Sunday 19 May 2013

Siblings Together 2013. Post one.

I've recently joined a wonderful Quilting Bee on flickr arranged by Lynne of Lily's Quilts. Each of the 12 members are assigned a month, during our month we send fabric to the other members who each make a block and send it back to the sender who then makes a quilt from the blocks. In the end we will have 12 quilts to donate to the wonderful Siblings Together charity. Lynne explains more about the charity here

The fabric for the quilt tops is all being donated by Moda. Isn't that just fabulous?

Not only are Moda donating fabric but the following retailers are so kindly donating fabric for the backings. Huge thanks go to Lynne for all her hard work in putting the bee together and securing the fabric donations and to all the companies who are donating.




Friday 17 May 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry "Sunnyside Up"

I decided it would be fun to enter a quilt into Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.
 There was only really one choice of quilt to enter as it is the only one I've completed in about a year.
I made this medallion quilt for my parents for Christmas from the Flora range by Lauren and Jessi Jung and  a variety of other fabrics. The central panel is a "storm at sea" and I decided on the rest of the borders as I went along. I haven't measured it but it fits their double bed so is quite big.

I'm entering the quilt in the Home Machine Quilted Quilt category. You can see why I'm not entering it the quilt photographer category!
The quilt is fairly densely quilted in a variety of free motion designs in an aurifil 50weight light grey thread. As you can imagine, it was, at times, quite a struggle to wrestle it through my domestic machine but it proves that it is possible to quilt a large quilt on your home machine. Personally I quilt my own quilts as although I love how professionally long armed quilts look, I like the satisfaction of knowing a quilt is all my own work.

The reverse

I'm pleased to say that my parents love the quilt, or so they say!
 I don't normally name my quilts but as this is being entered in the festival I thought it should be given an identity! When I was making the quilt it I would often lay it on my bed and when I walked into the room the colours would glow giving the illusion that the light was on or the sun was shining into the room, I've therefore decided to call it "Sunnyside Up".

Thanks for visiting.

Friday 10 May 2013

Summer top sewing.

Over the last few weeks, inspired by the BBC television programme "The Great British Sewing Bee", I've been slightly distracted from quilting by dress making. I've made three and a bit summer tops. My favourite is made from a gorgeous Rayon Challis fabric from the Field Study range by Anna Maria Horner. It has a beautiful drape and is really easy to work with. The top is made from Simplicity pattern 2892.

The Front

The Back.

I may be brave a get a photo taken of me wearing it and show that too!

I have done some more of my Jazz Hands blocks but have also had a little break from these too recently.

I'm back onto these now and have nearly finished another. Hoping to start basting a quilt today so sore knees and back expected later!
Linking up with Plum and Junes's Monday Link up, hosted this week by Blossom Heart Quilts
Bye for now, Maria.