Finished Quilts

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Sunday Stash #2

I was wide awake at 8am this morning and for those who know me, you will understand that is the middle of the night for me on a Sunday.  I woke up listing all of the crafty things I wanted to do this holiday weekend. The list included:
  • finally finishing the quilting on Connell's quilt
  • basting the ruby anniversary quilt
  • starting two new quilts (belated 30th b-day pressie for Jo and hobbit housewarming pressie for the luscious LoLo)
  • making myself a skirt
  • starting to make a bag (inspired by the new book by the lovely Lisa from U-handbag)
  • making dresses for my nieces and god-daughter
  • making coasters to protect our new wood floors
  • making scarves from old linen trousers and some fabby AMH voile
  • cutting out the pattern to make myself a dress using the liberty fabric I bought last week 
  • etc, etc, etc
Pretty unrealistic for a day and half's work (nothing gets done before the end of the Archers omnibus!).   Laughing Boy advised that I concentrate on finishing what I'd already started before starting something new - I think he was fed up with the constant finger in the ribs!  I tried to finish quilting Connel's quilt - nearly finished but have run out of thread!  So I'm now looking at cutting out the pattern for the a-line skirt that I dreamt about last night.  Never done anything like that before but have some lovely Echino farbic that I want to use.....

Bought from M is for make

I'm making up the pattern myself so have to take my own measurements.  This may throw me into a deep depression rather than a creative frenzy, but there's always a wee glass of wine to take the edge off!  Wish me luck :-p

Monday, 23 August 2010

sunday stash #1

OK it's monday but I bought this fabric yesterday at the Festival of Quilts in the NEC, Birmingham.  It's Liberty fabric and I remember seeing it when I was in Libertys in London with my sister back in May and swooning ever so slightly. 

(must take better photos!)

It was a (relative) bargain and I bought enough to clothe a small country (oops).  Now I need to summon up the courage to make a frock with it.  This may take some time but in the meantime I can take it out the stash cupboard and stroke it every now and again.  Small things :)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

girl, interrupted...

That's right.  I am Winona or should that be Angelina? I don't think I'm Brittany.  Anyway, basically I can't sew at the moment as we're getting new floor laid downstairs so half of downstairs is now upstairs, penning in my Bertha and meaning that there is no space to sew.  I didn't think it would be an issue really but I've really struggled with finding alternative things to do, especially as most of the alternative things are also behind boxes and furniture.  Sitting on deck chairs and eating off our laps have also lost their thrill.

I am on a self-imposed deadline to finish a couple of quilts before heading north.

Quilt#4 ruby wedding present for the in-laws
(needs a good ironing!)

This has been a real labour of love and I have embraced the seam ripper!  The number of times I have sewed and then ripped apart these babies.....  Well, I finally finished the top and now I just need to sandwich, quilt and bind.  I need the new wooden floors to help me do this so I need to be patient.

Quilt #5 connell's quilt
Connell is my friend Yvonne's little one and I finished this quilt top a while ago.

I have just been struggling to choose backing fabric for it.  I was even featured as the first of Fat Quarterly's Agony Aunt feature.  I have bought loads of fabric as I keep changing my mind but I now know what I want to do....I just can't do it at the moment! 

Floor guys are back this afternoon to finish off so fingers crossed we can get back to normal by the weekend and Bertha can come out of hiding and we can get cracking on finishing these babies!