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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Christmas presents

I have to say I was not particularly keen on the present Charlotte gave Piran for Christmas. Piran thought otherwise and it has been his No.1 favourite. Sadly it has not stood up to his constant attention and I had to remove the damaged bit this morning. This is all that is left! But it is still going strong.....

Friday, 24 January 2014

Celtic ponderings

Today I have started quikting the Mystery quilt and although the large circles are an obvious start, the inspiration for the next bit hasn't arrived yet..... I'll have another go on Sunday afternoon. The weather is forecast as wet and windy, so a good excuse to quilt!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Going Japanese

I have at last completed a quilt I pieced while on holiday in the US back in September. Mystery quilts and Christmas got a bit in the way and I am surprised it has taken me so long to finish. The design is Susan Briscoe's Shimacho quilt design, however I halved all the measurements so the finished quilt is about a quarter of the suggested size.
I paper pieced this quilt using a charm pack of 6" squares of various metallic blenders which I have taken a liking to lately! This seemed just the project to use them on. The quilting is very much utilitarian, firstly because I wanted to get this quilt finished and secondly I wanted to keep the effect of the way the border is pieced around each coloured square. My sister feels that the coloured squares could do with some kind of design, but I can't decide whether or not.
 I chose of the backing the Hoffman Asian peony print which has worked well with the scrappy binding I have used with the left over strips of the charm pack. In fact I was surprised how far those little pieces stretched! This is a great way of using up those pretty scraps that you just can't bear to part with.

Sorry the photographs are not the best, the days are grey, damp and cold at the moment and so photographing outside just isn't an option. But I think you get the idea of the quilt is like.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Problems, problems, problems...

Poor old Piran, the quiet evening in has been interrupted by having the neighbours puppy around for the evening.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Basted and ready to go

Well having basted two large quilts recently I can say that I certainly prefer doing this on carpet rather than tiles. I think my knees are in marginally better order than they were when I basted the rainbow quilt at Frances'.
Just got to sort out the two smaller quilts and cushion cover and then I have a few months of quilting bliss and no piecing! I might have time to get that done tomorrow, but the house does need a bit of tidying and I have a load of logs arriving in the morning.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Bargain time

I do like receiving parcels in the post, especially when it consists of fabric. This is 6 metres of the fabric I used on the border of the Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt and at £5 a metre it seemed as well to use it for the back and the second quilt I made. Next job is to get it basted.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Bonus quilt

After completing the Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt I decided to make a large motif to put on the back. However, having made it I have decided it would be nice as a small quilt in itself.

I do get in a muddle with getting my blocks and points all in the right direction and despite being very careful and taking blocks apart, I have just noticed one of my four-patch blocks is wrong. Too late, the border is on and I have run out of holiday. I think I can live with that - a reminder that I am far from perfect!

Thanks Bonnie for the journey - which I have survived, but am relieved to get back to my hand sewing, not half so nerve racking and fits around a normal life a bit better I think. Good to know I can machine piece a quilt as well, even if my 1/4" allowances are not perfect or my points coming together. The fact the quilt came together at all feels to me like a minor miracle.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Celtic Soltice Mystery Quilt 2014

Here is my completed quilt. There were times when I wondered how the colours would turn out, but it looks fine - if you like a busy looking quilt. I wasn't sure about the final border colour a) because I didn't have much pink left and b) the pink I had didn't really look right. So I contemplated adding a further border in the neutral (black for me).

I decided against this when I discovered some fabric I bought in a sale yesterday gave it more balance and so I used this and I will probably finish it with a black binding, but that is a little way off at the moment.

Time for some lunch and think about how I can use up the scraps for the backing - bearing in mind that since I am hand quilting this I don't want too much bulk. Will I get the quilt basted by Monday??

Pets on Quilts

Piran is practising for the pets on quilts competition later in the year. He doesn't usually interfere with quilting projects (apart from leaving his fluff everywhere), but felt the need to get some practice in so as to keep up with Suzi at Faberdashery.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Mystery quilt progress

I have got as far as attaching the inner border as you can see. Not sure how I will do the next bit or whether to leave this as it is.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Completed blocks

Well, all the blocks are made. Quick walk with the dog, cup of tea and then joining them up. Then there are borders to think about.....

Celtic Solstice Progress

Well I have completed the first set of blocks and am about 2/3rds of the way through the second. This one has proved a bit tricky lining up the 'yellow' triangles on the chevrons and so my unpicked has proved quite useful! The blocks aren't perfect, but the pattern on my fabric is so 'busy' I think I can get away with it. Will get this bit done before I break for a late lunch.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014


We were expecting a reveal at some point on New Years Day, but not 5am GMT! Frances is up and breakfasted and Catherine has walked the dog....