Wednesday 31 August 2011

Latest finishes

Well first of all I would like to say "Thank you" to all my new followers, and it is lovely to read your comments - so much appreciated.  As I am new to "Blogging" all encouragement is welcome!
Since I returned from the FOQ life has been busy, with our Cottage full of friends and their families.  Much laughter and chat, food and wine - all good fun but no time for sewing or updating "My Quilting Life"!

However, I have just collected my latest sampler from the framers - I am delighted, and this is now hidden away until October when I will give to my husband on our wedding anniversary.  He will LOVE the words, though probably complain that they are not clear enough in the "grass"!

I have also collected 3 baby quilts, and 2 bed quilts from my dear friend Carole at Butterfly Quilters in Kilkhampton, Near Bude in Cornwall.  She has worked her magic and long-arm quilted them so beautifully.

This has a lovely "Winnie the Pooh" backing!

These fun backings I found in Ikea - absolutely love them!

This next quilt is an early 30th birthday gift for one of younger daughter - Dot's - closest friends who is off to live in Australia at the end of September.  Hopefully it will remind her of those of us back in the UK who love and will miss her.
  These are the backings - more fun!
And this is a large "log cabin" - fabulous Moda fabric which I bought in the USA 2 years ago.

So all in all I feel I have been quite productive this summer.

This past week I have been making more Raspberry Jam, and also Plum and Ginger Jam - my favourite.  Plus I thought I would "dress" the kitchen ready for Autumn - so the red leaves are dropping over the Aga!

At the FOQ I found this wonderful old Debbie Mumm fabric - I have never seen it before - I bought 2 meters, and wished I had bought the whole bolt!  As luck would have it, the fabric was put in a carrier bag with the shop's details printed on it.  So I have been in touch and they have been so helpful - and although they had no more of this gold colourway, they still have some in Bottle Green. So I have ordered 6 meters - and this will back my quilt.  I am using large 12.5 ins squares, set on point, with a 9-patch - it is looking good!  All will be revealed in time!
Well as the nights draw in there will be more time for cross-stitching by the fire, and time for sewing on those bindings - it is a long way round a King size quilt!

Wednesday 17 August 2011

More from the FOQ

I thought I would show you some more beautiful quilts that were being exhibited last week at the Festival of Quilts.

This next quilt was so so long - lots of individual house blocks, such fun!

Lots of log cabin variations, and houses.

And this Union Jack made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics was just great, bright and fun.

I have tried to show you a cross section of just a few of the beautiful pieces that were on view - there is so much talent and creativity out there - congratulations, and thank you, to all those who worked so hard - now looking forward to FOQ 2012!

Sunday 14 August 2011

Wonderful wonderful show

Once again the Festival of Quilts was full of amazing quilts of many colours and designs - there are so many clever creative quilters - I was totally overwelmed.  Here are just a few of my favourites .....  I have taken lots of photos, so will post some more during the next few days. 

The stands were full of glorious fabrics to tempt - of course all my good intentions - I do NOT need any more fabric! - were gone within the first half hour!  Everyone is so friendly.  Unpacking my new fabric today has been such fun - gosh, I forgot so quickly what I had bought - it all looks wonderful! I cannot wait to start a new project.

One of my favourites is always the stand with all the glorious Kaffee Fassett fabrics - so vibrant!

And then there were some amazing pictoral quilts - such as this one -  unmistakable -"Old Blue Eyes!|

And I loved this one - "The Faraway Tree" - I remember those stories from when I was little!

And these pictures show the quilt of one of the Bayeux Tapestry panels.  The work is exquisite.

Well, these are just a few photos to show a cross section of some of the hundreds of beautiful quilts which were on view these past few days at the Festival of Quilts.  I hope you enjoyed!

Monday 8 August 2011

Off to the Festival of Quilts

It's that time of year again - off up to the NEC for 2 days of sheer delight and amazement!  Cannot wait.  So much to see and enjoy - so much inspiration.

In the meantime I thought I would show you four log cabin quilts which I have made in the last 18 months.

These first two were wedding presents - this one for Catherine and Paul - Cat loves purple so the middle "cabin" was purple with cream and gold batiks. 

And this one I made for Emma and Olaf - Emma gave me some fabric from her bedroom curtains and headboard.  This I used for the "middle cabin" and toned it again with batiks.  It was huge - they have a very large bed!

Now both these girls are expecting their first baby in January - a baby quilt next!

This is a very dramatic log cabin, again in batiks, which I made for Nisha - she is a friend of my son Robbie.  She asked for golds and reds and deep pink/purple.

Then this is a flannel lap quilt which I made for my Mum's 90th birthday last year - long may this keep her cosy!
I love making Log Cabins Quilts, and have two currently being longarm quilted - I shall collect next week so will post pictures when I have sewn on the binding.  I love the variations one can achieve with the many different ways the blocks can be positioned - making each quilt totally unique.

Then there is this country style quilt - this is one of the first log cabins quilts I ever made, and I still love it - looks as good today in our home as it did when I made it!

Will post again next week after the FESTIVAL OF QUILTS!