This I started last summer while pregnant and building work was going on.. as you do when you have no energy and loads to do.
The fabric is a Robert Kaufman range by Carolyn Friedlander – Botanics. I bought the jelly roll at Sandown when big girl was the age baby is now so – 4 years ago. The fabrics attracted me because of there slightly architectural look and had a colour gradient! Diving straight in making up as I went along, I played with mixing the fabrics with unsatisfactory results. I subsequently grouped the colours in rows of 5 to a gradient. The grey gradient didn’t really work so I did some un-picking and made the central strip dark and gradient out. The grey group then evolved into the central section and 2 colour types splitting either side. Then I decided to add another level and make it a stack/ stitch/ slice and flip quilt with some of the light fabrics from the jelly rolls as sashing. Left overs from the rolls was mixed bold and light to make the binding.
I managed to finished the top before Christmas and then basted it while 8.5 months pregnant with 2 other projects – It was a good time to be crawling around on the floor!!. A couple of weeks ago I dragged it out to work on while I struggled with what to do with my big girls quilt.
I made up how I was going to straight line quilt it as I went along. Echoing the seams and doing double rows to high light the flipped section and central dark grey horizontally. The husband liked the larger gaps you see but I think I should possibly have gone for denser quilting. I also need to work on consistency with the spacing between rows.
The attention to detail I paid when pecicing has paid off as it was all pretty square so an improvement there. While quilting a couple of the seams on the top started to come loose which is annoying but possibly down to trimming or maybe I need to lock the stitches at the end of each row.
Press ganged my twin nieces into holding the quilt so I could photograph it! I think I’m going to have to make them quilts at some point soon based on there reaction! Only problem is I know there will want harry potter and not something timeless!
Best thing about quilting is the appreciation and praise I get! Especially from this one who has adopted this quilt pending completion of her own!
Mug Rugs!!! I love them, so much better than a boring coaster and they also soak up any spills or condensation. These rainbow strips I got as samples from a long shut down website/ shop – Strawberry Fayre. I had to do something with these strip how ever small. I was not precious so just sewed them together really quick (had to be a colour gradient) not even fussing about even rows and then grab batting, backing and bias binding from the stash of leftovers. In total about an hour was spent on the two and it got me back into sewing and a mental break after the baby.
Well I gifted it! I was way more excited about giving it than finishing it. It went down well and I got this amazing message which means so much.
After I gifted it I also posted a picture on the UK Quilters United and I couldn’t stop smiling when I got 217 likes and loads of lovely comments! Made my Month!! And for something I had pretty much dismissed as just a Jelly Roll!
Couple of years ago I did an adult education stained glass course. Can’t remember if it was 6 or 8 weeks, but I did start and finish this panel. I designed the template based on art deco rose (this is full size as you cut the glass on top of it) and each week did a bit.
It was so nice to spend a couple of hours out the house making when the hubby was out too and first daughter (second was still tbc) sleeping over at grandparents. I would come home from work, eat and then go out.. it was like I had a life!!
The soldered joints are looking very silver. I remember at the time we were suppose to scrub the whole lot with a brush to finish which I think I did but maybe not enough!!! I should really research this and pluck up the guts to solder on some rings so I can hang it.
Overall I am very proud of my efforts and original design. When I have more time probably when both girls are at school I will dig the stuff out and do some more.. Something like a rainbow Tiffany lampshade.
A fabric fayre in Great Bookham on Saturday afternoon! Husband and children took me as I quote “you don’t get to do much of your stuff.. and there is cake”.
Obviously I had a lovely time looking at lots of fabric and discovered ‘The Eternal Maker’ which I’m sure I already knew about but their selection of modern fabrics caught my eye. Especially some Jersey and after mentioning I don’t know how to sew that stuff it seems there is no excuse as they do a day course! Where do I book…… I would love to make clothes and lets face it jersey will be the most forgiving to my figure!
After being very good and having a look around the whole show I was again encouraged by the husband to by a pattern (fraction quilt by Lou Orth) I had seen on-line and stored (without knowing I could buy the pattern I was going to use as inspiration). Again another quote from the hubby “well there is no time limit to it! It won’t ever go off! What is the problem?”…. Maybe he wants something!!!!
I got some Alison Glass fabric which I think itself looks like a quilt and I love the colours. some binding clips so I can leave my work in progress out and the kids won’t get hurt and so bobbin buddies as I realised I really do need to store reel and bobbin together to avoid waste.
Lastly, a half hexi template which was inspired by a tiling pattern photo I saw on the UK Quilters United facebook page (by Lyn Butler who is doing a foundation paper piecing pattern I will link to in due course).
Facebook is also now showing me ads which I’m sure are for Quilts…