Sunday, 29 March 2015

Seasons Greetings

Happy Christmas!

As I always like to be ahead of the game, I thought I would get my first Christmas make completed, to avoid any last minute panic, or at least that's what I'm claiming, rather than admitting I was trying to get this quilt finished for last Christmas and I'm 3 months late!

I have a seemingly massive collection of Christmas fabrics, so I decided to make a fun Christmas quilt for each of my girls, this first one is for the youngest, and has a fleece cuddle backing I got from Plush Addict at the end of last year. I debated whether or not to add batting, but decided I really liked the extra weight and warmth it provided, so it was included.

 It's quilted using a big zigzag stitch (which reminds me a bit of Christmas crackers), and the 13 by 13 squares measure up at a healthy 141cm square.
The binding is a fun red stripe I got from The Fabric Guild a couple of years back for just a couple of £ per yard,  and I think gives it a fun frame.

The big question now is, will I finish the other Christmas quilt in time for this year's festivities,  it's a tight 9 month deadline, I won't make any promises...

Ange x

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Beeing On Track

I made a concerted effort last week to get fully caught up on bee blocks, to help clear my head and conscience, as i hate letting others down, and it was a lot of fun.
First up was the lovely Kari with her Kaleidoscope blocks, with this fantastic colour palette that Val originally used last year, its going to be gorgeous!

And so on i went to Susan's blocks, and she has requested fussy cut blocks with mucho wonkiness and bordered with lots of white and random strips of colour.  The fussy cut centre was requested to be something that represented our personality, and i was desperate to use up one of my monkeys on a bench eating a hot dog, but for some reason S refused my kind offer. Not sure what she has against them, but I've been trying to convince her how good they are for the last two years, maybe next year!

I particularly enjoyed making these blocks, and I think the centre of one definitely reflects me, but im not saying which one.

And I have managed to put together one of my long standing WIP's, which I am planning to donate to Siblings Together. Funnily enough, I now remember what I loved about this plan when I decided on this block for the Simply Solids bee a few years back.

More sewing to come this week, I'm hoping to get at least one quilt actually quilted, but im not promising anything...

Ange x

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

In Print

The last couple of months have been very busy, alongside normal life I have been working on a few projects for magazines, and this last weekend marked the publication of the first two, which made for a rather exciting few days!

The first project was for the fabulous Quilt Now, and was a Baby Quilt set, with cushion and taggie blanket, in Aqua, Coral and Light Grey- not a colour palette I usually work with, but it makes for a really lovely combination, and definitely makes for a refreshing change from girly pink.

I really love the way QN style their magazine, the photos are always fantastic, and I have to say it is absolutely packed with fabulous patterns and articles this month, as well as mine of course :o)

The second pattern is in Popular Patchwork, and is a rather fun Improv Windmill Cushion, made in various shades of blue and white as a contrast, with a pretty, variegated thread.
Right, lets see if I can re-motivate myself to do some more sewing, I'm behind on bee blocks, eek!

Ange x