Sunday, 10 April 2016

TO SASH OR NOT TO SASH - THAT IS THE QUESTION!



I'm making a 'Healing Hearts' quilt and at first liked the idea of joining the blocks just as they are to create multicoloured circles as well as the hearts.  Then I wondered about sashing - now I don't know which I like best!

I'm leaning towards the sashing but what do you think?

Sunday, 3 April 2016

QUILTING and KNITTING FOR BABY SAM

Before Sam was born my daughter requested specific quilts and knitted blanket patterns for him!
The first is the Fox Quilt designed by 
Elizabeth Hartman
(follow the Fancy Fox link to buy the pattern)

Whether he likes it or not foxes are the theme and as well as a beautiful plush fox cuddly toy I bought for him I also made him this cuddle blanket from minky fabric with ribbon loops.  
My son would have loved this 30 years ago - he had a teddy with a silky tag on it which he wore out and I had to replace many times!

Here is Sam modelling his chevron knitted blanket.
He needed help to breath for a while but he's now able to breath on his own and hopefully he'll be able to come home soon.
He's now 15 weeks old.
  

Then my daughter got it into her head she wanted a small clamshell quilt - thank goodness she only wanted a small one!
What a pain that was to make!!
Never again ;-)
Photos show a close up of the front with a tiny knitted cardy I made him and the back and the front of the quilt.
It measures about 20" x 24"

Needing something really easy to make next I just made a play-mat using these fabulous bright alphabet and numbers designs.
I sandwiched the two designs together, quilted and bound it with a multicoloured stripe fabric.  There is plenty for him to look at on both sides - even foxes!!

Finally I found this cute panel I had purchased many years ago at a quilt show - it must have been over 10 years ago!
It's a Bunnykins panel and I had bought co-ordinating flannel for backing as well.  So finally it got quilted - another nice cosy quick quilt.
:-)

Saturday, 2 April 2016

CHRISTMAS QUILTING




Frozen seemed to be the film of the year last year (although I never saw it) so Isabelle's Christmas Quilt was naturally Olaf :-)
I backed it in Frozen Fleece fabric so it's lovely and cuddly and with the leftover fabrics made another quilt and a cushion for a friend's grand-daughter.

There's still a bit of tiny Olaf fabric left I'm going to make a quilt to donate to a Children's Hospice.
:-)

Friday, 1 April 2016

NEW BEGINNINGS...


Well, it's been an eventful 6 months since my last post.
This is the latest quilt project of mine to be featured in a magazine - this one is in Fabrications Quilting For You
in the January/February 2016.
Since then I have been busy making baby quilt to donate to the hospitals looking after my new baby grandson who was born a week before Christmas.

  

I've made 6 small quilts for premature babies like these above,

  

... and two incubator quilts that keep the bright lights off the babies.

So as you can see I've been busy with sewing and knitting and crochet too - and I went back to work part time in February too as I realised that retirement just wasn't for me.
I'll post soon about the quilts I've made for Baby Sam and Isabelle too and gifts for a friend's grand-daughter.
:-)

Thursday, 1 October 2015

May The Force Be With You!

I've been quiet again over the past few months due to still doing sickness cover where I used to work.
However I still managed a bit of quilting and made this Star Wars quilt along with 2 cushions for a little boy who is Star Wars mad!


I bought a duvet cover and cut it up then used star fabric for sashing strips and the backing.
It went down really well with the little boy and his mum :-)

Saturday, 15 August 2015

It's Been A Long Time...



... five months in fact!
One reason is that the weather's been warm and me an warm weather don't get on and not as much quilting gets done.  Another reason is that I've been back at work as and when I'm needed, providing sickness and holiday cover and it's so lovely to be part of a team again - I'm sorry I left...actually in hindsight I should never have left - isn't hindsight a wonderful thing?!


I've had a few projects published in Popular Patchwork and British Patchwork & Quilting and for the first time I will be having a project published in Fabrications Quilting for You magazine later in the year featuring fabric from Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, Cheshire - a National Trust property - and using the design from the floor tiles of the orangery in Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire.  


I've been using Instagram a lot more lately too.  I post all sorts on there - in particular birds and wildlife.  I've been going into Abney Park near us more regularly than I used to and take lots of photos and Instagram is a good platform to share them on.  
Feel free to follow me if you wish :-)

You can also follow my photo exploits on Flickr - I'm on there as Angela Huddart

Well I hope it's not too long before I blog again!  I've got a few projects in the pipeline...quilting and knitting...and I'll try to keep more up to date in future 
;-)

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...