Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Old and New

A little while ago a surprise parcel arrived in the post and it contained a lovely old cot quilt from Barbara Chainey. Barbara said it needed a few repairs but to do with it whatever I wished and that she acquired it some 20 years ago.

The lace around the edge had perished in places and after a fruitless search at my local antique market I thought that I might just take the lace off and add a liberty print binding. At my local craft centre I found a new product that was a pretty binding with a tiny lace edge. I thought this the perfect answer.

As I was sewing on the binding I came across this number in the corner. It is still there but now hidden under the binding, hopefully for someone else to discover in the future. I carefully snipped off the lace and have just slip stitched the binding over the already neatened quilt edge. No need to make extra work. Hope Barbara will approve.

Whilst we await the arrival of this special delivery I have been finishing things off.

Firstly, I showed this crochet blanket quite a while ago but I don't think I showed it finished. I thought I had finished it with the little scallop border but the other day decided to crochet a pink line around the border and add a flower. Now it is finished.

Rachel chose the colours for the next crochet blanket. I am pleased with the outcome.

It is quite some time since I did any dressmaking but for my birthday in July I was given a book of Mum and Baby patterns by Anna Maria Horner and decided to make the pretty top for Rachel. It went together very easily and is a clever idea. The side panels open up so that baby can be discreetly fed. It is both pretty and functional and I like that. Just need a baby. Please excuse the foot but I am not sure where the carefully edited photo disappeared.


Quilting has started on the periwinkle quilt. I googled images for periwinkle quilts and this antique version popped up and I like the way it had been quilted. Just need to get a wiggle on now.

Happy Stitching

Love Shirley.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Periwinkle and the Challenge Winner

Did you guess which quilt won? Some of you did and it was clearly a winner amongst you too.

It was made by Emma Kirkpatrick and was number 8 and well deserved. Emma says that she googled the word Twist and that was her inspiration for her design.

What baffled you was which one you thought I had made. I really went off on a different tangent and my offering was quilt number 3. Not a bit of pink in sight. The reasoning behind my choice was to take the quilting aspect that the Amish are so renowned for and turn it into the design and I chose to applique a feather. It worked but was time consuming and had I have thought longer about it I would have done the feathers in Amish colours. It certainly got everyone thinking about it. A big thank you to everyone who joined in or emailed me.

I recently purchased from Petra Prins the lovely plastic template kit that is known as Periwinkle. I had seen it around in blog land and fell in love with it. These templates from Australia are super to use and make stitching by hand an absolute dream.

Wondering  what to use to try it out I had in front of me the fabrics that  I was using for my Noughts  and Crosses quilt. Well, it didn't take very long to cut the pieces out nor to sew them up and this is the result. A small baby quilt for a very special little lady due to join us very soon. Today it has been layered and is ready for quilting.

A few posts back I promised to show the back of my work. Someone asked me why and surely as it was going to be hidden what did it matter. The answer is it does matter. Pressing the seams are important if you want your quilt to lie flat and also I am not always sure which way seams should lie and often wish there was a diagram to say which way. Hand piecing gives much more flexibility in the way a seam can lie too. If you know of a neat way to deal with the seams then I am sure we would all love to learn how. I know I would. Besides, I personally like my work to be neat and tidy. This is a complex little block with many seams meeting in the middle and it could soon look a bit lumpy in places. I hope you can see how they have been pressed to lie flat. Nothing was pressed till the whole thing was completed and a border added.

This photo shows the seams before all the "dog ears" have been snipped off.

It looks much better with the "dog ears" snipped off.

Now for the quilting.

Happy Stitching.


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Group Challenge 2013

Earlier this year I set our patchwork group a challenge to make a quilt that measured design size of 18" x 24". The subject was titled "A Little Bit Amish" and the idea came from the book Amish Inspired by the Piece O Cake duo Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins. They were asked to give it a twist. We had lots of books to look at and of course a wealth of things to ponder over via the internet to give us plenty of ideas. Tuesday was the big reveal and we had a total of 17 entries out of 31 people. We judge the winner by a secret vote and the one with the most votes wins. I wonder if you will agree with our choice. I won't tell you yet which one is the winner or indeed which one was made by yours truly. Tell me which number you would choose and which number you think is mine.
















Please excuse my photography and editing, you know by now it is not my strong point.
 I think you will agree that all the quilts were great and well done Apple County Quilters for rising so admirably to the challenge.
 Happy Stitching.