Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January UFO day success

Eleven ladies at Caesarea Quilters UFO day. The best attendance we've had for a long time. And the first time I've been in at least a year. I find I need to put it in my diary as a firm commitment if I intend going. Lots of chatter and lots of work.

My successes were:
1. Binding sewn on my Building Blocks quilt. Just need to sew it to the back which I plan to do at Astra's group tomorrow.

2. I couldn't find my instructions for my star block so finished my first Swoon block. Looks great, just eight more to go. I cut some more grey strips including the sashing to get complete strips.

3. I then found my star instructions so made it up to go with the Fat Quarter Stars. Block 10 of the Moose on the Porch quiltalong is up so I'll attempt that on Thursday along with a Farmer's Wife block which is long overdue.

Next job is to find my special foundation piecing paper and print off a star and a Farmer's Wife block for Thursday.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


I'm heading to Caesarea Quilters UFO day today. The first I've been to in a long time, but it's in my diary and I'm going. I plan to stitch the binding (already cut) on my Building Blocks quilt (already trimmed) which I quilted yesterday. This should in theory be a quick job. I also have to deliver Liz' Thrifty quilt which has one and a half rows still to do. I will do this once the rest of the family should be awake. Not "are awake" but "should be"!! They may think differently.

Once my binding is stitched on I will work on my first Swoon block made from Sweetwater's Hometown range.

I have just come across this sew along and I'm thinking that these stars would go nicely with the Fat Quarter Stars I'm making from the Flurry range by Kate Spain. What do you think?

Fresh Lemons Quilts Solstice Stars Series

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday Night Sew In January 2012

Handmade by Heidi

I worked on two things last night:
I sewed in the ends I could find on my cream and blue stars. This now needs to be taken to the laundrette to get the markings out
I finished quilting a baptist fan pattern on my disappearing nine patch sample on the long arm then applied a black and white binding. I have sewn one side of the binding and will finish the rest after a Chinese takeaway.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stars Quilt along block 9

A nice relatively simple but striking block. the original had background fabric in the centre of the stars which I have changed to a third feature fabric which contains both the red and green of the star points.

And here are the nine blocks so far. I have just about run out of the splattered red on white fabric so have changed over to white on white.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Stars Quilt along block 8

Keeping up with the blocks. This one looks more complicated than it actually is. I've also quilted the blue and cream stars quilt so it now needs trimming and binding. Photos to follow next week.

In other news all of the fabric for my TQS BOM arrived yesterday and today. My Carol Doak foundation paper also arrived from Amazon. I must resist starting this as I need to get my samples ready

Monday, January 02, 2012

Crafty girls

Matthew is at an all day Lord of the Rings watching marathon with David so after I dropped him off I headed to Waitrose to buy some cup cake supplies for Lizzie. She made two batches of cupcakes and iced the neapolitan 99 version.

I finished unpicking my blue and cream stars and it's now on the long arm. I misjudged the size of the digital pantograph which is only 5 inches deep and it overlaps by 2 inches so will take ages to quilt but will look lovely when finished. Inspired by Rachel of the Beaulieu Crafty Mums, I melted down some candle ends and wax to make some new candles. Love the strawberry jam pot I picked up from the charity shop, I have a matching orange too.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012 Finish along

2012 Finish-A-Long

I've been waiting impatiently to see what the first project is to work on for the Quilting Times and hoping it's not Number 1. It was revealed this afternoon and so the first project of my Finish along for this quarter is:

1. disappearing nine patch for CQ workshop

2. Cream and blue stars - already started to be unpicked and should be ready to start quilting again this weekend

3. 1930s table runner - half quilted

4. Tilda doll - Just in case I finish the others. No photo yet as I just can't find it. Perhaps I need to do some more tidying and it will surface. Found it whilst looking for candle wax!!

5. 2 from 1 - just needs brown border and quilting on the long arm