Wednesday, 29 June 2016

And Hello Kitty too!

The last quilt I finish this month, binding is on and Miss A can snuggle with Hello Kitty. She is actually sleeping underneath it tonight because summer has forgotten us! It is so awful today that I have only been able to take indoor pictures.
I am so in love with this quilt I must say!

Starting from this tub of little 1.5' squares of Kona solids in January
through to the quilt top in May
and the quilting earlier this month

The binding is now on, the threads are buried

the  label is on too!

Quilt stats: 
Fabric: Kona cotton 
Backing: Paddington Bear from my stash!
Binding: Kona cotton turquoise
Quilting with Superior Threads King Tut #993 and Aurifil 4650 in the bobbin
Pattern:Hello Kitty by Amy Newbold
Started in January 2016 and finished on 29 June 2016
Size: 36' square

And this is another OPAM for June as well as one item crossed off my Finish Along Q2 list!


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Building Blocks Tuesday - guest blogger

Today, I have the honor to be guest blogger for Jen at Quilter in the Closet for her Building Blocks Tuesday. 

Welcome if you are new here and coming from Jen's blog. Jen started the linky party while I was in a swap with her, a while ago and I have been trying to link up with her as often as possible.

 I love the idea of a block linky party because I am not industrious and able to produce a quilt every other week! And also this year I have been particularly busy making blocks with the quilt along etc I have joined
Quilter in the Closet

Let me show you the blocks I made recently and then why not linking yours in the linky party below?

This week I have made blocks that we should never have to make, I made 2 blocks for the #quiltforjo drive. These blocks will be made into quilts for Jo Cox's family. If you don't know who Jo Cox is, she is a UK MP who was murdered during the campaign for/against the Brexit. She is leaving behind her family including 2 young children. So sad and unnecessary.

I also made more catch up blocks for my 365 quilt challenge, I am still way behind but little by little, my pile of blocks is growing and I have now made all the 3' blocks from March with those 7 new ones (green) as well as a 6' block (pink) for June and the last border for the medallion 

And I also made a great red and white block for Moira for Bee Hive

These 12 new blocks take my total for June to 60 for the 365-blocks challenge.

Now your turn to show us what you have been making!

    An InLinkz Link-up


Monday, 27 June 2016

A new project

I have finished a few this month so I guess I am allowed to start one (or more!) new projects now. This one has a deadline so it should help to keep me focused! Another very close friend turned 40 earlier this year and I will have the great pleasure to spend some time with her soon so I thought it would be the perfect time to gift her a quilt. So far, I have just selected the fabric (all from my stash I am proud to say!)

and started the cutting of the strips (I still need to cut the background fabric)
So far I have sewn one set of strips together.... only 17 more to do - one block!
Linking to Let's Bee Social.


Saturday, 25 June 2016

Another finished quilt

This time it is M's quilt that is finished.

The binding is on, the threads are burried (the least favorite step for me) and the quilt is signed! He will even sleep under his new quilt tonight! and he is happy about that too.

I have even washed this one straight after it was finished.

Quilt stats: 
Fabric:Lots of fabric from various stashes. 

Backing: various fabric from my stash
Binding: Blue fabric from my stash!

Quilting with Superior Threads King Tut #937

Pattern:Various 12' blocks from several bees (from 2013! with a few added this year)

Started in 2013 and finished on 24 June 2016
Size: 72'  x 84'

Another OPAM this month and another one I can cross off my Finish Along Q2 list!

Linking to Whoop Whoop FridaySew Cute Tuesday.


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

And the quilt is finished and gifted!

The last step for my Stems and Stones quilt was of course the binding and I had ordered special fabric for it, which I waited for until the very last minute... until I realised it wouldn't get here in time. At this stage (on Friday) there was no other option than raid my stash and find a fabric that would work. I found a colourful print that had similar colour palette and went for it. 

So the binding was sewn on Friday night ready to be hand stitch on Saturday, in the car back to France. 

The party (70s style!) was on Saturday night.

Of course my quilt was finished on time and I think my friend loved it!

And my secret messages in the quilting!

Quilt stats: 
Fabric: Kaffe Fassett and Kona cotton white all from my stash!
Backing: numbers fabric from IKEA from my stash!
Binding: Paisley Parade by Linda Lum DeBono from my stash!
Quilting with Superior Threads King Tut #931
Pattern:Stems and Stones by Kelly Young
Started on 13 May 2016 and finished on 18 June 2016
Size: 62' square

And this is another OPAM for June as well as one item crossed off my Finish Along Q2 list!
Linking to Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Sew Cute Tuesday.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Back to blocks

First of all, I finally finished my central medallion block for the 365 Quilt Challenge, the Queen of Hearts block that was published over the 28 and 29 February. I must say I loved how it turned out!

I also made a few more blocks 3 tiny 3' blocks from March and 2 bigger 6' blocks from June

In addition, I finished my block for Liz for the Fat Stash Bee

and my May Patchwork of the Cross for Ann.

These 8 blocks now take my June total to 47 blocks for the 350-blocks project.
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Friday, 17 June 2016

More projects?

Yes I know, I really don't need any new projects at the moment, but I have seen a few new quilt-along announced that have caught my eye, so I may or may not join in!

There is the Rainbow Rose QAL organised by Modern Quilters Ireland
This one has just started so it is still easy to jump in!

There is also the Summer Solstice QAL oragnised by Melissa and starting now too.
Melissa has just posted the fabric requirements.

And finally, I am intrigued by this one: The Snowflake Shimmer QAL starting in July with Yvonne
Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along
Will you join any? Let's see if temptation get the better of me!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

And the last quilt is off the frame

Of course, I have recovered my sewing machine at the weekend, which obviously means that the last quilt is off the frame! My Stems and Stones quilt, pattern by Kelly Young is all quilted and ready for binding. Love the pattern and love the fabric, I wasn't sure of the mix originally but I think it works!

I used a Flower Power pattern from The Inbox Jaunt for an all-over quilting and I really like the effect it gives to the quilt.

lots of great texture. I used quite a bright variegated thread King Tut by Superior Threads and it worked well with the multi-colour fabric. 
Now only the binding to sew on and hopefully it will be ready on time to be gifted on Saturday night to my friend.

Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

A finished bag!

So at the week-end I caught up with the last step of the Barrel Bag sew-along organised by Sophie and finished my bag too!

I love how roomy it is and how it has turned out. The hardware was quite expensive (a lot more than the fabric actually) but it gives the bag such an amazing finish.

My mum has seen the bag in progress and said she really liked it so I might make another one for her, I even still have enough of the main fabric left! Watch this space....
And this is my first OPAM this week and also my first OPAM in a few months actually! Let's hope for a few more....
Linking to Let's Bee Social and Whoop Whoop Friday.



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