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Member postings for Fiona

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Thread: Show and Tell 2019
26/09/2019 21:49:57

Maria, so pleased you are sewing again. It's been a godsend for me, even if it's just flicking through books, looking at pretty pictures on instagram or videos on YouTube.

I've been trying to be strict with myself about new projects - I aim to finish one UFO for each new one. This one is a bit of a cheat! I had made the hexies in 2015 and decided to use them when I came across the Kingfisher Stitch along earlier this year. I used recycled denim for the patches and borders then big stitch quilted with sashiko thread once I had machined in the ditch. It's turned out rather pretty for a utility quilt! This one is destined for my eldest at Christmas, as a car quilt I think, as I spent a lot of time thinking about her as I stitched.Kingfisher Blues

Edited By Fiona on 26/09/2019 21:50:53

Thread: Noodle box reversible bag
26/09/2019 21:39:16

This is my large version, made in batiks from my local shop. Not perfect, as I cobbled together the stabiliser from remnants but absolutely fine as a storage basket. I did make straps though, in case I change my mind! Thanks to Brenda for the templates. Brendas bag

Thread: Show and Tell 2019
16/08/2019 11:09:43

Sounds fair to me, Steph. Although I expect people would be surprised at how long each takes.

Thread: Do you match thread colour to fabric when machine piecing?
16/08/2019 11:07:24

I tend to use off-white, beige or grey for machine piecing unless it's a pure white or dark fabric, when I prefer to match. Much the same for hand piecing.

I tend to use Gutterman polyester but Coats Moon is much cheaper at £1 per reel instead of £10! I do like YLI's bobbin thread, as it's around £7 but much longer and rather fine. I used to use Maderia's bobbin thread but as I like to shop locally when I can, it's usually the Moon thread. To be honest, I could affird to match everything with the Moon thread, but I'm lazy!

The Moon thread is also good for quilting, although my Featherweight isn't so keen on it. May have something to do with the needle on that one, though!

Thread: Canadian Geese King Size Quilt Finished
16/08/2019 10:55:56

Love this!

Thread: Noodle box reversible bag
16/08/2019 10:50:59

Thanks Rosemary!

Not anything to do with you, but it's disappointing, especially as the next issue is due out today.

Thread: Show and Tell 2019
13/08/2019 12:45:36

Eileen and Margaret, you have both been very busy! Beautiful quilts, as ever ladies.

Thread: Noodle box reversible bag
13/08/2019 12:43:44

I'm planning on trying the large size but can't locate the templates on the website. Any ideas, anyone???

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.

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