21 November 2014

Life on the ocean wave

The weather here finally improved enough for me to get some photographs of the little baby boys quilt I made for a friend.

When we first came to Czech Republic, we employed a young lady called Michala to help us in the office.  We became good friends, and she stayed with us during our time in that company.  She seemed to be one of those girls that was always unlucky in love, but finally she met "the one", got married and has now got a beautiful baby boy called Felip.  Of course, I promised to make a quilt for Felip, but it is a little late!

The quilt is from Sweetwater's Simple Home book, made in a mixture of Makower Coastal ,Nautical and Sea and Seaside collections, together with various fabrics from my stash.  The binding, a turquoise blue stripe,  is also a Makower fabric, but I'm not sure what, and the back is good old Ikea Britten numbers.  I had some triangles left over from the piecing, so I made a little strip to give the back a bit of interest.
I'm still unable to do any free motion quilting, so I found a stitch on the machine that looked like ocean waves and quilted straight across, at varying distances, using white Aurifil thread.

Now that Gordon is on the mend, and is able to drive, we must get around to delivering this before Christmas, or at least before Felip starts school!

Oh, and this is also another finish in the Q4 FAL 

Finish Along 2014 

15 November 2014


The finish line is in sight for several of my WIP's

My offering in the Little Quilts Swap is almost finished, just the binding to sew down and a label to make

I am hopeless at labels.  I need to find a signature style and stick with it, so that they don't involve much brain power!

I have also nearly finished another baby quilt - just the binding to attach and sew down - oh and another label!

The other thing I am hopeless at is naming quilts, but you can probably tell that!

These should both be finished in a couple of days, and are both on my FAL list, which is coming along nicely, thank you for asking!!

11 November 2014

It's Halloween

OK, so I'm a little late!

Every now and then we organise little team-building events at work - and I use the royal "We" there, because I have nothing to do with organising them!   Last week, we had a Halloween day.  The girls got dressed up

We had "finger" food

On the menu are severed fingers, eyeballs, draculas teeth, and blood soaked plasters

But the star of the show, who got up at 3 am to be ready for work at 6, was Petra, who seems to have the Zombie look nailed!

Can you believe, they worked all day dressed like this, although Petra did have to take the Zombie contact lenses out!

04 November 2014

Turning Japanese

A couple of weekends ago, I felt the need to make something for myself, just because I could.  So I pulled out the fabrics that Helen brought back for me from her visit to Japan earlier this year, and set to making a new cushion.  I picked out the Tallahassee block, as I thought the pieces are cut large enough to show off the designs on the fabric. And wo can resist a bit of paper piecing!
I admit to being rather taken with LV backgrounds at the moment.   I made a bit of a mistake by choosing the backing fabric before I picked out a binding fabric, then I couldn't find anything for the binding that looked right with the back!  In the end , I used up the remaining pieces of the Japanese fabric to make the binding.
Here it is with the rest of the cushions in the lounge
Incidentally, these do not always live together in one place, otherwise Gordon would have a hissy fit.  I share then out around the various chairs and settees, and he hardly notices them!

So thank you Helen for the beautiful fabric - I am very happy with my little cushion and I am claiming my first finish for the Quarter 4 FAL.  I have another, but it's blowing a hoolie outside, so I can't get any photos at the moment.

Finish Along 2014

30 October 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival part 2

My second choice for the Bloggers quilt festival is a baby quilt which I made for our goddaughters new arrival - it's seriously frightening when the little ones are growing up and having little ones of their own!

This quilt is quite important to me as I started it at a quilting class here in Valtice.   Whilst I have lots of quilting friends on the internet,and I have a couple of friends who live around 50 kms away, which is a bit too far to meet regularly, I didn't know of any quilters locally.  When I saw an advert for beginners quilting classes in town, I jumped at the chance.  OK , so I'm no longer a beginner when it comes to quilting, but it was an opportunity to use and improve my appalling czech, and meet some like minded people. For the second class, I took some of my own fabric with me, and made these "magic" squares
They were originally intended to be table mats, as this was what I bought the fabric for a couple of years ago.  But when I heard my goddaughter was pregnant, and it was going to be a boy, I decided to turn them into a baby quilt. I made the blocks up to 12, which is a bit on the large side, and sashed them with white around the blocks, then charcoal in between. I cut up the last bits of fabric to make a scrappy piano keys border. I quilted it using Aurifil white in chevrons that cross over in the middle to make a cross-hatch pattern.  The binding is Pike path from Makower, and the backing is that old favourite, Ikea Briten numbers!

I'm entering this one in the Modern Quilt category, mainly because it's definitely not your average traditional baby quilt!  The quilt is now delivered, and hopefully it will be loved and well used.

So that's both of my contributions for this years bloggers quilt Festival.  There are so many beautiful quilts this year, you really should hop over to Amy's Creative side and see them