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!!

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