Archive for January, 2012

Still sewing, still building…

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

As you can see the flurry of posts at the start of the year didn’t last too long! I have carried on with the houses, although I have to admit I’m still a bit behind – I think I’m up to 12 as of last night. Here is the last picture I took, last week when I got up to 7

I love making them – they’re so cute! – and I’ve got a bit faster at construction. I’m not sure there will be 366 at the end of the year, though – something tells me this might end up as a lap quilt, rather than a full size one 🙂

It’s been great fun looking through my scrap box and picking out fabrics left over from other projects – I’m noticing a lot of pink and orange at the moment!  I could definitely do with some more blues and greens – speaking of which, I came across this fantastic giveaway at a little while ago, under the heading “Resolved to Sew 2012” . There are some beautiful fabrics from Amy Butler and Kate Spain, amongst others being offered as prizes  – I’ m already thinking of new projects – and what lovely houses those scraps would make …. sigh …. of course, if I happened to win some of this lovely fabric (hint hint) that would, ahem,  help me stay resolved to (keep) sew(ing in) 2012 – (see what I did there!)  

You’ve a few hours left to join in the fun, so rush over to Ali’s blog now – there are some great prizes up for grabs from some fabulous shops!

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First house :)

January 10, 2012 2 comments

Yay! It took me 2 episodes of ER to sew it together, but I finally built my first house

There are a lot of seams which makes it a bit tricky working on such a small piece, but for a first effort I’m quite pleased. I fussy cut a lot of little birds and tortoises (!) amongst other things for the windows so it will be fun seeing how they turn out. I’ve tried to keep the doors red, pink or orange too, so again I’m looking forward to seeing how that will work.

So, 1 down, 365 to go ….

Building blocks

January 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Blimey, the building ‘bricks’ for my scrap houses are really really tiny! I spent some time this weekend tracing and cutting the pattern onto freezer paper, and sorting scraps – here is the blue pile

At the left hand side you can see what I mean about the pieces, teeny teeny tiny! I’m telling myself that that means they won’t take long to sew together but so far the grand total of houses ‘built’ from scraps is: 0. Hmm, bit of work needed to catch up I think!

Still – I do have some more pieces cut out and ready to sew together now – my plan is to spend a day at the beginning of the month cutting out a month’s worth of ‘bricks’ and then sew them up over the month, so I don’t have to cut out every day. I was doing ok, til I realised that one of the roof pieces was the wrong way round, doh! How long have I been doing this quilting lark???? Not long enough, obviously!

So, this was about an hour into the cutting marathon:


A few sky pieces ready, but not much else!

And – erm – several hours later: 


 I need to spend some time later re-doing the roof pieces (still can’t believe I did those the wrong way round!) and then the sewing can begin – hurrah! In the meantime, I’ve been having fun learning how to ‘draw’ quilts in EQ7. This is one I rustled up yesterday:


 I love this program – it’s adding to my list of ‘must-make quilts’ but it’s great 🙂

Another challenge

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Ok, so I probably need to stop reading the blogs over at the Small Blogs Meet – well, for the rest of today, anyway – cos I just found something else I really want to do! 

 SewCalGal  is hosting an FMQ challenge this year and this is something I really want to work on. I love a good stipple (doesn’t everyone?) but I dream of feathers and leaves and .. er… swirly things 🙂 So, I’ve signed up – hurrah! … I think …. need to go lie down now …..

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Building houses :)

January 2, 2012 4 comments

Ok – you know I said I’d lost a bit of focus lately? Well, I just found some !! 

I was browsing some of the other blogs on Lynne’s Small Blog Meet  (thanks Lynne) and one of them (thanks Karen at K’s Quilting Corner ) mentioned a quilt-a-long (can I call it that?) being hosted by Jeanneke over in the Netherlands, making a houses quilt from teeny scraps – what a fab idea! I’m in – no more will I wonder what to do between larger projects, my friends – no, I’m going to be ‘building houses’  – ahh 🙂

And hey, look at me, 3 (yep, that’s t-h-r-e-e) posts in 2 days – it can’t last! Gotta go – I have scraps to sort …..

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Today I learned something new..

January 2, 2012 6 comments

… like how to make a photo collage – yippee!  I was reading Lynne’s blog over at Lily’s Quilts  yesterday and saw she’d written about reviewing the sewing year – click on the button at the bottom of this post to go take a look at some of the other lovely people joining in with ‘Fresh Sewing Day’. I really wanted to put together one of those photo-mosaic things, but didn’t have a clue how to do it – luckily, a few clicks on the internet took me to Shape Collage  and voila! this is a lot of what I did last year –


I was pleasantly surprised to be honest – it’s easy to forget what you’ve achieved when life is so busy, so it was good to remember all those projects, large and small! Plus it’s a useful reminder to keep my camera with me, cos I know there are many things I did that DIDN’T get photographed – usually because they were meant for someone else and got rushed out of the door the minute they were finished!

Ok, so that’s another 2 New Year Resolutions: 1) take more pictures 2) don’t leave everything til the last minute 🙂

Oh – and maybe 3) blog more often (2 posts in 2 days, going well so far !)


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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Wow, where did 2011 go? It seemed to fly by in a flash, but it was a great year for me quilting-wise – I feel like I made some great progress last year, so thank you to those of you who asked me to make a quilt for you, I had a lot of fun and learned loads!

As I said in my last post, I kind of lost focus a bit towards the end of the year – so many things I wanted to make, but time – as always – is in short supply! I was pulling myself in a few different directions, so I can’t say that the last couple of months were very productive – I did get some Christmas bunting made, however, and some other small bits and pieces. Here are some pics

I made 5 sets of bunting using some of the Christmas Candy range by Riley Blake – so all traditional red and green – and sold 3 of them in the shop too (woo hoo!!) (btw, come and visit us at Storrington Gallery in West Sussex if you are in the UK 🙂  I still have about 50 flags left that didn’t get made up, so I’ll save these until next year.


Peace and Joy are a couple of cushions I made to practice my applique and free motion embroidery – I’ve got very rusty! I love these fabrics from Art Gallery – they’re so soft and beautiful to work with, yum.

I’ve also been trying to get a pattern for a mobile phone case worked out – I made this one using some left over quilt wadding (I hate throwing anything away – you should see the tiny scraps of fabric I keep!!) – it seemed to move around a bit though and wrinkle up, so I got some interfacing to try and that’s so much better. I’ll try and post the pattern here soon.


The biggest thing I made lately is this sampler quilt top – I’m not a fan of sampler quilts generally, but I saw a few of the Dear Jane and Farmer’s Wife quilts made using one or two colours and thought they looked gorgeous, so I decided to use some of my red and orange stash to make this – it was originally intended for a houses quilt, but I like the way this turned out – it’s a bit too square for me, though, so I need to add another row of blocks I think!

And that’s pretty much what I was working on before Christmas.  

My biggest news – and excitement generally at the moment – is that I’m now the proud owner of EQ7!! I’ve hankered after this all year but haven’t felt I could justify the cost of it but, thanks to my fab parents, I got it a couple of days ago – and I love it!! I’ve already started to put some of my patterns onto it – it’s fantastic how you can manipulate the blocks so easily and change the colours – it must have saved about 3 trees already 🙂

So – my New Year resolution is to get my focus back, finish my business plan and open up an online shop. This year I hope to start publishing some patterns. I’m so excited!

Whatever your plans for 2012, let’s hope all our dreams come true. x