Saturday, 14 March 2015

Spider in the Garden

A few years ago I entered a competition requiring the use of one jelly roll.
The prize was to have the quilt you designed long-arm quilted and to be featured in a book.
I didn't win so the quilt top got put away and forgotten about.
This year I'm on a mission to tackle my ufo's and I've finally finished this one!

It also has a name - Spider in the Garden - as it's made up of spider's web blocks and used a lovely bright floral jelly roll.

I quilted leaves in the 'webs' and swirls which look like snail shells in the checked border.

I'm very pleased with how it's turned out

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Lacock Abbey Window

Four years ago we visited a beautiful National Trust property in Wiltshire, Lacock Abbey.

It's so full of inspiration and I created this piece by 'merging' two window ideas and creating a 'garden' full of flowers using fabric and thread.

This window was the main inspiration.

And I took the jug and goblets from this window to include in my piece.

My New Year's resolution is to finish what I start from now on so hopefully any future quilts/textile art will not lay dormant for 4 years!

Monday, 2 March 2015

February Round-Up Part 2!

During February I decided to finish some UFO's I found whilst looking for something else!
All that needed doing was either adding the binding or even just sewing it down so here's what I did...

Whitby East Side in the colours of the beach huts ;-)

Inspired by Bridget Riley

Inspired by Monet - woven hand dyed and sun-printed fabrics

Dragonfly Pond
Woven batiks, assorted threads/yarns, crochet flowers, dragonfly made from organza and metallic threads.

Snowdon from Beaumaris
I did a bit more thread-painting on this one and now it's almost finished, once I've stitched the binding down.

There is one more I've just finished which I will share in my next post.

In the meantime I also had a couple of projects published in Popular Patchwork in January and March this year...

This playmat...
and this bed runner inspired by Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire.


Two more projects were posted off last week too but I'm not sure which issues they will be in.  One is a quilt and the other is an introduction to textile art piece using Lutradur.

I finished yet another pair of socks - plain purple this time...not as interesting to knit as the variegated yarns!

Lastly, I dug this out again.
This was a quilt top I made using a jelly roll, for a competition to be included in a book, but it wasn't chosen so I just put it away and forgot about it,
When I found it I thought it was a shame to ignore it any longer and I have now layered it ready for quilting...

Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Round-Up

During February I actually had a couple of days out!
One week I met up with a friend in Stockport and had lunch at the Plaza - an Art Deco building opened in 1932 and is now a Grade II* listed building - in the 30's style restaurant. 
 It was lovely and relaxing and apart from our clothes we could have been back in time and the food was beautiful!
I've lived in Stockport all my life but never ever been inside the Plaza before!
(I don't have a photo of the Plaza but there are lots on Google - I didn't want to put any on here in case of copyright)

My second day out was with another friend to The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, specifically to see the alterations made to the building and an exhibition of William Morris Wallpapers.

The William Morris wallpapers were behind glass in a small display so I was quite disappointed with that but one or two other pieces of art did grab my attention...

Stained glass hanging

Bridget Riley

Cornelia Parker

Well the building is fabulous - a good mixture of old and new now and very bright and airy.
I loved the way the new part of the building included the park and brought it's beauty inside  even in the rain...

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Finished At Last!

The City Sampler is finished at last!
It's taken 10 months off and on.
I'm really pleased at how it's turned out and also with my choice of quilting design which is so simple (naturally for me!) but looks really effective.
I chose a bright multicoloured yarn from the Superior King Tut variegated range and it's perfect.  
It looks great on the black background.

For anyone who would like to make their own City Sampler this is the book I worked from...

(click on the link above to take you to Amazon UK)

All the blocks are 6" square and some are quite fiddly to make but well worth the effort :-)

I've also recently finished another couple of pairs of socks for a toddler pair...

These for my son...

...and these for my little grand-daughter made from left-over yarn from a pair I made myself.  I've found that from 100g I can get one pair of ladies socks and once pair of toddler socks.  
Unfortunately I don't seem to have enough left from a pair of men's socks :-(

I've been asked if I would like to contribute to Fabrications Quilting For You magazine so I'm now working on a couple of projects for them along with Popular Patchwork and British Patchwork & Quilting...well, it keeps me out of mischief ;-)

My next project to be published is a bed runner in Popular Patchwork March issue.  I will post photos when I can - I'm still waiting for the January issue to arrive with my baby play mat in so will post that too when I get it.  In the meantime here's a computer generated image of the bed runner made with Stonehenge fabric...

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Have you all recovered?  Well the decorations are all down and out away until next time and I've been hitting the sales - the online fabric sales ;-)

The first to arrive was this beauty from 

...a Kona Solids jelly roll, a couple of metres of Kona solid white and a bolt end of a Moda Snowbird design to add to the fabrics for a quilt for my daughter's bedroom once it's been decorated.
There are a couple more orders on their way too :-)

We saw Isabelle at the weekend and gave her her Christmas gifts at last!

...a large Paddington floor cushion I made for her

...and a pair of pink tiger feet socks
were amongst her many gifts.
She's been spoilt this year and she's loved every minute of it!

I'm aiming to finish the Tula Pink City Sampler quilt soon.  
There are 100 blocks in all and I now have 30 left to make.
I've now decided how I will put it together so that's encouraging me to carry on!
Here are the 8 blocks I've done so far this year - my aim was for one a day so I'm ahead of myself so far :-)

I'm still making blocks for the Quilting Bee which ends in March I think.
I had my month in November but still waiting for 4 blocks to arrive so I'm glad I didn't go for Christmas fabrics to make a Christmas quilt as I'd originally thought.  My theme is black and white fabrics and the block is Trellis Crossroads
This is my block...

...and this is what the finished quilt should look like - I will be putting 9 of the blocks on the front and 3 on the back...I have my reasons...

I won't be signing up for any more quilting bees :-/

I believe I have a quilt in January's issue of Popular Patchwork magazine although I haven't had my copy yet.  Here it is...

They have another of my quilts too - a bed runner inspired by Stonehenge & Avebury stone circles, so I'll let you know when that's published too

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Long Time No Blog...

First of all I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!
Ours was very quiet with a lot of coughing and spluttering and I expect a lot of the country had the same :-/

I decided this year that I would make myself a Christmas quilt as I've never made one, so I bought a layer cake with my birthday money in November and set to designing in the hope of getting it finished in time.  I managed it with just two weeks to go and I used the leftovers to make matching cushions
(photo above)

Spurred on by the cushions I decided to spruce up the sofa with more new cushion covers made from some Moda fabric I bought in Anglesey in September...I will blog about that later :-)

I'm still knitting socks - one pair after another!
These are all birthday and Christmas presents made over the last six months.

...including a pretty pink pair of tiger socks for Baby Belle!
I was going to make the next pair for myself but I think a certain daughter of mine has her eye on them ;-)

One of my New Year resolutions is to update my blog more regularly - at least once a month if not more...let's see if I can manage it ;-)

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative 2015!!

Monday, 15 September 2014

From Kindle to Pouch

After the disappointment of my sale on Friday I decided to cheer myself up by buying a Kindle Paperwhite as I wanted a lighter version than my Kindle Fire to carry in my handbag.

But, OH persuaded me that I didn't need one and suggested I use my original Kindle instead.  

So, I dug it out, reorganised all the books, made it a lot more user friendly and today made a new pouch for it to match the one I made a few weeks ago for my phone.

£169 saved...result!!