Monday 31 October 2011

Festival Time: Hearts Desire

for once again organising this wonderful quilt festival. I always take part and look forward to meeting so many wonderful quilts and the stories beind them. It's getting better each year!

Usually I'm right in there from the very start on day one, but the month seems to be slipping away from me at the moment, so I'm glad theres still 5 days left to take part and enjoy.

My Quilt entry this festival is: "Hearts Desire"

I really love this quilt. It's still quite new to my stash and it's a quilt that I have always wanted to own, so having it finished feels really special.

You know, it was just one of those quilts I had to make!
It's an intense applique quilt, full of details that you want to concentrate on and perfect, piece by piece. Each block demands patience and skill. It's the kind of quilt that uses everything you know and then encourages you to try something new. I just love enjoying it.

Something I really enjoyed was embarking on this quilt with so many other quilters who were experiencing the blocks, month by month. Hearts Desire was a free monthly block of the month earlier in the year. Many beginner quilters started this quilt (and I'm pleased to add that they all did a fine job of finishing it too). We worked through it each month together, step by step.

For the applique, I used the applique freezer paper method throughout (tutorial on the side bar) and the end results speak for themselves.

This BOM is now finished.
You can purchase the pattern for this beautiful quilt here:

If you'd like to take part in the next free BOM, why not join my Yahoo Bom Group? (see side bar)

Thank you for stopping by my Festival Post!

Sunday 30 October 2011

GO!Baby Winner! Winner! Winner!

I wish I could give a GO!Baby away to each and every one of you. It's been a welcome addition to my quilting options. And like all of you, I was entering comps wherever I could to try and win one myself. So, I know how high the demand is out there to have one!!

I really loved reading each and every little quote / proverb / saying  you submitted as an entry. How true they all felt! I loved each one and found myself nodding along in agreement.
Quite a few could have been my own often used favourites, so it's only fair that I share my own.  I’ll mention one that hasn’t been enjoyed yet:  it’s old Russian proverb –
"if I knew where I was going to fall, I would have put a cushion there"
How could I possibly decide between entries? Well I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be able to. So here is the random number generator that I decided would choose most fairly.

You’ll notice that the comp had 196 comments at time of closing (with a few deleted entries and doubles). I counted those out and added several allocations for quilters who did not enter online but who asked me personally to be included in the comp which took the countable entry number up to 199).
Thank you Random.Org and congratulations to Feather on a Wire who quoted "I quilt therefore I am".

Saturday 29 October 2011

For the love of Red

Will my love affair with Red & White ever end?
“Around 1830, quilts made of red, green, and white became very popular, but it was not until 1880 when the cloth called Turkey-red was imported from Germany that solid red and white quilts could be made. Turkey-red was a good, permanent, non-fading red. Cloth made from American dyes ran and faded to pink within three washings. It took the First World War, when European imports were unobtainable, to start American dye makers on the trail of a permanent red. They succeeded in finding several; but it was not until after the Second World War that permanent shades of red became available in cloth of all price ranges.”
I could read about red fabric all day long….And I'm finding all these details fascinating.
I was lucky enough to receive this book, published in 1966, from a friend. I can’t believe that it’s found its way to my bedside table after so many years; it’s very readable and completely charming. I also can’t believe how far we’ve come, fabric production wise, in what is a relatively short span of time.

Luckily there is no impediment to stop quilt lovers making as many red quilts as their hearts desire nowadays!!
Red & White is a quilt classic,
and I'd love to know,
do you have one? or several?

Wednesday 26 October 2011

WOW: Home Again

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
It feels like just a very long time since I posted from my own computer whilst seated at a desk. I’m home again. My Wednesday WIP will be unpacking…and getting started on all the washing.
GO!BABY Winner will be drawn and announced tomorrow.
Stay tuned!

Wednesday 19 October 2011

WOW: Too Much Of Everything!

WOW= WIPs On Wednesdays

I'm still on my travels with DH. This is turning out to be a really fun WIP...and one that, for once, I don't actually want to finish!

At some point I will get myself organised long enough to share some pics!

What are you up to today?

Saturday 15 October 2011

Peaceful Pathways, Part 3 is launched

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)
 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.                                                                                    
I don't like launching over the weekend,
so I have brought the launch date forward to today.

Halfway through this BOM already (!!), in 3 more installments it will be a new year and a finished quilt. Not bad!
This month, we return to your beautifully embroidered text blocks and set them into border 2. We also add the corner heart squares (mine, above) and add the 3rd HST border.
The quilt is really taking shape now

If you are making Peaceful Pathways, do consider joining my Yahoo BOM Group. Membership is and always will be free. It’s a great place to discuss the pattern, share ideas and post photos of your progress.

Esther’s Yahoo Group
My patterns are only available via my website or yahoo group

Wednesday 12 October 2011

WOW: What's Your WIP?

Yes, I'm still away and loving every minute of it, but it just won't feel like a wednesday unless there's some WOWs on my blog.
So, what's your WIP?

Wednesday 5 October 2011

WOW: Absent But Interested!

Hi everyone,
I’m still on my trip. I’ve been out of range quite a lot and I have to admit that I am really loving being plugged out! It’s been great so far, but I have been too relaxed to get around to downloading photos or anything like that yet. I can do all that when I get home.
I will say though, I did miss catching up with all of you for WOW last week so here I am, posting it up, because I do love seeing what stage your WIPs are at.
Have you all entered the Accuquilt GO!Baby comp below??
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