WIP Wednesday 

This week I’ve been working on my version of Sewing Under the Rainbow’s beautiful quilt  Summer Breeze. I trimmed all of my DP blocks and ended up with a pretty pile of scraps.  
 My blocks started to come together but after working a little too late at night I realised I had made a little mistake. Can you spot it? After a good nights sleep I got the seam ripper out and rectified it.  
This quilt is really testing my skills and whilst the piecing isn’t perfect I love the overall look. I am now cutting out my appliqué seahorses, jelly fish and sea urchins. Can’t wait to add them.

 

WIP Wednesday

I finished adding the butterflies to my quilt top with some help from my little girl. Nerves of steel are required when using an iron with a 3 year old.  

    
 
She was very happy with the results. 

I need to decide on some backing fabric so whilst I’m mulling over my choices I’ve started making up my drunkard’s path blocks for my version of Summer Breeze. I found a you tube tutorial which allows you to piece without pinning.  

  
It worked well, so pretty soon I had a nice pile of blocks.

  

Fluttery butterflies 

I’ve stitched all my blocks together for my butterfly quilt top and am pretty pleased with how my seams match up. I only had to unpick one or two bits so I feel like I’ve really come a long way with my piecing. 

 
I’ve now started adding the appliqué butterflies. I’m really pleased with how it’s looking. 

   

Butterfly blocks

After a lovely week off with my little one for the school holidays I’m easing myself back into my studies and work. 

I found a little bit of time for sewing and have put all my blocks together for my butterfly quilt.

  
I love how bright and bold the colours are. 

Bluebird park and butterflies 

I finally finished my bluebird park quilt. 

   

I did quite a bit of machine quilting on this and am really pleased with the results. I tried an artistic photoshoot of the finished quilt but the wind had other ideas!

I’ve started piecing my blocks for my butterfly quilt. I’m really pleased with how bright the colours are. Can’t wait to finish a few more blocks.

 

WIP Wednesday

I haven’t made much progress this week as I’ve been feeling ill with a cough and a headache that just won’t shift themselves.
I have started quilting my little baby quilt though.

IMG_3755 I pieced the backing with a strip of rabbits and have been straight line quilting. I also tested out the wavy stitch on my machine.

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UFOs and New Beginnings

My major project for December was to finish decorating my daughter’s bedroom which meant painting in my spare time rather than getting to play with my sewing machine. I’m glad to say that it’s now finished and I’m really happy with it.

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Now that I have some time to get back to my sewing projects I’m keen to work on two quilts I’ve had on my to do list for ages. I’ve had the fabric set aside for both but haven’t made a start. So last week I cut up my fabric to make a version of Maureen Cracknell’s Butterfly quilt which featured in Patchwork and Quilting magazine. This quilt calls for a lot of solid fabric which I would have struggled to find at my local quilt shop or online in the UK so I adapted the block size to make it Jelly roll friendly and ordered a Kona solids roll together with some pretty Art Gallery solids.

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This box of beauties by Mo Bedell are cut up ready to start on Sewing Under the Rainbow’s Summer Breeze quilt.
I have promised myself that before I start piecing either of these I will finish my Luxe in Bloom quilt top.

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I’ve added most of the sashing but still need to add a little more together with the boarders. Navy isn’t a colour I often choose but I love these bold floral fabrics. This quilt is for me which is why it keeps getting shoved to one side. I’ve been looking at Farrow and Ball’s rather decadent paint chart and think I might have to redecorate either our dining room or bedroom in blue and grey to show it off when it’s finished. We only moved into our house two years ago and other than my daughter’s room haven’t tackled any of the redecorating projects yet.

An American Adventure

I was lucky enough to spend my summer holidays, whilst at university working at a wonderful summer camp in Maine and this year the camp had a big reunion. Luckily a few things fell into place and I was able to go. It was lovely to meet up with old friends, reminisce and also enjoy the beautiful surroundings of camp with my little girl.

We flew into New York and had a few days to sightsee and shop. One of the places that I’d read about and wanted to visit was the high line park and it just happened to be a 2 minute walk from our hotel.

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It’s a wonderful city park which retains the character of the old railway but also has lots of interesting and quirky features as well as lush planting schemes to keep the visitor interested on their walk. It’s also wonderful to see the city from an elevated viewpoint.

One of the other places I wanted to visit was the Purl Soho as I’m often inspired by their tutorials and enjoy looking at their website. I was a little disappointed with their fabric selection which contained mostly liberty prints (fabrics I can easily find in the UK) and solids. My daughter on the other hand was smitten with their little dog soft toy. After carrying it gleefully around the shop we decided to buy the pattern and some fabric and make our own.

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Evie kept talking about her doggy on our travels and as soon as we got home she was keen to make a start on him.

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It’s been a joy to work on something together.