Tilda Candy Bloom Blog Hop Day

Welcome 🙂

The sun is shining and I’m happy  to reveal that after a bit of a last minute panic I’ve sort of finished my make with the lovely Tilda Candy Bloom fabric ready for my Blog Hop day. ‘Sort of’ because the quilting isn’t finished but what can I say, work got in the way of creating!

Natalie from Stitch Craft Create generously sent me oodles of this fabric and I initially struggled with just what to make but the colours of this line are red white and blue and our Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday this year so I decided to go patriotic.

A Union flag cushion was my first thought and then I heard about a book published about the Queen’s Christian faith.

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and this quilt block seemed very appropriate

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The Cross and the Crown

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a royalist but I do admire all the Queen has done for the country and how tirelessly she works, I mean how many 90 year olds do you know who work to the extent she does! So in honour of the Queen I give you the Cross and the Crown lap quilt.

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If you’d like to make one for yourself then the pattern is a freebie from MacCall’s Quilting and can be found here. I added a wider border and four churn dash cornerstone blocks to make it a bit bigger. Those churn dashes pick up the central design of the other blocks well don’t they?

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I’m not really a ‘red’ person but these reds are a lovely soft red, I think the one in the above photo is my favourite but it’s hard to choose because they’re all so nice!

My plan for it now is to do some hand quilting using red thread to highlight those crowns – watch this space 🙂

As Natalie was so generous with the fabric I’d like to offer some of the leftovers as a give away prize. All you have to do is comment on this post telling me where you come from and what you’d make with it – easy!

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I shall draw a name out of the hat on 26th May so you’ve got a bit of time to enter.

And for another chance to win some of the Tilda fabric go here to join in with Stitch Craft Create’s own give away.

There is one day left of this Blog Hop and tomorrow it’s the turn of Ali from Very Berry Handmade.

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Up On the Roof Top

Welcome 🙂

I’m still busy working on my newly started Dear Jane quilt but thought you might like to see this little wall hanging which was secretly stitched as a Christmas present.

It was finished way back in June last year after attending a workshop in April (or was it May?) I did post a picture of it here as a work in progress.

As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be a present for my daughter and her husband on their first Christmas as Mr and Mrs.

Now before I even show you this photo may I apologise for the quality! I took it on a very sunny day in the summer and the colours are all out of kilter, but as it’s the only one I have of it it will have to do!

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These ones show parts of the wall hanging and the colours are much more realistic.

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I’m happy to report that they liked it 🙂

Now, back to Jane!

Until next time,

Chris x

 

 

Hawaii Five O

Welcome 🙂

Whilst at the Festival of Quilts in August I saw a beautiful Hawaiian quilt and it reminded me that I’ve always wanted to have a go at this style of quilting, so before all this bother with my arm began I started on making an Hawaiian style quilt block.

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The motif is my own design but based on those I saw when I did a Google search.

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I used two new methods to prepare the appliqué.

First one was to use washable fusible interfacing rather than my usual freezer paper template. Esther Aliu speaks highly of this method of preparing appliqué pieces so I thought I’d give it a go.

The second is another method I’ve seen Esther and others use and that’s to use a glue stick to turn the edges under with (I usually use starch).

So what did I think?

The glue stick meant that I didn’t need to be hovering round the iron quite so much as I just turned the edges over the interfacing and every now and again I’d press it all with the iron, much quicker.

However I didn’t find it as easy to undo mistakes with the glue as the interfacing ‘held onto’ the fabric and particularly where it had been clipped caused it to fray a bit.

I’m at the stage where I need to hand quilt it, you can see that I’ve started doing a bit and I’m itching to get on with it but I MUST pace myself, no point in making my arm and wrist worse by running before I can walk!

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If any of you use washable fusible interfacing to do appliqué I’d be interested to know what brand you use.

Until next time,

Chris x

Mystery Solved

Welcome 🙂

The mysterious hexagonal table topper design was revealed at Wednesday’s Quilt group and it was this…

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framed hexagons!

Not a new to me technique but one I hadn’t done in a while. I think I will enjoy sewing this little hand project 🙂

If you’d like to have a go here’s a good tutorial from Suzie at Silly Goose Quilts (thanks Suzie), hope you enjoy it too.

Have a good week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Yet Again

Welcome 🙂

One day soon I shall have a ‘Ta dah’ moment and you will be pleased to see the last of my EPP quilt but unfortunately today is not that day!

I have yet again fished it out of the WIP pile and been doing a little bit of quilting on it. I’m pleased to announce that I have now finished sewing round all the stars and hexagons and am now working my way around the border.

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you, I have already attached the binding mainly because I had a bit of a panic that I didn’t have enough fabric and needed to make sure I had there and then! Happily there was plenty and it’s another little task out of the way.

As I started to quilt today I noticed some of my stitches were looking a bit wonky, and then I noticed my needle! Time for a change I think 😉

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I do love the rich autumnal colours of this quilt and it seems fitting that it’s being finished just as Summer here in the UK is fading.

I’ve also been doing a bit on this project…

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It’s slowly coming on.

Enjoy your WIPs maybe by next week this one of mine will be a finish 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

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