Friday, 29 September 2017

OMG I've actually achieved my OMG ( one Monthly Goal )

So back at the beginning of the month I made the brave statement that I would get Simple Times into a flimsy.

All the centre blocks were done but only one row had been sewn together.

I decided to join up with Patty and friends over at Elm Street Quilts in an effort to progress the quilt.

Well a good weekend of sewing saw the one row turn into five and a centre was done.

Now it was time to make the 52 Dresden fans for the borders. OMG was this tedious.

First cut out 52 petals from each of these fabrics

And then sew, turn, iron, sew until finally

That took me most of this month to be honest. Including a day at the new group I've just joined.

Now it was time to sew all the blocks together and finish the top.

Easy right? Wrong! I had a complete meltdown over those borders. I just couldn't get them right. Either the points didn't match or I sewed them onto the centre wrong. At  one point I had them upside down. Two days to sew on 4 borders. I tell you the whole thing nearly went in the bin.

But I persevered and finally

 I've not appliqued the edges of the dresden petals as I may just anchor them in the quilting. I'm not sure yet. Another option is to put a bit of wadding underneath so they puff out slightly. I'll decide on the day

I tried to get a pic of the true colours but the breeze refused to drop and the sun ( yes it does make an appearance over here occasionally ) decided to pop out from behind the clouds at just the wrong moment.

I'm off now to link up with Elm Street Quilts OMG finishes post and then decide what to concentrate on next month,

Friday, 15 September 2017

Hearts Galore

Today my good internet friend Anita of Daydream of Quilts publishes her first E Book, A Year of Pixel Hearts.

I was lucky enough to get a preview copy of this book and I can confidently say there's a few quilts in there that I will be making.

There are 10 beginner friendly heart quilt patterns, each with a different centre depending on the time of the year you want to represent

All together there are 62 pages of clear and concise instructions and diagrams on how to construct each quilt.

The instructions include placement diagrams of the quilt, templates and colouring pages where needed as well as sewing hints and tips and finally ideas on how to quilt and finish your quilt.

The quilts all finish at lap size and are quick to make up. How do I know...

Well this one took me 8 hours spread over two days to make up, and that includes cutting the fabrics

Using a charm pack and some scraps of low volume and a charm pack and some scraps of batiks.

So in answer to the question are the quilts charm pack friendly...yes they are ( sort of). The squares used are 4.5" so if you have a charm pack you will have to trim slightly. Still better then cutting out from scratch though, The smaller squares are completely charm pack friendly. I just cut the larger 5" squares in half.


I would suggest if you are going to make one of the quilts to lay out and number either the rows or columns and mark them off on a printed diagram to prevent mix ups. Don't ask me how I found out this.

And now the links you need.

Anita can be found at DayDream of Quilts where you can find the link for the e-book at the special introductory price of  Canadian $14.95 until the end of Sept. That's less than $2 a pattern

Or you can go straight HERE to purchase the e-book, but if you by pass her blog you'll miss the chance to sign up for her newsletter and get a free Turkey quilt pattern. Perfect for up coming Thanksgiving.

By the way, just in case you were wondering I'm not on commission,  just helping out a good internet buddy,

Friday, 1 September 2017

my Goal for September

I know I'm following the Xmas QAL but if I'm not careful all my posts for the coming weeks will be all that and you'll soon get bored. 

I had a hunt through my WIP/UFO tub and have decided that September will be the month I finally get Simple Times together. 

This was a BOM from quite a few years ago that I started because I liked the colour scheme. As per normal I started well and kept up and then life happened and I fell behind. Over a few months at the beginning of the year I finally made all the blocks.

I even managed to get one row sashed

and then once again I came to a halt. I think it's because the actual fabrics are paler than advertised and I'm not a fan of pale colours. I like bold and bright.

So I'm making it public. September is the month I get the centre sashed and together. Make all the Dresdens and border and get it into a finished top. I'm not planning on getting it sandwiched and quilted. I think that may be a few steps too far.

linking up with OMG - September on Elm Street Quilts 

Santas Belt

Block 3 for the I Wish you a Merry Xmas QAL is a lovely simple block that will only take an hour to make up.

Santas Belt

I halved the sizes and made a 6" mug rug out of the block.

It's very simply quilted in the ditch around the belt and buckle and I used a plain black for the binding.

It only took me an hour to do this from start to finish.

The instructions for the 12" block can be found HERE

Block 4  is out and can be found HERE. I'm thinking to make it into placemats. What do you think?

Blue Spruce Forest

My last post saw me making a Pine forest for the I wish you a Merry Xmas QAL. Yesterday I decided to make another version.

The same tree but a different layout and in blue

I just did a simple stipple on the cream background and bordered it in a batik I had that has holly leaves on it.

And the two forest cushions together.

I could get quite addicted to making these.

To see which sites I'm linking too take a look at my linkys tab at the top of the blog