Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Churn Dash Quilt Along

What do you do when you have a pile of quilt tops waiting to be quilted?
Start a new one, of course!   I hadn't intended to, but then up popped a Quilt Along with Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter and I decided to join in.  

The pattern is very clear and straightforward.  The main challenge was finding enough fabric in my stash of the required size as many of my favourite bits weren't quite big enough.  (A couple of these were changed at the last minute.)

I think I've ended up with quite a random, vintage-y selection.  Hopefully it will all pull together in the end.

All the strips cut and joined ready to be cut into smaller pieces.  I bought a 1/4" accufeed foot for my new Janome machine and it's great for piecing, especially for long strips like this.   Next step is to make all the half square triangles.  Shouldn't take long once I've figured out which foot to use for  an accurate 1/4" seam next to a drawn line.

Not a great photo but the light was all over the place, with a huge thunderstorm just about to pass overhead.

Bye for now

Monday, 21 April 2014

Stars Quilt Top Finished

Quilt top is finished at last!  Another one to add to my pile to be quilted.  No excuses now I've got my new machine.  Just need to find something to back them with.  

I love it now it's done, it's got an autumn, country feel to it.  One for the cooler months I think.

I couldn't resist taking some shots of the apple blossom.  Such a lovely sight every year, so pretty and fresh.

As are the cowslips in the wild garden.  Mostly the traditional yellow, but with a sprinkling of red and orange, all slightly different.

Shame about the weather yesterday, but it's looking good for our barbeque later, finger's crossed!

Bye for now

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Spring Colour and a New Toy!

This week,
 I've been adding some Easter decorations to the dining room.

Picking rhubarb to make lots of lovely compote.

Soaking up the glorious colours of blossom against blue sky, and just wishing the weather could stay like this all year...

Also, treating myself to a new sewing machine which arrived today.  I've had my Pfaff for about 13 years now and felt the need for something more up to date.  After lots of research and asking around, I went for the Janome 8200.  It's got the dual feed system that's the best bit about the Pfaff, and a much bigger throat that will cope with larger quilts.  It was too nice a day today to stay indoors, but I unpacked all the bits and had a quick play.

It's a big machine, but it does just fit in my cabinet.  The extension table is on order and I'll probably use that, minus the legs rather than an insert.  
You can see the size difference here.
Just need to sit down with the manual and work out how to use it now.  It may take a while!

Hope you all have a lovely Easter

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wordless Wednesday

A lovely day for a bit of pottering, pot washing and potting up some new arrivals!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Spring colour

Oh dear!  Blogging seems to have slipped off the agenda again recently.  Life getting in the way and nothing very crafty going on means not much to post about.  Anyway, here's a few recent snaps to catch up.  The tulips and anemones are now being picked daily, taking over from the glorious daffs.  They seem to have been extra bright and cheerful this year, not sure if it was the wet and mild winter?
The pretty green vase and a large collection of vintage flower frogs were lucky finds on e-bay.  These favourite ones look lovely in the morning light.

The wild area is coming to life again, with cowslips, primulas and bluebells and the odd fritillary.

These anemones have self seeded in our gravel driveway and seem to love the warm, dry position, their pretty blue flowers opening when the sun appears.

Someone else loves the sun too!

And I finally got round to finishing the star blocks started months ago and put aside for the winter.  I wasn't sure about my choice of fabrics and sort of fell out of love with it all, but now they're done I'm happy again!  Just need to join them together now and figure out what to back it with.

Bye for now.