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Friday, 10 October 2014

Abigail's Quilt

I have decided to make a grown up quilt for Abi, she has some small quilts for now and I can always make something fun for her as she grows but I wanted to make something for her for later on in life. 
So this is what I've come up with so far. 
Remember the quilt I bought from Antique Textiles Company back in January.

This is the quilt I bought.

So I have used the centre for inspiration for the start of Abigail Rose's  quilt as it will be known. 

But instead of those shield's that I think are supposed to be hearts I'm going to make hexagons.
Here's my start.

This dogtooth edge was a bit of a challenge for me but i think its going to turn out ok. 

I've also started Susan Smiths, St Neots Band Sampler. This is really going to be a slow project and so far have made a start with the hexagons.

I bought this delicious box of fabrics from Petra Prins for the start of this project at the NEC in Birmingham back in August. Honestly I keep opening it and looking at them. It's like opening a box of chocolates but not being able to eat them . 

Lots of things on the go but that makes life interesting.
Finally Max is being christened this Sunday and this is what he will be wearing.

It's a family heirloom that has been worn by four generations of Emilys family going back to Emily's grandpa. 
It's entirely hand made with very tiny stitches. I have had to unstitch the sleeves a little so we can get Max's arms in it. Either they had their babies christened very early on back in the good old days or they were much smaller babies. 
It's absolutely beautiful and after will be carefully packed away and hopefully the next generation will want to use it. 

Till next time. 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Up Close and Personal

I have had the most wonderful afternoon where I got up close and personal with Jane.
Not Dear Jane but Jane Pizar, my heart races when I see this coverlet and spent the afternoon taking measurements, examining the fabrics and taking photos.
This is on my bucket list to make and have been gathering fabrics for it for some time.
I have been begging  the Cheltenham Museum to see this quilt for the past year after seeing it for the first time in 2010.  I got an email the othe day to say they would have it out and I would I like to  go to see it. WOULD I !!!!!!
What a privelage to have  her to myself ( well Apart from the two museum staff who were most generous with thier time as they only work part time)
Today I feel I know her a little better.

How happy I am today.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Hint Taken

I hope I have a budding quilter in Abi, not that she's sewing at 2 3/4 but she knows that everyone needs a quilt including Max.
Some weeks back he was laid on the sofa for a little nap and Abi disappeared and came back with some blocks she found in my sewing room. How sweet she wanted to cover her little brother up and keep him snug. 
 She even gave him a little pin keep to keep him company. ( know pins in it). 

So hint taken and have put these stars together for Max. 
I was going to put Max at the top but decided to put his initials MRW sounds more like some sporty car. 
It's a bit of a long thin one because its going to be for his cot bed, a bit of a long way off from being in that but it's another UFO finished, well not quite this one I want to quilt myself. 


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Jane's Garden

I'm a very happy girl ( who am I kidding) GIRL!!! as my Jane's Garden arrived back from the The Quilting Company yesterday.
I love how Sandy has quilted it, just about the right amount of quilting for my liking. It was started with Di Ford  at the quilt show in Nantes last year and my first attempt at needle turn appliqué it's not to brilliant but am happly with the overall effect. 

Just needs binding and now the darker evenings are drawing in it will be a nice project to have over my knees. 

Now back to the pink and brown quilt. Lots of you left me comments about leaving the mistake in but once you know you KNOW . So now it's been corrected and another quilt top is finished. I know this is only a simple design but I so enjoyed working with these colours and design. 

So what's next??? Plenty of UFO'S to be finished and will start digging into those. 


Thursday, 4 September 2014


Their I was going along quite nicely putting my latest quilt together and then wham!!!
Spot the un- deliberate mistake. I wondered what happened when I though I couldn't find a square, re cut one and had a nine patch left over. 

This is the offending block.

Sorry about Merys leg sticking out in the corner but its the same old story of lay a quilt down and she takes ownership. 
I'm decided to leave it for tonight and start a fresh with un- stitching and remaking the offending block in the morning. 
Motto- don't start stitching in the evening when your mind is in grandchildren over load. 

I just had to show you my new shopping buddy - Love those sun glasses! She cracks me up with what she comes out with now. 

And look at the man in my life, he's growing a mile a minute and don't think I've ever come across a more chilled baby. He's going to be the observer in the family. Maybe pointing out my mistakes before I get to far ahead.