Saturday, 21 January 2012

Latest Quilt Design Sneek Peek

This is the second quilt that I have made out of Joel Dewberry's Summer Meadow fabric

In the centre I have made hourglass patches

It is surrounded by a green border and then there is a lot more fabric but this is only a sneek peek so I am afraid that is all I am saying for now.  I am quite excited about it though as I made the pattern out of my head and not an actual pattern, working out all the fabric requirements and binding, maths has not been my strong point for a while so it has been good to get the grey cells going again.

Scraps Galore

I have spent the last few days chopping up all my remnants of quilting fabric into 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 4.0 inch squares so that whenever I don't feel like cutting or need something ready quickly I have a jar with all these bits in and can get a quick start.  Also it takes up less room in my fabric box leaving room for lots more fat quarters :)  My intention is to collect them over the year and then do some scrappy quilts in different themes as there is such an assortment of fabric to choose from.  

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The Sewing Forum

I thought I would let you all know about a website that helps crafters of all sewing abilities. has loads of information for all types of sewing abilities, beginner to advanced and covers an array of different subjects including smocking, dressmaking, dancewear, soft furnishings, quilting, embroidery and lots more.  If you haven't already had a peek it is definitely worth a visit.  There are plenty of helpful tips available for novices and the more experienced and if they are not able to help - which would be unusual - there are links to other sites that may help find what you need.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

New Goodies from Riley Blake

I love, love, love this collection from Riley Blake, it is So Sophie in white/plum/mustard.  I have been having a nose around the web for free quilt patterns and came across his blog and website - well worth a visit for any crafters out there, enjoy :)

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Look what I found - Gigi's Thimble

I was having a nose on the net, you know like you do, not interested in much but mooching about and look what I found.  Gigi's Thimble, the designs are absolutely gorgeous so I had to order and decided on the Square Root pattern for a gorgeous autumn colours quilt for one of my Lincolnshire nieces.  The colours will look amazing and instead of using white I am going to use orange.  On the applique I might do something a little difference and less time consuming but I will wait and see what I think when I get the pattern.  Go and have a look at the lady's website/blog and Etsy store, a good selection of patterns and cheap postage as well.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Time Out

The last couple of months has been quite a strain on my very minimal resources and I have realised that some things have taken a backward step.  I really need a break so my GP and support worker are looking for some respite care somewhere.  Hopefully this will be soon as my body seems to be on a complete meltdown and coming out with all kinds of new symptoms.  The family seem to have forgotten that things can be quite a strain which I think happens in lots of families where someone isnt well but doesn't have bandages or plasters to be seen.  Oh well never mind, I will try and get better and see what the future holds but at this moment in time it doesn't feel like a lot.  I will try and post a bit more regular.  At the moment I am just looking through books and wishing I could make lots of crafty things but the energy just isn't there anymore.  So with this in mind I have put a picture on of where I wish I was to where I actually am and wish all my crafty friends a wonderful 2012 and hope it holds lots of special things for you out there.