Saturday, 25 November 2017

New Project - Sashiko Sampler

Yeah - how much fun is it starting a new project.

This one will be a Block of the Month starting early in 2018.

It is lots of sashiko and hand quilted panels.

Some are hand pieced first and the stitched.

While others are pre-printed sashiko panels.

It is so much working on these smaller pieces, as once they are stitched
they are finished as I am doing them Quilt-As-You-Go.

Three more piles this high and I will be done!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Katrina Hadjimichael Retreat

We have finished our three day Retreat with Katrina Hadjimichael.

What a wonderful few days we had with her.
I was working on my Pemberley Quilt that I actually started with her last year, but just haven't had time to get it finished. Shop samples keep on getting in the way!!

This is the centre of the quilt that I started on last year and did find a little time to stitch 
and  add on the corner sections and the next border..

This year I got the next borders ready for stitching - well almost - just little 
gold semi-circles to add.

I prepared these two blocks for stitching. They form the next round of 
borders - along with several more versions of them and another 
design yet to be made.

I am not sure the centre of this one is staying - I suspect the motif is not 
round enough for placement within the circle, but I do like the colour 
as it links back into my 'tongues' in the centre.

This block has some 'leaves' to be added around the edge.

So that is quite good progress with time snatched between co-ordinating 
the Retreat and helping others.

This is Katrina's sample.
We will have patterns available soon for it.
You can place your order at the shop now.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Little 1800s Quilts

Here are the next two Little 1800s Quilts.
They are so much fun to make.

From your set of five fat quarters you get plenty of fabric to make your quilt top, 
backing and binding. We have had fun piecing our backings as in the patterns.

This is number four which Cindy made.

This is number five which I made.

We have enjoyed hand quilting these little projects.

Number six and the final one just needs the binding hand sewn on, 
so we are now almost ready to go with the
"1800s Mini Quilt of the Month" Programme through the shop.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Number 3 Mini Quilt

This is number three in our Mini Quilt Series.
I love the fresh look of this one - it will be either a Spring or Summer wallhanging.

I have really enjoyed hand quilting these little projects.

Back soon with Number Four made by Cindy and Number Five should 
be finished tonight by me.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Number Two Mini Quilt

Just when I thought the 2" squares featured in my last 
Blog Post were crazy - now it this!!!!!

And the little sawtooth half square triangle units are 1" finished.

I think I am starting to like making small things.

At least they are finished fast.
And they make great hand quilting projects.
This whole quilt only measures 16" by 20".

Watch for the next one in the series of six.
They will all be in 1800s Reproduction fabrics.
I feel a Quilt of the Month Programme coming on.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Blue and White Cot Quilt

This has been my latest machine piecing project.
It is a Trip Around The World, like my earlier school quilt, but gone slightly crazy!

Those pieces were cut 6" and the new new blue ones were cut 2".
That is quite a difference when you come to cutting and sewing the number
of squares needed to make a quilt.

This has been quilted by Helen Harford in a well spread stipple which 
I think is perfect as it adds interest without taking over.

But I think it was worth as I love the effect of the blue and white cot quilt.
We have made both these quilts into kitsets at the shop.

Back soon with next mini quilt.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

New Mini Quilt

Today was a whole day in the sewing room - yeah.

So time to start a new project - a series of mini quilts.
They will all be the same size so they can be interchangeable on
the wall.

There will be six of them.

The first one uses these 1800s fabrics.

First up I needed to make six tiny (5") basket blocks.

Then put them in the chosen setting.

I have ditch quilted in the ditch of all the blocks.
Now off to hand quilt.

This is the motif that I will hand quilt in the two squares
and I will use sections of the main block in the triangles.

Back soon.