Monday, 1 February 2016

The name game!!

 Way back in 2013 I was invited by Cindy from Liveacolorfullife
Many months and many quilts have past,
but today's the day....finally!!
Cindy was horrified to discover that although I'd dutifully responded
somehow I got lost along the way.
Now the Name Game has been resurrected  
I'm thrilled to play along.
Thank you Cindy...of course I'm still speaking to you! xxx
Pop over to Liveacolorfullife
for some new pictures and some old words!!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

I've joined a quilting bee

 Thank you for all your lovely comments regarding my last post!
I'm touched that there are so many of you still reading.

I've been invited to join a small quilting bee.
We're called Bee Adventurous Quilts
mainly (or so I thought) because its a travelling bee,
but actually I think we are supposed to be 
adventurous with our quilting....so this is how I ended up epp my starter block
whoops!!!
I have never been part of any sewing bees
so I'm feeling adventurous already!
This is going to be a year long project for the six of us,
I shall keep you updated on our progress.
Like I said I English paper pieced this 'pine burr' block
mainly because it would be a hot mess if I attempted this on he machine!
I'm posting this and a little sketchbook 
which I've enjoyed doodling in
this week.
I cant wait to get started...bet you cant either xx



Wednesday, 6 January 2016

acceptance




 







Hello Happy New Year!

I've been pondering the meaning of my life....
deep, I know for a new year.
The decision is to accept what is and move on.
My word for 2016 then is acceptance
nothing grand.
Not a passive acceptance,
but an understanding of life.

Accepting that when I'm having a bad day
I will live through it 
as there will be better days ahead.
Accepting that we will never have children.
(that one was tough to write) 
Accepting change.

Accepting that whether I blog everyday or just sporadically
you are still there... I appreciate this beyond words.
And if you are not, I accept that also..

My first acceptance of 2016 is to understand your frustrations over Instagram.
I accept that I've not been sharing my work here so much.
Todays pictures are of my current wip
The basic pattern is more widely know as 'lapassacaglia'
Instead of sticking to the original pattern, I'm making it up as I go.
If you fancy a go there is a book
by Willyne Hammerstein called Millifiori quilts
available at SewandQuilt
Also available are the paper pieces,
as you know I generally make my own,
but I ACCEPT that sometimes a little help goes a long way!!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Irish chain quilt reveal

It's been awhile hasn't it?
Well here's a shed load of photographs
 of my Irish chain quilt...
hope this makes up for my absence.
xxx
 
 

 The nitty gritties

My inspiration for this quilt came from a film or a tv program
(wish I could remember)
I've really fallen for this quilt as I've been snapping away,
however I've decided this will be a surprise for my Mum....
kinda hoping she won't like it!

The pink scraps are a random selection, some new some vintage,
one batik from Canada a gift from my Mum
one from my friend Mary in the US
even some from Devon.

The backing and binding are a vintage sheet and are of the softest buttery texture!
The squares measure 3 inches
which means the quilt measures 72' x 60' which covers 3/4 of a double bed.

I've hand quilted (in the hoop) Dresden flowers in the pink spaces
and leaves in the green.
The thread is an anchor perle cotton 8
in shades of cream and pinks.

Wadding as usual is Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton blend.

And finally the name....there was label on the vintage sheet backing
that named it as 'spring maid'
The fact that the quilt was put together in spring, plus the spring green
and the Irish connection I thought it seemed appropriate!

Oh and in case you'd forgotten who the quilter was
see below!
 Thanks for stopping by
Clare
xxx

Monday, 22 June 2015

The Complete Quilter ~ a book review!

Well here's a bolt from the blue!
My friend Jessica Alexandrakis has written another book,
who knew?
Not just another book but another beautiful book!
 What I like about her new book is that it's not filled with lots of big projects
that you just wont make.
No, this book is all about making blocks 
and fitting them together to make 
simple but beautiful quilts.
Okay so if you are an experienced quilter
you may find it a little simplistic.
However, I love that the blocks are all sewn
with different techniques
giving you the chance to pick up new skills
as well as giving you a refresher of old ones.
I've tried to give you an idea below,
of course there are many more beautiful ideas,
but I must leave some surprises for your perusal!




 Funnily enough I've been wanting to try a quilt made using this applique technique.
Might have to try this one.


There are approx 22 tecniques ranging from 
curved piecing,
 foundation paper piecing,
needle turn applique,
improvisational string piecing,
to no waste flying geese.
 As well as teaching you all these new tricks
there's all the usual 'how tos'
from fabric choices to quilt assembly.
There are five highly ageeable/usable projects including the sampler quilt above.
When it makes it into book shops I highly recommend 
having a flick through, it's a lovely read,
especially if you're new to quilting books.
*
If you can't wait until then it will is available via Amazon
 The release date for The Complete Quilter in the UK is today!!
The expected release date for the US and Canada
is late July.
For more information contact Jessica aka LifeUnderQuilts
Also available Quilting on the Go.
An 'all you need to know' guide to English paper piecing.


Friday, 5 June 2015

Star of Wonder quilt reveal.

 I can now say I have a Christmas quilt!
Take a good look and then try and forget it
until December!!








I can also now tick off Red and White quilt
from my list of 'must makes'
I knew exactly the look I was going for with this quilt,
everything had to be simple.
I began with some Kona cotton 'lipstick'
purchased from Simply Solids.
Thankfully I did a prewash as this colour has a tendency to bleed
and boy did it!
The white fabric is a new vintage sheet that apparently 
 belonged to my Nan.
I've used my favourite 60 degree diamond template
to create the stars using the English Paper piecing method.
I matched the red thread for the stars
therefore you cannot see any whipstitches at all.
The diamonds measure 2.5 inches per side.
The quilt measures approx 50 x 70 inches
which is a great size for a sofa quilt.
The wadding is Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton blend
purchased from The Cotton Patch.
The backing and binding came from a Kirstie Allsopp bedding range.
I hand quilted the entire quilt with simply lines about an inch apart.
I used Anchor perle 8 cotton
purchased from Sew and So.
I finished with a label naming my quilt
Star of Wonder
which is a nod toward Christmas.
It took me approximately 15 weeks to stitch,
I think the simplicity of the colour definitely helped
 and the need to complete it in plenty of time 
so I could hide it away 
for a long period before bringing it out in December!