Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Quilt idea

I need your help. My childminder will retire in just over a year, she has looked after all 3 of my children and helped raise them to be lovely independent and well developed children. To thank her for being such an important/positive/fantastic part of their lives and ours, I would like to make her a quilt but I am not sure what to make. She is a keen gardener and has a big allotment from which she regularly regales us with freshly picked fruits and vegetables. So I would love to make her something with a gardening theme. I know there is the Gardener's Journal quilt by Anni Down which has quite a lot of stitcheries and because of the stitcheries I am wondering whether this would be too big a challenge to take on. What do you think?

Do you know any good pattern that I could use maybe?
Thanks for your suggestions.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Growing up in France, I am not use to celebrating Halloween. We used to dress up for Mardi Gras and Mum would make us the most beautiful fancy dress and we would go all around the village (small village with about 200 inhabitants!) knocking at each door and people would give us a little coin with which we'd eventually go and buy sweets.

I haven't got many Halloween projects that I have made for our house because it hasn't really been a tradition but 2 years ago I did a fun swap with Diane called Halloween See Saw and organised by Michele.

Diane and I each made a central block that we sent to each other every other month for a few months. One month I would add one border to Diane's block and one month I would add a border to my block.
I started from this
 my block
Diane's block

that I quilted with glow in the dark thread and finished the same year (yes!) in time for Halloween.

You can see more here.
Linking to Val's Archive Tuesday.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Fairy Tale Swap

Look what has arrived all the way from Texas.... my Fairy Tale package from Gwen.

Gwen made me a gorgeous mini that I think might be quickly claimed by Miss C

and a lovely bag

and lots of goodies, a snail retractable meter (cute), lots of sweeties and some yummy chocolates, lovely fabric and ribbons

Thanks Gwen I absolutely love it!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Unicorn swap package

I finished my mini

and bag last week

but I needed to shop to complete my package to include either a rare to find or a local item. I found some London items for my partner and some London fabric. I also found some little ponies, I now they are not unicorns but they are close! I hope she likes it all! I

Another swap completed!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

It is this time of year again, the amazing Bloggers's Quilt Festival that Amy organises so brilliantly. So many beauties to discover, so many lovely blogs to get lost into!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Countdown :: One Week!
With 11 categories to enter quilts under, there should be a fantastic range of quilts to admire! After much thoughts, I have decided to enter my Flower Power quilt in the Original Design Category.

This time I have chosen to feature the quilt I finished for my grand-mum over the summer. I had a collection of blocks (20) that I received from a BOM exchange in 2010-2011 and that had sat there since. My Grand-Mum turned 85 earlier this year and lost her life-long companion, my Grand-Dad, earlier in the year after over 65 years of marriage. My Grand-Mum was a keen gardner and an outdoor lady as she worked on the farm all her life with my Grand-Dad. I thought those flowery blocks would brighten her days a little bit.

With the 20 blocks I had, I decided a lap quilt would be a good size for her but 20 blocks wasn't enough. So I looked at the scrap I had and tried several ideas and then set my mind on a simple blocks that I could alternate with my BOM blocks. (I was also short on time! of course) so I made filler blocks (20)

and added a border made of granny blocks

My quilt top reminds me of a garden which is exactly what I was after

and I even got a bit adventurous with my quilting trying out some feathers (love the texture!)
I gifted it to my Grand-Mum in the summer and was very happy to have one less UFO that has made someone close to me happy

Quilt Stats:
Flower Power
Fabric: Assortment of fabric from Hofman Fabrics (2003) and white on white from my  stash
Started February 2010, Finished August 2014
Size: 54' x 60'
Pieced and home machine quilted with Aurifil thread.

Linking to Blogger's Quilt Festival

Thursday, 23 October 2014

An evening in London

No sewing happened last night because I had an important dinner in London. I went into town straight after work so I had a couple of hours to kill before dinner time. My first stop was for my favourite shop in London: Liberty's.

I love going there even just for a browse, it is such a fantastic building filled with lots of pretty (and oh so expensive!) stuff. I had time to browse and I even got my make up done while I was there so I could look the part for the evening!

I went to the fabric and haberdashery department of course to try and find a little something for my Liberty of London swap partner.

I also spent some time in MacCulloch & Wallis, another favorite in London. I was looking for some key fob kits but unfortunately they didn't have them.

After another browse in John Lewis where there was a lovely Lego display

I headed to South London, wondering whether to buy a new car on my way to the restaurant ;-)

The dinner was very good and I spent a lovely evening but got home far too late for any sewing!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A little progress update

and this where I am going with my strips of Liberty fabric. The idea is a tiled mat.
Hope my partner likes it!
I need to add 2 more rows and make the pockets now.
Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


You probably know that I love hexagons and play with them often. Hexagons is also the theme of this Tuesday Archive over on Val's blog. So how many quilts have I got to show you with hexagons.... well I guess this will be none... :-( I have plenty of hexagons WIP but no finished quilt as such.

For a while I did a swap mainly with Australian ladies of framed hexagons. My theme was Asia/Japan inspired. And I received a gorgeous collection of hexagons but unfortunately I haven't put them together yet. These are most of the ones I have (since 2012), aren't they pretty? This post actually makes me want to get them out and display them... maybe soon!

Then I have my September in the Hexagon, a very slow progressing UFO which is still not quilted, it is now at flimsy stage (and has been for over a year now). I pieced the top last year 
but I had actually prepared all my triangles 3 years before
And then I have score of hexie flowers from the Inchy Hexie Swap, still to be used....

But at least let me show you a small finish with some hexagons on: the sewing kit I made for Penny a few weeks ago

or there is also the mini I made for Kendra in the Modern She Made Swap.

Linking to Tuesday Archives.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Liberty love

I had a plan. And then I changed my mind and ordered some fabric. And then the fabric I ordered hasn't arrived yet so I decided I was time to make a start on my project for the Liberty of London Swap or #lolswap which is due early next month. I will be making a sewing machine mat for my partner with mini-charm squares,

My first idea was to use a handful of fabric and use strips. I then decided that maye it would be better to mix it more and ordered some charm packs but they aren't there yet and I don't want to leave it till the last minute (not sure what is wrong with me!) and decided to make a start this week-end.

So here is my selection of fabric for my mat. Hope my partner likes it!

Linking to Design Wall Monday, Anything Goes Monday, WIP, WOW.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

My mini is finished!

There was just the binding left to add on my mini. And today I finished sewing it by hand so my mini is officially finished.
I really like the way the binding line with the backing in some places.
Another OPAM and this is one of my Q4 Finish Along, my A lovely year of Finishes project for October and one of my NewFO.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Saturday, 18 October 2014


Do I need to add any new project to my already to long list? Have I got enough willpower to resist a cute quilt-along? I think when it comes to fabric and quilt, I have no willpower at all. Anyway, I am really really tempted by Lee's Fair Isle Sew Along starting on Thursday. It is such a gorgeous quilt, look at this picture on Lee's blog. If you love Scandinavian Christmas, this is for you!
Isn't this quilt beautiful? Cutting starts on Thursday are you joining? I think I need a little fabric shopping tonight as it is stunning with solid fabrics.

And if this is not enough to keep you bsuy you want to check Ali's 318 Patchwork Patterns quilt-along starting now. I bought the book so surely I ought to join!
318 Patchwork Patterns QAL at A Thousand Needles
And if you haven't got the book, there is a giveaway on Ali's blog until Tuesday.

Friday, 17 October 2014

A little scrappy bee block

While sewing my blocks for the Star Plus quilt, I also made one of my Bee Block. I finish this stash busting block for RobinSue for the Stash Bee.

Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - a new linky party

Did you see the lovely Nicky and Leanne are organising a new linky party Scraptastic Tuesday. The place to link your scrappy projects and else!

If you know me somehow, you will probably know that I have a fabric problem, euh addiction sorry collection which is forever extending. Sometimes I buy fabric for a specific project, often I buy fabric, because oh it is so pretty and I can't resist it. And then, I store it and I am torn whether to use it or not. Is it that special project yet or should I keep for something else? This is mad really. But then when I finally get to cut into my stash, of course I keep all the scraps (even some tiny ones sometimes but then tiny scraps are great for paper piecing). I organise or rather store my scraps in baskets by colours. And when I start something new, unless I am going to use a particular fabric collection, I always dive into my scrap baskets first to see if there is any suitable fabric there before I start cutting into my precious stash.

One of my first and still a great favorite scrappy projects was my Hungry Caterpillar Quilt that I made for big boy a few years ago. I had bought the panel and some coordinating fabrics to go with it but I wanted a more interesting look than just the panel and a border. So I did cut the panel into 3 pieces and used lots of scraps to make up the quilt top.
I love the variety of fabric the riot of colours in this quilt. I love how the panels stick out despite all the other bright colours. The quilt has been on Big Boy's bed for the last couple of years and although he is probably too big for this story, it is still a well-loved quilt!

Linking to Scraptastic Tuesday.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

I love quilting

This is why I love quilting. I love how a flat block turns into a lovely textured piece once it is quilted.

I did simple stippling on my Unicorn block and I really love how it has turned out. (I am seriously thinking I will not want to send it on!)

Love the back too and how you can read the pattern almost.

Now it only needs its binding before it can fly away.
Linking to WIP Wednesday, WOW and I Quilt.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Hand quilting

On of the theme for Tuesday Archive at Val's blog today is hand quilting. Not something I do very often I must admit, as I can recall only one example where I have done hand quilting. And because this was long before I started my blog, I thought I'd create a specific post and share this quilt with you.

When one of my friend had her first baby (not long after my first baby!) in 2006 I set on to make her an alphabet quilt from a pattern I had found in Magic Patch. I applique all the squares by hand (on my work commute mainly)

and then decided that it would be better to hand quilt as well. So the quilt was not finished by the time the baby was born, but it was finished about 5 minutes before I went to visit her in December that year.

The quilt took me 4 months to make in total and is almost all hand sewn apart for the assembly of the top.

Unfortunately I haven't got many pictures and none with good lighting but hopefully you can see my effort at hand quilting.
Linking to Val's Tuesday Archive.



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