Monday, 16 March 2015

In the Pink.

I started this quilt back in 2013 at a sewing retreat. The pattern is from a book by Pam and Nicky Lintott which I borrowed  from the library but I can't recall the title. Whilst I really like the pattern and individually I like most of the fabrics I'm not overly keen on how I positioned the fabrics together in the centre of the blocks. I also ran out of the light border fabrics and had to use a different one in some areas which I don't think looks great either.
I don't agree with giving dodgy quilts to charities but I decided to donate it to Siblings Together as I think the faults I see in the quilt probably don't bother other people and the overall look of the quilt is OK. 

 Believe it or not I bought the backing fabric especially for this quilt but didn't work out how much I needed and wildly under-estimated the quantity, consequently I had to piece quite a big panel to make it big enough.

The quilt o metre has now gone up to 19 finished quilts with lots of activity still going on with people making many more.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

More Sewing for Siblings Together 2015

Most of my sewing time in recent weeks has been taken up with sewing for Siblings Together.
I've had the machine in my sewing room set up for machine quilting this quilt whilst I've taken over the dining room piecing on my other machine.

I recently purchased the Machinger's quilting gloves and I'd highly recommend them, they grip the fabric making it easier to move when free motion quilting, I also find them comfortable to wear. I purchased them online from Eclectic Maker who provide a super quick service which for me comes high up the list when choosing which of the many online stores to buy from.

This is the project which has taken over the dining room. I had some fabrics, which were donated by Moda, left over from the quilt I put together for the Siblings Together Bee a couple of years ago. I asked the lovely quilters on Instagram if anyone had any fabrics that would go with them which they would like to donate so I could make another quilt for the charity. Unsurprisingly I was sent some fantastic fabrics and I've started to put together this rail fence quilt. 

Mary and Hannah are both putting together group quilts using Home Sweet Home blocks from a tutorial by Jenna from Quilting in the Rain. People from all over the UK and abroad are sending them both blocks for them to turn into wonderful quilts. These are the blocks I put together for them.

The quiltometer is now up to 16 completed quilts with loads more in the process of being made. If anyone would like to join in please have a look at my last post for how you can get involved.
Bye for now, Maria