Saturday, 23 August 2014

Festival of quilts

I am finally getting round to sharing some photos of the amazing quilt show I went to in Birmingham.   Over 1000 quilts and 300 traders,  although I was there 3 days I did not see all the quilts or various demonstrations that were happening but had a wonderful time.  It was lovely to meet up with Queenie from Japan who I met last year and I also got to meet Benta another blogger and some of her friends who also blog.  Cheryl my friend from London was there too and she had a quilt in the show but unfortunately the 3 photos I took have her on them so must make sure she does not mind me sharing her as well as her quilt with you, I am sure she will have a photo that she can email me and I can add it on a future blog.

There was a lovely display of quilts made for the cat protection charity that were being sold to raise funds,  here is a collage of them all.



Now for some of the winning quilts.

this was in the young quilter/embroiderer  12-16 age group,  done by Millie Ayres,  think we will be seeing lots more by this young lady



best in show winner,   completely reversible,  meant to go back and get a photo of the other side as they were going to turn it round but did not have time.   Sorry did not make a note of the number of this one  and cannot find it in the catalogue



how amazing is this,   a working grandfather clock that one the quilt creations award,   made by Kate Crossley from Oxford,   this really had the crowds around it     so beautifully made and was working, keeping perfect time.  Not sure how it was transported,  thought maybe it was in sections but someone said no it was a whole piece,  brilliant,   you can tell I was in awe with this can`t you.

This is the winner of the pictorial quilt section,   created by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga from the Netherlands using silk, hand dyed cotton and cotton.


  What a beauty this is,  winner of the tradition section and made by Phillippa Naylor from Beverley,    think this was a favourite of a lot of the visitors      a wonderful traditional quilt.



hope you enjoyed these,  will share some more in a few days.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

wonky wheel

This is the latest block I have done,  a wonky pinwheel,    sorry I did not write down where I found it and cannot remember but I rather like the effect.



I have also done the little bunny BOM for august which is the missouri star,  one more to go for the 12 but Alison is going to give us some additional ones to make as well.   I can`t tell you how much I have enjoyed doing these blocks.   Each month Alison gives us a choice of 3 blocks and we vote for the one we would like to do,  I think the last one I have voted for is the bow tie but it all depends on how others vote,   whichever is chosen will be okay with me.



My crazy block for august is also done and met with Helen`s approval.




On friday I am going down to Birmingham for three days to the festival of quilts,    so looking forward to it,   there will be about 1000 quilts on display so if that does not inspire me nothing will.  Plenty of photos will be taken as I will charge the camera up each evening. There will also be over 300 stands with lots of wonderful things to purchase,  I do have a list but I am sure I will stray from it and be tempted.   Have today watched a video on applique pressing sheets and that has been added to my list as I must have a go at applique and if this will make it easier it is a must have.  Along with the quilts and temptations there are workshops and demonstrations on the stands too     what a great time I am going to have.


I am saving my EPP block for august to do whilst I am away in the evening,  this month it is a sun.

Tomorrow Heidi my 22 year old bernina is going in for her first ever service ,  I am sure she will be the better for it and will be a lot quieter when she comes home next monday.  Now I am quilting she will need to be serviced more often as cotton makes fluff etc.  If I feel the need to machine stitch in the mean time I will get my new home out which is about 35 and has been serviced once!!

Think that is all for now,   happy stitching


Sunday, 27 July 2014

7 flimsies

I really must stop making quilts until these flimsies are complete!!!    I have ordered a roll of eco friendly wadding/batting which should arrive tomorrow or tuesday then there is no real excuse apart form having the confidence to quilt them.

This is the aiming for accuracy quilt from craftsy 2013,  I bought the pattern after I saw it on another blog (Red Delicious Life) so did not do it as a BOM but done this year.  I really like this one, something about assorted sized blocks really appeals to me.




This is the quag done on the create and craft channel with the one and only Jennie Rayment.  I have cheated here and done a courthouse steps block instead of the celtic one as that was beyond me.  I should be made into a quilt that folds into a bag if I can work out how to do it, otherwise it will just be a quilt.


sorry put this on first and do not sure how to remove it, this is the kitchen floor prior to joining the block together


This is my wrist watch quilt,   pattern from the Sassy quilter on the  bear creek studio site.  Thinking hand quilted butterflies would look quite good in the large grey rectangles as they definitely need something and I know I could not machine quilt them,   will consider  bit longer, it is for Helen who I am doing the crazy wall hanging for too,   also pink and grey.


here is the spring sampler quilt from Cora`s quilts done over a few weeks,   to be honest I am not in love with this,  even bought bump instead of wadding as it is so much cheaper, a mistake I feel as it has made it so very heavy,  the girl I bought it from says she uses it in all her quilts but she ties hers instead of quilting,  maybe I could do that but feel the border is shouting out for a pattern of some sort and I am not a fan of tying quilts,  not sure I will be able to quilt it but feel it should be finished,   will be the last on the list to do.



Tula Pink blocks,  here I have used 49 to make into a quilt for my older daughter Catherine.  We spent a while crawling over the carpet till she found the way she liked the blocks and yesterday I was at the machine at 8am and had it done by 10,  not bad going for me.


This is the last of the Tula blocks,  another 24 block quilt to go over the back of my second couch,  the first one is already on a couch completed.  When I look at all these blocks I feel I should pat myself on my back as these are one of the first quilting challenges I did,   fingers crossed the quilting goes well too.


On the 19th we had our Yorkshire modern quilters group meeting and were shown how to do a vomit quilt, Liz one of our members shared the pattern and instructions with us and she had her completed by the end of the evening   ( think it is a Katy Jones pattern   I`m a ginger monkey girl)    7 blocks with 49 2.5" squares in each. I had the squares already cut and finished making it on monday.  there are 2 different blocks,    if they were all just random squares it would have been a bit of a muddle,  I like this effect and maybe in years to come when I have sufficient squares will make a bed sized one   or maybe not.



Hope you have enjoyed my flimsies but don`t hold your breath till they appear again completed.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

crazy quilting

Today I would like to share first of all a photo of my beautiful granddaughter Sal     here she is about to go to here prom.



It seems strange that she has reached the age of 16, does not seem long ago that we welcomed her into the extended family,  my only grandchild.

Today is her Mum`s birthday,  even more amazing that it is 42 years since Catherine was born.

We now wait to see how well Sal has done in her GCSE`s and what she will do next,  a few ideas floating around from doing A levels to health and beauty,  the police force was considered but this seems unlikely due to her ankle that was so badly broken 2 years ago,  she is still unable to play contact sport and is not a lover of exercise anyway, the police force needs you to be pretty agile!

I am a very proud grandmother.

Now for my CQJP piece for july



I am also sharing the little bunny quilts BOM which this month is a Martha Washington star


I am enjoying this BOM, I expect it has something to do with having my background fabric green which is my favourite colour and I got a massive piece of this fabric,  think it was £5, the man was clearing out his warehouse,  when I washed the fabric and checked there was over 8 metres in the piece so a fantastic buy   100% cotton too.

We are enjoying a lovely hot spell here in Leeds,   schools have now broken up so no doubt the weather will change now the children are home for 6 weeks.   I thought I would share a few photos of the plants in my garden which when I moved in was just privet hedges, grass and weeds.

this is a close up of a rose bush I bought in memory of my dear Mum.   It has been in the garden for nearly 7 years and has the loveliest  flowers plus a nice scent.



here is my magnolia, another rose bush, the tree trunk is a gum tree which I need to cut down as if it were to fall in the wind it would land on my next door neighbour`s greenhouse.  I will crop it then keep in pruned as a bush, hopefully that  will work. Like to have a gum tree as my Dad was born and brought up in Australia.Memory has deserted me for the moment  re the other bush oh yes   memory back I think it is a fatsia japonica.
 

This is the top of the back garden,  the fence was put up last year as there were privets that were tree size that I could not maintain. The oak tree will take years to establish, must have been in 5 years now also there is a holly, broom, white lilac. pieris, large rose bush and other bits and pieces, to the left I have planted a silver birch and to the left is a  mountain ash (I think) that has got berries on for the first time this year. I also have 2 apple trees, one cherry, 2 pear and 1 plum,  apples are doing well, no pears and 5 plums,  all the cherries the birds have eaten.  Various other shrubs etc down the sides of the garden,  will share some more photos another day



this is the rose bush that the earlier photo is of. Also a hydrangea which the rose is tending to take over, will prune the rose right back when it is time to prune,  and a mahonia





                                                           What a beauty this hydrangea is


think that is enough for today  I will be sharing the 6   yes 6 flimsies I now have waiting to be quilted in my next blog


Monday, 14 July 2014

stitching catch up

I had not realised it was so long since I had blogged till I had an email asking if I was okay,  thanks Mary for your concern.
Well time has flown and not only have I the july hexie to add but the june one is also being uploaded.


the june item is a flower


                                                                    july is an icecream,   why not have a mixture,  here we have chocolate, tangerine, strawberry and raspberry      delicious   or should I say naughty but nice!

I have not been happy with the binding on the 2013 crazy wallhanging for some time now so removed it and decided to do a scrappy one,  partly so I could put it into a quilt show,   the best plans go wrong but here is the photo



I have not got this done very well and it cannot go to the show as it is too small!    never mind one day I will enter something.It is by no means straight,   do not know where I went wrong but do not plan to try and put it right,  it will just go in a drawer for now.

The batik wheels cushion was in the tour de france show after all,  the rumour about white was incorrect.

Well that is all for now,  I will do a further blog in a few days with the other bits and pieces on

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Tour de France

I live in West Yorkshire where the Tour de France is starting from and our MQG is entering into an exhibition on the theme of wheels.  Of course I did not read the instructions fully and now realise after reading Quilt Sue`s blog that mine in incorrect.  Apparently it should have a white background,  no white at all on mine!  The pieces are then going on the the quilt show in Harrogate at the end of august but mine does not qualify for that either as the cushion size must not be more than 18" and mine is 19", never mind I quite enjoyed using up some old batik fabrics,  the test was getting the circle right,  not 100% circular but have done my best.  I have hand quilted it with Oliver Twist hand dyed threads.I will take it to our next meeting just to show what should not have been done


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

wristwatch quilt, CQJP june

This last few weeks I have been doing the wristwatch quilt that Paula of Sassy quilters did through Bear Creek web site.    Once again it is for Helen hence the pink and grey.   Now all blocks together and it is at the flimsy stage but problems re the quilting,  as there is so much blank space it needs accurate quilting so think it needs to go to bed for a few years.  I have lots of the grey fabric,  5 yards which I picked up for £5, she wants that on the back too, rather boring but if it is what she wants!



Helen is not only  into pink and grey   she is also into butterflies so this fabric has worked very well.  Now you can see the problem with all the plain areas for quilting.  The quilt measures 60" x 60"

Yesterday I worked on Helen`s crazy block for june

  I have more to do on this one, the grey cat fabric at the bottom needs seam treatment and a few more bits would not be a bad thing but it will be cut down slightly when I put them all together.  Rather like my butterfly,  it is from the fabric I used in the wristwatch quilt, I bonded the butterfly then added some straight stitches and french knots.   I struggle with this colour range but Helen seems to approve so that means all is okay.

I live in West Yorkshire where the tour de France starts so our MQG have been invited to make things based on wheels for an exhibition that will run in july in Harrogate   I have made something,  not sure it will be accepted, I take it to the meeting on 21st, if approved I will put a photo on here.