March 3rd, 2014
At The Quilt Room this week, it is week three of the Advanced class and we are sewing Castle Wall Blocks.
This was one of the first blocks I ever learnt to draft years ago when I first started patchwork.
These blocks are 16in finished:
This block is in one of my finished quilts:
February 26th, 2014
I was recently inspired by a quilt in the book Amish Crib Quilts form the Midwest , (Smucker, Crews and Welters).
You can get the book here amongst other places.
It was a strange block to draft, and took me a couple of attempts to see how to go about it. This one is 9in finished. I think the ones in the book are about 6in. Here it is ready to piece (it’s the back of the block you are seeing!):
Here’s the front:
This is the quilt in the book. It’s on page 54:
My block and the original quilt:
All pressed and finished:
So that is what I stitched in front of the TV last night. What did you stitch?
February 16th, 2014
My February block:
Join in the challenge over HERE.
February 14th, 2014
To get us through yet more rain today, a selection of sewing from the last week or so.
A quilt top I made a while back, under contemplation for some long arm quilting:
Pauline kindly brought in this beautiful quilt that she started on the Rose Star One Patch Class:
This is just lovely!
Quilted in my favourite, Amish Waves:
Sharyn had finished her bag started in the Japanese Bag of Squares class:
I love the Big stitch quilting in the ditch here!
Floating Stars from some of my Whitstable Ladies:
And a floating star snippet that I made from some scraps from the lovely range Meadow, from Makower:
January 31st, 2014
Thanks for all of the lovely comments about the next Quilting-on-the -Go book, ‘Taking it Further’.
It has taken a while I know. Especially as I know some of you had been asking for it as soon as you had completed your quilts from book one. I always said there would be another book, as I was making more quilts that way all the time, and generating more ideas that I wanted to see and teach in quilts. But I did say not to hold your breath!
We are beavering away on the final stages of the book right now, so I am hoping for a preview when I travel to Pittsburgh in the Spring for Quilt Market!
In the meantime go and look over here at Henhouse blog. I met her a few years ago at a show and I just love her fabrics and colour choices. Her Quilt is just lovely!
This is a peak at one of the quilts from the new book, a Burgoyne Surrounded Quilt:
January 27th, 2014
Just to let you all know that I have updated the teaching dates page!
Sorry I let that get so behind!
Here’s a quilt to view as we can’t have post that is quilt less!
January 19th, 2014
As much as I love trawling through the internet with all the amazing quilty things to see and inspire us, I really love to look through a book.
I buy a lot of books. I consider it and an investment!
This morning I looked back through some of the books I brought quite a few years ago. It is easy to over look the older books, as everything new seems so exciting. But these goodies did not let me down!
And as some of you might have spied there is a new Quilting-on-the-Go book coming soon!
I know loads of you have waited an age for this. I think you will like it!
January 9th, 2014
I am venturing into new territory here. You might want to join in too!
Take a look over at Erin’s Blog, Sew at Home Mummy to see what you need to do.
This is my version of the block for January:
Might I see some of you over there?
January 5th, 2014
The period between Christmas and the new Year proved to be quite productive.
I started out just trying to tidy my sewing room. Then projects came to light that had floundered for one reason or another.
So I ended up putting the finishing touches to around five projects in one way or another. Mostly it meant completing the top, but for one or two it meant the quilting and binding also, so a real finish!
The boxed diamonds is now finished and pressed.
The Applique from Patchwork Dog and Basket has borders and is all appliquéd .
And here are a couple of other projects that I worked on.
The weather has been pretty grey and wet making the taking of pictures outside no realistic option. So here are a couple of the tops on my floor!
This is a Summer Top which was inspired by and antique quilt I have. It is quilt as you go but with no batting. I had always thought I would make this larger, but now am pleased with it as a table throw for the summer in the garden. I know I will work on another but not as close to the original as this one was.
The binding is now cut and ready to press, so this will be finished by the end of the week!
This is a block of the week I did from the Barbara Brackman site last year. I think it finished in September time. I have never made a sampler quilt and put all the blocks together with now sashing or the like. This was great chance to do that. I am so pleased with it! Have still not completed an appliqué block in the corner though!
And this last one is my scrappy Triangles I cut on my Sizzix. I had basically sewn the top and then decided it needed to be larger. I was just not happy with the size. So it was just more sewing to make it bigger:
Hope you all had time for stitching over the break?
December 23rd, 2013
A couple of pictures and a couple of thoughts before 2013 draws to a close.
A finish here!
A little (20in x 24in) quilt I made based on an antique quilt:
It is nice to complete things. The way I work I tend to have lots of things on the go at the same time, so they all come to a finish (eventually!) at a similar time. This Boxed Diamonds top is sooooo close to completion. It will be finished before 2014! (The top that is!)
And another top destined for completion is this appliqué which is inspired by a quilt in the collection of Jill, the lovely owner of Patchwork Dog and Basket in Lewes:
And if you have time to slow down and stitch over the Holidays, also take a look at the lovely slow sewing work going on over HERE and HERE.
See you in 2014!