Sunday, 19 June 2016

Scrappy Strings Baby Quilt

My mission this year to use up as many scraps as I can continues with this baby quilt.
I used scraps from previous baby quilts to make the string blocks and kept the colours fairly pastel.

Under construction.....

.....onto the frame.....

....and my favourite part, the quilting!

I decided to jazz up the quilt a little with these padded
3D flowers.
 They are very securely sewn down. For this though I used my small Janome 601 in FMQ mode.

I'm very pleased with how this little quilt turned out. Small projects are fun and quick and usually, like this one, completely unplanned. They just happen.
Love my quilting life!

See you next time, thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Table Mats with a Scottish/Canadian Theme

Recently my husband has had an old friend from Canada to visit. They had not seen each other for around 28 years, so I thought it would be nice to make something as a memento of his trip. I decided upon a set of 6 table mats.
 There are lots of bears in Canada, so the bear's paw block was an obvious choice and using red fabric makes it almost look like the Canadian maple leaf.
 For the cutlery part of the placemat, I used a fabric by Lewis and Irene called The Glen.
Very Scottish with stags heads and tartan.  White or cream would have been too stark a contrast so I used two shades of grey.
I pre- washed those red fabrics a couple of times and was very glad I did as a LOT of dye came out!
 Onto the frame for quilting. I used one layer of Hobbs 80/20 and Glide thread.

I finished them off with some light grey binding.
I think they turned out pretty nice and hubby';s friend was delighted!
This week I've been working on a baby quilt of my own design and also quilting a pretty Grandmother's fan quilt for a customer.
Pictures of them next time.

Thanks for visiting today.
Happy sewing.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Happy Scrappy Houses

I started making the blocks for this quilt quite a while ago and they lay around in a shoebox for months until I finally got around to doing something with them..

The pattern is Happy Scrappy Houses by Bonnie Hunter and you can find it here.
I decided to make mine lap sized. I added a couple of borders and some cute little applique tree blocks in the corners..
 There always seems to be a stray thread that gets in the photo!

 The quilting was done on my grace frame with my Q,nique.   I used one layer of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 and mostly Glide threads.

So that's another one to add to my Bonnie Hunter Collection of quilts. I must do a post on all Bonnie's quilts I have made, it is quite a few now. 
Next up on my frame is a baby quilt of my own design.
I'll be back soon with photos of that.
thanks for visiting my blog today.
happy sewing

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Some Customer quilts and Crochet.

Hi there,
I've been kept fairly busy lately with a few customer quilts hence the lack of blog posts. There are just not enough hours in the day!
This is a lovely hexagon quilt which I worked an all over freehand hearts and loops design.

This adorable little quilt was already made up complete with lace edging in the binding.
My customer had stitched in the ditch around the blocks and that was all the quilting it had.
Luckily, i was able to pin it onto my frame and do a little quilting.
Love how it turned out. there is so much detail in each block.
A real fun quilt to work on.

I actually completed this quilt around Christmas time . I let the design dictate the quilting .
Love how this one turned out too, especially the bear's snout!

After a day quilting and sewing I like to sit in front of the TV and crochet,
At the moment I am obsessed with making these little boho vests. ( I would call it a waistcoat)
After following a pattern for one or two, this one is my own design.

This one I followed a pattern for and you can find it here.

 I also treated myself to a tailors dummy and have made myself this cardi.

 The light is not good in these photos as the pinky tones are a bit more vibrant in real life.

The pattern was easy to follow, you can find it here.
Another busy week coming up for me, Hope to be back soon with more quilted creations and maybe some crochet too.
Thanks for visiting .
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