Saturday, January 31

Quilt Gift...Confetti Quilt.....and EQ7

A  quilt for a new baby girl..... my fairly new neighbour's baby girl, was born on Tuesday.
Absolutely beautiful precious baby girl.....I am not usually drawn to new born babies, but this little bundle of joy reminded me so much of my own beautiful baby girl who will turn..... 52 next week.....it was love at first sight!
I thought this very girlie quilt "Confetti" might be perfect for the new baby.....not so babyish that she would grow out of it too soon. I thought this girlie colourful quilt will be suitable and get used a lot while she is growing up, right into her teens......
On my Susie... I stitched down around the centre of the Yo-yo's to secure and so little fingers would not get caught up in them......A label on the back with all the babies detail....It will  my pleasure to present this to the proud Mum and Dad...♥
 
Playing on my EQ7......I came across these blocks....
Some time ago I did an online class to learn more on how EQ7 works, tips and shortcuts.....
....it was great I did learn a lot, but unfortunately I didn't keep up with what I learned, and now have forgotten most of it.....I did take notes, but it's all a blur now...
Some of these blocks would make great quilts.....
 
Yes, all in the CW colours and fabrics that I love.....
 
Have a lovely weekend..
Take care....

Wednesday, January 28

Scrappy Whatever!...for want of a better name...

I can't think of a name for this table topper...so it's name is Scrappy Whatever!
I started out making two scrappy quilt tops, a scrappy pinwheel, and a scrappy periwinkle....
....but seeing them as UFO's for so long I decided to put the two together and see if I can save them from being UFO's forever...
To be honest I didn't like the process of piecing the periwinkles together...way to fiddly for me.
I was not enjoying the process, so it was not fun.... time to make some changes...
I pieced together all the pinwheels... removed the papers from the back of the periwinkles and will fuse them on around the border...then I'll have a go at machine appliqueing around them.
I don't know why that first one looks smaller than the others....I hope it's just the angle of the camera shot...must check!
 
Stay safe where ever you are...♥
 

Tuesday, January 20

Red and White...Secret Garden Quilt....

I made this Red and White "Secret Garden" wall hanging quilt back in 2002..
I thought it needed freshening up a bit so I thought I'd gently hand - wash it....
The Red embroidery thread work are all my designs....it was my Crinoline Ladies passion thing at the time...I still love both Red work and the Crinoline Ladies, just have not been doing any of that kind of work lately...

While I was refreshing the quilt, I thought I would unpick the stipple quilted border and ....you guessed it I'm sure....feather it....yes, I'm becoming a bit of a feathers tragic....
What would we do without those colour catchers....oh my, at first I added 3 sheets to the wash water....but that was not enough...
..another 2 added to the rinse water, and a I think I could have...should have added more..
In a few small place there is that slight tinges of pink....
That's from the plain 12+ year old Burgundy Homespun fabric in the framing - sashing...
It's Ok, but I know now to be more careful when choosing these dark solid fabrics.....in all fairness I do think we are so lucky that now days the fabrics are of great quality and very rarely bleed or  run....
....but I would still use these fantastic colour catchers....
 
My local patchwork group starts up again today...yay...I have missed the girls..
 
Take care....♥
 

Friday, January 16

This and That...feathers, microwave potholder....just playing.

Don't know if this is being very creative, but I have been quite productive...
I appliqued the hexies diamonds on the three placemat back grounds...
...then quilted feathers around the hexies....if nothing else at least I'm practicing my feathers....
...corners are getting easier to do, still not all perfect, but a few weeks ago I couldn't do this....
I love playing with feathers.....practice and perseverance are the key words..
Just need to do the blue and white ones from my previous post  now.....♥
 
Oh yes, I just had to have a play making these...microwave pot holders...
....so quick and easy to do. These are a must for heating up little bowls of food...
...this is what the underneath side looks like..
Another great chook fabric holder...
....this one fits my square bowl perfectly
.....also in my colours...
..and of course a blue and white one for a friend.....
Here's is the great tutorial that I followed....
I tested one out yesterday  and it worked a treat...I love it....just microwave the bowl in the holder...no more tea towels or mitten pot holders, just pick the holder up by the corners and  lift out of the microwave....
 
Have a great creative / productive  weekend .....♥ 
 
 

Wednesday, January 7

Welcome 2015......

Well it's been exactly one month to the day that I last posted.... I thought it was time to come back into the fold.....
2014 was a year of many ups and downs.....and so I welcome 2015 with great anticipation of a great new year.
New enthusiasm , new beginnings, new projects..
I didn't really do much in the last month, but I did quilt this Spinning Star quilt on Sweet Susie....yes we are still friends, I hope to have many happy times together this new year..
Nothing too spectacular....my easy loops and leaves all over FMQ.....
 

......but I have been learning to turn a corner with my feathers.....the feathers are coming together much easier now....which is great.....♥  
A few hexies in the evenings....TV has been so boring lately...
...the hexies will eventually be made into placemats.....
What I am really excited about starting soon is FMQ on doilies...
I have purchased a Cindy Needham online craftsy class ....after seeing what  amazing work a quilting friend did  with Cindy's class, I just had to give it a go...
You inspired me Ainslie....thank you.

Above and below is a picture of a pair of pillow shams that belonged to my mother.....beautiful, very old, about 80 +
years old.
 
 
The motif  on the shams is a bit hard to see, but it looks like two angels riding on something.
With Cindy's class help I'm going to try and FMQ them and see if I can make the sham flaps pop!
 
 
I also have this cross-stitched table cloth, that was my mothers.....this too is what Cindy FMQ in her class.
It will be quite a challenge, but I'm looking forward to having a play with these and some old doilies  that I have .....you know those Battenberg lace ones that are so hard to iron after they have been washed....
 
Enjoy the rest of the week...