Festival of Quilts

Well I’ve been back four days now it’s time I wrote something about my time in the Midlands and at Festival of Quilts! Firstly this is me and my entry…..

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I did manage to come away with some goodies from the trade stalls and then at the Fabric Guild in Leicester… 10448855_831060193580357_1761943350_n 10584774_570055229787503_633954499_n

Now on to the quilts and in no particular order these are some of my favourites! Unfortunately I forgot to photo pretty much most of the credits so I do apologise hopefully you be able to find out or let me know :)

My photography isn’t too great in these so I must have been pretty distracted!

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“Cats with Hattitudes” P1110003 P1110005-001

At the moment I’m really loving this type of work, the above harbour one reminds me of some art I recently saw down St Ives.

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Bowie by Kerry Wilkinson (PennyDog)

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 So now you guess what caught me eye… there was loads more I loved but either forgot to photo or too many people in the way. Did anyone else go and have fun?

I also popped by the new Modern branch of the Quilters Guild and signed up. Sadly there’s not too much of a Cornish quilting presence so think might have to change that…. anybody interested?

Hannah.x

Billy Bass (PennyDog’s Mini)

Well I’m still recovering from my time away in the Midlands catching up with a few people, Festival of Quilts and my first foray into the Fabric Guild. Not unpacked yet or sorted my photos so more on that later in the week….

Have you all met Kerry from PennyDog yet? If you haven’t pop on over to her blog here and prepare to be amazed by her designs and creativity.  She is definitely one of my favourite inspirational people and I mean really look at this Billy Bass…. It takes me right back to when the original craze happened.

Photo Credit: Kerry Wilkinson of PennyDog

If you pop over to her post here you can hear the music too! I was lucky enough to see this in person and it is ingenious.

Now why am I telling you all about Billy?? Kerry has made the Top 16 in the Sewvivor competition and Billy Bass is her entry for Round 1 Nautical theme. At the moment there is a public vote open to vote for the favourites out of the 16 but it is open from yesterday (Monday) to tomorrow (Wednesday) so pop on over here to see what the fuss is about and vote ;)

The winners will be announced next week but there is a sewvivor sewalong happening too where you can create to the themes each time and have a chance to win a prize more info on the bottom of this post :) I’m hoping to grab more sleep, tidy my space, unpack and get started on a little something to enter in time but for now I’ll leave you with an embroidered fish I manage to freehand this morning….

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Hannah.x

Finally I can breathe..

… just a little bit! The past couple of weeks have been a little insane with one week not very well at all and having to contend with payroll stuff for work then finishing off a pattern test and… my Illusions Quilt. Which I had a deadline for it to be received by Friday 25th.

But I did it… usually I take forever to finish a project and not often try anything completely new on something bigger than a block. Things I learnt throughout the Illusions Quilt process……

1) Do not dither over a design for like forever.

2) Four days before you need to post it is not the best time to change your mind and completely rip out most of your work with a view to starting again. Especially since it was a critical period workwise

3) Do not leave it til almost the last couple of weeks to get it done…

4) Do not the night before decide to practice free motion quilting on it… (just the corners mind!)

5) I can do y seams and curves plus they are addictive :)

 

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I must admit that not once I felt stressed or had a panic attack even though few times it looked close to not being finished. I guess this is a side effect of my job of Payroll Officer comes in I’ve trained myself to be calm and just get on with it. As Richard Cypher from the Sword of Truth series say “think of the solution and not the problem” Something I try to keep in mind.. mostly.

Anyway……. ten minutes before we left to post it I finished the hanging sleeve (my first so fingers crossed it’s not too wonky!) but here are the rubbishy photos. Just don’t look too close… the piecing… the quilting awful and the bottom right corner gah it’s all curvy and doesn’t hang straight down. Of course that doesn’t matter due to the wonky sleeve right?! One thing I did get right the fabric choices!

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Technically this is my first finish of Q3 (go me!) for the Finish Along 2014 think when/if I get it back I do a proper post on it with better photos… I

In the meantime anyone going to Festival of Quilts? I’m there on the thursday and friday. One quilt I’m espeically looking forward to seeing in person is Mr Bowie of Kerry’s creation. (Massive thanks to Kerry without which the above design wouldn’t have been possible as easily :) )

Happy Sunday! I’m off to try and do something a bit slower..

Hannah.x

Finish Along Quarter 3 – My Goals.

It’s that time again to look at sewing goals for the next quarter of the finish a long and boy do I have a big list this time! Let’s hope I do much better than my previous attempts eh ;) Considering that I only maybe finish one thing from the list but start and finish more stuff.

Right first up my most immediate concern……

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My “Illusions” Quilt. I was hoping to get it finished piecing today but those pesky y seams are being time consuming! Yup that is a penny there for size… One of my issues is that on the last bit of the seam it puckers slightly so I’m going to have to add an extra step in.

Hopefully by mid week it be ready to start quilting which ideally needs to be finished by the end of next sunday….

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Hazel the Hedgehog quilt! I’m pattern testing for Oh Fransson and this little guy is addictive! Not doing too bad almost another five hedgies piececd which means 3 more, sashing and quilting. Ideally this week…

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Adding the seal toy back on the list with the new addition of the cat! My nephew turns 3 in August and loves Jess from Postman Pat so thought do him a little Jess :) As well as… a Postman Pat quilt or something made out of fabric. What does a 3 year old need really??!

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Oh dear… the Irish Chain still. Not much more than last week I’m sorry little adventurer it is on it’s way just slightly delayed.

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My vintage sheets and quilty barns needs rebasting and quilting…

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Two Thimble Blossom Minis need finishing… the Rise and Shine (top one) I completely mucked up so it’s lounging in my desk drawer. I take it out maybe do one bit and back in it goes! It is very important to test one block first and not go through and do them all…

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Plus this list wouldn’t be complete without some EPP… my nursery hexie quilt needs a border before quilting. Hexie tablecloth.. chrysanthemum tablecentre pieces plus want to start a 30s repro double wedding ring quilt.

Think I’m going to get bored? What’s the bet I’m going to do other stuff than what’s here!

Linking up with Katy over at the Littlest Thistle.

Hannah.x

It may not seem like it…

… but I have been sewing!

Can’t quite believe that it is Thursday already- where has this week gone? I spent the day yesterday down Penzance way checking out Rosudgeon Car Boot and venturing into town. I do look like a patchwork tomato now though! Not often I actually properly go out like that and the factor in my moisturiser obviously not enough.

Anywhere this is where I am at this week. Three tops I want no need to finish piecing.

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The Irish Chain! It was my intention to finish this by last week but work got in the way.. Getting there though almost finished piecing the square blocks just the fillers to go.

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I’m not going to mention which project this is yet but it is a practice attempt in practice fabrics :) But yay Y seams hopefully later this morning the finished block be done!

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Last night I spent an extraordinary amount of time cutting out enough to do five more hedgies for Hazel the Hedgehog Quilt so fingers crossed this morning more will be done.

Lots to be getting on with as always- what are you working on?

Linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

Hannah.x

July Bees!

This month I’m Queen in two online quilting bees which basically means that I choose a theme/design and each individual in the bee does their own interpretation of it and sends it to me :)

First up the I Love Lucy Bee.. it wasn’t hard to pick my theme this month combining epp with 30s repros is a given right?

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Then there’s the UK Fat Stash Bee where you send each bee member a FQ worth of fabric and they mix n match from their own stash. Here is what I sent…. altho the kitties do change colour as does the polka and the other smaller pieces.

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Here’s what I’ve chosen… either a granny square with kitty in the middle or a patchwork cat block. My cat mad friend birthday is in a few months so thought this might be apt :)

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Can’t wait to see what I get back! Now on to some projects…

Hannah.x

 

 

A finish and some naughtiness…

Right first off the good thing! I actually did finish ONE whole project from my Q2 Finish Along list. The rest well umm… I did start and finish a few other projects though!

So here’s is my vintage sheet cushion :) I have a quilt in this style too waiting to be rebasted before being quilted. One day soon…

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Now on to the naughtiness.. I’ve added to my stash eek. But I couldn’t resist some beauties from Sew and Quilt now could I?! Also had my Blossom Heart Quilt monthly bundle.

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And this…. some screen printed panels from the talented Jen.

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Linking up with the Q2 Finishalong and Sunday Stash.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. After a crazy few weeks at work I have a week off!

Hannah.x

Ickle Project….

So… with all my projects on the go at the moment I don’t really need to start another one. But you know how you get something in your head and it just consumes your thoughts right?

Well enter these panels… I found these again when I was tidying up my space last week and since then the idea of a mini quilt kept floating in my head with some sort of literary quote underneath.

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So this morning each panel I’ve cut out and been playing with the layout. I love the stories you can make it from it and it’s very Austen!

Now the only thing left… is what quote?! And whether to freehand the letters on or embroider. Decisions decisions…. in the meantime tonight it’s back to the Schnitzelandboo Mini Quilt!

Hannah.x

Just a quick update….

… I’m still here! The past few weeks has been a little manic between work, nursing a poorly husband and falling ill myself!

Anyway better late than never the winner of the Sunday Stash Giveaway is number 16: Lucy from Charm About You :)
SS WinnerNow I’ve been really really good lately and only added these to my stash.. 30s repros is still a must right?!

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In addition to signing up for FoQ (need to make and send off within the next month!) I’ve also said I do a special quilt for a little girl’s first birthday… forgetting said birthday was 3rd July. But not too bad I’m doing my own variation on a design been planning to do for ages and this is going to be in the center.

 

P1100849I figured aqua make a nice serene background for  a change just hoping that it works! There will be a fair bit of aqua along with some bright pinks, yellows and maybe some blues if I can work it in… Just to say bunnieeeeees and rain :)

Also another quilt block on my list is the great granny square by Lori Holt. I have the book and had the itch for  awhile I just knew these Country Girls FQs. I need more in the range tho! Just need to work out what other fabrics I can throw in to coordinate with this.

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Linking up with Molli Sparkles and Sunday Stash :)

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Sunday Stash and Giveaway!

Hello! I’m here hosting Sunday Stash this week! *waves* if you’ve popped over from Molli Sparkles

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Technically I am on a fabric diet (with some very loose limits) but it didn’t stop me adding to stash ;)

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Ok so this bundle is part of the Blossom Heart Quilts Japanese club… and I love it totally me and super cute right?!

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On a bit of a dressmaking obsession at the moment.. see fabric and automatically think skirts so added a top pattern and some more invisible zips!

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What I’m working on today are these… although think I’m going to switch the blue to the green though! Last minute baby gift.

Now… onto the giveway there’s a bit of a mixture here some treasured, some new additions to my stash which I am sharing with you as a F8 bundle. Along with some polka dots and some other notions. Aren’t the macaroons and post stamps adorable.

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So.. what have you got to show about your stash? Leave your links below for a chance to enter the giveaway :)

Hannah.x

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