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June 2010

clouds in hexagons

All clouds should be made out of hexagons............

Especially clouds of computer grief, you really shouldn't get because you bought a new computer last week and this week your internet decides to laughingly play hide and seek.............................causing you to spend the entire day sorting it and then not having enough time to write a proper blog post on account of having to run up to your daughters school to watch her do a New Zealand dance and eat New Zealand biscuits.

And then I shall return and plonk a mug or two on a few more hexagons disguised as a coaster................................whilst stitching a few more.....

Not that I'm addicted or ANYTHING...

Geese in bliss quilt (?)

Last week, was a BAD week.

Last week, my computer died and took all my files and photo's with it to computer heaven :(


Thanks to the highly knowledgeable computer repair man I rang in my despair, who managed to resusitate all my many, many, far too many computer files and quilty pics and stop them slipping down the plughole of computer doom.........  I now have everything back and almost in fullish working order (including brand new shiny computer machine:)))))))

These photo's of a new quilty top all decked out in shiny geese made from Bliss, were some of the many revived.

I just LOVE these fabrics!! 

BUT I have a dilemma.  You see this was all set to be a new quilt and then.  I chanced to drape it over my breakfast table.  And as you can imagine, I fell in love at the prospect of seeing this little fabric darling everytime I walk into my kitchen.  And both my girls came in and professed undying love with the idea of waking up to breakfast served on a bed of Bliss.

You get the picture. 

If not this is how it would look..........

If I go the table cover route, should I back it? or just edge it??????

What should I do?  Cover my table????  or

keep as a quilt????????

HELP!  please... print!!!!!!!

In all honesty, not me exactly but my little embroidered quilt is a pattern featured in this months Sew Hip.

Want a look inside?


and maybe a peek at the real thing too?


My girl on a bicycle quilt was made in Feburary!!  and submitted in March,

it has been a long wait to see it all glossily printed up in periodical format

But WORTH it.

I'm so excited I think I could seriously burst!


urban daydreams quilt

This is the quilt that I really wanted to show you yesterday, only the rain wouldn't let me. 

Today, quilter's photography friend, the sun has paid the back garden a visit to let me snap away without fear of ending up with a washed up quilt in the process.



This was my first attempt at making a quilt with a jelly roll

Fabric is dream on by urban chiks for moda, I love this collection, it looks so pretty and very like all those vintage-y sheets only in perfectly sherbet-y pastel colours.  Using a jelly roll is like having a quilting fairy cut all those 2.5" strips for you and just getting on with the fun bit - the piecing.

finished quilt measures 70 x 54"

I quilted it in a wavy line machine embroidery stitch - super super quick and easy.

I used this tutorial

I even pieced the back...................yes, I was not being lazy with this quilt.

A very happy result.

boats for quilters


Today, I was hoping to show you the big quilt I made with these fabrics BUT silly me - I forgot to make use of the sun's rays for the last several days to do the photo's and today it is of course raining.

So instead, I'm bringing you the little quilt I made with the scraps.  A sailboat with a patchwork sail made up of the highly lickable 'Dream on' by Urban Chiks for Moda.  Warning! these fabrics are made of pure sugar.

The story behind this quilt because EVERY quilt has one.................

Before I ever owned a house or was married or had kids, before I had a mobile phone and even before I had made ANY quilts, I bought a boat.

Not a sea worthy sail boat but a quaint little riverboat called Stroller, all river boats you see must have their very own unique name.  My boat was a Dawncraft (it slept 4, had a fridge, toilet, table and sink), made in the 70's and one day I shall own one again.  Just so I can make some lovely little quilts and things especially for it.

Things I found fascinating about owning a river boat.  You do not need any kind of license to drive/steer one.  People riding boats around the river thames frequently do so with a glass of red in hand, it is it seems perfectly acceptable.


Something I really loved about having the boat was painting pictures of it, above top.  And painting pictures of other boats whilst sitting and dawdling on my boat, above below.  I hardly ever paint these days, the acrylics have been replaced by fabric and thread.  Expect a few more little fabric boats from me to come.