1.4.14

Sunprint quilt - a finish!

I was gifted with the best Mother's day present this year in the form of a house to myself for the whole weekend.  I took massive advantage of that rarity, by quilting and finishing my Sunprint quilt.  

Sunday was spent with the lovely Nat, Amy and Charlotte and I took advantage of the glorious weather, Nat's beautiful garden and an unwilling helper (cough *Charlotte* cough) to get some pics.

She moaned a LOT!!


I had a few false starts with the quilting and a few unhappy hours with the seam ripper, but I am really happy with the off centred spiral quilting.  I used Aurifil thread in grey (40wt - #2600), which blends beautifully with all the Sunprint fabrics  and the silver Kona cotton border.


The backing is the Riley Blake dots in extra wide which I got from Annie at The Village Haberdashery and I bound with the Feathers print in hot pink.


As fickle as I am, this is now my new favourite and shall be booting the rainbow strip and flip off the sofa......

Quilt stats:
Design:My own (4 hours of moving triangles around)
Fabrics:Alison Glass Sunprint (46 fabrics in all); Kona cotton in Graphite and Kona cotton in Silver
Binding:Alison Glass Feathers in pink
Quilting:Off centre spiral with a bit of random FMQ in the middle - 
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in grey (40wt & 50wt -#2600)
Size: 54" x 70"



25.3.14

Kaleidoscope bundle giveaway winner

Mr RNG has done his thing a the lucky winner is comment number.....


And that was.....



Well done Lucy - I will be sending you a email shortly.

Thanks to everyone for entering and to Annie for the lovely giveaway!!!

19.3.14

Kaleidoscope quilt tute and fabric giveaway!

I am guest blogging over on The Daily Stitch again today, with my latest quilt tute offering...


My happy little quilt is also being displayed in this months shop window display, alongside Charlotte's cool dresses.


So to the giveaway!!  

Annie has very kindly donated this  FQ bundle of the fabrics that I used in the quilt to giveaway to one lucky UK winner.  


To Enter:
  • Leave me ONE comment on this post (UK entry's only please - sorry International peeps)
  • Giveaway will close on the 25th March at 8pm, then Mr RNG will pick a winner.
Thanks and Good Luck!

18.3.14

Who let the geese out!?

I have been obsessed with the circle of geese block ever since having my first go at paper piecing the original, back in 2011.  I like a lot of geese in my circles, but would rather remove my own liver with a rusty spoon, than piece the curve that the multiples usually require.  Curves are NOT fun for me!!

So after I had worked out the template for the LPQ cushion, I realised that I could do the same and have as many geese as I liked.  No curves required!  Which led to this....

Pattern available on Craftsy here

My first block pattern -  A foundation pieced template that makes a 12" finished block of 24 geese in a beautiful circle.

I turned this one into a cushion, because you can never have enough geese cushions right!?



and because I also have an obsession with teeny teeny tiny geese, I scaled the template down and made this....


A 4.5" block, packed full of tiny geese....


 Which I turned into a pincushion...


If you fancy making a block for yourself, the pattern is now available on my Craftsy page here.  Or you can click on the gidget on the right and that will take you straight to the pattern page.


10.3.14

Sun Print quilt

Over half term in Feb, the kidlet and I made our usual trip up to see the Parentals and In-laws for the week.  I had deprived them of seeing him for nearly seven weeks and so they were desperate to babysit and I got to sew.  Win-win!!

46 prints from all of the Sun Print collections

I swapped between projects all week, but my favourite start was my Alison Glass  Sun print quilt.  I have been collecting the prints for this for the last 6 months as I wanted a quilt with all of them in (well all except the white on white ones - they went into my low volume stash).

Since I was at the In-laws, I bought the Sissix Isosceles triangle die and nicked my MIL's Big shot.  The two big lessons I learnt were: 1. triangles cut this way waste a lot of fabric 2. 4.5" triangles take a fuffing age to lay out!



Still it was worth it!  I even did a skill swap with Charlotte on our retreat, where I quilted her scrappy trip-along while she sewed half my triangles for me.



I am just waiting for the border and backing fabric to arrive from Annie and I can get on and finish it.  This quilt is definitely for me, me, me!

312 triangles do not make a very big quilt!!

9.3.14

LPQ issue 6

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then I am pretty sure that you all are very fond of me at this moment in time ;-).  Whilst I haven't been blogging lately, I have been sewing up a storm and finally one of the fruits of my labour came out in print last week.


Image - Love Patchwork and quilting

Last December I was contacted by the lovely Jenny, Editor for Love Patchwork and quilting magazine, and asked if I could design a circle of geese cushion.  If you have been reading this blog long enough, you will probably know how much I love a geese block (especially the original Circle of geese).   My need for more geese in the circle and my pet hate with anything involving piecing curves, lead to the above design.  Although my first few attempts at getting them in a circle was laughable, until my hubby pointed out the little thing called geometry to me!

Image - Love patchwork and quilting
If you haven't checked out LPQ mag yet you definitely should.  All the issues have been packed full of great designs and issue 6 is worth buying just for Jo Bearpaw's Cathedral window quilt.

and just in case you were wondering what it would look like in solids and linen.....


4.2.14

Keeping it real!

As first time parents I don't think you can ever really get what it is going to be like, so to prepare my SIL, I made her this quilt...


Before Christmas I was over at The Village Haberdashery and happened to spot the above bolts of Kona sitting next to each other in the 'Kona Annex'.  They were screaming strip quilt at me and so a skinny quarter of each found their way into my already bulging basket.

I appliqued the words with a blanket stitch and then quilted with wonky waves using #Aurifil thread in variegated greys (#4670 50wt).


Another easy quilt finished and ready for the Princess to lay her head on.

Quilt stats:
Design: Err it's a strip quilt, not rocket science really ;-)
Fabrics: Kona solids in Peapod, Kiwi, Fern, Emerald, Aqua, Windsor and Wisteria.
Letters and Binding: Architextures crosshatch in grey
Quilting: Wonky wavy lines using #Aurifil variegated thread in grey (#4670)
Backing: Ikea Britten Nummer (what else!)
Size: 40" x 50" approx