Thursday, 24 July 2014

Greetings Cards From Textile Art


After visiting the Great Dome Art Fair in Buxton at the weekend I got the idea of cutting up some of my photos of my textile art pieces and turning them into small greetings cards.


Each card measures 4" square and comes with an envelope


I thought I would sell them in my 
for £5 per pack of 3 
with free postage to the UK


And until the end of July...that's just one more week...


...there's a 10% discount off everything when you use the code
SUMMER
at checkout!

So why not pop over and have a look at my
...you may just find what you are looking for
:-)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Catching Up!


Please forgive my silence again over the past couple of weeks!  I have been so busy with everything but finally I can relax a little.
In a couple of weeks time it's Isabelle's first birthday and I wanted to make her a special quilt.  I bought the fabric on my last holiday to Anglesey - Moda Printemps -  and was going to make something lovely for me...and then I thought about Sunbonnet Sue!  I inherited all my mum's Sunbonnet Sue quilt books - 4 in all and a lot of the designs are rather intricate so I chose this simple design for Isabelle's first one...you never know, in the future I might make one of the more intricate ones ;-)




So, I chose this appliqué pattern then put my own quilt design around it. 




 It's backed with a beautiful lemon fleece which I love for baby quilts. 



I've also been knitting some cardy's for Belle...a short sleeved lacy summer cardy and a long sleeved one for those cooler days...




Also a couple of weeks ago hubby reclaimed an office chair from a skip at work (after asking permission first of course!)
I found a 
showing how to cover an office chair exactly like this so I did...it took less than 1/2hr and I'm really happy with it
:-)


Lastly...I'm still knitting socks...
I've just finished a pair for hubby...


...and now finished the first one of a pair for me.  I've also just ordered some more sock wool (I think I'm hooked!!) to knit some little socks for Isabelle too - nobody escapes!!


So...there we go - that's what I've been up to!  And now I really must get on with a couple of projects I promised to the editor of Popular Patchwork ages ago! Plus another design for Joanna at Patchwork & Quilting.

How did I ever find the time to go to work?!!
:-)

Friday, 4 July 2014

Thread-Painted Flowers From My Garden


After experimenting with my camera and taking a few shots around the garden of flowers I picked two out to make these thread-painted art cards.
The top one I always thought was a weed which comes up every year and has done for as long as we've been here (33 years!)
I've since discovered that it is a plant called
LINARIA
The bees love it!

 

This one is a 
CLEMATIS
We have about 3 or 4 different types in the garden adding a lovely splash of pink to all the surrounding green shrubs
:-)

They both measure about 6" x 4" and are available in my 
in the 
'Original Textile Art'
section.
And for the month of July I'm offering 10% off everything in the shop!
:-)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Quiet But Busy!


It's been a couple of weeks but I have been busy...honestly!
Meet Sunbonnet Sue.
It's Belle's 1st birthday in a few weeks time and I wanted to make her a larger quilt than the one I made when she was born.  That has been well used as a play mat and it thrills me to see it being enjoyed!


So this is a bit larger and will be suitable as a cot quilt for her.
I bought the fabric from a shop in Anglesey I visited.
It's Moda Printemps and I really wanted to make something special with it as it's so pretty!
This won't be the last you see of this fabric as I have loads!
I bought a jelly roll as well as a few 1/2m and metre pieces.

...and here is the quilt top finished...

I'm going to back it with fleece fabric again and the border will be red...but I can't quilt it yet as I'm awaiting delivery of the fleece!

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So, what else have I been up to?  Well remember I joined a quilting bee a couple of months ago?  We I've now done 3 blocks - I posted July's block this week.  Here are June's and July's...


I'm also working on two new projects for Popular Patchwork magazine...a play mat and a bed runner.  The tops for those are finished and waiting to be quilted so will be sent off soon...hopefully!

Also last week my Batik Hearts quilt was received by the editor of Patchwork & Quilting magazine for inclusion in the September issue (I think)...I'll let you know...but here's a taster...


And I haven't finished!
I've just started another project using Amy Butler fabrics...this will be going to Patchwork & Quilting too when it's finished...but it could be some time yet...


...this is just a block layout for now...there will be more!

And I still haven't finished...I've been thread-painting too as I've been taking lots of photos of my garden plants...but that will be for my next blog post...
:-)

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Magic Garden Quilt

 
Almost two years ago I bought this fabric from the Festival of Quilts.
I couldn't wait to get started and soon got the quilt top finished.
I backed it with a lilac fleece and started to quilt it.  I had such a job quilting it that I soon got bored and put it to one side for another day.
18 months later it's finished!

There's a lot of quilting in it and that's why it took so long, plus I struggled with my other machine...it was never very happy with FMQ but luckily my new machine loves it as you can see from all the UFO's I've finished in the past couple of weeks :-)

Close up of a block

Back

Closer view of the back

Close up of block on the back

Don't look too closely at the back as I haven't tidied it up yet
;-)

So that seems to be it for UFO's apart from 3 block swap quilts which still need to be stitched together but that's for another day.  

I'm happy to say that my Batik Hearts quilt will soon be winging its way to British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine
as a project!
Woohoo...how excited am I?  I'm still in the middle of a couple of projects for 
Popular Patchwork
too so I think they will be next on my list to finish.

I think I'm finally settling into my 'retirement' now
:-)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Japanese Garden Quilt

 
I've just realised I forgot to blog about my Japanese Garden quilt which again was started 2 years ago, put to one side, picked up again a year ago and now it's finished!

I did this as a quilt as you go but made a bit of a mess of the back although the quilting bit was much easier - it's the joining of the seams on the back that I have problems with!

(back)


The centre is four appliquéd floral squares which are surrounded by log cabin blocks then a border of on point squares.



For some reason it's really heavy!  I wondered if it is the gold metallic in the fabric...anyway, after I had finished it I suffered with backache for a few days...coincidence??

BUT...it is lovely to sleep under on these warm muggy nights
:-)

Another One Bites The Dust :-)


Here's another quilt I started 2 years ago - Batik Hearts.
(I think I should have pressed it before taking the photo - sorry!)
I think I was originally going to send it to Popular Patchwork but as per usual I must have received some new fabric and so started something else instead!
Anyway, it's now finished and I'm quite pleased with it :-)

It is made up of 2.5" squares of a beautiful bright batik and a white tone on tone.

I quilted the batik hearts with swirls and the white hearts with a free-motion hearts and swirls pattern.

And so onto the next quilt...now I've started I can't seem to stop!
;-)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Quilts & Bunting!


After admiring a beautiful quilt made by a Facebook friend she kindly pointed me in the direction of the pattern and I made this small quilt from the Parson Gray fabrics I bought from the FOQ a couple of years ago.  The backing is a Jinny Beyer design which goes beautifully!  My intention was to add it to my craft table at my next sale at the hospital at the end of May but I love it so much I didn't want to part with it!


At the same time I decided to make some bunting, also to sell on my stall.  The first few triangles were a bit of a pain but I soon got used to it and it turned out not as bad as I thought.  They are double sided & stitched, not just single triangles of fabric!
As soon as I showed it off on Facebook I sold 2 strands of it!  I also sold another strand at my sale :-)




This quilt is another I was going to put up for sale...but I fell in love with this too!
The fabrics are Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs and I absolutely love it.  It is based on my own design which was published in Popular Patchwork called 'Cat In The Box' (see the pictures on the right) but I decided to leave out the cats this time.



These are the last quilts to be made on my trusty Janome 6600 which was struggling towards the end - we got very frustrated with each other so I decided that rather than have it serviced again I was going to bite the bullet and treat myself to the latest Janome Horizon 8900 with an 11" throat.  




I'm still learning but I feel so much more relaxed sewing with it and it sews beautifully!

I will not be selling my 6600 as I decided that when my new one needs a service I'll get that one serviced at the same time then pass it on to DD, as by that time I might have got her even more interested in sewing for herself and she will hopefully have somewhere to sew in her new home :-)