Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Current Creations

Well not that much has actually been going on in my world related to quilting etc.
Other than my mums birthday presents which I will post in the near future.

Got a friends wedding coming up soon and was finding it near impossible to get a card that was like the bride (as she is our friend) after buying the present and trying to buy wrapping paper, thats where my mind ran for a card. The sweet wrapping paper has butterflies and dragonflies on it, so I thought I would carry that theme with this on the card, and who could resist a matching gift card for the present while I was at it??

I have also been working on Jane's Halloween swap, These are doing really well so far. My 9 patch, are nearly there, ran out of purple fabric so had to find something similar, so 4 will be of slightly different fabrics.

The themed blocks of ghosts are great, I was hoping to get these all finished before I go away on holiday this weekend, but doesn't look like I will manage that, it takes me nearly a whole day to sew a whole block. So I will be taking the unfinished ones with me on holiday.

I am yet to sew the faces on, will be taking threads with me to complete once I have sewn all the bodies.

How is everyone else's blocks coming on? I love seeing peoples while I pop around the internet.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Unclaimed prize

Well I'm finding this really hard.

Yet again the winner of the lanyard hasn't come forward to claim their prize.

The first person to comment on this blog and email me will win it. The first person to complete both of these will have the prize in the post first thing on Friday.

You must email little_missoakden(AT)hotmail(DOT)co(DOT)uk.

Lots of you are well in chance of winning these. Please don't bicker over winning it.

If two lucky people email close together I will send out to both of you.


Wednesday, 8 July 2009

A first and learning on the job

Well, I was aiming to create a couple of quilts as gifts during the summer holiday. So thought what better way of finding out if I can do this by creating one first. I have never created a complete quilt before.

I purchased some vintage fat quarters from a woman in America, which worked really well together (sorry I was so eager to start this quilt I didn't take any photographs before I cut it all up)

I worked on the principle of the wonky 9 patch. Not sure where I read about this but on someone’s blog they mentioned taking large squares piling them and simply cutting where you feel comfortable and reordering the pile and sewing them back together again.

I must admit I really enjoyed creating this top, except for the brief problems I had with my rotary cutter which soon sorted itself out when I cleaned all the fibres out of the blade.

I wanted to carry on this vintage feel with the back and the binding and remembered the fabrics I brought HERE. I wanted the orange floral print on the back, but wanted to create something that could also be used as a top if I wanted something different on the bed.
So using the remainder from the fat quarter I decided to create bricks, I feel this works really well.

The next challenge for me was the quilting itself, I have never tried this and have read so many people’s blogs saying how much they hated the quilting process or how often it had gone wrong!! this petrified me!

A family friend lovingly had lent me an embroidery machine for the weekend from the school she worked out. I really wanted to get my hands into this and have a real play. This was a real experiment trying this, being unsure if it was able to take such a thick fabric. But I’m really pleased I have. These little hearts are in the middle of every 9 square. and the bottom right one also has a button embroidered on it. So pleased with this. That was until...
I came to binding this, I realised that when binding I hadn’t quite smoothed the backing out on the quilt before I started basting it. Thankfully because of those bricks I was able to take the edge of those apart and fix the worst of bits. The back still isn’t perfect but it’s good enough for my first attempt and I have learnt plenty of lessons for next time.

Again I managed to find a vintage piece of fabric that worked really well with the rest of the quilt for the outside.
Unfortunately I didn’t have any vintage wadding, so this is the only thing that was new, But this was selvedged from left over’s so really still an eco/green quilt.

To finish it all off, I thought I should sign this, also wanted to remember finishing my teaching qualification this week. Luckily the machine I was leant was also able to write and after a couple of scribbles on scrap fabric came up with this.

All in all I think my first practice of creating a quilt went really well. and the whole experience took me less than 24 hours (although I know it will take me longer if I have to do this by hand!!!

What do you think???

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Play it Forward

I love the idea behind Pay It Forwards no matter what shape or form they come in. I was fortunate enough to become involved in one, even though the crafter didn't particularly want to post outside of the US. I can't wait for this surprise to appear on my door step.

So... here it goes...The concept of a PIF occurs when acts of kindness are performed without expecting anything in return and are passed on, trusting that the recipients will do the same and Pay It Forward, resulting in a never ending chain of kindness.By signing on, my commitment is to make and send a gift to the first 3 friends who post a comment to this post requesting to join this exchange and who promise to Pay It Forward to 3 other persons, and so on.I am not exactly sure what my three gifts will be just yet, but I will assure you it will be a gift made by me and from my heart that I will send to you within the next 365 days. This way, it will be completely unexpected and will be that much more rewarding. By signing on, what YOU then have to do in return is to Pay It Forward by making the same announcement and commitment on YOUR blog. I am very excited to be participating in this wonderful venture and I hope you too will join me.If you are one of the first 3 that sign up, please be sure there is a way I can contact you through your blog or email so I can get your contact info.
For those of you out there that arn't quilters but follow my blog in some way, (or just happened to stumble across me by chance) that is fine as well. It doesn't have to be a quilt related project, can be absolutely anything you think is from the heart that someone else would like.
So... Who will be my 3 PIFs???
On another note, I have a great blog for you all tomorrow, my first complete quilt, from cutting to finishing binding in less that 24 hours!!! thats a record for me! Maybe I will break it one day!

Friday, 3 July 2009

New Announced Winner

Well, I think I have given enough notice for you to come forward to claim this prize.

So I am offering this again

The winner is Bev of My Wee stitchy Blog!!

Please contact me Bev and let me know your address to send a lanyard of your choice to.

Please also include what colours you would like this in