20 April 2016

Follow Up From IQD

Would you believe that the International Quilting Day was over a month ago?  I haven't done a follow up post on the quilt that was made on that day.  I just had some finishing off on the binding but that is all done now and here it is

Doesn't it look good? 20 blocks in all (although 25 were made) 10.5" square.  On the day once the blocks were arranged a few of the ladies joined the rows with sashing on the front and back and the next day I joined the rows together.

The back, in the picture below, is of some camouflage fabric, which looks great, but because it had mixed fibres, tended to fray and didn't behave that well and had to be ironed into submission.  Although we paid more attention to the front than the back and the pattern goes this way and that it really didn't matter.

Here are a couple more photos

This last one is what I've made from one of the spare blocks.  Project Hope also have a sales table at Cherry Tree (plant) Nursery in Bournemouth when the nursery have plant sales.  So I made this block into a zipped pouch.  I bought several long zips at Fabric Land so will make more of these.

 There is another quilt under construction from the day and I will show what happened with that one another time.

16 April 2016

Splendid Sampler 5

Catching up on some recent blocks for the Splendid Sampler project, by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.  I've enjoyed most of the blocks so far but I've got a foundation pieced block yet to do and one with lots of pieces in progress.

Block 13 - Scrap Star, designed by Corey Yoder, which seemed simple but took a little time to get the corners right.  I'm beginning to run out of the original red and white fabrics now as the small dotted fabric is now finished,

Next is Block 14 - Flying High, designed by Janet Clare. Janet is a British designer who does a lot of applique patterns and these gulls remind me of those around Poole that I can see from the office window where I work, being not far from the coast.  There's been a lot of cloudy weather so the fabric reflects that. It was ironed by when I took the photo looks all creased.

Block 16 - Pieces of Friendship by Lindsey Mayland. I'm introducing some of the new fabrics from my trip to Cornwall in the red and white triangles. 

The latest block, Lena's Gift, block no. 18, by Pat Sloan.  A traditional basket block, the red polka dot fabric goes really well with the ditsy background fabric. The blue fabric was fussy cut to get the large flower in and adds a bit of dimension to this block.

You will notice that blocks 15 and 17 are missing from the photos. It's number 15 that's foundation pieced and the pattern has been printed out just have to find the time to tackle this so there isn't too much "un-sewing" to do.

block no. 17 has a lot of pieces -57 in a 6.5" block! It is in progress though
I've found it useful to have a piece of wadding as an impromptu design board to arrange the pieces on and keep track of what I'm sewing where.

10 April 2016

Some New Stuff

At work recently I've been working full time again, as the last week was the beginning of the new Tax Year so quite a busy time.  The company I work for has been merged with another so as well as dealing with the extra work there's been new things to learn too, so a stressful time too. 

Some time ago I booked a workshop at Paulines Patchworks in Dorchester tutored by Jan Hassard, called Dazzling Diamonds. I've admired her work for a while so I was keen to take this class.  As it turns out it was a relief to do some sewing.  There was some homework to be done in advance joining strips of colours 36 colours in all, 6 colours in sets of 3.  Unfortunately some of the fabrics chosen were from fat quarters so I cut them fat quarter width, even fabrics that were width of fabric and I had to join strips up before adding the additional black strips to the which took a bit of time.

We were encouraged to use a camera to help remember our colour choices before joining up the strip sets.
Sorry, a fuzzy picture here but starting to arrange the cross cut strips on a board.

It was also interesting to see different fabric choices too, these are some of the other ladies and a clearer pic of mine, one the left in the right hand photo
Fired on by what I made yesterday and as David was out all day today (doing our best to avoid each other this weekend, it would seem!) I carried on with sewing the quilt top

This was where I got to earlier when I joined strips into pairs.
And later this afternoon. This top is 36" wide X 43" approximately. It'll be trimmed and add border strips on top and bottom.

I really enjoyed making this top and love the effect of the colours highlighted with the black strips.

03 April 2016

Time in Cornwall

Before Easter David and I spent a couple of days in Cornwall. I've been a bit tardy about blogging about this but catching up now. We had a ticket to use for the Eden Project, where we went a the beginning of this year. We enjoy going there and from Poole just takes 3.5 hours, not too long for us.

One of the walkways towards to biomes.  After lunch we decided not to visit the tropical biome but to go into the Mediterranean one, where there was a lovely display of tulips.

Sorry, wonky photo!
That's more like it!
Just lovely aren't they.
A lovely display (one of many) views of the daffodils outside. They've probably all passed over by now, but lovely to see the display.

After our brief visit we went on to Charlestown near St Austell. There used to be more tall boats here but not many now. Still a nice place to go, though .

The next day, The day before Good Friday we went to Looe by train.  It was a wet day and it remained wet.  The train journey from where we stayed in Liskeard, is interesting as the train has its own line from a small station down the road from the mainline station.
The single carriage train goes along one line befor stopping a few minutes into the journey for the guard to get out and change the points for the train to go on another line to continue its journey.

A bit of a miserable day but as you can see from my Instagram feed we managed item 7. We also did item 3 and had a Cornish Pasty for lunch but nothing much else! We did however visit the museum and I saw these rather intriguing metal stencils used to mark barrels of pilchards, which used to fished there.

If it wasn't a miserable day we would have seen these.

More views of Looe at low tide.

Going back home on Good Friday

We visited Cowslip Workshops in Launceston, where there was an exhibition (more details on their website) as there was a request not to put photos on social media, but it was really good.  The shop is also fabulous and I spent quite a bit to add to my stash. 
More for the Splended Sampler.  Small prints mainly in creams, reds and blues.

After that we head for Cotehele an NT property near Saltash. With a house, a quay down by he River Tamar and a further walk to the mill, so a really big estate where you can walk your feet off!

In the house was a whole cloth quilt which I could not resist taking a photo of without flash.

And another silk patchwork quilt, made with silk patches, which has to be covered with a tulle net as the silk has worn away. You can see that some patches were still intact and the unusual shapes of the patchwork.

And another photo

And this unusual sculpture outside in the orchard with a topiary apple
Since coming back I keep seeing a post on Facebook with a t-shirt with 

I think we'll be going back again soon.