30 October 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival part 2

My second choice for the Bloggers quilt festival is a baby quilt which I made for our goddaughters new arrival - it's seriously frightening when the little ones are growing up and having little ones of their own!

This quilt is quite important to me as I started it at a quilting class here in Valtice.   Whilst I have lots of quilting friends on the internet,and I have a couple of friends who live around 50 kms away, which is a bit too far to meet regularly, I didn't know of any quilters locally.  When I saw an advert for beginners quilting classes in town, I jumped at the chance.  OK , so I'm no longer a beginner when it comes to quilting, but it was an opportunity to use and improve my appalling czech, and meet some like minded people. For the second class, I took some of my own fabric with me, and made these "magic" squares
They were originally intended to be table mats, as this was what I bought the fabric for a couple of years ago.  But when I heard my goddaughter was pregnant, and it was going to be a boy, I decided to turn them into a baby quilt. I made the blocks up to 12, which is a bit on the large side, and sashed them with white around the blocks, then charcoal in between. I cut up the last bits of fabric to make a scrappy piano keys border. I quilted it using Aurifil white in chevrons that cross over in the middle to make a cross-hatch pattern.  The binding is Pike path from Makower, and the backing is that old favourite, Ikea Briten numbers!

I'm entering this one in the Modern Quilt category, mainly because it's definitely not your average traditional baby quilt!  The quilt is now delivered, and hopefully it will be loved and well used.

So that's both of my contributions for this years bloggers quilt Festival.  There are so many beautiful quilts this year, you really should hop over to Amy's Creative side and see them

29 October 2014

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Things are still a little busy around Quiltova towers, but I am managing to set aside a little time here and there to make some progress on some of the old WIPs lying around.   Today I have mainly been cutting charm squares for the Rainbow charm swap organised by Cindy at Fluffy Sheep Quilting. I was allocated pink - here's my dark pink in action

and my light pink waiting to be cut up.  

Both are from the wee wander range by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller.

Then I'm trying to get my Japanese cushion finished in an effort to cheer Gordon up.
There are other things too - waiting for a new walking foot, which I finally got around to ordering after about 6 months, only to order the wrong one!!  Ah well, two steps forward, one back!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced and all the other WIP Wednesday bloggers

25 October 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival

It's that time of year again, when we can all show off our favourite makes for the past 6 months.   Hopefully, I will have some new visitors to my blog, so welcome, and do have a good look around. I hope you enjoy the show!

I've just spent a happy 10 minutes going through my previous offerings, and deciding what to show off this time.  As I've only actually finished 2 quilts, the decision is sort of made for me!

My first offering, in the home machine quilted category,  is a quilt I knew I wanted to make the first time I saw it in Sarah Fielke's book "Hand Quilted with Love"  It is called Love Beads in her book, but I changed the name to Diamond Falls.  The feature fabric, which is a Liberty Lawn fabric, was purchased last July when I was in London for the Fat Quarterly retreat, and the quilt was finally finished it August this year.

It was quilted on my home machine, a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire, which at the time, wasn't playing at Free Motion Quilting (and still isn't actually!) so it had to be straight line quilting.  I used  Aurifil thread, as always, but this time I was very daring and  tried the slightly thicker 40 weight in a light gold colour (2125),  I chose to follow the diamond patterns in the quilting, with the feature fabric diamonds more heavily quilted than the dotty fabrics.   I think it emphasises the idea of water flowing down the diamond falls.  I think the quilting is just perfect!

A big thanks goes toAmy  at Amy's Creative side for organising the Bloggers QUilt Festival, it must be a humungous job.  And thanks to all the sponsors too.

19 October 2014

Sewing on Sunday

This morning, I was grabbed by the desire to take some photos.  Just messin!

Funny how sewing spills out into the whole house!

14 October 2014

Quarter 4 FAL

Finish Along 2014
I'm undecided how to approach this final quarter of 2014.  Should I write everything down, in the hope that something will get done, or just select a few, expecting them all to be finished?  Undecided seems to be my middle name, so lets trawl through and see what comes up!

1.  Baby quilt for Filip
It's basted ready for quilting, and this is going to be a simple wavy navy line, so this will certainly get finished

2.  Baby quilt 2 - boy or girl?

This one just has to be basted, quilted and bound.  Yes, I'll finish this one!

3.  Little Quilts swap
This one has to be finished and off by the end of November, so this is definite

4.  I'm aiming to turn this pile of paper piecing into a cushion pretty soon

5 and 6
A friend has asked me to make 2 long seat pads.  I'm aiming to turn this pile of fabric into butterflies, and maybe I'll persuade her to have one quilt instead of two seat pads. (I don't think they will be a good thing, as they will slip about terribly on a leather sofa)

and I'm going to add a bit of knitting too.  

7.  I knit most of one sock when I was hospital visiting, and I've started the second, so I should be able to finish this without too much problem.

So that's it for now.  Must dash as I have a busy day ahead of me, and the dogs need walking!

11 October 2014

Loose ends

Because I haven't blogged much recently, there are few loose ends that need tying up, for the sake of tidiness!
First of all the last round of Ali's ATC Swap.  The theme was "Getting away from it all" and my contribution was this one

Since our holiday in Gambia a couple of years ago, I have been meaning to make an improv quilt, or mini quilt, inspired by all the colours and patterns that I encountered, which are so different to anywhere else I have visited.   Of course, I've not got round to that improv quilt yet, but thought I could maybe use the idea to make a card for this swap.   I even sewed some of it whilst on holiday in Tanzania this August.

My secret partner lives in a beautiful place on the west coast of America, which is very quiet and peaceful.  I hoped she would connect with the peace of this place in Africa.

And in return Alix sent me this beautiful card

It is a view of Portsmouth, from the beach at Ryde on the Isle of Wight.  It's not an area I know very well, but living in the middle of Europe, I do miss the sea a lot, so this will be a lovely reminder.. Even though we didn't live close to the sea in Engand, it was only 2 hours away to the welsh coast, and we used to take trips with the dogs. It's more like a 5 or 6 hour trip down to Slovinia, which is the closest coastline, but rocky so no sandy beaches.

So that's the end of the 4th round of this swap.  Looking forward to the next one in a couple of months.

I have also joined in the Little Quilts swap, organised by Sara Fielke, which is largely focused on Instagram.   We have to make one of the quilts from the book that she has written together with Amy Lobsiger, and our partner makes us one, based on our preferences.
Swap bee
I'm in Hivebelle and have been allocated my secret partner, and have chosen to make this quilt

I've made the middle and spent this morning with a fan production line going.

I just have to decide on the borders and the colour of the rik rak

At the moment I'm thinking either salmon pink rik rak (if I can get it) or turquoise (if I can't get salmon, and if I can get turquoise) on white felt.

I'm going to have to leave the other things for another day, as I have to go and dig out the projects that will go on my Q4 FAL.  Speeding up to the end of the year now - I can hardly believe it.

04 October 2014

Quarter 3 FAL Tally

Finish Along 2014

I'm pretty happy with my haul for this quarter, although not so good as last quarter.  I  declared 6 projects in my original  Q3 post and actually completed 3, which I'm very happy with considering how busy I've been.  Here is my final finish, a quilt for a little boy born in August.

I made these blocks at when my local quilting group met back in spring.  I was going to make table mats, but then I had an idea that they would make a nice little boys quilt.

You can see in the first picture, that I straight line quilted it in chevrons that cross over the middle section.  It's backed with good old Ikea numbers!  It'll be off to it's new home on Monday.

My other finishes are:
Diamond Falls
Big Stitch Swap

You can see all the other finishes over at Katy's right now