Tuesday 30 October 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I've been taking part in this festival since Amy started it, and I always think, "what a great idea!" and love spending an afternoon in a comfy chair with a cup of coffee and visiting so many wonderful blogs and reading all the stories behind your quilts and projects, welcome to my blog!

Peony is the very first block from my quilt "Forget Me Not" which is an applique wall quilt designed to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of flowers. I have selected and designed applique flowers that have a special meaning and significance to me- and which I know I'll love looking at for years to come once the quilt is finished.

Peony is a special block for me as it's one of my favourite flowers. I've turn edge appliqued this block, which was time intensive but definitely worth the extra effort. The fabric used is from my own hand dyed stash and the petals have been highlighted and heat set with white pencil.

I will be writing "Peony" in the name scroll when I come to the end of my quilt. There is also a frame to come around this block, and perhaps some embroidered details too. I know that a member of my Yahoo BOM group added a little ant (apparently peonies require ants to bloom?) so this seems a nice touch to consider!

I am really enjoying making each block for this quilt and cant wait to see my quilt on the wall where it can be enjoyed all year. Each month there are 2x applique floral designs to choose from. Well, of course I couldn't resist and am making 2x at the same time (one is a light yellow background and the other is a dark charcoal background). Most quilters taking part in the mystery are making 1x of the quilt, so each month they select 1x block.

What I really love about this design option is that each month you have a choice and this also means that no two Forget Me Not Quilts will be the same!

The Mystery BOM so far:
  1. Instructions
  2. Peony & Sunflower
  3. Calla Lily & Cosmos
  4. Wild Rose and Lilac & Jacob's Ladder
  5. Forget Me Not & Poppy
  6. Morning Glory & Sweet pea
  7. Crown of Thorns & Magnolia
  8. Violet and Pansy & Hibiscus
  9. Tulip & Snow Drop

half way through and the mystery continues...
Next free block released on November 15th!

These are blocks from my free 2012 Mystery BOM

Yes, anyone can join in:
You can download this month's block via my website or my Yahoo Bom Group 

Wednesday 24 October 2012

WOW: Quilting Retreat

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

I'm back from a quilting retreat this last weekend. It was wonderful. I really had a chance to catch up on some neglected quilting without any of my usual distractions at home (like sorting through my studio shelves, below) and of course, the company was lovely too.

Something which I couldn't wait to share when I got home was this 'quiz' from the retreat
Seeing I'm so into flowers and running a Mystery Flower BOM,
it's a sure thing I'd know them all ....right??

Well not quite, I only managed 3 or 4 !

Have a look and see how many you know...
I'll post the answers up in a few days

and today? more shelf work and general sorting through the sewing room

How's your wednesday?

Wednesday 17 October 2012

WOW: Healing Hearts

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

Something I've long loved about quilting is how personal and personable it can be at the same time. I can spend hours sewing alone having a wonderful time...and yet my quilting experience wouldn't be complete with my friendship groups, my online groups and the assistance and friendship that quilting and quilter's so easily lend themselves to.

Healing Hearts are something we've probably all made. I love everything about them. Just recently I've had a few requests from new quilters for a 'pattern' for a Healing Heart.

Of course, a Healing Heart can mean many things to different groups; the size and design can be altered to suit specific needs. I know there are a lot of patterns out there for this very thing, so go with what suits you.

My own pattern is quick and easy. In my Yahoo Bom Group we create 6.5 inch blocks as a standard (so the recipient has equal sized blocks) and we usually sign our hearts too.

I've drawn up a block pattern which is a good starting point. I like turn edge applique and a double heart in the centre, but of course it's up to you how and where you affix your own heart and if you like a skinny or rounded heart. I also like to add corners. Again, it's up to you. Go with what feels right.

Healing Hearts are a way for us to show support and encouragement to fellow members who are having a difficult time or experiencing hardships. These 'quilt hugs' are a way for us to show that we care and are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

You can download my Healing Hearts pattern via my Yahoo Bom Group or via my Website.

What's your WIP today?

Monday 15 October 2012

Tulip and Snowdrop

Suprised it's already October and suprised it's already time for Part 9
But here we are, and whatever else is going on, it always feels nice to launch the new monthly block

I've opted for gentle pinks again: I fussy cut for colour graduation from my hand dyes. I always knew hand dying an entire rainbow spectrum would come in useful one day and I love digging into the stash too! Just recently I've realised that I'm avoiding the use of 'prints' in my quilts. Of course I still love prints and will always have a place for them, but now I think twice before using them in my quilts...

edge turn applique
so easy and so satisfying
and there's room for a flying spotted friend or two...

You've got a good spectrum of colours for you tulip,
I went for pinks and greens to go on my yellow background

and like every month, preperation is key

fussy cutting tones from my pink hand dyes

Snowdrop was always going on my dark background quilt

Crisp clear colours that shout spring, sure it could have worked on the yellow background, but I love the promise it holds against a cold winter night sky

 the vibrant spring greens really had to stand out against the black

 and like last month, I've made 1x edge turn applique block and 1x raw edge applique

 raw edge applique with silver embroidery floss for snow flakes

There's always lots of block action, advice, tips and images over in my Yahoo Bom Group, so if you're making the mystery, join us!


These are blocks from Part 9
of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not

Yes, anyone can join in:
You can download this month's block via my website or my Yahoo Bom Group 

Sunday 14 October 2012

FMN: Part 9 is launched

Forget Me Not
Free Mystery BOM

Yes, we're up to Part 9 in the Mystery already!
Can't wait to see what you make with your blocks this month!

This month: Tulip and Snowdrop

Which will you choose??
See you over in my Yahoo Bom Group!!
These are blocks from Part 9
of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not
Yes, anyone can join in:
You can download this month's block via my website or my Yahoo Bom Group 

Wednesday 10 October 2012

WOW: Gleaming Wednesday

WOW = WIPs On Wednesday

As I can't comfortably sew at the moment,  I've been spending extra time admiring Pinterest. There's lots of interesting information on there, even odd little tips to make you excited about housework, which seems impossible, but happens to be true.

Did you know for instance, that cream of Tartar mixed with water makes everything metal or plated sparkly and brilliant? I didn't. So impossibly easy, I thought I'd give it a try..

So I tested it out on our toaster

and yes, it looks like I'll be making my kitchen sparkle today.With thanks to Kim who's original blog post was pinned to supply us with this great tip.

What's your WIP today?

Wednesday 3 October 2012

WOW = October 2012

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

It's wednesday again and it's October already.

For me, it feels as though October has come in too fast. I haven't been doing much on the WIP front lately and am desiring some serious sewing time as soon as my rib allows me to sit for long enough. I'm feeling very mindful that there's only 3 months left of the year...and still a lot I'd like to get done.

In my household, it's a busy day today as we prepare and enjoy the start of our 'birthday season', so of course there's lots of roses about.

Who needs an excuse to admire roses? Not me..

What's happening in your wednesday ?

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