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Thread: 2013 Birthday Club
17/01/2019 15:48:01

2013 birthday club

17/01/2019 15:47:39

Better late than never! This is my finally finished quilt! I had actually made my own block to add to the birthday ones and layered it up very quickly after my birthday back in April 2013 and knew it would be slow as I wanted to hand quilt it all. So this was one which travelled to my group with me occasionally and each time I got it out, I realised it wasn't as advanced as I thought...

Anyway, I'd asked for green and red blocks to make a quilt for my son to use when he stays, but not Christmassy fabrics so that it could be all year round. Last autumn, I thought that this time scale was becoming ridiculous so I made a major effort and got all the blocks hand quilted (just 1/4" outlining, nothing fancy). The week before Christmas, I was brave and took the decision to ignore the border and just bind it so that it could be used! Then after Christmas, I crosshatched the borders and unpicked the binding to slip stitch it in place on the back for a neater finish. And it was finally finished on 1 January 2019.

Thread: Show and Tell 2019
17/01/2019 15:40:30

The above row quilt is an ancient UFO (I think it's in my to do 2011 list!) Mostly rows by some PP forum members - I think the top stars are by Kirsten. Birdhouses by Angela, then trees by Maggi B. Friendship stars by Tessa and houses by Marian. Then pieced strips by Jan Mc and final row by myself.

I had started to put it together years ago by the flip and stitch method onto two layers of red fleece blankets but I'd miscalculated and ran out of space so put it away as it was a nightmare to unpick. I got it out at the weekend, unpicked on Monday night and spent Tuesday working on it. This time, I put the top together first then used the serpentine stitch on my Pfaff to quilt the sashing first, then around the outside border. Then I stitched around the outside before trimming up and machined the binding down with more of the serpentine and added another lot in the border. Last night, I sat and hand tied back. It's already been claimed by my youngest as a topper for her bed.

I'm very happy with this one!

17/01/2019 15:32:02

Quilting Together

Thread: Stay at Home Round Robin
08/01/2019 10:49:02

Over the Christmas holidays, I came across my RR UFO! I put it to one side as life was so busy but I knew I had used the original backing fabric for another project so I popped into my local LQS to take advantage of the 20% discount sale! I finally took it out last night for a proper look and this morning, I have been looking here to see if I could figure out how to finish.

It looks as if I have a foundation pieced round to finish and then a log cabin round to keep to the original instructions but that will really depend on what's left in my stash! I have lots to get on with atm, so I'll leave this UFO out and let it tell me what to do with it at the weekend.

Thread: Show and Tell 2018
13/12/2018 09:50:46
Some beautiful work ladies.
Thread: PP Birthday Club 2018
13/12/2018 09:49:30
Squishy was posted on Tuesday so you should have it soon, Rosemary. It's in a separate envelope inside the rest of the FOQ packaging.
Thread: Show and Tell 2018
15/09/2018 20:04:44

Some gorgeous quilts, ladies!

Thread: Inches or centimetres?
15/09/2018 20:04:01

Technically speaking, the US took its' use of imperial measurements from us and it's the UK who decided to change to metric.

As a child who began primary school in the early 70's, just as metricification(?) began, I've never quite got the hang of exactly what a centimetre means in my head as we just didn't get enough hands on stuff to do. Oddly enough, I don't mind buying fabric in metres though, as it always allows an extra few inches just in case!

Thread: king sized bed quilt to make
15/09/2018 19:57:53

Great job, Eileen!

Thread: 'Comfort From Kindness' October 18th - 20th 2018
15/09/2018 19:54:28

I can highly recommend seeing these quilts. I had the pleasure of seeing them a few years ago in Maidstone and it was very moving to see the love and care involved. I also had the pleasure of meeting Anna Mansi herself and think she was an amazing person who did a wonderful job in both collecting and promoting the quilts.

Thread: Chat
15/09/2018 19:47:15

Apologies for being so quiet but life has been rather busy. I'm very happy to report that my energy levels are high enough to cope with busy days and settling youngest into a more structured routine but I am looking forward to being able to sew alongside her studies soon.

I haven't being doing much sewing at all recently but I have been enjoying looking at quilts at shows both locally and in Wales. At the end of last month, I enjoyed a trip to Lampeter and the Welsh Quilt Centre before it closes in November, which is such a shame. I've also managed to spend a lot on fabric, especially in Calico Kate in Lampeter! And oops, I was waiting to meet a friend today in my local shop Fabricasagogo and some ends of rolls slipped into my bag too. After all, stash building and quilting are two different hobbies, are they not???

I have also started a new hobby. After a horrendously long gap, I have finally found a piano which I could afford and am relearning how to play. I think I need to make a cover to protect it, though, as the cat has decided he likes to sleep on it! The piano has also taken up residence in my sewing/ dining/ school room so I also need to find room elsewhere in the house for my thread storage and a chest of drawers full of fabric!

And yes, I am going to join in the FOQ quilt - looking forward to it.

Thread: PP Birthday Club 2018
15/09/2018 19:29:02

Happy birthday, Eileen!rosegiftstarcakecocktail

Thread: Chat
16/08/2018 22:49:32

Lol, Margaret - and I think some of my DH's cryptic clues on the shopping list are odd! Mind you, he does most of the shopping nowadays so at least he understands himself.

I have been trying to organise my sewing and craft materials better. Ie, not quite as scattered over the house as before. It's getting easier to pass on the odds & ends of foam shapes leftover from children's crafts but I am still struggling with haberdashery, some of which I know is well over 20yrs old. (Does elastic perish in the packet???) Back in the day, I used to buy a little something from the market stall every week aa I could afford it and it's been lovely to be able to produce 'just the thing' for projects but nowadays, I rarely dressmake and none of my 4 show any interest in crafting any more, although all 4 have an eye for colour and can sew. So it's time to be ruthless. Besides, I may then be able to fit in yet more quilting fabric!

Thread: Foundation piecing can you help please
16/08/2018 22:35:16

My husband found me nappy liners on ebay a few years ago but an alternative is lightweight interfacing. I don't do a lot of FPP, so am happy enough to use cheap printer paper as it doesn't take that long to remove if you use a much shorter stitch than usual (say 1.5 as opposed to usual 2.0). I have used old sheeting in the past too, if you don't mind tracing. I used a fine Sharpie & pressed with a hot iron to ensure it didn't run in the wash. I also press printed paper foundations to avoid any chance of smearing, but you'd need to check recommendations for use on commercial products.

Thread: PP Birthday Club 2018
08/04/2018 08:52:58

Birthday 2018

08/04/2018 08:52:04

Thank you ladies for my wishes and squishies. Eileen, your's arrived on the day itself and Sue's came yesterday. I had a lovely day out at Sissinghurst Castle and was lucky to find a pile of quilting books in the second hand bookshop there. On the way home, I spotted a quilt shop in Headcorn so we doubled back to park and I found more treasure!

I've been having technical issues trying to upload from my phone, so redid my photos today on my tablet. Apologies for the delay.Birthday 2018 charms

Thread: International Quilting weekend 2018
04/04/2018 20:24:19

Sorry that I didn't get around to posting what I did in the end. Most was spent unpicking but I spent a few hours handsewing my Lucy Boston homage and also tried tidying my sewing area. Most of my fat quarters are back on their shelves after our recent building work but somehow or other, they wouldn't all fit back in so I ended up putting all my batiks in an underbed box and a couple of others hold my black and whites and boating fabrics. So quite how I still never have the right fabric is a mystery!!!

Thread: PP Birthday Club 2018
04/04/2018 20:16:01

A few squishies arrived - from Rosemary, Beryl and Margaret, thank you ladies.

The weather has been awful for the last few days so no plans for tomorrow yet. Hoping to go out with my husband for part of it anyway, and we will probably visit at least one fabric shop!

27/03/2018 19:04:04
I think I have a squishy today, postmarked Nottingham.
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