Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vignette blocks 2 and 3

I'm not sure if I've already posted a photo of this cushion I finished for the Eisteddfod. The cushion top had been finished for a couple of years so I just needed to make it into a cushion with a zip closure. I will be giving this to a friend tonight to go in her topiary inspired kitchen.

Yesterday I did some work on the Vignette block of the month. Issue two arrived over a week ago and contains blocks 2 and 3. I have done all of the piecing apart from the shoo fly blocks around the edge and have started embroidering the middle block alongside block 1 to keep me interested. The original design had the red dot border and the cream pieced as two 18.5 strips, but as the width of fabric is 44", I used one long strip. The other variation is the stripes that I've used which were meant to be 1" finished squares but as there are several large striped fabrics in the "It's a Hoot" collection, I thought it would work well and I'm happy with it. There are no flowers to fussy cut in my fabric so I fussy cut the brown and teal stripes for the 2" squares.

I am also working on block 1 of the BOM too. Issue 3 is out on 1 June so I need to press on, otherwise I'll be three blocks behind.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011 Eisteddfod

On Friday I visited the Eisteddfod exhibition to see how my entries had fared. This is a walk through of some of the entries.

The prize winners including Astra's Makower butterfly. A worthy winner but Jane would like to know what the tune on the edge played as.

Sue Jones beautiful Hawaiian quilt on the left with lots of hand quilting.

My "Behind the rainbow" quilt from the Jan Krentz workshop which got a platinum. I'll be interested to see the points awarded as platinum is 95 and over.

Janet Grady's Jan Krentz quilt - I call this one the difficult class. Mine is still in pieces as I haven't done the paper piecing. However all my diamonds have been sewn and blocked.

My black white and red quilt got a silver and my topiary tapestry cushion a silver, not surprised with the later as there was a mark on it.

Ella's quilt which won Astra's 20 anniversary challenge.

Alex's four seasons embroidery. Alex has definitely found her voice in embroidery. She has always preferred hand work to machine work.

A scarf which was awarded gold. Pretty but as I've made one of these in two hours I know how easy they are.

The Caesarea Quilters quilt for Trees for Life and a lovely chicken quilt (of which there were two very different versions).

Cath Challinor's lovely Japanese quilt which wasn't given a high enough award IMHO.

Sarah Matlock's cute doll.

Judy Bailey's Jan Krentz quilt. Very different colours and quilting to my version.

Patchwork party progress

I purchased fabric for the border yesterday from Fiona. The red goes well with the fabric but isn't a shade of red I'd usually buy. I now need to calculate how much backing I need using the same red as the border joined with stripes of jelly roll and a label.

Off to Zumbathon this afternoon. It starts at 1pm which means an early lunch.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March 2011 Friday night sew in

Whilst Nick and Matthew went to ATC, I sat to sew on my Vignette block 1.

Elizabeth joined me and subjected me to Comedy Relief on BBC1. I managed a few slow flowers and stems on my block but no great progress, I'm still finding my way on making the stitches all the same size. I'd like to finish this block in March so that I have two months to finish the next two blocks which are even larger, or so it seems, than this block.

One of Moica's button bracelet kits arrived today. That's going to be fun to put together. I might replace the green buttons though as I never wear green.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pinwheel party centre finished

Now I need some fabric for borders. I had spotted a lovely yellow that Fiona had but now that there is yellow on the outside of some of the blocks. I'm now not so sure. I'm going to see what Fiona has on Saturday and take it from there. I have plenty of jelly roll left to do some scrappy borders so it will grow quite quickly now.

As I can't sew anything more on it today. I've been surfing for machine quilting patterns. I think I've found one called fascination that will suit. What do you think?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday finishes

A few easy finishes for a Monday morning. All I needed to do for this scarf which is very chunky was sew the ends in. Easier said than done when the wool is so thick.

Whilst looking in Linnea of Sweden for fabrics, Lizzie and I saw a canvas with coloured mother of pearl buttons spelling out the word love for £55. I had two canvasses from an unsuccessful class so they were painted red and cream buttons stuck on in a heart shape. I have then sewn them on as I like the look and the buttons won't fall off. This is for the Beaulieu Craft stall at the summer fete. How much do you they should ask?

And last but not least, a gorgeous scarf from wool sent to me my Claire as a get well pressie. Just my colours. The weather might be a bit warm to wear it today unfortunately. This only took two hours to knit and I finished it off this morning with the last few rows and sewing in the ends.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

March 2011 crop

Four layouts finished at the crop yesterday. The first should have been a quick finish but I spilt a bottle of flavoured water everywhere and I had to replace the kraft background. All I had to do yesterday to start with was replace the two draft printed photos with properly printed photos. This is layout is based on the February Blueprints to go from Scrapagogo.

My second layout was based on Shimelle's 2peas class 4 by 6 photo love. I've used almost all of that sheet of star paper which is very usable and most of the packet of Tim Holtz tickets. It's good to use stuff up.

Another quick layout was the February pages for Year in review which is also a Scrapagogo inititiative. I think I will continue to use the Basic Grey basics each month for the background as they are a good neutral background with a bit of interest. As the layouts are only 6 by 6, it only takes half of a sheet of paper and a few embellishments.

Last page for the day which just needed the journalling to be added today is a sketch support two pager for which I used the scalloped paper plus the papers and stickers I received yesterday morning from Sketch Support for a challenge I won about three weeks ago. I was delighted with the prize, but disappointed I spilt some water on it and there was no alpha or twine. I love the corrugated flowers and the button stickers.

Another good crop - thank you Jenny for the French biscuits and the loan of the Martha Stewart grass punch and knitting needles. Thank you to Joanne for helping me clear up the mess the water made.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

FNSI March

Once a month Heidi hosts FNSI (Friday Night Sew In). As Nick and Matthew are both at Air Cadets on a Friday night, I plan to join the FNSI for the first time this month. Now what shall I sew? I think perhaps I might work on blocks 2 or 3 of Vignette as issue 2 should arrive tomorrow.

Perhaps if my magazine doesn't arrive, I'll have to continue to work on block 1. My list of projects in progress seems to be growing not shrinking!!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Getting bigger

Here's how far I got yesterday. Having thought I would do a five by five grid of blocks, when I had done all the X blocks (double pinwheel), I decided I had enough fabric to make the quilt 5 blocks by 7. There will also be enough fabric left to do a border and binding.

I have all the X blocks part sewn, apart from one, so I have decided to take a break today and my aim today is to add my photos to my instructions to make sure I have all the photos I need. Then tomorrow I can recommence sewing and I should finish the X blocks and hopefully all of the Y blocks too.

Today I am celebrating the end of two weeks of post-op injections. I can leave the house whenever I want!! So the plan this morning is to:
Find the alien invasion cache which had disappeared
Go to quilting and do some stitching on my vignette block
Pick up dinner from M&S
Book car in for the warning lights
Pick up key for Saturday's crop
Do banking for Nick

And then add photos to my instructions. It's going to be a full on day.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Progress from day 1

And don't the blocks look pretty. However I've just spotted some unpicking that needs to be done. The block on the bottom left has the wrong fabrics paired together on the outside, which means I have a mismatched block upstairs too.

Shower next and then on with the stitching.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Feeling more like myself

Lorraine led a very successful cardmaking workshop on Saturday as a fund raiser for St Helier Sirens WI. We had spoken about me perhaps doing a similar fundraiser by running a jelly roll workshop. Three ladies on Saturday's course, said please do, so I think the dice is cast. Despite being very tired last night I ran up a test block and did one of my infamous line drawings with a cutting scheme for one block.

Last night I got to thinking, if I'm doing notes for the workshop, perhaps I could write a pattern. Then I had a look at how to develop an E-book. Perhaps I should just make the quilt first and then think about patterns. However whilst waiting for the nurse to come this morning and give me my penultimate injection, I have written up the pattern.

After the nurse came I headed off to buy two jelly rolls (Lovely by Sandy Gervais for Moda) from Fiona at You Neek Quilting. Then I braved the not too big crowds at Waitrose for the first time. Loads of different products. All too inviting.

Time to have lunch and start some cutting to test my pattern - "Pinwheel Party".

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Vignette celebration

To celebrate the publication of issue 2 of Vignette there is a giveaway of fabric on the Vignette blog to make one of the projects in the magazine.