"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Friday, February 23, 2018

Kitty Mini quilt

One of my lovely friends on the Home Makers Forum sent me a small patchwork mini quilt kit for a surprise Christmas present.  She knows I love quilting and cats, so I think she will be pleased to see that I have made it up!  I cut all the fabric out last night at the Quilt Shop monthly class that I go to, and started hand piecing it.  Today I finished it off by machine, and all that is left to do is to hand stitch the binding.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Using scraps of kitty fabric.

I had this cute piece of cat fabric which was just enough to make four small mats, coasters , whatever you wish to call them.  I decided to use a different technique to bind them - the one where you bring the backing fabric around to the front, and stitch it down.  These two were the first pair, and as you can see, I made a bit of a mess with the binding!  But I have since made two more and they are a vast improvement on these, but I haven't got around to taking a photo so you will just have to take my word for it :-}

Edited to add that I took the doiley quilt top to a quilter yesterday, and she said it should be quilted in about 2 weeks.   Can I wait that long?  Going to have to, there is no way I was going to attempt to do it myself!

In Japanese mood.

As well as the Tori Gate quilt, I have been working on a small wall hanging that is based on something I saw in a magazine,  and cut out for future reference.  It was called Fan Fantasy, and I have used the basic pattern, but varied my version somewhat, including a bit of extra Sashiko to add interest.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Japanese traditional kimono fabric finally used!

Remember this?

 My generous friend Aiko in Tokyo has just sent me another parcel of materials - completely different from the above.  Traditional day Kimono fabrics in indigo, stripes and browns.  At first glance I thought What????  but after going through my Japanese quilting books, I can see the potential.  Watch this space, but don't hold your breath .

I decided to make a wall hanging based on the Japanese style of  door curtain which is used instead of solid doors to save space.  I cut most of the fabrics into 10" strips of varying thicknesses, and sewed them onto a backing of calico.  Each row has a Tori emblem block - the Tori gate is appliqued on to a background of plain Indigo fabric, and the block was inserted into each row of strips.  I used a grey fabric for the sashing and outside borders, and will use the same for binding.  For the backing I used a golden colour curtain material which I have had in my stash for years, just waiting for the right project!
This is the top before I quilted the top and backing together.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Doiley quilt top finished

The top is all pieced and ready to be quilted.  But before that I need to do some hand stitching around some of the doilies that have wide lace or crocheted edges, otherwise they could tear if something catches on them.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

More Christmas sewing.

I've been using up some Xmas stash.  This apron and the runner below is made from a panel which also included an oven mitt, but I gave that to someone else as I don't need another oven mitt!

Two coasters, one larger which will probably be used as a hot plate mat.
  The other side of the coasters.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Table Runner

I have just finished a gift for a non-sewing friend.  I made this table runner from fabrics that I had in my stash.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Doiley quilt.

So glad I decided to use the machine to sew the rest of my doiley blocks!  They are all done now, and are waiting for the November class at the Quilt Shop, when I will put them up on the design wall and decide what to use for the sashing and border.
My next projects are a couple of Christmas themed runners, place mats and coasters for friends. 
Thanks to those of you who expressed concern over my news of the bladder cancer.  It didn't take me long to recover from the operation, and I am back to my usual routines now, but for the coming six weeks I have to attend the hospital every Monday for two hours for bio immune therapy, to get rid of any remaining cancer cells.  I'm told that it doesn't take long and there are rarely any nasty side effects, as it isn't like chemo or radiation, but I'm sure I won't feel quite as energetic as I have been!  So if I don't post anything here for a while, it will only be because I'm a bit tired.