Monday, August 30, 2010

Beautiful Bernina

Last year my gran got a new sewing machine, and while visiting her I've had a chance to have a go on it. She has a Bernina Aurora 440QE, which is lovely to stitch on, and even has a stitch regulator for free motion quilting.

I've been having a go on it, and have made something:

Sadly I can't show you anymore of what I've made as it's going to be a gift. I'll show you the rest of it once the recipient has recieved it.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"I didn't realise I had that much"

While staying with my Gran I've been helping her sort out her (extremely extensive) stash. Refolding, consilidating, reorganising, pilfering, things like that. Today we hit the jackpot. We found, hidden away in a couple of boxes, enough Liberty fabric to make your jaw drop.

Apparently it was mostly bought from a guy that used to come down a couple of times a year and sell off-cuts of Liberty. A lot of it was taped into rolls of fabric, so this afternoon I unwrapped it, ironed it all and measured it, so now we know exactly how much of it there is. The pieces range from small pieces through to 3-4m cuts.

Granny has been kind enough to say that while I'm here I can select some fabric that I'd like and I can have it ... and I have to say, the Liberty is awfully tempting... What would you make out of it? What quilt patterns would be great made up in some of the above pictured Liberty? A summer liberty quilt would be amazing wouldn't it! I'd feel bad taking more than I need, so suggestions please!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Festival of quilts - part 1

Today was the first of my two days at the "festival of quilts" and now I'm completely knackered!

The show is absolutely amazing. And so incredibly huge. Quilts and stalls as far as the eye can see. I'm very glad that I bought a two day ticket as I certainly still have more to see even though I was there nearly all day today. 

I have taken HEAPS of photos, so many that my camera battery ran out! I'll upload the good ones at some point but as my Internet access is via my phone at the moment that'll have to wait. 

There were so many stalls and I didn't know where to start with buying stuff. I had the same problem as I did at the amitie sale a few weeks ago - so much stuff to choose from that I couldn't choose!

The highlights that I think I'll probably go back for on Sunday are liberty for half the price that it is in oz, some gorgeous flower fairy fabric, and cutting mats so much cheaper than in oz. Sadly that last one I wouldn't be able to get home with me. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane!!!

The day has come, I leave for my trip today!!! In a few short hours I will be flying to England!! :D

I shall leave you with some pretty pictures of my hexagon project, which is coming with me to be stitched on boring train journeys and such.

Posts may be few and far between for the next few (and by few I mean 5!!) weeks while I'm away, depending on how busy I turn out to be.

Oh, and any potential burglars reading this; I have housemates who aren't going on holiday so I'm not worth bothering with ;)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I know I was supposed to wait...

I know I was supposed to wait to start turning my new fabrics unto hexagons until the MMQG meet tomorrow, but I just couldn't!

I pre-washed them last night and ironed them today and the little pile of fabric was just yelling at me "cut into me, start stitching me"... and I gave in.

I've made one flower and I love it!!!

Now no more until tomorrow... maybe...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Breaking Radio Silence...

It's been quiet around these parts lately because my life has been the complete opposite. It's 11 sleeps until my trip and I have a LOT to get done before I leave. Couple that with injuring my knee ice skating two weeks ago (thankfully just a really bad bruise) and not much sewing has been happening. Also the knee injury prevented me from going to the craft and quilt fair, which was very upsetting. Thankfully I have the quilt show in Birmingham in two weeks to look forward to.

There has been some progress on my genome quilt- I've started sewing the HST's together into 5x5 blocks, which I'll then sew together to make the whole quilt top. I'm doing it that way because hopefully sewing blocks together like that will keep the whole thing more square. Sewing them together is slow work though; cutting off the little 'dog ears' from the corners, making sure they're all in the right orientations and pressing the seams open makes for very slow progress. At the moment I'm averaging a bit under an hour per block. There will be 49 of these blocks and I've done 5 so far... as I said, slow progress.

However, I'm not just breaking radio silence to update you on the slow progress of my genome quilt, I have much more exciting news than that!! Today was the Amitie sale, so I took a little trip out there after work to take a peek (naughty I know since I'm about to go on holiday and plan on lots of fabric shopping while I'm there, but who cares!)

I bought some lovely fabric. Firstly a couple of black and white pieces, as down the track I intend to make a black and white (and maybe red) quilt so I thought I'd get the ones I really liked while I was there.

Secondly, and more exciting, I bought some fabric for my plan of paper pieced hexagons!! Which I'm happy about as I have an almost solid 7 hours to start work on them on Sunday at the MMQG "sit n sew" day.

I've decided to go for a grandmother's flower garden style quilt. These are the fabrics I got and I plan on making flowers and using the purple in the middle in the centre of each flower with the other prints as the petals (with one kind of fabric per flower).

It's very traditional making the hexy flowers from these repro prints I know, but the extensive range of fabrics at Amitie just overwhelmed me a bit and without a set idea of what I wanted these were the only fabrics thar jumped out at me. Not that I'm thinking badly of my decision, I love the fabrics, they are gorgeous colours, and since I'm being traditional with my methods by hand sewing it there's nothing wrong with being traditional with my design too.

So, did anyone else go to amitie today? What did you get? If you are a member of the MMQG I hope to see you on Sunday!
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