19 December 2014

End of an era

Today has been quite an emotional day for the  family Quiltova. Today, as we left work, we locked the door on  our factory for the final time as owners.   The opportunity to sell up came along earlier this year, and, well, there wasn't much debate to be honest.

It's been pretty stressful getting to this point over last couple of weeks, but finally we signed everything off on Tuesday at the solicitors

Here's some facts and figures of the last 7 years

Started in 2008 with 10 employees
Numbers of employees today 20

We went from the worst factory ever

to a really smart one

Number of Christmas parties - 6 (the last one being on Saturday)
Bowling parties - 6
Paintballing - 1
Other assorted silliness 

So from January 1st, we will be retired.  Well, sort of anyway.  We will still work in the company as needed during the hand-over period, and Gordon still has his consultancy work..  And as friends and family have said, it's unlikely that we will resist some future opportunity .......

But in the meantime, you'll find me in my sewing room!

08 December 2014

Little Quilts swap

       Finish Along 2014
In the last few days, I've knocked quite a few of my Q4 Finish-along projects on the head.  The first is the mini quilt I made for the Little Quilts Swap.   I am a great fan of Sarah Fielke, so when I saw a swap was being organised around her book, Little Quilts, (written with Amy Lobisger) I had to join in.
Little Quilts - Paperback - 9781782491378 - Sarah Fielke & Amy Lobsiger
This is an Instagram based swap, and as the vast majority of the swappees are Australian, I have got to stalk a new bunch of quilters and bloggers.

My secret swap partner posted her 4 favourite quilts. All of the quilts were challenging in some way but I chose to may the Fans of May designed by Amy Lobsiger

Sometimes, I find it hard to get away from the colours in the book, but my partner wanted "clean" colours, so I went with turquoise, green and coral/red colour scheme

I ditched the darker green sashing so that the fans "floated

I still don't have a machine capable of FMQ'ing, so I opted to to hand quilt most of it.

And here's a not very good photo of the finished item

And a little key ring copied from a gift I had from a swap partner in a previous  swap

So my parcel has traveled all the way to Oz, and my partner seems to be pretty happy with it.  I haven't received my quilt yet, but it is probably coming from Australia, and the law states that my swap package with be one of the last, if not the last!

In all honesty, I'm not terribly good at posting at the moment, but I have a quilt and a pair of socks to show you, so stick with me, they'll be about soon!

23 November 2014

Patchwork comes to town

Yesterday there was another patchwork course here in Valtice.  There is now a core group going, mainly ladies who have busy lives, families and jobs, so little time to sew in between.  This time we were learning Bargello, which I always though was an embroidery technique.  But it turns out, it's basically the same technique used to make the Scrappy trip around the world quilt.  So instead of making a cushion, that really didn't inspire me,
I thought I'd give the Scrappy Trip around the world a go.  I know it's very last year, but that's fine, I like to plough my own furrow!  Here's what I made

Oh I can see why this was so popular.  It's addictive!  I wouldn't say it's a scrap buster exaclty, just big scraps, as you need a cut length of 16 inches. but it does use up some of these fabrics that you wonder why you bought in the first place!!  Even ugly fabrics get lost, although I am trying to be a little discerning!
Here's what some of the other girls made

And you know, in the whole day, I never heard mention of 1/4" seams or matching the joints, but hey, they look OK!  It was a nice way to spend a Saturday morning, and I get to talk and listen (mainly listening) to real czechs!

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!!