Friday, 31 October 2014

Bee-yond thrilled :-)

So happy to have quilted and bound my wonderful Bee quilt this week!


After a year of making patchwork strips and sending them round the group, we all met up in June and were each presented with a finished quilt top...


I'd started mine off with the row of stars, but hadn't seen it since, as it worked its way around the group. I couldn't be happier with the end result, the girls all did a fabulous job of creating rows with colours and styles that are so totally me :-)


The top sat in my cupboard for several months, while I pondered how to quilt it...



I felt under pressure to come up with something amazing...


However, me and fancy quilting aren't really the best combination!


I'm really better suited to simple quilting, and ultimately decided that, with all the lovely details in this piece, simple probably was best after all.



So, I went with a straightforward grid, 4 inches apart. It was great to notice all the sweet details as I worked on it, every time I look, there's something new to spot. How about that cute fox in one of Maria's windows?!? I'm so grateful to the girls for the fun we all had, and for a wonderful end result, destined now to cover the sofa in my sewing room. Can't wait to see the other finished items...


Just to prove I haven't been a total slacker this month, I also completed the quirky cat quilt top - 



It will need a huge piece of wadding, so quilting is on hold for now! 



Wishing you  a peaceful Halloween...

Sunday, 5 October 2014

New beginnings...

... of a quilty kind ;-)


Simple 3.5 inch squares, so easy, but the plus quilt is actually a very effective design with the right fabrics. To my mind, cat nap suits it perfectly, especially when mixed with a few eclectic others!


Even with the help of the ironing board, I can only lay out about a quarter of the intended quilt at a time, so will have to match the edges carefully...


So far, it has come together beautifully, and I'm really happy with my choices.


Just managed to photograph the first quarter in the October sunshine! It's such a glorious autumn in England, we have been incredibly fortunate so far, with lovely warm weather for long dog walks. With a bit of luck, this quilt may be done before the cold hits us... 


Left my sewing room for a minute, and Rosie commandeered the machine! She is working on a complete quilt set, given to her by the very generous Jennifer. Do so hope she can do it all be herself...