Saturday, 27 August 2011

A year in the life of.......

Goodness, its been a year since I began this blog!  I have not posted as often as I have wished, but I have enjoyed every minute!  With a new and faster computer hopefully on the horizon, it will be easier to post more regularly.....all good intentions!!
Back to quilting, I have been experimenting with making log cabin blocks using Marti Michell rulers...they are really good and for once, my log cabins are perfectly square and have no wavy edges....

I have been making samples up for a trading stand in October...lots to do!  I just love these Lecien fabrics.
Trouble is, my sewing room aka the dining room looks a real mess now.....

Never mind...
Look at these lovely flowers I have been given by one of my customers..makes it all worth it.
Have a good weekend..

Friday, 26 August 2011

Another quilt last!!

Well this project has been very time consuming....the quilt, a very colourful Kaffe Fassett creation, has lots of pieces and some crazy flying geese.  The customer wanted the geese to stand out from the backgrounds so I decided that pebbles would be good.  I freehanded them and placed some sun blocks in the larger areas with my Statler...the result is lovely, so I hope C thinks so too!!  But oh my, it took ages..

Not a brilliant picture, but still looking good!
I think I deserve a moment to stare blankly at a wall tonight!!!!  Maybe with a glass of wine in hand?? 

Did I mention that we have been putting up a summer gazebo in our garden?  Well if the weather gets better this weekend, we are now proud owners of said gazebo
Tom and Jess last weekend plus dogs!
It has rained since we put the thing up, so here's hoping for sunshine, sealed with a kiss!!!
until next time...x

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Happy birthday, woolly girl...

My beautiful girl is three tomorrow...where does the time go!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Sunflowers and sewing!

This year we have planted sunflowers in our modest patch!  They have grown to an enormous height and are really happy flowers! This monster is nearly eight feet tall!!  Inspired by their loveliness, I have made a mat from some of my linen collection, including a drawing done in fabric inks....I have not used them before and this is not a brilliant image, but it was fun in the process!!
Have a lovely weekend....

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Catching up.....

Oh its been a while!!  I swore that I would keep my blog up to date regularly but my, my...I have begun to go down the slippery slope and let time overtake me!  A very slow computer which really needs replacing doesn't help of course, but there is no excuse....
I have been very very busy with my quilting business and many pieces have come and gone!  We are also in the process of building a wooden summer house in our garden, so between aches and pains of manual labour and standing up quilting, I am grateful for a sit down in the evenings! (with that glass of wine or two)  I have also adopted the habit of long early morning walks with the two woolly monsters, which they love...we have seen green woodpeckers, squirrels (which they chase) and lots of pretty deer.  I am hoping it will help me lose a little weight!!
Today the weather is dreadful...very wet and tipping with rain, so time to catch up with the photo blogs

I have just completed J's is her first quilt, but it has turned out beautifully...pretty colours and feathers always work well....hope she likes it!!

H's quilt is gorgeous and as accurately pieced as ever...sometimes I wish my customers would forget their quilts and leave them with me!

Lisa's amazing quilt
Lisa's quilt was a beautiful richly coloured one and it took just ages to quilt became a real labour of love and I am delighted that Lisa absolutely loved it!

Last weekend we went to the Festival of quilts in Birmingham....a wonderful array of quilts, stalls and people. I bought some more french fabrics from Une etait en fois and some rulers from Marti Michell, which are great!  I also visited Mary Jenkins on her stand and bought the ebook of Welsh quilting from Rainbow discs, chatting to a lady called Vivienne who was lovely!  Too much money was spent and we arrived home really exhausted, with tired feet! 
I must finish with a promise to blog more in the future...and maybe on a new computer, one which works a little faster!!!  Until next time....