Sunday, 30 April 2017

April ...

my favourite month - especially exciting when this box arrives ....



my Bernina 770QE and I've nicknamed it "The Beast"!



I felt so nervous to use it and I wasn't sure where to begin ... SO ... decided to take a deep breath and just make some little houses ...


and a table mat ...



as you do!  This pattern came from Teach Me to Machine Quilt by Pat Sloan.  It's a brilliant book to get you started with free motion quilting.  I think I have many happy sewing hours ahead!

I've got two quits which I've pieced and are all set to baste and machine quilt ... 



I've had this Pam and Nicky Lintott pattern and Moda fabric called PotLuck for years!  The fabric is so bright and cheerful ...


The second quilt pattern came from Popular Patchwork, March 2013!!! And the fabric is called Padstow Range again by Moda ...



I've basted Potluck using two planks of wood and I'm hoping for no puckering on the back!



I'm now in the process of machine quilting - it takes longer than you think!

Vanessa x



Saturday, 1 April 2017

March ...


 and another bag making day with Jennifer ...




I have taken my medallion quilt to a long arm quilter to have it partly quilted.  When I get the quilt back, I will hand quilt around the appliqué.  Spent a day preparing the quilt - removing all the threads from the back (what a tedious task) and pressing and preparing the backing!  Note to self - in future keep the back of quilts tidy as you go along!


And now I'm working on some free motion quilting!  One of my New Year's Resolutions (of which I had many) is to crack free motion quilting on my machine!  I've had this Moda layer cake called Noteworthy since 2014!  I just love the design with all the little notes written over it! 



Before Christmas I pieced the quilt top using a pattern by Sherri McConnell from her book 'Fresh Family Traditions'.  



It's a simple pattern which was ideal because I wanted to be able to quilt the quilt myself and also I wanted to still be able to read the notes on the fabric!  The first thing I did was to stitch in the ditch all over the quilt to secure it.  This was a tip I got from Steph at Cupcake Cottons!  This took me ages because I kept having to check the back wasn't puckering up!  I need to work on my basting technique!


Once stitched in the ditch, I free motion quilted a doodle design - block by block.  It is the first time I have free motion quilted such a large quilt.  I took my time and did a bit each day and my stitching gradually improved...




It's not perfect by any means but I am pleased with the end result.  And I know that I'll improve, the more I do.  Next month I'm going to make another quilt which I've had planned for years and have all the fabric for!  Again, it's a simple design which will piece really quickly and then I will be able to spend my time free motion quilting it!

And finally, as you know, I go to a class once a month at Cupcake Cottons.  Steph calls our class the Friday Flanges!  This month we made bags as some of the girls hadn't made a sewing bag yet - hard to believe I know!  As I have made several .... I used the same design to make a beach bag ...




I made the buttons myself using a gadget my friend Jennifer told me about ...



It was so easy to use!  I ordered the button maker by Debbie Shore from The Pattern Den and I have to say how impressed I was with the service - I got an individual confirmation email from Diane telling me she thought the button maker was great,which I thought was a lovely touch!

I am totally bagged out now, so it's back to proper quilt making for me!

Vanessa x

ps:  March houses ...










Wednesday, 1 March 2017

February ...



Started the month making another bag and then some more houses ...


My Valentine's Day house!


Most of the month, however, has been taken up finishing my medallion quilt ... I ended up making 124 circles to hand sew in the dips of the scallop border ...



Absolutely thrilled with the end result ...



Now just need to quilt it! :)


Monday, 30 January 2017

January projects ...

This was the wall hanging I made for Jennifer's 60th birthday.  It was a pattern from a book called 'patchwork loves embroidery' by Gail Pan. If you think some of the stitching isn't finished - it is - I used variegated thread which gives you this lovely relaxed feel ...


One final angel for my sewing room finished  ...



Bag making again ... I was particularly pleased with the way this one turned out for Eileen - it went together so well!  Perhaps I'm getting the hang of bag making!






Maggie was pleased with her wall hanging - here it is in her kitchen ...



Finally finished my Angel Quilt ... all hand quilted ...


Now making a scallop border for my medallion quilt ... this is the last one - hooray!


In 2017 I'm going to use scraps from projects to make little houses like these ... 








I've got a lovely little hamper in my sewing room and I'm going to use it to store all the little houses and then next year I'll hopefully have enough houses to stitch together and make a quilt!



Think that's enough sewing for one month!  


Vanessa x




Saturday, 14 January 2017

Happy New Year and ...

I hope you all had a great Christmas!  I can't believe that I haven't posted anything since November!  I've been busy  making more wall hangings and bags but unfortunately I didn't take many photographs!  Here is a snapshot ...

Wall hanging for Sue's birthday!

Wall hanging for Maggie's birthday!

Close up of Maggie's wall hanging!

Close up of Sue's wall hanging!

Three more bags made by Jenny and myself on a sewing weekend!

Christmas present for Jo!

Inside the bag!
I must make a point of blogging more often and taking more photographs!  I made another wall hanging for my friend Jennifer and I don't have one photograph!  Sorry - will do better in 2017!

Vanessa x






Wednesday, 16 November 2016

It's official ...

I have flanged ...



and this is what my quilt top looks like now ...  one more round to go!


Last weekend I met my dear friend Heather at this show in Bristol ...


it was really good and we spent a lovely day looking at and talking fabric!  It's good to go to these shows because you get to see all the latest gadgets and you get ideas.  The competition quilts are always amazing!  

You also find new suppliers like Totally Buttons ...


I forgot to go back and get some Christmas Buttons so I ordered them on line and they arrived the next day - fantastic service!