Once you get the hang of the pattern, they are so quick and easy to make, and a great way to recycle smaller pieces of fabric.
There is no wadding in these, and you can decorate them how you like.
Have a great day!
There’s something about Christmas time that brings out the excited inner child in us all.
The box is held in place with velcro, but these wee boxes could easily be makes in themselves, filled with yummy sweets (I particularly like fudge!) and given to teachers as end of term pressies.
|I think kids would love these too filled with their favourite sweeties! Jxo|
|View the full collection here.|
|View the full collection here.|
|Elephants & cupcakes – what could be better!|
Hope you all have a creative and productive one!
For our next project we will be making disappearing 9 patch blocks.
15. Trim the block to 12.5″ & stand back and admire your work!
Have a great Wednesday!
|September issue of Irish Quilting – there’s even a photo of me at the start of the magazine! Although I’m not really from Co.Tyrone, as printed!!!|
|This is an upsized version of Ayumi’s mini basket.|
We miss her and wish her a speedy recovery.
Happy Monday one and all!
|No.1 Girl Quilt|
|No.2 Girl quilt|
|No.1 Boy Quilt|
|No. 2 Boy Quilt|
|There’s something retro 70’s about these prints I think! Or is that just me feeling my age today?|
And last, but not least, a glimpse of a wee charm pack pattern I’m working on (test driving it out on some of the scrappy charms I won from Pickle Dish a while ago – love these colours).
|There will be another row down the right hand side – my design board isn’t big enough!|
Happy Friday everyone!
|This one was gifted to my mum on Mother’s Day earlier this year.|
Have a fab Friday!
|A zippered version|
|Same pockets on the back as the front|
|More IKEA fabric!!|
|Just look at all these lovelies, incl. Denise Schmidt scraps – yum!|
|The back of the mugrug is as gorgeous as the front!|
And last but not least, I’ve signed up to Emily’s (Strawberry Patch) Christmas Charm Swap.
Emily needs 28 participants, each to purchase a meter of fabric and cut it into 56 charm squares of 5″. We then post the fabric to her, Emily mixes them up and sends us back 28 different prints with 2 squares of each! Sounds fab doesn’t it? Now Emily doesn’t yet have 28 people signed up yet, and we can’t run the swap with less than 28, so pleeeeeese hop on over to Emily’s and get signed up.
And when you do, you’ll have lovely fabrics to get working on the irresistible swap over at Susan’s blog Canadian Abroad!
Phew! I think that’s all I need to tell you about today. Have good one whatever you get up to!
Well, that’s your intro to Joanie, hope you like her!
|zippered inner pocket|
Next instalment of ‘Introducing …’ tomorrow. Have a wonderful start to your week.
|The cupcakes were made today by my eldest daughter!|
Well that’s all for now!
I hope you are having a great weekend, wherever you are!
If you’ve ever thought about starting up a wee business, check out Cindy’s guest blogger interviews – v.informative.
Bye for now!
|Bigger pieces will need to be snipped down smaller.|
Have fun & let your imagination run wild!
|I saw these on Leanne’s blog when she made them and drooled over them!|
|I really don’t want to apologise for the sun shining in, but it doesn’t make for a great pic!|
He’s still in my sewing room somewhere – I can happily live in harmony with spiders as long as they stick to their side of the room!
|2 really bright Drunkard’s Path blocks!|
|18″ of touchy, feely goodness!|
Hope you’ve had a great weekend.
|A crocheted purse. I can’t tell you how adorably soft this is AND it’s fabric lined – exquisite!|
|Isn’t he cute!|
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Of course the kids thought this was hilarious and took great delight in calling me a criminal. I telephoned my friend who was still in the vicinity of the shop, and she went back in and paid – phew!
|I may or may not put white around the crosses!|
Roll on Saturday!
|Sorry pics are dark but it’s almost my bedtime!!|
Oh, and I made these last night to use up spotty bananas the kids wouldn’t eat:
|Banana muffins! There are 15 altogether – but not for long!|
Now those of you who know me well know that I hate cooking, so this is something for me!
The fact that after I put them in the oven I completely forgot about them until I started smelling them from 2 rooms away, is neither here nor there! This morning they got plastered with a not so healthy dose of cream cheese frosting and down the hatch they went! I’ve already had 2 today, might just sneak in another one for supper!
Hope you’ve had a great Tuesday.
Huge hugs and kisses to a special friend who had surgery today. xoxo
|No chance of photographing this on the washing line today! Katia might like it too much & whisk it away!|
The next stage of the QAL is making a pieced back, with ‘floating’ crosses. However, I might put a soft, fleecy back on mine instead, which will make this wee quilt super snuggly.
Hope you are having a great start to the new week. Hold on tight to your umbrella!
The others are for friends who need a little lift!
Hope you’ve had a great weekend.
|Some of the ladies hard at work!|
|Sarah & Karen|
|L-R: Karen, Me, Sarah|
Next time, we will start putting the blocks together into quilt tops, and chat about what our next project will be.
Also a big THANK YOU to River Fabrics for donating some gorgeous kiddie fabrics to the Bee.
For more Bee Blessed pics, see our Flickr page.
Thank you to everyone else for taking part, and especially for signing up to the River Fabrics Newsletter and supporting this local business.
|Hole in the Barn Door – tutorial here|
|Greek Cross – tutorial here|
|Mosaic – tutorial here|
|Dutchman’s Puzzle – Tutorial here|
Hope you’ve had a productive Tuesday.
Hope you like it partner!
|No. 1 Brown Colourway|
|No. 2 Green Colourway|
|No. 3 Blue/Orange Colourway|
For a bonus entry, visit River Fabrics on Facebook, click ‘Like’ & tell me you did.
|That is a king-size bed! The design is based on Moda’s Starry Eyed Quilt.|
|The back, with all our individual messages & well wishes to T.|
|Close up of Trudi’s wonderful quilting.|
I love being part of this virtual quilting community!
Finally, the lovely Laura is hosting a blogiversary giveaway today. Hop on over for your chance to win some beautiful fabrics.
And I’ll have my v.own giveaway here v.soon!
|Harry Potter & Friends – Poor Harry’s lost his wand!!|
|Alice In Wonderland Characters, with a female version of Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter!|
|These wee guys are tiny!|
|A cute milk bottle!|
Happy first of the month everyone!
|There are pockets for rings, bracelets & brooches, as well as loops for necklaces and a felt flap for earrings.|
|With wadding inside, it keeps the jewellery well protected.|
I’m sorry I can’t write a tutorial for this one, as it is on my list of patterns to sell (watch this space!).
Hope you all have a Wonderful Wednesday!
I also made a brooch, but not sure yet which of my partners is going to get it!
So what do you think partner? Like any of these?
….and have some ideas on what small goodies to make too.
All will be revealed in time!
Enjoy your bank holiday Monday, Brits.
Well done everyone! I hope you are inspired to keep sewing!
|From Red Pepper Quilts|
Have a fab Thursday, whatever you get up to!
|This pattern is called Rail Fence|
|Might do a bit more quilting in the border.|
|The back – this is actually aqua, but evening light doesn’t show it up.|
If you’ve never used a JR before, have a go, shop around for some bargains, and make sure you get 40 strips in your roll (you can buy half JRs on Ebay, and some designer JRs only have 30 strips).
|This one is for a baby girl quilt|
* Blocks will be 10.5″ finished (once they are all sewn together) using 4″ squares. When you have made a single block it should measure approx. 11″.
Thank you so much in advance of your support to this new venture.
We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
Hope you are joining in too!
Before I finish, just time to tell you about a giveaway my friend Karen is doing. Check out her fab stash of Creative Grids equipment she’s giving away – some really useful stuff in there!
|Yes, there are 3 random pink blocks in amongst the green ones!|
I haven’t a ‘baldy notion’ what this is going to be (bit like the hexies!). It’s only 13″ x 10″ so it has the potential to become a cushion front (one day!).
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Hope you all had a great week!
|Sorry about the dark pics! It’s evening time.|
|Took me ages machine stitching those footballs!|
She’s over the moon with it. The cow print fabric is a fq she bought me for my birthday. How fitting to be able to put it into one of her makes (or did she always intend that, mmmmm?).
The 3 pockets in this case could easily be re-sized for specific items, and it could even be used for holding other things e.g. notebook & pencils.
|This is the one where I had to unpick 100 wrong-sized hsts!|
|All 30 blocks made. They now need to be trimmed and pieced together.|
Hope you all have a great week, wherever you are.
Before I go, if any of you reading this are bloggers from Ireland (North or South) then you are most welcome to join this flickr group, share ideas and maybe even get involved in a quilting retreat next year!
Hope you are having a great week, whatever you’re up to!
Remember, you could also buy a voucher as a gift for a friend or relative to attend one of the projects. More info on vouchers here.
3. Angle the side of the starting square by approx. 0.5″.
I realise that the needs of some folks out there is massive, especially during these hard financial times. A small quilt or similar gift may be a drop in the ocean of what is needed, but we hope that our Bee Blessed gifts will bring some light and hope into otherwise dark and sad places.
So watch this space for more information on our first project (& please be patient with me as I try to figure out how to set up & administer a flickr group!!! Helpful suggestions from those of you in the know always gratefully received!).
If in doubt, Google your make/model of machine or look up the manual that came with it, and you will find listed the zipper foot and how to attach it.
Looking forward to taking you through it.
I added a crocheted flower to my bag because I’m going to use it to keep my crochet projects in, but you could ‘theme’ your bag whichever way you please.
So this simple 3 week project will be in next term’s programme, which I will be adding to my blog very soon.
Thank you again for your patience this morning! If I could I would send you all some flowers from my garden, but as I can’t here are some pics to enjoy instead.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Have a wonderful 1st of the month everyone!
|I quilted diagonal lines through the blocks & wavy lines through the sashing.|
Job done, lovely quilt, happy daughter (who’s really not crazy!).
Block size 11″ x 11″
Time to get the creative thinking cap on!
|Yes, more sketching applique – I think I’m addicted!|
I hope Joe’s mama likes it!
In order to free motion quilt on your machine, you have to be able to either drop the feed dogs (the zagged edged feeders under the needle plate) or cover them over with a specially fitting cover. Have a look at your instruction manual for how to do this on your machine, or take your machine to your local Sewing Machine suppliers & they will show you how.
You will also need a FMQ foot (or Darning foot) for this technique.
|This is for a Janome, but most FMQ feet are similar in shape.|
|She has a fetish for buttons! She ate all 5 of them!|
She did me a favour really, because in making the 2nd one, I decided to iron in some vilene (which helps the banner hang better) and I shortened the hanging tabs. Having said that, I’m not ready for her to become Quality Control on future designs!
I hope this 4 week project appeals to folks, who can easily adapt the colours and style to suit, use up some scraps, and also get a fun introduction to FMQ.
Plus, the sun shone ALL day – yippee!
So not a total failure of a day!
If you would like to help in a really easy way, please check out Caroline’s blog for more info. She’d love your support.
|How creative they were, recycling lots of textiles.|
Before I go, I must recommend a book I’ve just finished – The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield.
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, AND it has a satisfactory ending (how rare is that?). I got this one from the library. If you like a bit of mystery with an historical edge thrown in, then you’ll enjoy reading this one, and it’s brilliantly written.
Have you read anything good recently, with a really good ending?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
|Going for diagonal lines through each block. Not sure what I’ll do in sashing yet.|
|The fold is at the bottom, look closely at those little triangles in between the hexies.|
|The design possibilities are endless!|
|Scissors still in their original leather zippered pouch! And that’s velour in the lining!|
|I think this is a heron?|
|The cutest thing ever …. look what they become ….|
|Tiny fold out scissors – and they’re really sharp!!|
|Most of the original needles are still there!|
|And what could this be?|
|A needle canister!|
And so, with a vintage tin to keep everything in, I’m sorted and ready to hex-a-long!
Sorry if this has been a bit moany! I’m tired and need a holiday (or just some rays would do!)
|These 4 cushions all have zippers|
|My daughter’s corduroy trousers & some old duffel buttons made the perfect envelope band!|
|Early works! My college samples – hexies|
|Scallops – my least favourite!|
|“Candied Hexagons” by Liz from Broderie|
Fancy joining in?
Check out the flickr group for more stunning projects & ideas and then join the Lily’s Quilts group.
See you there!
I obliged, and with a limited selection of fabrics, came up with an ‘Irish’ string of bunting and an ‘American’ string of bunting.
|The text in this pic is a bit blurry, but my name is there, trust me!|
So, to the first 3 readers to leave me a comment, I’ll be delighted to send you your very own issue (if you don’t already have a copy that is!).
Irish Quilting are interested in some of my other makes, so I hope to soon be telling you of more projects published. How exciting!
|The only part I played in this was the rotary cutting and hand sewing it closed! She did everything else herself!|
|Melting off the top layer to get lots of texture!|
|The ‘baby’s’ works – I suggested some stitching over them but she likes them as is!|
|The Big Girl’s felted beads – part of her GCSE Art & Textile module.|
|I spy with my little eye, something beginning with …………… T!|
Hope you all had a creative weekend!
|‘Nautilus’ – Judith asked us to include some of our own red fabric|
|The reds in these pictures are darker than in real life!|
|A first attempt at stamping a label – these are called ‘siggy’s’!|
Keep an eye on flickr over the next few weeks to see all the blocks being put together.
This post will self destruct in 10 seconds!
|Marion’s ready for the beach – just need the sunshine & a bikini!|
|This was Norma’s first ever quilt – a gift for her grandchildren – isn’t it fab!|
|Sally’s right on trend with her Sailor style red, white & blues recycled fabrics. Gorgeous!|
|Sarah’s Heather Bailey Nicey Jane quilt is so summery, another stunning gift!|
And thank you for the sweet birthday cake, that mysteriously arrived on my table when I was out of the room!
|How cute is that bunting!|
You’re all so naughty, but nice!
|Sorry about the blurry pic!|
|Practising with random squiggles & shapes!|
|From the back|
As an experiment I’m quite pleased with it.
While the bondaweb holds the fabric in place, I’m not so keen on the ‘neatness’ it offers, and would prefer a softer, more organic look, as in the book. However I will practise more with different techniques until I’m happy with the look I’m after.
I don’t know yet how easily quilting could be incorporated, but I’ll keep playing around with some ideas & see what happens.
Happy Thursday everyone!
|All my favourite colours!|
|Mine all mine!|
|Just look at this amazing stitching.|
What a lovely surprise. Thanks friend. You are one in a million!
(P.s. Trying to update the look of my blog page. Bear with me as endless ‘tweaking’ is inevitable!)
Fiona sent us all the loveliest Dream On fabrics and a delightfully easy block remit – disappearing 9 patch, which starts life looking like this:
Fiona’s had nearly everyone’s blocks back and you can see what they all look like here.
|Having fun in the sun! With a sprinkler!!|
|I’m sure I won’t need all of these but I like to keep my options open!|
For more amazing creativity and talent, hop on over to Lily’s Quilts and click on the links to other bloggers’ projects.
Thank you Lis for a beautiful mini quilt and the time and effort you spent on this, just for me!
|These are the nicest fabric scraps I’ve ever seen. And how cute is that mini pincushion!|
|Even the greeting card is adorable!|
|I just adore those birdies! These fqs were all less than £2 ea.|
Unfortunately, my machine is making unfamiliar clicking noises and I think I’ll check her into Sewing Machine Clinic for a wee MOT before clicks turn into clunks!
P.s. We’ve had sunshine all day here! So glad I didn’t go to Wimbledon for my 40th!!!!!!
|L-R: Sister, mum, me, dad|
|The ‘big’ nephew is the quilt owner! Cheeky chops just decided to get in on the action!|
|The other birthday girl with her new camera!|
|My wonderful, crazy family!|
Thank you to you all for scheming, keeping secrets and making this a wonderful birthday!
Tomorrow – shopping!
How lucky am I to have such
sneaky wonderful friends! Thank you friends.
Warning! More boring birthday pics tomorrow!
And to finish off this 40th weekend hubby & I are spending the day in Londonderry, where I fully intend to buy more fabric in a cute wee shop up there called Quilt Cottage Studio (I’ll definitely take pics of my purchases!).
P.s. My very special quilty friend, Sarah, is poorly in hospital at the moment. Just want to say a big thank you to her for organising the gorgeous flowers, and I miss her and wish her back to complete, pain free health very soon. Love you! Jxo
|This one’s for you Hadders!|
|Of course, it had to be green!|
But I think Nature Girl will like it – it has all her favourite colours!
|Lots of HSTs and endless trimming …………..|
|Laid out ready for sewing together …………….|
|Completed block number 1|
|Completed block number 2|
Bring on the sunshine!
|I added a handy pocket for the wee stuff that always gets lost at the bottom!|
All that’s needed now are a few yummy biscuits or sweets to go with them and we’re sorted!
Here endeth another productive day!
He’s from the south coast of England, where beach huts abound! Well, we can dream!
My friend’s mum is also being a complete star and altering some of my clothes (I really must learn how to make & alter clothes!).
|Another little brooch for a very stylish lady!|
Have a fab Thursday!
Go on, make a creative contribution!
|Love the vintage-ness of this one.|
Will have more to show you soon.
Well I’m now happy with this mini quilt (at long last), so I’ll be able to post it with smiles and a happy heart!
Thank you for your patience!
|It’s not really bent! Just draped over my sofa!|
This doesn’t need to be posted to my partner until the end of June – still time to think about how on earth I’m going to post it!
|Measures 51″ x 70″|
Now that it is even bigger I wish I had gone with my original strategy! This is going to be tricky!
|only 4″ square!|
I’ve decided it will be a present for one of the many birthday-ers we have this month!
Have a great Tuesday!
|Jo’s mini kaleidoscope quilt! Love this!|
|I won these from Lesly at Pickle Dish!|
Kind of appropriate too, as Jo was the one who ignited my passion for this pattern! Thanks again Jo!
This year, I thought I’d make big bro a mug rug for his office, and you guessed it, it’s another Union Flag!
So this will go into the post this week for my brother to enjoy his
Guinness coffee & bickies at work.
Hopefully soon I can show you pictures of the completed May blocks I did for Trudi (we can’t blog about it until Trudi gets all the blocks back from every Bee member).
|Our favourite tree!|
|First born – the one getting ‘crazy daughter quilt’!|
|No rude comments please!!|