Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Stars and secrets...

When my rainbow charms arrived, I felt like I wanted to put them all into one quilt... I spotted a pattern which looked like it would work perfectly. Well, it did and it didn't...


Frustratingly, the photos online managed to make the pattern look great, but I then discovered the seams don't match up. On further investigation, other people had commented about this too.


The pattern adds a border of the plain fabric around the star, and then another border using more charm squares. However, I've decided to stop at this point:


It's still pretty big, and I will quilt it and make something of it. However, sometimes you need to know when to stop! Meanwhile, our sewing bee is going strong. We are onto round three, which marks the half way point.This time I received the strip which Julie started...


It's amazing, so detailed and original. In fact, Julie has gone on and made herself a whole quilt already using this design! The strip then went to Maria, who added another beautiful and intricate row... Oh dear, how do you follow that? Well, I fastened it carefully to the plain white wall of my sewing room, and did nothing but stare at it for quite a while. Then I pulled out some fabric to mull over...


And I finally came up with something, which I completed today, and oh so frustratingly can't show you, because it's meant to stay secret until the end! So, no more than a very little glimpse...

 
Can't wait to post this off and make a start on round 4!




Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Autumnal...

The long summer of slow blogging and sporadic sewing has changed gear with the start of September! It's back to earth, with the return to school, much cooler weather, and a fabulous new job, which I'm really excited about! It's a total change for me, as I'm now working for a local charity, but loving the role and looking forward to all that lies ahead.


We've been preparing for autumn, with this bright and vibrant Kaffe Fasset quilt. 


I used two charm packs, and didn't feel the need to do anything fancy with them!


While I was anxious about quilting it, I needn't have been. If anything, these very light and silky fabrics passed through the machine more smoothly than regular quilting cotton.


After some deliberation, I went for smaller loops and longer swirls in between, which seems to have worked out well :-)


It's a very cheerful piece, and a nice extra layer when watching the television on colder evenings!


All ready for the girl when she gets home from school...