Two Posts in One Day..Whatever Next

Okay so heres my catch up post..we had an amazing week here in Ireland a month ago as it was National Quilting Week here and the group that I am involved with, apart from the Irish Patchwork Society held an amazing exhibition at St Mathews Church in Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow.

The church looked amazing and very kind of St Mathews to let our group use the venue. So here was our special visitor one evening, none other than Ricky Tims himself. He was over with a group for quilting week. Everyone ahd a great time, he was socharming and even signed Moiras Ricky Tims book!

All the girls and Ricky Tims

All the girls and Ricky Tims

Here are some of the pictures I took of the church and the exhibition.

Quilts on Pews

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My late return

Tinahely Show 2014

Tinahely Show 2014

This is such a late post but I am finally glad to be back online.Its been a rollercoaster year, and finally getting heavy treatment for Lyme Disease here in Ireland. The last year has been very topsy turvy with the drug regime but happy to say I am feeling a lot improved at the present….!

So backdated news. First of all I was encouraged to put two of my quilts into Tinahely Show, for the All Ireland quilt competition last year. I wasnt expecting much and the quilts on exhibition were amazing but I got the surprise of my life when I won first here with my garden quilt and a second with my childs quilt. here is the detail of the garden quilt which shows the embroidery on it …

Detail

Detail

The little elephant quilt that I had been working on came second!!

Elephant Quilt

Elephant Quilt

The overall winner of the quilt show was a lady from Dublin and she had hand quilted this beautiful piece. I thought it was stunning and every stitch perfect!

20140804_151206 (576x1024)This year I have been held up a bit with work but have entered two and am going up to Wicklow tomorrow so will be sure to post up photos!

Elephants in Wexford

Well no ..not real ones just on my quilt!!

I was online at one of my favourite places to buy fabric online www.fabricshack.com  

Well I was looking through all the fabrics for a childs quilt- even though mine have flown the nest and no grandchildren on the ground yet! I found this amazing funky fabric by Valori Wells there and I just had to buy it, but how to make a quilt out of very large animals??

Fabric by Valori Wells for Fresspirit Fabrics

Fabric by Valori Wells for Fresspirit Fabrics

I didnt even know what I was going to do but just loved these elephants..so my first design was born. That was such fun and many scribbles and overwrites. I thought if I cut out the Elephants using Bondaweb and appliqued them onto blocks along with star blocks it might work.

Embroidery panel hooped up and ready to go!

Embroidery panel hooped up and ready to go!

So I found some similar fabrics on the floor behind everything else and was thinking- the elephants are pretty, I thought the stars would need something extra, so I tried a few  embroidery patterns that might fit within the block on my embroidery machine.

I had an idea to blend machine embroidery with the blocks so this is what I came up with……….

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So this is what I came up for the free motion design on the star block……..

Free Motion on panel

Free Motion on panel

I found some matching Minky fabric for the back and completed all the blocks. The Minky fabric is gorgeously soft but I had used it before so didnt want to do anything to complex in the way of free motion quilting. it is a bit heavy for me to drag around on the machine but makes beautiful sculptural designs.

Minky Fabric on the Back

Minky Fabric on the BackAnd this is my finished Funky Elephant Quilt……………………..

And this is it finished , my Funky Fanta Elephant Quilt …..

Finished Quilt

Finished Quilt

I was so glad to get this finished, and folded up…no grandchildren to give it to yet though!! I am trying to find time to get on with my next project now although DH has promised me a revamp of my sewing room next week or so- its our spare bedrooma t the moment and I am working round a double bed and all the extras..have been promised a wooden floor and a sofa bed..Whoohoo!!!

Hi everyone out there- my first quilting post!

I have a guilty pleasure …I love making things. I used to make sculpture, carving and steel work mainly, but even before that as a very young girl, I remember watching my grandmother make just about everything on her old Singer Treadle machine. That woman could sew! If it wasnt sewn, it was knitted and,growing up I used to spend hours kneeling on the floor next to her while she pinned out patterns and fabric. Hours were spent waiting for her while she looked through dress pattens at our local store.

I didnt think any of it had actually rubbed off on me until about a year ago when I started making embroidery and decided I needed to buy a sewing machine to hem up the edges of my linen to stop them fraying. I got as far as the dealer and bought my basic first machine, a Janome, which was wonderful. I really wanted to make a quilt though and bought a marvellous book by Alex Anderson and the first thing I made with it was a small rail fence quilt-not the seams for the embroidery which I was supposed to do (oh dear)! And from then on I was hooked.

So here is the very first quilt I made..on a small machine, and no idea how to cut anything out to an exact quarter inch seam or how to FMQ!

My first quilt-thank you Alex Anderson!!

So I made this first quilt using Alex Anderson’s quilt book and she ahd everything laid out so easily and straightforward I was able to folow it-not wihtout loads of mistakes on my part, using the seam ripper so many times and finally finished it. So pleased I completed it.

I get a  lot of ideas from looking at books and quilting magazines, and I subscribe to Fons and Porters Easy Quilts. So the next project was a throw for my son and his partner. The actual quilting consited of vertical strips of material and appliqued flowers added afterwards.

Another first. I am now discovering Bondaweb! So I found some real funky fabric- the cream fabric is almost Batik but with a bark pattern – I was delighted to find this as it looked really unusual  and really looked forward to starting on it

her is part of it under my first little machine, the  Janome-CXL301

Flower Quilt

I had to pin some of the leaves and petals first- the pattern has a running stitch weaving through the quilt,I had to draw this in freehand last of all and stitch this by hand. Now I know why I machine quilt- my hands are just not up to this!!

So finally finished it a week before last Christmas- was so relieved to get it done.

Still finding Free Motion Quilting difficult here so opted for a randomised swirly pattern. I watched a lot of Patsy Thompson videos..having to learn to sew from scratch is sooo hard. Really wish there was a group near home. Maybe it is good also,because if you really want to do a thing you will find a way!