8 March 2015

Kirby quilt top

I haven't finished my jelly roll quilt yet, but that hasn't stopped me from starting another. This time it's Kirby from the Nintendo series of games.

I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the 4.5" square die to cut each square. It's 20x20 squares big, which means it will be 80"x80" once it's quilted and bound.

14 February 2015

Catnap Fat Quarter Bundle

Recently I joined the Massdrop Catnap fat quarter bundle drop, because I couldn't resist the fabrics in it! There was a choice between a "cool" bundle and a "warm" bundle, and I had a hard time choosing, but went for the warm bundle in the end.

Cute, isn't it? Here's a close up of a few of my favourites.

11 February 2015

Needlepoint Pansies

I have been working on and off on these pansies by Cleopatra's Needle for about a year now. Recently I've been working on them a lot more, and after a short push on Saturday night I finally finished them.

I really enjoyed working on this, because the colours are so fresh and vibrant. I don't know what I am going to do with it yet.

8 February 2015

Guild raffle bag

I think I mentioned it before, but in case I didn't I joined the Embroiderer's Guild nearly a year ago now. Each month at the guild meetings the Birmingham branch has a raffle. Last year we had one tote bag that a member would design and every body else would bring something to put in it. This year we're having two raffle bags a month, a big one and a little one. Each month has a colour theme, and for the January meeting the colour was red, and I chose to decorate the little bag.

I used a rose grahpic I found online, printed it, cut out all the petals, and used these as templates to cut fabric. I used Bondaweb to attach each petal to a piece of calico, used a bit of batting and another piece of calico behind it, then went around each petal with a zig-zag stitch a couple of times. Finally, I zigzagged around the edge of the square and used Bondaweb and a bit of invisible thread to attach it to the bag.

I was quite pleased with the outcome!

1 February 2015

Hand quilting sample

I mentioned in my previous post that I was considering hand quilting my new quilt top. I thought that I should probably have a go on something smaller before I tackle a whole quilt!

Perfect excuse, I thought, to make myself another mug rug. Yeah, it's not "traditional" hand quilting, but with threads that pretty, why would you want to hide them?