Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday

Its been ages since I joined in with Nicky and Leanne's linky party which celebrates scraps in all their glory.

This quilt came out of last summers Fat Quarterly Retreat. We were randomly assigned groups and made a quilt from fabric we had brought. Funnily enough I and another member of the team had brought almost the same fabrics. We chose a rail fence and managed to get a top completed in one evening after the afternoons classes but we were left with lots of scraps which I then brought home.

I used a log cabin in principal in that I sewed pieces in a round however because of some of the sizes of the scraps its not that obvious. Some were sewn together to form a centre and others to form the outer strips.

To complete I eventually decided on a figure eight quilt design as the top was too busy to do something clever with. That business means it is very forgiving to the quilting which is rather organic in nature.

Check out other fantastic uses of scraps over at the linky.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Long time no blog

I'm really finding it hard to get motivated for blogging. Over the last few months I've had a general feeling of being blocked. You know that hard to describe feeling where nothing feels quite right but you can't pinpoint what is wrong and it has impacting my creativity. It's been a struggle at times to do things, but I am forcing myself to get on with projects as I think that will be the way for me to break through whatever this block really is.

I went to check what work I last showed on here and was surprised it has been over 3 months since my last post. I guess finding the mojo for writing posts is also stuck behind my block.

Despite all that I have been getting things finished and that includes a lot of mini quilts.

My friend Shay won my giveaway and asked for a mini that was pink and cholocate. I've wanted to do a log cabin that curves since years before I actually started quilting and this seemed a good time. This may well be a block I do again as I love how the two sizes of strips create the curve.

Over on Instagram where I am also ShevvyLondon I joined the IGminiswap. I've not really done much swapping but I decided I would give this a go as I felt having a deadline would be a good motivator and force me to get on with something.

I was delighted to get my real life friend and member of the LMQG Amanda as my partner and I felt I had a good handle on her taste. I brought it to a meeting show and tell before sending it to her and I was very amused by her comments. She asked outright if it was for her and I had to dissemble, but I didn't want to lie to a friend so I think she guessed.

This weekend I made an angel mini for the swap as well as a member has been led down. I went back to one of my favourite blocks, the 9-patch but took it smaller than usual and based it on 1.5 inch strips. I don't usually put blocks on point but I really loved this one and again I can see a full sized one in my future.

I've joined another IG swap, this time Ukminiswap and my partner was less specific so I decided to challenge myself with a colour palette that doesn't appeal; purple really isn't my thing. I'm not a fan of triangles either so that added to the challenge.

While making another quilt I ended up with a load of bright solid scraps so went for it with some improv piecing and came up with one of my favourite ever pieces.

Another favourite, also made from scraps from another quilt, this time using Oakshott solids is this one. It's a bit bigger than a mini and now resided above my bed.

I think that is it for small quilts for the last few months. Although I did get one more, this is the quilt I received as part of the Igminiswap from Sandra. Isn't it wonderful? Lovely improv curves, just perfect for me.


Friday, 31 October 2014

Why I hate Halloween

Please skip on to the next blog in your reading list if the title of this post offends you.

Skip on if you don't want to read through what may end up being a wordy post with no pictures.

I won't mind.

I was talking to someone earlier today about why I hate Halloween and got called a grumpy old woman. I laughed it off but it's been playing on my mind.

My experience where I live of Halloween is that children I don't know at all turn up on my doorstep expecting me to provide them with something. Sometimes these are little children accompanied by an adult, sometimes this can be a group of teenagers on their own, not even dressed up.

I live alone. I don't put any decorations outside my house to indicate that this is welcome. I have over the years resorted to turning off all the lights in rooms at the front of the house and sitting in the back. They still ring the doorbell.

For me, with my life experiences I can find it odd that adults are teaching kids to approach and beg from complete strangers, I can also find it intimidating and threatening.

A year and a week ago a woman was attacked on my doorstep by a complete stranger who threatened to kill her. Eventfully I was able to get her inside my house and the police did catch him. For months I was really distressed and jumped ever time the doorbell rang. As you can imagine, Halloween then was really upsetting so close to the attack.

This year, the whole thing makes me angry. I'm angry that my choice not to participate is disrespected by people. I'm angry that for this night I feel I can't live as I want to in my own home. I'm angry that I am mocked for this, that my I feeling unsafe with strangers coming to the door is mocked. Those feelings are not just based on what happened last year but are a product of a childhood of abusive relationships.

So for anyone still reading, if you find yourself calling someone a killjoy for not wanting to get involved I hope you will stop for a moment and think that they have that right. There may be a great deal going on for them that you don't know about.

And yes, this was a wordy post, I did warn you at the beginning.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Scrap loving

If you've been a long time reader of tis blog you may have picked up how much I love using scraps.

Well I'm not the only one and my friends Leanne and Nicky have created a new linky party to share the love. Somehow with the wonders of technology they have worked out how to have the same linky party from two separate blogs but go and check them both out.

I've entered my all time favourite scrappy quilt, called appropriated enough Scraptastic and I blogged about it a long time ago.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Finish a long Qtr 4

It's time to declare my aims for the rest of the year. I have no idea if I will get anything much finish or just follow the example of the last quarter where I just started lots of new things. First, all I need to finish on Migraine is the binding.
The same for my kinky bee quilt, it also only needs a binding.
This charity quilt needs some work with unpicking some quilting and then binding.
The must do though is this mini quilt for the Instagram mini swap as the deadline is December.
And another must do - because it's been a Wip for over two years and I want to give it to my Mum for her birthday in a few weeks is this shawl.
I'm going to leave it at that. Hopefully I will achieve more but I'm not going to pressure myself.
For lots of other targets, check out Katy's blog.    

Monday, 6 October 2014

Finish a long Q3 progress

Well I didn't do very well at my list.

In then end I managed to complete only a few things on my list.

First was my Neon mini which only need a hanging sleeve for Festival of Quilts.

Next was Ice Cream Parlour which also needed binding for FoQ.

I did finish some boxy pouches as well for FQR but forgot to take a pic.

I seem to have been starting all sorts of different things rather than finishing anything the last few months.

Ah well, you can see more productive people over at Katy's blog

Thursday, 2 October 2014


No! I'm not being rude, this post is all about balls.

Nice balls! Pretty balls! Decorative balls! Balls that use up scrap fabric.

For ages I've been reading up on Temari and Kimekomi and over the last few months I've given them a go.

Kimekomi is decorating a balls with fabric, you draw a design onto a styrofoam ball, cut the lines and prod the fabric into the ball. I found great tutorials here.

Temari is a bit more complicated, but it is a great way to use up all those various threads hanging around. Again, I've been using a styrofoam ball, but you can build your ball up from any old fabric or wadding as well.

There are lots of instructions and tutorials for different designs here. I've only touched ideas from the beginners category but they are very effective.

And here are all my balls together, aren't they pretty?