First of many, I hope

Today Rachel and I spent the day sewing, together. This was her first foray into dressmaking. It is surprisingly difficult to find patterns for kids her age (12 and over). All the lovely modern kids clothes only go up to age 9 or so, and then there is hardly anything available until adult sizes. After a good deal of rummaging around on websites we settled on Simplicity 2689, made up in this gorgeous fabric. And finally, with the two little ones at camp, we had a day to ourselves.It's been a long time since I made clothes (like, oh, about 20 years) and I was a little rusty, to say the least. The instructions really are written in another language and it felt very strange using such an [Read more...]

Do you think I could get away with keeping it?

I've finished my doll quilt for the DS Quilts swap, and I love it so much I don't want to let it go. It is pretty heavily hand quilted (along the edge of all 160 fan blades, plus a fair bit of echo quilting) so it has come out of the wash looking beautifully textured. It used literally every tiny scrap that I had of these precious fabrics, and finished a tiny bit bigger than it should have (20 inches square, rather than 18). I hope I don't get reported to the quilt swap police.The pattern is from this book by Sarah Fielke, adapted slightly so there was more empty space around each fan. That is how it looked in the picture, but I think there was a mistake in the pattern because it originally [Read more...]

Quilting into a void

I'm part way through quilting my mini quilt for the DS Quilts Doll Quilt swap. It's a lovely way to spend a quiet Sunday.I really hope that my partner likes this. It's my first ever quilty swap and I am really nervous that it will go down like a lead balloon. Partly because I really love it, and partly because I am hand-quilting the hell out of it, so it is taking forever.This is actually quite nerve wracking!

An exercise in bloody-mindedness*

*an unpleasant combination of stubborness and contrariness. Not to be confused with determination, which is an excellent characteristic.The London Modern Quilt Guild challenge for this month is to create a mini quilt (maximum 12 inches square) that represents your own definition of modern quilting. A selection from the group will then be displayed in John Lewis (a major department store in central London). My personal definition of modern quilting is the freedom to create something a bit bonkers. Perhaps using a design that wouldn't normally be considered 'quilty'. To use fabric in unexpected ways. Last year my friend Sally blogged about QR-3D - a project to create artwork [Read more...]

Wahooooo!

It's done! I finished the binding and sewed on the label this morning. Here it is, fresh from the dryer. Mmmmmm, warm quilty goodness!as usual, thanks to my lovely husband for being 6 ft 4I am so happy with the quilting. Each stripe is outlined in a different coordinating colour and it looks really pretty, even if I do say so myself ;-)I made a machine embroidered label for it because there was more to say than I could face embroidering by hand. I hope that she shows this to her grandchildren one day and they are amazed at how long ago 2012 seems.Linking up with Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

I’m on it!

I finished the top and basted on Sunday, and am about a third of the way through the quilting. She hasn't seen it yet. Looks like I might just make it in time!I put this burst of activity down to the fact that I have started running again, for the first time in years. I used to run quite a lot - about 4 miles three times a week - but fell out of the habit a few years ago. Ever since then I have wanted to start again, but never seemed to be able to get off my backside to do it. I'm glad I have. It makes so much difference to my mood and my energy levels. I can take on the world when I have been for a run. There is also the added benefit of being able to eat more without feeling like a pig. [Read more...]

What are the chances?

That I can get this finished in the next three weeks.I'm making this quilt for my daughter Rachel who is turning 12 on the tenth of April. It's the New Wave pattern from Oh Fransson, made in Innocent Crush. I love these fabrics - the colours are so gorgeous. Rachel has a bit of a thing for colour order (I can't imagine where she gets that from, ahem) and these fabrics do that so well. I haven't made a bed-size quilt for her since she was about 7, and it is pretty babyish. Time for something a little more grown up, I think.I plan on hand quilting this with coordinating perle cottons in the white stripes. I was going to try and hide it until it was finished, but I really don't think that will [Read more...]

I may have said this before

I really hate keeping secrets!The London Fat Quarterly retreat is coming up in June (make time go faster!) and Trash has organised a little sample swap. Basically, people are randomly assigned to groups of five and everyone makes four of the same item to swap with the other members of the group. We won't know who is in our group until the day of the retreat, so there is no stalking to be done. This is both liberating and scary.I've made quilted coasters for people before. I like the way that they are absorbent and don't do that annoying thing where they stick to the bottom of your cup and then fall off with a loud clatter that makes the cat jump off your lap. Anything that prevents the [Read more...]

It’s all about the journey

Or so they say.I've completed all but two of my rose stars. Just to mix things up a little I thought I would start to sew them together. I've opted for plain white as the background , given the huge number of prints and colours in the blocks themselves. That and the fact that I am terminally indecisive. Oh, and I have a load of white ikea sheets lying around just waiting to be cut up. I use them a lot when I need plain colours, as the backing and binding here and here, the sashing here and here, and in these cushions. They are really cheap, and unlike other (fancier) sheets are about the same weave as quilting cottons. Each of the blocks took about three hours from start to finish. [Read more...]

Time marches on

I'm not sure where the last six years have disappeared to. Thankfully there is some evidence of their passing in the increasing size of the children.six years agoIt's funny to think that my baby is the same age as his biggest sister was when he was born. I thought she was so grown up at the time - the perils of being the oldest child, I suppose.last month (taken by John)Happy birthday, sweet boy. Don't grow up too fast, ok?