Friday, 26 September 2014

Another finish!

Well I'm on a roll. Three quilts finished this month.

Last weekend Issie announced she wanted to make a quilt to take away to University with her.  She is off to Durham to study music and we are leaving with all her junk on the boat today!
So we both spent last weekend making this lovely quilt.
The pattern came from Love Patchwork and Quilting, issue 12.  Issie chose the fabrics and did all the sewing I cut, pressed and pinned! Then we quilted it on Sue's long-arm using a cute pattern that has musical notes that Sue found for us.

Finally finished sewing on the binding in front of the tv and here it is ready to go.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Moda - Modern Building Blocks

Whilst browsing the other day I saw some Camille Roskelley blocks and wondered what they were.  It turned out they were part of a new pattern produced by Moda called Modern Building Blocks.  Well they looked fun so an email to Sue and she had already had a pattern on the way to me.  (what are good friends for!)
Next was the fun part - choosing the fabrics.  Well the pattern is all in solids but I decided for a bit of variety.  I love the new Cotton and Steel collection so any excuse to buy a little more.  It also turned out that The Village Haberdashery had put together some solids to match the Cotton and Steel - so that's where I went shopping.
I had to wait a little longer for my fabric as customs decided it was a bike worth £277.  After I persuaded them I hadn't spent that much and it definitely was not a bike!

So next I decided to go for it and link up with Sue and the Moda Building Blocks Sewalong.

Moda Modern Building Blocks Sewalong

This week we need to publish out fabric choices so here they are:

The solids:

and for a bit of variety and texture the basics:

I may well throw in a couple of Cotton and Steel prints too, we shall see!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Learning to Quilt on a long-arm.

Well since getting back from holiday I have been determined to finish some projects.
However, my first job was to learn how to use Sue's long-arm machine so that when she is away next month and I am looking after Lizzie her daughter I can quilt some of my projects myself.
I must say Sue has been very patient and my first project went very smoothly (more of that in a later blog).  My second project was a little more troublesome as the machine developed a mind of its own.  Still that's how you learn!

I have quilted my cheerio quilt with a pretty dragonfly pattern.


The quilt blocks were all made by the lovely girls from a sewing bee I belong to called 'Siblings Together Quilting Bee' .
The aim is to make quilts for a very special charity called Siblings together.


The pattern was from Camille Roskelley (one of my heroes!) She published 'Cheerio' in 'Love Patchwork and Quilting' magazine and it was perfect for this project as everyone could use whatever fabric in any colour for their blocks. I am very pleased with the final result, looks good!