Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A few finishes


Well, I am very excited to show you my completed hipbees quilt.  It's simply fab.  There aren't many good photos today I'm afraid, because the light just wasn't helping today, and this quilt is now all wrapped ready to give my Mum for her birthday at the weekend.  But I will try and take some better photos when she has opened it!

There are a few 'thank you's' necessary for this.  Firstly thanks to all the lovely hipbees who made star blocks for me, I am thrilled with how they look together, you all did a great job with the paper piecing I asked you to do, and I think the border works OK.

Secondly a huge thank you to Trudi who quilted it for me, it's hard to see the beauty of the quilting in these photos, but there are lovely grey swirls all over the quilt, which just make it sing.  It was definitely the right decision to get this properly quilted by Trudi. 

When I thought about it, I thought maybe it was cheating a bit giving this to my Mum for her birthday, because let's face it, I didn't make the majority of the blocks, and I didn't quilt it!!!  But actually, on reflection I love that this was a collaborative effort by a variety of kind and strong women, from around the Country, some of whom I have met, and others I haven't yet.  I think it somehow represents what women can achieve when we work together...... and I think my Mum will realise that is a gift in itself.

In other news, I have got the 'sew it together' bug!

It was a fun day with the East Midlands Quilting Guild getting to grips with this pattern.  Grateful for the all the help I received, and apologies for the sudden Tourettes outburst!

This one is for the girls, to keep all those pesky hair bobbles and clips in one place....

And this one was a birthday present for Tracy.............

It's not obligatory to use it for bobbles and clips, although apparently my three year old told Aunty Tracy in no uncertain terms that was what it was for, and what to put in which section!!

I think there may be more of these on the horizon!!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Scrap tastic Tuesday

After a prolonged absence from blogging (whoops - sometimes I just need to disappear for a bit!) this scraptastic Tuesday link up really appealed to me.  We'll ignore the fact that it's Wednesday, Leanne and Nicky are being kind enough to allow the slow bloggers like me a couple of weeks to catch up!

I love scraps, in fact they are pretty much all I have in terms of fabric, not really having a stash of larger pieces of fabric, I buy what I really really need when I need it (e.g. backing fabric), and somehow or other I seem to accumulate scraps and other fabric that people give me, or I recycle clothes etc.

This Rainbow quilt is I think my largest scrappy make.  It was a wedding present for one of my friends who got married in September. 

Small scraps are also great for little charity makes - these are 'wiggly bags' sent to Devon for the Olivia Holmes foundation.

And every month I happily use up my scraps making bee blessed blocks.  This block was from July.  In September I got so carried away that I made 6 blocks using strips of fabric I found in my scrap box - but I forgot to take any photos of them!
Right, I'm off to see what you've all made with your scraps