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Quilt Routes blog and I hope you will join me over there.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

working wednesday

Here is my finished Bunting quilt, which is baby quilt sized, made with a boy in mind, although I know we are not meant to be gender specific these days.
Don't ask me what the fabrics are because I bought them as a sale pack at a LQS.
I couldn't find the correct colour for the background and ended up in Dunelm Mill just after Christmas and got a Dorma 100% cotton sheet on sale in just the colour I was looking for.  I know it looks quite grey but it is definitely more of a blue. If I could have convinced myself that it would be okay to use, I could have got myself a poly cotton sheet for a third of the price but I wasn't happy with that choice.
Am I the only one or are there any of you out there who are happy to use poly cotton and save a lot of money?
(I did have a moment's hesitation before cutting into it but now it's done and a King size quilt gives you a lot of fabric for your money).

There is a story behind this quilt and why I made it and I am sorry to be mysterious but all will be revealed over on my Quilt Routes blog where you will be able to download the very simple block if you fancy making something like this.

Now I am working on putting together something with the scraps.

Saturday, 21 January 2012


I needed to make something in which to contain things, and so decided to have a play with the embellisher and make a pocket, or wrap of sorts.

I am not 100% sure of what I am doing here but I purchased Embellish,Stitch,Felt by Sheila Smith and that has helped. I layered some scrim onto an off cut of wadding and ran it through the machine, adding some silk rovings, felt,velvet and voiles for texture, and then began to do some hand stitching.

It was never going to get finished that way and it was too floppy without more structure so I added some machine stitched pebbling.

Using the embellisher is a lot of fun. There is a random quality to it and I am enjoying the experimentation. I am also getting to use up lots of bits that I have accumulated. Which can only be a good thing, right?

I hope you are having a good weekend whatever you are doing.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

working wednesday

There has been SOME work going on around here as you can see.
Even though this is my first post of the 2012, there won't be any reviews of last year, nor any promises for this one.
I am just going to do my best to create as much as I can, and hopefully have lots to share with you.
I do have a some things that I want to finish off, starting off with another couple of Prayer Flags to go with the one I did earlier.

These have again been made by chopping up a quilt that was a bit boring. I have a few more of these dove blocks left. Not sure what I will do with them yet.

I am enjoying making these prayer flags.
They allow me the chance try out techniques and use up fabrics that perhaps don't make the grade for one of my quilts.
They offer a chance to be creative and even though they are quick and easy to make, there is a lot of thought and sentiment to them.
Yesterday I had my Art Quilt group have a go at our first meeting of the year. It was a great way to kick start the creative juices.