Thursday, 21 June 2012

Flea Market Star

In the end, it didn't take much to finish off the quilt top. Just had to persuade Mr PatchyRose to stand in a very windy garden and hold it for me ;-)


I'm so pleased, and more than a little relieved, at how it has turned out. I certainly found it harder than it looks, and parts were quite challenging!


When it came to cutting the four large white triangles, I was so anxious about it that I didn't properly check my supply of white fabric. I hadn't bought it especially for this project, so it is no fault of the pattern that I didn't have enough. It is a good quality proper patchworking fabric, and would have involved a trip to the next town to get some more. In the end, it worked out well. I had to be more creative, and design a way of doing the four corner squares other than in plain white. I'm very happy with the way they turned out, and love the patchwork corners.


When I had only finished the big central square, it seemed rather small, and I wondered if I should have gone for the larger size. However, on completion this is a perfect fit for our guest bed. Not sure if it will be quilted in time for the next guests though, I suspect that the quilting will prove an even bigger challenge...


Now for the details... The pattern was designed and made freely available by Sarah Fielke. The idea was then picked up by Chelsea, who turned it into a quiltalong. I followed it in blogland, but was late starting my own, and missed the party!! Chelsea produced the design in different sizes, I opted for the smaller 60 inch project, which has ended up being just right. 


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Flea Market Fancy progress...

For various reasons, there hasn't been much sewing going on here lately. However, slowly but surely my lovely bundle of the gorgeous Flea Market Fancy fabric range has gone from this -


to this arrangement of 3.5 inch squares...


Which I chain stitched as columns, which were then easy to sew along the rows.


Creating this lovely square!


That was the easy bit! I then had to make these first two points...


It was much harder than I had expected, especially cutting the white background pieces...


Any ideas so far?


I then added the right hand side...


Which should give a much clearer picture of where I'm going with this! 


Back to the sewing room for the left hand side, more details to follow!


Sunday, 10 June 2012

Sun, sea and a birthday...

We have just been away, to Menorca, for a wonderful week of sun and sea. We went with some good friends and were able to really relax while the girls spent most of their time in the pool or at the beach. While we were there, Miss PatchyRose celebrated her 8th birthday, which was a very special way to do so! Some presents came with us, but others were opened the day before we left. Fortunately a few key people have picked up on the fact that she now feels this blog is a joint venture ;-)
 

One set of godparents gave her this beautiful sewing box, and some other close friends provided the contents...



Her grandparents sent this lovely book, which has lots of great ideas and projects for us to have a go at.


It was good to have a week away from it all, but it will also be nice to get back to some sewing in the next few days.