23 April 2014

Playing With Headers

This afternoon I've logged onto Sew At Home Mummy's "Beautify Your Blog" weekly article and this time it's about Headers.
Sew at Home Mummy
I have struggled with this one, trying to get the photo adjusted to fit the header and have ended up using the photo actual size which looks pretty small and weedy.  I've used the Pixlr Express editor that Erin recommended and have got the header that you now see.  I used it on a test blog to try it out, liked it and decided to use it on this blog.

I then decided to do a collage of the recent Mug Rugs that I sent to Pam in February

Oohh look at that! I think I've impressed myself!  This may lead to more playing about.

22 April 2014

More blocks

Sunday and today, because of iffy weather I've stayed in and sewed.  I've taken a few blocks that I've made and decided to frame them so that I will later quilt as you go
I'm keeping the purple/red/pink theme on white on white background.  I've found I've got yardage of light beige tone on tone print which will be just right as it won't show through the light background.

I've recently seen a blog, Little Island Quilting, making quilts for children in Mexico City called Soy Amado and asking for quilted blocks.  I've pulled together some blocks that I've tried out with various methods, I wasn't sure what to do with them so I've machine quilted them.

And here are the backs


Today, I sorted out a panel of 8 jungle prints which I won in a raffle about a couple of years ago called "Jolly Jungle".  The print isn't true and with some steam ironing and starching to coerce the panels to square up a bit better, but cutting the panels straight this is what one of them looked like, not good.


See what I mean?  So I just cut around exact quarter inch from the edge of the frame instead of using the ruler to measure and cut straight.  Using strips of fabric to frame again I could straighten as best I can and trimmed the blocks to 12.5" square.  Now I have 8 blocks and could do with 9, so I'll have to find some inspiration to make a ninth.  I am thinking of using the striped and giraffe fabrics together either as arail fence or to cut wedge shapes to join together.


Feels good to be using up stuff.

19 April 2014

Mug Rugs

I've taken part in the Easter Mug Rug swap forum on the Popular Patchwork website.  I was to make a rug to send to Carol, otherwise known as Thimble on the forum and I would receive one from Sylvia. All of us in the group were to open our Mug Rug envelopes yesterday (Good Friday)

This was mine to Carol


And this was from Sylvia


Enjoyable swap and lovely to receive!

Happy Easter

16 April 2014

Blocks!

A few weeks ago I saw a post on Judith's blog here about Bee Blessed blocks and liking the look of the Asterisk block I had to have a go.  Seeing the 'positive/negative blocks made I knew I had just the right fabric to make it fresh and spring looking, so here it is


Jude has received and likes them, which is great.

I have been following Erin, at Sew at Home Mummy's blog and made 2 of the blocks for the Classic Meets Modern (link on the sidebar) and this week caught up with March and Aprils blocks.

March was Drunkards Path


April was Double Z.  Is it this way?


Or maybe this way?
What do you think?

14 April 2014

Postcards

It's been a long time since I posted about postcards.  I have cut right back on making them because I want to make other things and felt that the time was right to move on.  I am still part of the BQLPC (British Quilt List PostCard) Yahoo group and signed up to the lottery swap that takes place this month.  There are 6 of us including me and this month I was the lottery winner, so no need to make a postcard but the other 5 sent to me.  Here are the lovely cards below.


Normally the members of the swap would post a photo of the postcard they send and because there was one missing in the group album, the moderator of the group asked me if I could take a photo of that was missing in the swap album.  No problem, I thought. Except that the lady In the swap didn't send a postcard, but another did who wasn't on the swap list! Confused? I was. So I posted in the group album the photo of a postcard that I have received but that wasn't in the group album (it was the one on the bottom right). I am really pleased with what I've got and the next time a lottery comes up I will be choosing a number for the moderator to pick the next winner.

When at the Quilters' Guild conference there were tombolas one of which was a postcard one, below is one that I'd won.  A pretty card but the maker is anonymous, which is a shame.
Pretty, isn't it?

13 April 2014

Quilters' Guild Conference and AGM

As the annual Quilters' Guild conference and AGM was fairly local being held in Portsmouth at the Guildhall.  I attended on Friday and Saturday (the conference continued to Sunday lunchtime).  I had booked back in November last year just for the conference so I had the opportunity to hear lectures.  I decided to stay overnight in one of the hotels and unfortunately it was not one that I thought I had booked but another in Southsea which is just about 20minutes walk from the venue.   Normally when visiting Portsmouth by car we head straight for Gunwharf Quays shopping centre but not the city itself, and as I went around on foot it was a chance to explore a bit of the city.

The Guildhall

Charles Dickens, who was born in the city 


Ravelin Park gate, which these leaves over the gate

On Friday afternoon was a lecture by Maryke Phillips, who runs online store "Batiks and Beads" and her experience of patchwork and quilting, from thinking she knew no-one who did patchwork and quilting until she discovered other patchworkers in a new area. Then from embarking on a course which turned out to be a City & Guilds course.   She has a love of batiks and whatever is left from making quilt tops gets pieced as part of the fabric on the back so nothing is wasted.

I then took the chance to shop from the retailers there and came away with a creative pack of felt and fabric from Maryke's shop and also thread and fabric from The Dye Bag shop. Just look at the variety of colours, yummy.



After finding the hotel and later having dinner at the pub opposite the Guildhall the evening lecture was by Susan Chapman, who is a textile artist and teacher, who teaches City and Guilds and degree courses at Eastleigh College, so very artistic and contemporary stuff, but an interesting speaker nonetheless.

Saturday started early with a walk on a quiet Saturday morning back to the Guildhall when during that walk came across the Anglican Cathedral, not very showy, just tucked away. Just to the right is the top of the Spinnaker Tower


The AGM took place until lunchtime and afterwards had the chance to hear about a project the Guild has started to undertake called "Talking Quilts" which is currently in a few areas at the moment, but will spread to other regions.  Here's a link with info about it.

There were some meetings after, but just at the end of the afternoon I met up with David and with a short walk back to Gunwharf Quay it was nice to relax with dinner.

But I can't finish this without a pic of more quilty purchases. This time another ruler - a 45 and 90 degree ruler


Then these lovely new Janet Clare fabrics "Hearty Good Wishes" from Quilters' Dream, they have a lovely textural quality about it.
And just look at the selvedges!

08 April 2014

Quilt in an Afternoon

My Mum passed some of her fabric scraps to pass onto Bourne Quilters to make scrap quilts for Project Linus but a few strips of a Noah's Ark fabric took my eye. I thought they would be good for a small baby quilt.  Yesterday afternoon, which was miserable and rainy, just the weather for retreating to the sewing room, I got out a fat quarter of pale yellow Spraytime fabric and cut some strips to alternate  with the Noah Fabrics.  Before I knew it a quilt top came together. Machine quilting in the ditch made it a quilt then with some striped fabric which toned with the top the binding was stitched on. All in a few hours.  

Yesterday evening the binding was slip stitched while watching the telly and this morning I sewn some wavy lines in the yellow stripes and added a label on the back.  Job done.


And a glimpse of the back.

And yes, it is a different shade of yellow. The pale yellow didn't stretch to covering the back of the quilt and I had a darker yellow in my stash, but I think it goes quite well.