Saturday, 12 November 2016

Online Trunk Show

Soma over at Whims and Fancies is hosting an online trunk show and I thought I would join in.

Wedding Anniversary Quilt
I think my best finish so far this year (and possibly ever) has to be the 50th anniversary quilt I made my parents. The pattern was round and round by Thimble blossoms and I used a Simply Colourful II layer cake and a huge amount of Kona white! 

50th Wedding Anniversary Quilt

The centre block contains my parents photo and around the edge are their five children on their wedding days. I included the 16 grand children under the respective parents too. Somehow I quilted this in a weekend (a tight deadline!) and was sewing the binding down on the aircraft flying to the surprise party. The final stitch were sewn just hours before the party began. There is more about this quilt here.

Center Block

Mario Bros
This next quilt was finished a couple of years ago and is another favourite of mine. Made for my son who was a Mario Bros fan. The pattern is by Angela at Cut to Pieces who ran it as a quilt along several years ago. I started making the blocks long after the quilt along had finished or I might have found it easier to keep on track. It took a long time to make these blocks, maybe something to do with the 3888, 1 inch pieces it comprises! I also found this one hard to quilt on my domestic machine, the size and weight made my shoulders ache after a while and it took me well over an hour a block despite chosing a simple stippling pattern! But I am so pleased with it, it keeps him warm and I love seeing it on his bed! You can read more and see more pictures here.

Super Mario Bros Quilt

Dalek Pillow
My husband is a big Doctor Who fan and I just loved taking part in Soma (Whims and Fancies) and Caroline's (Trillium Designs) quilt along a while back. I must confess though that I still haven't sewn all the blocks together into a quilt! But I did complete this Dalek block and turn it into a finished cushion last Christmas. Their patterns are great, sometimes challenging, but so satisfying to finish. 

Dalek Cushion

Friends for Christmas Wall hanging
I am so pleased I have finally finished this quilt (a long term WIP). I has been on the go for quite a few years. I went right off appliqué half way through but picked it back up earlier this year determined to finish it. The pattern is by Lynette Andersen and I just love the reindeers. I quilted the background with an all over loops and stars and it makes the characters stand out more. If you want to see more, it can be found here.

Friends for Christmas

Oakshott Challenge Quilt
My mum and I have been challenging each other to do something new and together for the last few years. The latest challenge was to use some Oakshott fabrics I won in a competition. We each started with a center block (wonky star in my case) and then, a bit like a round robin, sent it to the other to add a section and then swap again. We continued like this until we'd reached a reasonable size. This is my finished wall hanging. I heavily quilted mine just because I like to experiment with new designs. See more here.

Oakshott Challenge Quilt

Well, I think that's enough for one trunk show. I hope you enjoyed the selection. Take a trip to Whims and Fancies to see other trunk shows happening and maybe join in yourself. Thanks Soma for a fun idea! 

A very stupid thing!

I was tidying up my blog the other day and sorting through photos. I was removing some photos that were no longer needed. I obviously got a little over zealous hitting the mouse button and before I knew it I had managed to delete the whole image gallery! I was so mad! 

I have been going through adding the photos but it takes forever working out which image goes where and actually finding the images! So, there are still some pages with images missing! Hopefully I can restore them all eventually. 

Lesson learnt, when deleting take it slow and careful!!