Thursday, 26 August 2010

Woven Ribbons

This is the quilt that is on our bed now. Actually it is the photo from the web because I don't seem to have a photo in my files.
I had a belated birthday gift from Dad, it is a kit from Jinny Beyer. 150 different fabrics a border print and some black (actually mine has a different fabric border I think) during half term I sat with him and did all the cutting out and labeling, my organised file with poly pockets was bulging!
I was going through a faze of waking up very early in the mornings so not wishing to wake the whole house, I sewed.
Although those pieces are only something like 4 x 1 inch when sewn, they did come together relatively quickly. I have only quickly quilted in the ditch but may go back and do more at a later date.
I was able to sit and stitch the binding down when Dad was in Myton Hospice so he was able to see it completed, as did the nurses who all commented on it and the quilt he had taken in with him. I think I will be making a quilt for them to raffle at christmas.
Do you have lists of things you would like to do, sort of personal challenges, quilt patterns or tecqunique to try? I do, I wanted to move away from my usual plain border, well I have done that now. I would not be in a huge hurry to do it again, it was tricky and it is not perfect but given the circumstances it will do.
I have always wanted to do a feathered star and I eventually found a pattern and made it up and don't know what to do with it now but I will show it next time.

Hoping that my grotty cold and the rotten weather will both be gone soon.
Till next time Liz X

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Quilts for Dexter and Sylvia

A friend got in touch and announced she was to be a Granny, her daughter was expecting twins. Could I help her make a couple of quilts? I didn't have to think too long about it I was glad to help.
We mulled over a few ideas before she decided to do a couple of Bramble Patch kits. Of course being Lynn she wanted to make them a bit different so we had to adapt a bit. I made one and she did the other with a bit of direction.
I quilted the quilt for Dexter with all over stipple which was a bit tricky as the print on the fabrics were so busy but I am pleased with the result, especially as Kate (the Mum ) did not believe I had done it freemotion, She said I must have that stitch on my machine because it was too even. I will take that as a compliment.
Lynn quilted hers for Sylvia with a wave pattern which took some time to get a shape she was happy with as she is a scientist.
The fabrics are all brushed cotton and I am sure will keep them toasty in the comming months and I hope will be a comfort for years.
They are visiting this weekend and if I am lucky I might get a cuddle.
There is another quilt to tell you about but that will have to wait for another day.
Happy quilting Liz X

Long time no blog

I have been absent for what seems like a very long time.
My Dad was dignosed with cancer of the stomach in March (his third totally unrelated cancer) and sadly died at the beginning of this month. Caring for him took much of my time. I miss him but cannot be sorry that his suffering is now over. Love you Dad X