Having been given a jelly roll and a quilting book for Christmas 2010, there is no excuse not to get on with quiltmaking.

Here's what happened next...


Sunday, 19 June 2016


Just over half way pieced.

Still not sure on borders, backing or quilting.

Ah, it'll come to me, I'm sure!

Monday, 30 May 2016

A New Project - Rosie's Quilt

It's been about eighteen months since I did any quilting - no, tell a lie, I finished Mum's quilt in time for her birthday last Summer, and I should dig out a couple of photos.

But my running buddy Rosie (who is one of those people who is so nice, you wonder if she kicks puppies when no on is looking, or something, just to restore the cosmic balance) is expecting, and I thought a baby cot quilt might be appreciated.

I chose fabrics from my stash (about half of which Jayne will recognise!) mucked about with some layouts and started cutting and sewing.....

This is the top half of the quilt - the 2.5" squares are sewn into strips, and the lions are just laid on for the time being.  I wanted to break up the plain and print design with something of a statement - and I can wish for nothing better for Rosie and Ross' baby to have strength and courage and place importance on family.

I've not sourced a border yet, and am in two minds about the backing - either a strong blue with other animals (where I've cut the lions from), or a brushed cotton soft-as-you-like backing of flowers, which looks a bit 'grown up'.

The baby is due in August, so I have time to mull that one over.

Sunday, 16 November 2014


It might not be hugely original, but I've opted for tramlines round the border of the Christmas runner.

I had to have a bit of a fight in order to get the lines around all three panels to some approximation of straight and parallel, but it's near enough.

I've given it a trim, and am pleased to find that I have enough of the black fabric with the gold holly leaves to use for the binding.

Slow going, but I am nearly there!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Quite a Sulk!

No, I have not really been sulking for the best part of a year, but then again, it is true that I have done no quilting at all since my last post; although I have used the sewing machine for some odd repair jobs.

But the combination of the weather now being more suited to indoor pursuits; and a very welcome surprise package from Jayne through the post the other day has been enough to get me up into the attic room to have another go at finishing the troublesome table runner that I put together for QuiltSue's challenge for the 2013 Christmas QAL (do keep up).

I promised myself one session to get the fmq finished, and if it still wouldn't come right, then it was in the bin or palm it off to 'a good home'.

You're probably ahead of me here - a hour at the machine with a single thread break and it is done.  I then put the walking foot on an stitched in the ditch round each of the three panels.

I haven't decided on what to do with the borders - tram lines are favourite right now - then the binding and the darn thing is done.

Just in time for Christmas.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas QAL - Dec pt2 - Oh, I give up!

Well, there are times that you just have to walk away from something, and tonight has been that time!

Two days, three needles, more unpicking than I care to mention, and more thread breakages than I can hope to remember later, my Christmas Challenge piece is not completed

I have no idea what the heck is going wrong there, but go wrong it most certainly has - it's only a small piece, for goodness sake, how hard can it be to manoeuvre it under the machine smoothly? (Ans: today, impossible).  Here's a bit of the stippling that has made the cut - and that's far less even than I'd like.

I guess a cooling off period for both me and the machine, and a good oiling for at least one of us will do no harm, I'm sure.  Here is my non-red-or-green-not-bigger-than-96" entry for the QAL, nonetheless.

Despite me wanting to throw (a) the runner and (b) the machine across the damn room tonight, I have had a fabulous time on our Quiltalong weekends this year!  Oh yes!

I've had a hoot on hostess duty, and had so much fun when it's been Joanna at the helm!  Thanks to her, to QuiltSue, of course for the wacky Challenge - and everyone who has been along for the ride!

Have a very merry Christmas, one and all!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas QAL - Dec pt1!

Needle, Thread, Happiness

Good morning, good morning!

Here in the middle of England it is a beautiful December morning, and quite warm for the time of year.  I am not complaining as I will be going out shortly to buy the CHRISTMAS TREE!  How exciting!

Then I will be going through the Christmas box and decorating it, and putting up the cards, and playing some Christmas music, and there may be a small glass of sherry involved.

And THEN I need to do some last minute finishing of my entry for QuiltSue's QAL Challenge, and get it posted up onto the Linky party!

Busy, busy - see ya later...

Sunday, 1 December 2013

A Step Forward, A Step Back...

Can you believe it?  In a couple of weekends it will be the final session of the 2013 Christmas quiltalong - where did the time go!

We're all having a grand parade over at QuiltSue's place, so I'd better get a wiggle on and get my Challenge project finished!

I had a good decision making session today - however, as you can see from the pic here, my brilliant idea has only, at this point, translated into a string of unpicked-thread holes in the fabric.  

The idea's still good though, despite my lack of ability to execute it - I'll have another pop at it tomorrow...
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