Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A Quilt Made with Love for Siblings Together

In just 3 days time I'm going to be bound for London, heading to the Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014.   I'm so excited!  I had such a fabulous time last year (read about it here) I just can't wait to meet friends old and new, and have some quilty fun all over again.

This year I'm not going empty handed.  I shall be handing over this quilt to the charity Siblings Together. 


I used a couple of charm packs, mixed and matched, and went for a very 'loud' but fun pink dot border.  I love pink and orange, so I quilted the central panel using a bright orange.   


The binding is a funky geometric design, part of the Comma collection by Zen Chic.  It's crazy but I like it!


I really wanted the recipient of this quilt to know that they are loved and that someone is thinking about them. So I appliqu├ęd a little heart on the back, capturing this little humming bird.  


Tula Pink's fabric also features on the back for an added injection of colour!



It's not a big quilt, but I don't think it needs to be.


All I have to do now is sew on the label Catherine sent me, and squash it into my 'hand luggage' sized suitcase.  This is one finish I will be happy to part with, knowing that it will brighten someone's day knowing that they are loved.  

Sarah x

Friday, 4 July 2014

Hello Kitty!

It's the eve of the 5th birthday party.  My goodness it's been a long time coming.  Preparations have been under way for weeks.  No months.  Because about 6 months ago I had the crazy idea to turn a cross stitch pattern into a quilt.  Not just any quilt.  Oh no. It had to be a very special Hello Kitty quilt for my daughter's 5th birthday.  Which seemed like a good idea at the time, until this week when it was touch and go whether it was going to be finished in time for the Hello Kitty Party.  

It's been a crazy week of stitching.  I mean, non-stop stitching in between being a full time mum and part time teacher.  But I did it.  All 730 two inch squares of her.  Phew!!  And here she is.  


Can you see the horizontal quilting?  It took me a loooong time.  But I think it's worth it.  I wanted all that white space to have lots of lovely texture, and I think it has, what do you think?  


I also used this quilt as an opportunity to try out a new technique that I learnt in a workshop with award winning quilter Philippa Naylor.  



I just love the look of the piping next to the binding and it's definitely something I'll do again.  Sure, it's quite a bit of extra work, but I think it's worth it.  

I'm feeling pleased that a little vision of turning a cross stitch into a quilt actually worked.  This is how she started. 


And here she is as a quilt.  Kitty's favourite pastime is laying in sun.  


And I'm very envious because I can't remember the last time I laid in the sun for more than 5 minutes...I've got a party to organise!  

Quilt Stats:

Pattern:  Hello Kitty Cross Stitch Chart
Size: Approx 50" x 60"
Fabric: Kona Coal, White, Azalea, Carnation
Backing: Kate Spain
Thread: Aurifil
Quilting: 1/2 inch horizontal straight line quilting
Pieced and Quilted by: Me

Sarah x

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Strip Bees - United at Last!

So last weekend I took a little trip to London, to meet with the wonderful Strip Bee Ladies for the very first time.  



Packing my suitcase was a bit deja vu, because our original meet up was planned for March. Just hours before I was due to fly, Jen, our host for the weekend fell and broke her shoulder and we had to cancel. She couldn't have done it if she tried! 

So meeting up took on extra special meaning, and my goodness did we have a wonderful weekend.  First I met Amy in London and we took every opportunity to be tourists.  We just had to dive in to the M and M store to see the M and M wall, which I think would make a wonderful quilt. 


Of course we had the obligatory trip to Liberty, and then we headed to Chocy Wocky Do Dah, a wonderful chocolate shop, with cakes like you've never seen before.  I think this one was my favourite.  



We also visited The Cloth House which is even more beautiful on the inside.  Check out their brand new website, which even has video footage of the store, to some very 'folky' music! 


We also happened to be walking past Hamley's Toy Store, and I knew they had lifesize figures of the Royal Family on display upstairs.  So we endured the noise, flying toys and crowds to see Her Majesty in all her glory - isn't she fabulous!  


The next day was the day were we were all 6 together, hooray!  And we had a wonderful afternoon receiving our quilts.  They started off a year ago as just one strip, which everyone then added to.  Here's some shots of the Big Reveal.






And finally, here we all are with our quilts, on a glorious sunny summer's day. 


I had such a fantastic, special weekend.  It was so wonderful meeting everyone, and Jen looked after us like Kings.  I can't wait to do it all again, hopefully one day very soon!  

Sarah x

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Siblings Together Quilt WIP

It's not long till I'll be attending the Fat Quarterly Retreat, and I really wanted to take a small quilt with me to donate to the Charity Siblings Together.  

Time is not on my side, but I gave myself 2 hours one morning to stitch up what is to be the central panel of a cot quilt.


The plan is to give it a fairly wide pink border, and I have some hot pink dot backing on order.  I'm also going to attempt to FMQ this one, which will be a first for me on a *real* project!  

I'm then going to use bright orange for the binding, and fingers crossed, hopefully it will be a fun, vibrant and happy quilt that will provide some comfort to a child less fortunate than my own.  It really feels good to be giving something back.

Sarah x

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Swapsies

Not sure if 'swapsies' is a real word, but I like it and I did indeed take part in a little swapsie with the very talented Hadley.  

You see, Hadley was kind enough to offer to make me a name badge for the pending Fat Quarterly Retreat, even though she knew I was pressed for time and couldn't take apart in the official swaps.  Well look what came through the post last week!  


Not only do I have a Tula Pink themed name tag on an official looking clasp, I also have a co-ordinating coaster, both complete with hand embroidery.  Lucky, lucky me, I can't wait to wear it at the Retreat - thank you so much Hadley!!!

Well such a kind gesture just had to be reciprocated and it didn't take me long to come up with an idea for Hadley.  You may recognise this owl from her blog... 

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And I just knew I wanted to *attempt* to make him in fabric form.  So a bit of quilting and applique later, this is what I came up with.


I also put my Bernina to the test and after a lot of programming, managed to create some embroidered writing...


Which I attached as a little banner, using French knots.  The fabric went a little crinkly, but I kind of like that, it looks like it's flapping in the wind!!  

I just love the quilting community, everyone is so generous, in so many ways.  I was so touched that Hadley offered to make me a name badge, and it was so much fun making this mini in return.  Roll on the FQR :-)

Sarah x

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sunday Stash

It's been about 3 weeks since I've been back now from my fabulous trip to NYC, and I'm still stroking and admiring my shopping purchases.  So it's about time I shared them with you, and what better way to do it than linking up with Sunday Stash with Mollie Sparkles.  Here's my haul.


I think I pretty much maxed out my luggage limit coming home!!  Here's some close ups.


Laminates

I didn't think I liked metallic fabrics, until I came across this one!


 And I couldn't resist this Liberty bundle.


My dear friend Chrissie also very kindly gave me these gorgeous charm packs, bursting with gorgeous prints. 

  

I picked up this cross stitch mobile phone cover in Purl Soho - I'm so excited about this!  This will be the perfect portable project for my holidays.  


Another of my favourite useful purchases is this Sewline Pen - it has white chalk, pencil and a pen, all in one.  

I now need to find homes for all of these gorgeous things, and I'm fast running out of space!  A nice problem to have though...

Thank you for stopping by!

Sarah 

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hello Kitty Quilt WIP

Last week I linked up with Lee at Freshly Pieced sharing progress on my Hello Kitty Quilt for my daughter's 5th Birthday.  (You can read about it here). I'm pleased to say there's been significant progress since then, and I'm almost half way with piecing the 2 1/2" squares.



The panel on the left isn't quite complete, hence looking a little too long.  It was nearly midnight and I just didn't have it in me to carry on till it was finished, my bed was calling!

But I'm thrilled to see Kitty taking shape.  This is what she will eventually look like...


And it may not be obvious in my late night, not good lighting photo above, but I've decided against going with black for the outline, and using a softer dark grey.  Kona Charcoal to be exact.  I think it makes Kitty much softer and more friendly somehow!

I'm hoping to get the third panel complete this week, which is easier said than done given that it's Half Term.  Ahhhh, only 6 weeks until the big day!

I'm also working on a small project that I'd love to share with you, but if the recipient sees even a sneak peek of it, she will know exactly what I'm doing.  So this one's going to have to stay under wraps till it's signed, sealed, delivered and opened.  You know who you are!

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Sarah

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