Thursday, 28 March 2013

Now what?!!

I was just messing around yesterday with some jelly roll strips left over from another project and made these 2 circles.  Problem is I only had enough fabric to make 2.  They measure 30 Inches in diameter so they are not small but I'm not sure what to do with them now!  Maybe a jumbo floor cushion?  Suggestions welcome.

I took a weeks holiday last week and managed to get one of my larger cabinets painted.  I am really happy with how it turned out but it still needs new knobs.  I have folded and put some of my quilts in it.  I love the way it looks.  I am hoping to tackle the large dresser in the next week or so. I'll post progress.

(This photo looks like I was tipsy whilst taking it...everything leans to the left!!)

I have sewn a few more rows together on this quilt - it is slow progress as when it was all just placed on my design wall, I opened my studio door and a wind blew loads of pieces off the wall and now I am spending ages trying to find out where they came from.....Arrgh.

I have finished piecing my taupe plate quilt and I quilted it early yesterday morning before I started work.  I used a lovely pattern called 'gypsy feathers'.  I did wonder about custom quilting it but as I thought it would not really show up, I decided to do an allover patter.  I am happy with it. I have cut the binding in the red fabric and am hoping to get it ready to hand sew to the back this evening whilst watching Masterchef.

Finally, I just want to apologise if any of you got a spam email from me today or last night.  My email was hacked and loads of spam emails went out in my name.  So sorry if you got one.  I have changed my password so hopefully this will not happen again.

Have a very Happy Easter. Try not to get chocolate on that quilt you are working on!! I think all my spring bulbs are a little confused by the weather.


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

And now for something completely different!

I know that I come across as someone who eats, sleeps, lives quilts......well that would be right.  But I do do other things when I am not in front of my sewing machine or Gammill.  When my husband and I got married years ago, stripped pine was IN and it was cheap.  29 years later (yes, I said 29!!!) I have finally decided that stripped pine is definately OUT.  Browsing Pinterest I kept seeing Annie Sloan chalk paint being mentioned so looked it up, watched a few youtube videos and the result is a furniture makeover!!

I started small on my 'shabby chic' venture with my egg hutch.  I painted old white over a base of a lilac called Emile.  I sanded it back and waxed it and I love it.

Next I decided to paint the hall table in duck egg blue and this one I didn't distress, I just waxed it.

There was no stopping me pine washstand that I use as a dressing table and our bedside tables were next in line with the duck egg blue.

Next the awful TV cabinet went from orange to Old White with a distressed finish....I'm looking for some nice knobs now for this.  I did wonder about some glass ones, Hmmm, we'll see.

Then the bookcase was transformed with Aubusson blue to match my chimney breast.

I'm embarrassed how much old pine furniture we had.  These are next in line...... Paloma or Paris Grey I think.  I've started to fill some cracks that were in the doors prior to painting.

I thought that once this one is painted, I would banish the glasses to another cupboard and I would put my quilts in here so you can see them folded up through the glass.

The menfolk of the family have been teasing me by wondering if they stand still long enough, they too might get a coat of paint (and the cats have been eyeing me warily)!

Now, I know you are all impressed but once you watch an Annie Sloan youtube tutorial and realise how easy it is, you won't be so in awe of me, ha ha!!!

Think I'll have a 5 minute sit down and a cup of tea whilst I decided what next to paint after the 2 above.


Monday, 11 March 2013

Still working....

I have been so busy the last couple of weeks that I'm behind with my blog. I have 41 quilts hanging on my rail waiting to be done so have had my nose to the grind!  I have taken some photos on the way so here is a sample of what I have been quilting recently....

Jan made this sampler quilt and the middle block was a cute crazy patchwork block with lots of embellishments and embroidery (It did mean I had to avoid it whilst quilting or run the risk of a broken needle or even worse, a hole in the quilt!!)  It is a gift for a girl so I quilted it with a pattern called 'sweetest' as I thought hearts were appropriate.

Another customer called Jan made this lovely bright and cheerful  'Chinese lanterns' quilt.  It was the second of a pair - I had quilted it's sister quilt a few months previously.

Siobhan made 2 quilts using this cute Christmas tree block and unfortunately I only took a photo of one. I quilted one with Christmas trees and one with reindeer and candy canes.  I think I would be feeling very pleased with myself  if I was this far ahead of Christmas!!

Sue made this lovely windmill quilt using lots of aqua tone fabrics. Very fresh.

Maxine made this huge 'grandmothers flower garden' quilt and as it is going to a grandson, I just quilted a pattern called 'bubbles'.... gender neutral.

This cute quilt was made by Leigh and is being given to a little boy.  I quilted a pattern called 'gecko' as there were lizards, bugs and all sorts of 'critters' on this quilt.  Hope he likes it.

Anna made the next 2 quilts.  This one is bright and 'zingy'

And this on  is subtle and restful...

This quilt was made by Margaret and as soon as I saw it I thought of the seaside.... can't you hear the waves crashing on the shore and smell the ozone (okay, maybe I am getting a little carried away!!!)
I quilted it with a pattern of seashells and starfish.

After my 'cushion fest' of a couple of weeks ago, I have had a break from piecing for myself.  Sometimes when I have been quilting all day for customers, I feel rather 'quilted out' and can't seem to get any enthusiasm for my own work.  Anyway, I started a new quilt this week and have made 2 blocks so far.  It will be 25 blocks in total, alternating pieced block with dresden plate block.

I am really glad that I added the red fabric.  I think it really lifts the neutral taupe fabrics.  (It looks a bit boring after all those bright and cheerful quilts I have just posted about!!  I don't usually go for such subdued colours but I really like 'Japanese Taupe' quilts and thought I would make one similar)  I'll keep you posted on progress.

So, until next time,

Happy Quilting.