Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Quilts this week

I didn't have anything to show you last week.  I had been busy but the quilts I was working on were going in a book to be published next year by one of the ladies I quilt for, and so they are under wraps for the time being. They were lovely and I will give you details of the book nearer the time as it will be a must have purchase!

So, this week these are what I have been working on so far.

First is a Kaffe Fassett pattern (I think) and was made by Sue.  She wanted circles on it so I quilted it with Bubbleplay.



Love those cheerful fabrics.  Just what I needed to brighten a rather dull and overcast day.

Next up was a quilt made by Tiina using some French General fabrics.  I quilted it with a fleur de lis pattern called Joust.




 I love this quilt - I had to buy the pattern for myself from her shop.  Even better was that I could buy it as a download, which for my impatient nature was a real bonus.  I have a bundle of French General fabric that I could use to make it.  Another quilt to add to my every growing list of 'quilts to make before I kick the bucket!'

My last quilt to show you is a little house quilt made by Julie who made that lovely quilt using all the Oakshott shot cottons.  She chose a baptist fan pattern.


(The quilt was beautifully pieced and square - not like this photo.  I think I must have taken the photo from the side!)



So, that just about sums up this week so far.  I'm working on piecing a quilt of my own using some of my civil war reproduction fabrics so keep checking back as I will be posting progress so far.

In the meantime, Happy Quilting.

Chris



Monday, 15 October 2012

Very Happy Weekend!!!





This weekend our oldest son Ben got engaged to a lovely girl called Heather.  He is over the moon and so are we!  She is a lovely young woman and they are so happy together.  And, to our utter joy, we get 2 for the price of 1!!  We get a (step) granddaughter who is utterly, squeezably cute!!




(She is a little manic whirlwind and trying to get a photo of her standing still is an art!  I just stand there and click away and hope for a photo that is not blurred - wish I had her energy)

And what better way to celebrate than get in the kitchen a bake a cake!  I saw this recipe in a freebie insert in our Saturday newspaper so had to have a go ... 





...not bad if I say so myself. 

 Only one difference - the one in the book has a lovely smooth ganache topping and my topping (don't know why) has bubbles in it.  But, hey, bubbles mean lightness and air and therefore less calories Ha Ha! (if that were true I would happily eat all my meals in mousse form!)

Now for some quilts quilted this week.

This was made by Philippa using some Sweetwater 'Reunion' fabric.  I just love the pattern.  It makes me think of boats, sailing and summertime.









Diana made this lovely applique quilt and she wanted an allover daisy pattern on it.  So cute.  A real girly quilt.







Margaret made these two cute quilts using a flower fairy fabric.  It is hard to see the quilting but she wanted a feather pattern on both.










This was made by Judy using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I quilted it with a pattern called nouveau scallops.






I hope you all have a great week.

Happy Quilting

Chris

PS   My family had no trouble with the bubbles on top of my cake!!


Going, going, gone.... (or it will be by tomorrow morning)

XX



Thursday, 11 October 2012

2 quilts finished - 1 UFO being worked on....

A quick post to show a couple of quilts of mine that I managed to finish this week.

The first one is the spinning star quilt I started last week.  I decided to stick to 9 blocks and added a border to which I added a gentle wave edge.  Sometimes I feel a plain border is a bit of a cop out, just a way to finish a quilt but perhaps a little uninspiring.  I love how it turned out and it is just the perfect size for a lap quilt.






The second one is a quilt I made a while ago and it has been hanging up waiting to be quilted.  It was made with a couple of layer cakes that had been hanging around my studio for a while.One evening I decided to stay in my studio into the evening as my husband was away and I got it finished. I added a deep scalloped edge and bound it with a green spot.  Love it.






My UFO!

This quilt is one I started last year after buying a template to make the 'apple core' block and a curved piecing foot for my Bernina.  I saw the foot being demonstrated at the Festival of Quilts and the lady doing it made it look so easy.  I have to say I had my doubts as to whether it was as easy as she made it look but decided to buy it anyway.  It is great.  It really does work so I am slowly (oh so slowly) putting this quilt together.  Not sure how big it will finish up but I have cut enough apple cores to make a king size quilt.  Not all those pieces you can see are sewn together - I have just plonked them on my design wall to get an idea of what it will look like.  The centre applique block is one made from a Blackbird Designs book.


I try to get in a little bit of sewing for myself each day and it is amazing how much can be achieved by doing this. It feeds a creative need (and no doubt makes me a nicer person too!!!)

Happy Quilting.

Chris