The weather has been stunning in my part of the UK and I’ve spent a bit of time trying to tame my rather overgrown garden.
I’ve been spending an half hour here and an half hour there doing a bit of clearing and tidying and weeding and it’s making such a difference. Hubby has already taken a lot of waste to the household tip and I think there may be more to go soon!
Someone wisely said that the best thing to do was to start tidying up the patch of garden you can see from your window so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour. And that’s exactly what I did and it spurred me on to do the bits I couldn’t see too!
In the evenings I’ve rediscovered my Honeycomb Stars EPP project and thought you may like to see my progress.
As you can see the rows are being stitched together now, it’s all very slow going (a bit like the garden) but it’ll get there, and anyway there really isn’t any rush. Although I think folk in my sewing groups are getting fed up of seeing me doing it!
I’m going to take a little Bloggy break during August so I’ll see you all in September – hope you have a lovely month full of good things.
Until next time,
Last night my little sewing group met up to stitch and put the world to rights and it occurred to me that you might like to see the progress of the little quilt one of my friends is making. I blogged about her project here and last night this is what it looked like…
I know, amazing isn’t it, her very first project – just the quilting to do. Way to go G!
My very first quilty project was supposed to be a sampler quilt but I gave up on it after making about 6 blocks. The reason? I’d made the mistake of choosing fabrics which I quite liked instead of fabrics which made me smile from the inside out!
What was your first project?
Until next time,
Good morning :)
As you can see I managed to squeeze in a few hours to sew and have finished my Rose Basket hanging – all except the roses that is! Does that just make it ‘The Basket’ wall hanging?!
This is what it looks like now.
I’ve used the facing binding I wrote about here to finish the edges, I’m liking this method a lot for wall hangings.
Do you like the little roses on the back? I made them last year and kept them for a rainy day. Well that rainy day is here and they are going to become my quilt label! I shall write on them with a permanent marker – cute huh?
I also stitched on hanging sleeves, I like to have two hanging sleeves on my bigger wall hangings so I have the option to hang it from a hook directly off the wooden dowel in the centre or from a wire attached to each end of the dowel rod.
My Hanging Sleeve Method for a Faced Quilt
I made tubes of fabric to match the facing, turned them right sides out and positioned them equidistant from the centre and ends of the hanging – you do need to make sure that there is enough of the end of the dowel exposed to tie a wire to ( I often use fishing wire as it is very strong – but you wouldn’t want it to show as it’s not very pretty!)
I stitched down the top edges of the sleeve about an inch below the hanging edge making sure I stitched into the back of the quilt as well as the facing, then put the dowel rod under the sleeve flaps and pinned the lower edge in place while the dowel rod was in position.
Then I removed the rod and stitched the lower edge down.The hanging sleeve should look a bit baggy but doing it this way means that the wall hanging hangs straight and smooth.
After extensive trawling of the internet for ideas I’ve even started making my 3D flowers – pink roses…
all ready to arrange in the basket – this bit may take HOURS ;) and then I’ll get stitching – nearly there!
I’ve linked this post up to Esther Aliu’s WIPs on Wednesday post
Until next time,
My lovely hubby took me on a jaunt to Kings Lynn in Norfolk on Saturday. Every year a great little quilt group put on an exhibition there and since I discovered it a couple of years ago I’ve made a point of going.
Usually it’s held in a church but this year it was in a sports hall, not so pretty but it did mean that there was a kitchen and the enterprising ladies of the Samphire Quilt group put on refreshments which were wonderful, in fact they were so wonderful that this is the photo I got of mine…
The quilts on display were all lovely, but these are the ones I particularly liked
The group had done a workshop on ‘The one block wonder’ and there were a few of these quilts about. This one used a butterfly fabric and I loved how the quilter had used fussy cutting to create such beautiful blocks.
Last year this quilt won first prize (the post I wrote about it in is here) and this year the same quilt was in the exhibition again but this time it was all finished and looked fantastic.
I loved this quilt and the story behind it – I met the lady who made it and she explained that she was making it for her daughter’s 18th birthday but didn’t finish it because she couldn’t figure out how to put the log cabin blocks together. Then recently she saw a design in a book and it inspired her to finish it.
Her daughter is now 34 and as soon as the exhibition is over she said that she was giving it to her – finally! 16 years a WIP! I haven’t been quilting that long so I can’t beat that record – what about you?
There was a lady demonstrating ‘proddy rug making’. She uses up all her small fabric scraps making these rugs. It looked very easy to do so maybe one day…
This YouTube clip by Heather Ritchie gives you a flavour of how to do it, although the lady at the exhibition used tweezers instead of a prodder.
A big well done to the Samphire Quilters for another superb exhibition!
Until next time,