Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
A little while ago, I received an email from Terry's Fabrics asking if I would like to take part in their "Unleash your Creativity Cushion Challenge". The rules were quite simple, you had to choose 2 fabrics from their website (they sell furnishing fabric not quilting fabric) and you were sent a package with half a meter of each fabric and a 18' cushion pad and off you go!
Monday, 29 July 2013
Miss Strawberrry Shortcake only started school last April but she has 3 teachers in her class so of course that meant 3 presents and Mr Cars has one teacher and one teacher's assistant, so that was an extra 2 presents. Mr Cars' teacher was extremely good with him this year after a bad year last year so we choose an extra special gift for her. In the class, the kids are placed on the Super Star chart when they are good/doing extra well. Mr Cars judged that his teacher would be on the Super Star and we decided on a cushion with a Super Star inspired by the Christmas Tree pillow in the Pretty in Patchwork - Holidays book.
Sunday, 14 July 2013
First I finished all my 3x6 Mini Sampler Quilt blocks.
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
So last week, I pulled some fabric from my colour scheme to make my test block and I realised that the block was huge at 24 '. In the bee we make 12' blocks so I simply downsized the block and worked out the fabric I needed from a little paper sketch
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Monday, 8 July 2013
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
This month is my turn to be queen bee on Bee Europa. Of course, there are lots of projects on my wish list but I also have a large and growing collection of UFOs. So under the same spell which made me pick up my Farmer's Wife project, I digged very deep in my UFO basket to unearth a few projects which needed stone love again and decided to ask my fellow bee to help me get them restarted. So I did dig very deep in my UFOs box and unearthed 2 projects which could soon be called vintage! One was from 2004 and one for 2005.
Both projects were starting at the Bramble Patch Mystery Night. I don’t if any of you are familiar with it/have been to it before. The Mystery Night was held for 10 years at the Bramble Patch and run by Barbara Chainey. on the last Friday of November. We would gather to the Bramble Patch at about 9 pm, start working on the warm-up project until midnight. And then we would start our main project at midnight and then sew like mad until 7 am before going for a full English breakfast. Great fun, lots of chocolate and lots of sewing! I attended for 4 years. I finished the 4 warm-up projects reasonably quickly but the 4 main projects are still UFOs to this day. I got them out last week-end and decided it was time to get them progressed and maybe even finished one day!
The first project from 2004 is made of 20 stars - 10 in one colour scheme (which are completed) and 10 in a second colour scheme that I am asking 9 of my fellow bees to make for me. i am using Zenko by Moda and Crackled Ice fabric in cream, medium blue and dark blue for this quilt.
To make this star (12.5' unfinished), you start with this:
4 strips of fabric 2.5' (2 cream, 1 dark blue, one light blue) for the 4-patch in the corners
8 2.5' squares in medium blue and 8 2.5' square in light blue for the flying geese blocks
4 rectangles 4.5 ' x 2.5' in cream and 4 in medium blue for the flying geese
1 square 4.5' in dark blue for the centre of the star
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
So I stopped, bought 4 background fabric about a year ago (ranging from cream to chocolate) ready to restart.
Monday, 1 July 2013
Linking with Lily's Quilt for Fresh Sewing Day.