Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Picture for Sunday - Maximum Visibility



Just about fifty miles.  The two islands, Steep Holm and Flat Holm, are twelve miles away, and it is not often that the coast beyond, North Devon, can be seen so clearly.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 173 - Nearly the Same


But not quite.  This quilt is the near identical twin of the one I showed last week.  I had quite a few pieces left over after making the first top, so naturally I made a second.


In this quilt I put more emphasis on green, so this green on white floral fabric made an appearance.


Because this was the second quilt and some pieces had already been cut fairly small, they ended up being cut even smaller.

The wonderful teapots are on the back again, and the binding is the same print, but this time with a dark green background.

At the moment we are thinking about completely redecorating our front room - new carpet, curtains, upholstery... everything.... and I have made a rather worrying discovery.  Much as I love playing around with colours in quilts, dressmaking and knitting, my mind doesn't seem to be able to visualise a new colour scheme for an entire room.  Is it the scale?  Or the fact that I have to think in three dimensions?  Or is it the ever-changing light?  A combination of all three, probably.  Perhaps I should just jump ahead and think about the new cushions I can make and work back from there.



Here goes for Week 172.

The project that caught my eye in week 171 was Chris's Valentine's hearts hanging.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.



If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part. 
The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


Linking up with Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday
and Michelle's Romantic Tangle for Let's Make Baby Quilts.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A Picture for Sunday - Parallel Waves


Making the effort to take a trip out on a windy day was well worth the effort. On Friday my  husband and I wrapped up in several layers and had a late afternoon walk around Chew Valley Lake.  This part of the shore is wooded and relatively sheltered, and the waves blown in from the lake came as a series of regular parallel ripples which were fascinating to watch.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 172 - Tea Time Cradle Quilt


One of my favourite fabrics is making a reappearance - London teatime with green teapots and Union Jack mugs.  I have used it before with subdued blues and with also with a red border.  This time the theme was mainly grey and green...


...and lots of spots and checks.  This is the first time that I have used a black and white print in a quilt for a baby, which might have looked out of place, but it ended up toning in well with the grey of the border and with the black taxi.


For the binding I used a brown Christmas print, which shows tiny glimpses of toys and Santa Claus and should give a sharp eyed child a thrill.  The big thrill for me though is the backing fabric.  I am besotted with the teapots.  


I can't get enough of them.  But the big question remains - is the background grey, beige or green, or somewhere between all three?  It all depends on the light, which appears to have changed since the previous photo.


Here goes for Week 171.

Many thanks to Andrée for linking up last week showing her work in progress, quilting a top she made in 2015.
  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.


If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part. 
The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


Linking up with Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday
and Michelle's Romantic Tangle for Let's Make Baby Quilts.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

A Picture for Sunday - Miniature Garden


With the ivy in the background giving a sense of scale, this inch high garden is a seasonal treat.  I have photographed this moss before in February.  With the low winter sun shining through it it is a bright lime green.  This little clump, with the tiny tussock at its foot, was so pretty I didn't dare touch it.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Palm Beach Twiddle Blanket


Yellow for the sand, blue for the sky and sea, cream because I still have loads of it to finish off...  This is the second coconut palms twiddle blanket that I have knitted.  I prefer the colours in the first one, but being much brighter this one may better fit the bill for a dementia patient.


The way the knitted palm fronds curl give the trees a windswept look.


Yellow buttons stand out against the blues...



... and blue ones against the yellows and cream.

Now that spring is on the way I am not sure whether I shall be knitting at quite the same pace.  I have already consumer tested these lap blankets for warmth while in the process of knitting them.  They are guaranteed cosy.

Linking up with Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 171 - Making Sandwiches


High time, too.  It is over a fortnight since I made this little quilt top, and I am only just getting round to making the sandwich.  We have been having the occasional day of blue skies.  It makes such a welcome change.  Suddenly colours have come back to life and I am getting the urge to start serious quilting again.  Perhaps the knitting season is finally drawing to a close.

Here goes for Week 171.

The project in week 170 that caught my eye was Margarita's Star Wars quilt, made for her son.
  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.


If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part. 
The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

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