Wednesday, 27 July 2011

My Sister Rocks

It would definitely have been awesome to have been able to get to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show earlier this month. But next best thing, is having a sister (H)who just happened upon the show while driving by, and who grabs a load of lovely stuff to send to you :-)

The message I had from H read something along the lines of "I've sent a t-shirt and a book for you, and a pattern and a bookmark for mum, and a few other bits for you and mum to share". So I was expecting these:

sisters tee

The other bits and pieces were these:

sisters fq bundles

and then there were these:

sisters fqs and charm

and these:

sisters with mag

Wow, wow and triple wow!

So, all that remains is for me and mum to fight over share them out between us.

Yep, my sister ROCKS! And, of course, it being a Sisters kind of day, this was my ICAD:

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Good Things, Not Such Good Things and Better Things

I forgot to post my Good Things for last week:

good things wc 18 july 2011

Pema Chodron's quote of the week reminded me of the reasons why I started keeping the good things journal:


In our most ordinary days we have moments of happiness, moments of comfort and enjoyment, moments of seeing something that pleased us, something that touched us, moments of contacting the tenderness of our hearts. We can take joy in that. I find that it’s essential during the day to actually note when I feel happiness or when something positive happens, and to begin to cherish those moments as precious. Gradually we can begin to cherish the preciousness of our whole life just as it is, with its ups and downs, its failures and successes, its roughness and smoothness.

I needed reminding of the good things when I managed to do this:


Yep, I sewed my star together back to front. Grrrrrrrr. And after doing the neatest whip stitches I had ever managed too :-(. I was so ready to just throw it out and stamp my feet, but in the end I decided to unpick the stitches and sew it together the right way round and here's how it turned out:

star number 2

Not so bad, but as you can see, the points don't quite meet in the middle, meaning there's an itty bitty hole there. Ho-hum.

The day after this sewing disaster, my copy of Jinny Beyer's Quiltmaking by Hand book was delivered. Wow, what an amazingly beautiful and thorough book!

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I was interested that Jinny more or less totally dismisses English Paper Piecing as a cumbersome waste of time when hand piecing cottons. That, coupled with seeing Gayle's amazing point-to-point sewn hexagons, has made me think about reconsidering paper piecing. I will definitely continue with the hexagon charm quilt (I have over 300 hexies already basted lol!) but am wondering whether to abandom EPP diamonds in favour of learning point-to-point sewing techniques. Oooh, I dunno.

In non-sewing news, I have continued with the ICAD Challenge. This week I have mostly been playing with Sharpies. I just love the saturated colours. Not so much the smell though!

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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Dotty over the Hexalong

If you don't already know, there's a Hexalong going on over at Lily's Quilts. Why don't you join in the fun?!

I am planning to continue with my hexagon charm quilt. Progress as of today here:

hexagons progress 21 july

But I have also been falling in love with BIG hexies made up of smaller parts, in particular 60 degree diamond star hexies. I have put together a bit of an inspiration gallery over on Flickr:

English Paper Piecing tutorial for Hexalong!HALcandied hexagonsfinished quiltMerrill (L) and Jessica (R), progress as of June 29, 201160degreediamonds17may-1
Hexagon Crazyfirst set of hexies for the HALFinished Mug Rugayanes star (Travel Quilt #1)DSC002716 point diamonds
60 degree diamond star hexie for HALtravel quilt #2

Hexalong Inspirations, a gallery on Flickr.

I think (don't hold me to this!) I want to do something like summerfete's Summer of Love quilt, which you can see on her blog here. And because I'm feeling a bit dotty, I thought I would make all the stars with dotty and spotty fabrics. I'm not sure how I managed to inadvertently collect so many spotty fabrics but I pulled together all these from my stash:

hexalong fabrics

Cos of using the incompetech graph paper (thanks for the tip Lilys Quilts) if I decide the dotty stars are just toooooo much I can make some big plain coloured hexies to go in between them. I am thinking maybe light grey for those, I am just too grubby for white lol.

Oooh, the excitement!!

And because my ICADs reflect what I am reading about, or doing, or thinking about, you won't be surprised to see my card for today:

icad 21 july

Monday, 18 July 2011

Seven Orphans to the Burning Man

This week I am sending seven orphans off to the Burning Man! Before you call the police, read Christina's post over on a few scraps. She and her husband are planning to take a treadle sewing machine to the extraordinary sounding Burning Man Festival for what she describes as "a fun experiment in collaborative art". I like the idea of my humble British patchwork being sewn into something new and wonderful in the Nevada desert, so volunteered to make and send a few blocks. The blocks needed to be 12 inches, so I added random scraps and borders to a few orphans left over from various quilting projects. They are very random - I almost literally picked up bits and pieces of fabrics lying around my sewing area and added them :-). Hopefully they will fit the bill!

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In other quilty news, I have decided to sign up to Lily Quilts' Hexalong. I have already re-started on my hexagon scrap quilt from last summer so will carry on with this, but having seen the beautiful hexagon sampler quilt posted here, I *may* have to start a new project to make something along these lines too. This will be my main quilting project for the upcoming months, cos I am still having trouble using my sewing machine much without exacerbating my back pain. Grrrrrrr. But an excuse to hand sew isn't such a bad thing ;-)


Oh, and not forgetting this week's Good Things:

good things wc 11 july 2011

If you'd have asked me, I'd have said it hadn't been a very good week, but keeping this journal just goes to show me that good things are happening all the time, if only you take the time to notice them!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Let's Celebrate!

Woohoo, halfway through Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge. Halfway thru, so half a celebration, then the other half at the end of the summer :-)

icad 15 july

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Geese n Fishes n Birds

I finally made a start on a new quilt. It's gonna be a flying geese based quilt, with black and white geese and yellow backgrounds...ok, I haven't exactly planned it, but I've got a bit of an idea in my head of how it might turn out. Today I pieced the first 10 geese:

first 10 geese

That's the good news. The bad news is that just using the sewing machine for that short length of time has resulted in a big ole flare-up of my back pain :-( So it may take some time to get a whole quilt sewn. Ho-hum.

I've had a bit of fun with the last couple of index cards, largely inspired by the colouring pages over at Made by Joel. Who says colouring pages are just for kids?!

First fishies:

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Then birdies:

icad 14 july

Not sure what animal to go with next, but loving this colouring lark at the moment :-)