Friday, 30 May 2014

Wednesday - Sewing with Friends

After a break of several months, a few friends and I got together last Wednesday to make a quilt.  Our usual informal 'rules' applied - The quilt we make is gifted to a local charitable group, the pattern is chosen from a book that we haven't used before and the quilt is made using fabrics from our stash.

I chose the design for this one - Belize from the book Scrap Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett (That Patchwork Place) and I've got to say it was a pleasure to make!  The instructions are clear and very well written.  This quilt in particular (I haven't tried the others in the book, yet) is great for a group to put together, using simple 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" pieces with 2 1/2" squares, and there are very few seams to match so it goes together quickly.

We started with this lovely border fabric from Evol's stash -

and then found the fabric for the background and it was simple to find all the colourful 'scraps' to make it up.  Here it is -

The final quilt is about 61 1/2" square, so it's a reasonable size.  It's a bit of a grey day here today, but I like the effect of it hanging from the clothesline.  I'll happily pass it to Evol later today for quilting and look forward to seeing it completed.


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

I've been making flowers this week for my BOM - 40 Shades of Grey from Wendy Williams and Material Obsession.  I decided to give myself a break and forget about needleturning them and make them completely by machine and it's been fun.  I even pulled out the Olfa circle cutter I purchased years ago and hadn't opened, and it's been lovely to find all the beautiful threads that have been lurking in the cupboard,  not to mention my sewing machine that's used a zig zag stitch for the first time in quite a while.

This is my progress so far, still a bit to go before I can attach them to the block but I'm hoping to get it done by the end of the weekend.  It's great to actually use the tools and techniques I acquired over the years!

Hope you are having fun too!