Sunday, 27 May 2018

It's been a while ...

since I last posted!  I haven't had as much time as I would like to sew :(  However, I have finally finished this quilt for my Mum ...








Vanessa x





Monday, 29 January 2018

Christmas 2018 sorted ...

so I've tidied up my sewing room ... made two lots of Christmas bunting and10 Christmas place mats!  :)




Making the place mats was a great way of learning to free motion meander!

Vanessa x



Thursday, 11 January 2018

Happy New Year ...

and what better way to start, than with a trip to Cupcake Cotton's January Sale ...


bargains galore and always such a warm welcome from Steph and Sue and a cup of coffee!

I'm afraid I didn't post anything last month!  I always seem to run out of time in December so I didn't manage to do any sewing!  I started some Christmas bunting in class but didn't get it finished in time to hang it!  Oh well, I'll make sure I have it ready for Christmas 2018!

Vanessa x



Friday, 8 December 2017

November ...

has been all about finishing things off!  I started this wall hanging in 2016 ...


the pattern came from this gorgeous book by Gail Pan ...


and here it is hanging on the wall ...



I also finished quilting this table topper from a pattern by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew ...



I bought this advent calendar in 2016 at a quilt show and have finally completed it ...





And in class this month I made ten mini stockings ...


It's beginning to feel a bit like Christmas!

Vanessa x

Friday, 3 November 2017

October ...

has been another busy month - wedding planning this time - very exciting!  So not much time for sewing and I didn't even make it to class this month :(  

However, I have finished free motion quilting "A walk in the park" ...


I'm really pleased with the end result.  Here is a close up of the quilting ...



I simply cross-hatched around the border ...


I have decided to give this quilt to Judy (Jo's Mum) who isn't too well at the moment ...

A comfort quilt!


Vanessa x





Tuesday, 10 October 2017

September ...

started wonderfully with an engagement ...


Congratulations to Poppy and Andy!

In class this month, I made this little robin ... going to call him Ray after my Dad ...


David and I spent a fabulous week in this house in Cornwall ...

Atlantic View
View from our bedroom window
The house had a fantastic conservatory which became a perfect sewing room .... 


During our stay I made my first baby quilt ...


As you know, I'm trying to get to grips with free motion quilting!  This quilt is made from a panel which I got from one of Steph's sales at Cupcake Cottons.  The panel has "Twinkle twinkle little star" around the border so I quilted the middle part using a loop and star design and then just cross-hatched the borders and I'm pretty pleased with the end result ...


I bound the quilt by using the backing fabric - a new technique I found on one of my favourite blogs - Cluck Cluck Sew ...


I also made a table topper (again a pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew) which I free motion quilted ... I think I'm improving!!!




During the week I managed to visit three quilting shops ... Coast and Country Crafts and Quilts, The Sewing Studio and Cowslip Workshops ...

Some goodies I came home with!

Vanessa x



Sunday, 3 September 2017

August ...

sometimes you see fabric that you just have to have ... like this Garden Notes range from Moda ... I just adore it!  

Lucy at Secret Garden Quilting wraps fabric up beautifully!
It's been a busy summer with graduations, weddings and WOMAD and I've not had much time to quilt!  I was beginning to feel a little frustrated about this and needed a quilting fix so I pieced this quilt top ...


and I felt much better afterwards!  I used a pattern called Garden Trellis from a Pam and Nicky Lintott book which I've had for years!  It went together beautifully and was so quick - just what I needed!  I've called it "A walk in the park"!

I spent a lovely wet Saturday tidying up my sewing cupboard ...

Before!

After!
I need to do some serious stash busting this autumn/winter!  I've got SO many patterns I want to use - beach huts, jugs, buttons, umbrellas, dishes - the list goes on and on!  So I've made a start on a quilt called Floral Bouquet ... using fabric from my stash ...

Think I got this fabric from John Lewis?
First time I've used this book!
So pleased!
This month in class at Cupcake Cottons I got going on my "Little House on the Prairie" quilt  ...

Steph is helping me to design it!


And finally, I can announce the "Flowers in the garden" quilt was for Velma's 80th Birthday!  Velma is a dear friend of my Aunty Pauline.  When my Aunty Pauline was unwell last year, Velma was amazing, so this is a little thank you gift and a Happy 80th Birthday gift!

Loving being able to make labels!


I've sadly not had time to make any little houses this month - will have to double my efforts in September!


Vanessa x