Wednesday, 30 June 2010

pink quilt goodness

Yay! I have finished the quilt for a three year old girl. As time was short I just went for big, bold pieces of as many pink/purple fabrics I could get my hands on. I am very happy with how it has turned out, helped by my new toy, a walking foot. For those of you who might not know, a walking foot helps stop fabric puckering especially when doing lots of straight lines. It is pretty pricy at £25 ish but it is SO worth the money! I wish I had bought one sooner and totally recommend it. I can notice a real difference in my quilting and there are no puckers and snags!
I combined the batting and backing in one and used a fleece quilt from IKEA. At around three quid it was a really cheap way of making the quilt, and is also very nice and snuggly for a little girl who loves all things fleecy. So all in all a big success - I just hope the birthday girl likes it!

Monday, 21 June 2010

quick update

Bee blocks ended up as the focus for this weekends sewing. Two for the Euro Bee and one for my first quilting bee. I took these pictures just as the light was fading hence their poor quality but I was too impatient to leave photos for another day! The dogs and robots quilt is pinned and ready to quilt and the birthday girl quilt ready to start sewing. A productive weekend all round. Happy Solstice to everyone!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

lucky me!

Well I was on a roll when the Sew Mama Sew giveaway was on, because I not only won this giveaway, but some more scrummy yummy fabric. Oh yes - it is indeed Heather Ross from Spoonflower! This was the giveaway from the very lovely tigglegiggles who is also the brains behind the 3x6 mini bee I am loving so much. Thank you so much Tiffany, much happiness and excitement was once more present in my house as I opened up my packet from the US! That fabric is in my 'stroke and admire' pile for a bit.

Onto my list. Well there is not really that much to report as work has had to take priority (boo) but I did manage to get fabric chosen and cut out for the birthday quilt I have to get done by the end of June. It is for a 3 year old girl, so will be pink and pretty but not too babyish. I still want to get the dogs and robots quilt finished soon but I have not had the space or time to get it pinned ready for quilting. This is my main task for the week. Well have a great week everyone and hopefully next time I post I will have a bit more progress to show you!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

first thing crossed off the list!

I am happy to report that a UFO has bitten the dust! This is my Project Linus quilt, made using extra squares sent to me by the lovely ladies of this quilting bee. I got the binding sewn on this morning whilst my DS was at his gym lesson, and even now as I type the quilt is in the washing machine. If the sunshine holds I will be able to get it dry but thunder is threatening so it may have to be the tumble drier. I feel much better now I have got something crossed off the list. Next - the dogs and robots quilt!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

My UFO list

I can no longer deny it. I don't have a pile of WIPs (works in progress) but UFOs (unfinished objects). I have decided to take the plunge and write a list of everything I have started. With the exception of a birthday present at the end of June I cannot start anything new until my UFO list has gone down a bit.

top secret quilt for my eldest (so secret I haven't blogged about it in case he sees!)

That should keep me busy for a while! In case you were wondering, the quilt in the photo is definitely a WIP - it is my ongoing project courtesy of the 3x6 Mini Bee on Flickr. I love love love this Bee, it is such a clever idea. Every three months we make six identical blocks for 6 people using our own fabric and the colour scheme they suggested. I have been requesting all colours and fabric to make an eye spy quilt for my littlest. This is the result of Round 1, a couple of blocks from my mother in law and a couple of blocks made by me. Isn't it fab? By the end of the year it should be complete. Right, I am off to tackle something on my list!