Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Festival of Quilts

So a little while later, here is a (quite large) selection of quilts that I loved. I was very mind boggled by the time I left - there were so many amazing quilts, and so much thought, time and effort going into the quilts!
So here they are:

Heavens Above by Sarah Ingle

Colour Wave by Natasha York

Phasianinae by Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil

Multi Kaffe Fasseted by Gone to Pieces (Group Quilt)
I love the quilting on this; if you look closely you can see lots of flowers. Very cool

National Trust Pride of Killerton by the National Trust Killerton Quilters

Flowers in the Wind - Florei Al Viento by Carmen Navarro Alonso and Silvia Gonzalez Medina
This is one of my favourites. It caught my eye pretty early on, and I spent ages looking at it up close. Just beautiful

Big Bang by Carmen Arevalo Sanchez and Silvia Gonzalez Medina
Again, I fell in love with the quilting (can you guess what my new mission in making quilts is?!)

Blue Mist by Andrea Ashwell
All hand quilted - just incredible!

Wally by Dorita Smith

Turkish Delight by Philippa Thomas
Another beautiful example of hand quilting

Rose Nouveau by Rebecca Wright

Fire and Ice by Claudia Pieil
This was far more incredible than the picture lets on; it was shimmery and so intricate. I also wish I'd taken a picture of the back when we were shown it, because that was just as intricate and breath taking

Skull Optics by Paula Rafferty

Mum's a Star by Michele Clarke and Margaret Routledge
Another example of amazing hand quilting. Not sure why I didn't take a full picture, but this gives you a good idea!

Harlequin Star by Jess Williams
If you look closely, the quilting forms star shapes too!

Flying Squares by Sheila Wilkinson

Garden of Eden by Aiesha Khalid in the Crossroads collection.
Used 1,296,106 embroidery stitches using 12,820m of thread and hand embellished. Another one where the picture doesn't quite do it justice. Just breath taking - and it looked like each part was quilted before being sewn together (but I could be wrong)

Over the Rainbow by Merethe Soeby

Birds Eye View by Annie Bowden

Paris by Anna-Karin Andermo
Just wow

The Peacock by Jeanette Orr

Snowing by Abeer Al-Khammash

Sunday, 10 August 2014

A Birthday and some purchases

I have been spending the week with my big sister, which inevitably ends up with me coming back with more than I started with! Luckily this time I have two good excuses: my birthday and the Festival of Quilts!

There was definitely a bit of a theme going with some of my birthday gifts, and we ended the day with a lovely tea party.

My purchases from the Festival of Quilts definitley have a bit of a theme - quilting techniques! I have equipped myself to try out hand quilting, and hopefully the free motion quilting foot I have purchased will play nicely with my sewing machine! The grey material is for the back of a cushion I'm going to make. The larger pack of material is actually a gift from the big sister, but it fits nicely here! The green decoration was a runners up prize from a lucky dip at the festival. All in all, a good day!

Monday, 23 June 2014

More a weekend sew in!

In the end, I not only spent all Friday night sewing, but I literally spent all Saturday sewing (including going to the launderette! ) I managed to finish a purpley colour, and started on a lovely pale pink - really loving how the sky is coming along!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Getting ready for FNSI

It's probably going to be a slow one tonight, as I am working through a cross stitch. But I have some movies at the ready, a tidy(ish) lounge, and a good cup of tea.
Really looking forward to this evening - got me through today a little! Here's to a lovely FNSI everyone!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Another day, Another finish

This half term I have decided to make use of everyday, rather than waste them. Today, I have managed to finish a crochet cushion for my Gran. It was meant to be for her 90th birthday in April, but it has been a little awkward! I had to unpick it after realising I was missing some crucial steps and it wasn't growing as it should.
I'm not 100% happy with parts, but overall I think she'll like it - which is the main thing!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Busy Weekend

I decided to make use of a weekend without marking and get some crafting done. I have a few unfinished projects about the house (taking after my big sister) and wanted to get them done.
The first is a crochet cushion for my grandmother. It has been a bit of a disaster, and I had to unpick it a couple of times. A long day of crochet on Saturday and I have now managed to complete the cushion body. Just have the crochet flower to complete now!
The second is a Double Layer Cake baby quilt for my friend's daughter. It's only about a month late! Over about 12 hours yesterday I sewed my 16 blocks together and pressed. I sewed the backing and batting on. I sewed the binding together (after a lot of struggling ensuring it was the right way round when folded) and then attached it. 3 hours of hand binding later, and I have a complete quilt.
Extremley chuffed and will be giving it to her tomorrow!

I also managed to attach a quilting foot to my sewing machine - much more of a feat when you find that the machine is a Viking sewing machine that isn't made anymore, and I had no instructions. Luckily with some texts from the big sister (and pictures sent to her), and YouTube, I managed to successfully attach it.

Not at all bad for a weekend

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Results of FNSI (only a month late!)

So almost a month afterwards, I am finally posting my efforts from the Friday Night Sew-In. I've been working on some mittens for my friend, and managed to finish one mitten (by adding the thumb), and crochet most of another one. Since then, I have also added the buttons, and sent them to her. She appears to be quite pleased with them. The only downside is they are slightly too big; but I think that's because I was using slightly chunkier wool than I should have! Ah well!
Here they are:

Friday, 21 March 2014

FNSI Sign Up

Courtesy of my sister, I am signing up for my first Friday night sew in. Not entirely sure what I'm going to do as I have a few projects on the go - but I'm definitely going to spend all evening doing it!

And Continuing the Rainbow Theme...

One of my best friends is expecting a baby, which means only one thing - time for a baby quilt! This one was easy to pick fabric for - I h...