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Summer fun

The first quilt ever I pieced, this, in July 2009. It waited for quilting, and was quilted on a borrowed 440QE, before I could afford my own. Bringing it out to display today, some reasonable weather meant I could try for decent photos. Again, my usual apology; the quilt *is* square; I seem unable to photograph my projects so that they *look* square!

Made from a Deb Strain ‘summer fun’ charm pack, and a little yardage, the borders are asymmetric by design. Keen quilters will recognise a ‘disappearing 9 patch’ design.

3 more photos


in process

I think I must be the very last quilter to the Granny Square party! (Also, all the photos in this post are from my Dreamwidth blog.)

During the third week of mai, I showed some granny square blocks I had started. I had seen them on other quilty blogs, and Flickr, and liked how it looked. Also, I was reminded of a quilt I’d seen in Quilts Japan, but we get to that. 🙂 Here is the blog, and tute, where granny Square blocks originated. Fun, no? 🙂

more quilty chatter and 6 photos


My version of Carrie Nelson’s Little Trick schnibble, made with Kate Spain’s ‘fandango’ and an unknown mottle. I completed piecing this in the middle of mai, and still it waits. I can not decide on how it should be quilted.

For something that was meant as a quick finish, not knowing how to quilt it to a finish is bugging me!

The leftover squares from the schnibble I hand pieced and quilted into this mini runner.

To bind the inner corners neatly, I used these tutes: Alicia’s Attic, and Anka’s Treasures Quilting thread is Oliver Twists ‘over the top’ 16/2 mercerised Egyptian cotton in ‘sunset’ colourway.

Ah ça, as manman is fond of saying, back to my stars, and my newest Quilts Japan magazine. (J’adore!!) 🙂 Had she seen me today, out in the heavy rain, she would have said I was ‘trempé coumme un vraitcheux’ (soaked as a seaweed gatherer). I am very thankful for this warm, dry house to return to. Another reason 2b cheerful, no?

weather the weather whatever the weather

How can it be the Longest Day, and supposedly summer, and I am so cold that I had to put the heating on?

Also, we have Warnings for heavy rain.

A typical British summer then, no? 🙂

I show you instead my hand pieced 4 diamond stars. 2 are ‘blazing star’ and 2 are ‘sunset star’. The half one, in sunflower print, was fussy cut by hand. I am happyhappy sewing these by hand, although it gets me some funny looks on the train to and from work! Whatevs, no?

À bi!



‘Snorkelling the waves’; a cot sized quilt.

I did promise proper ‘presenting’ post when the quilt was washed and dried, and so it is!
Before washing was 92.5 x 136cm (36.5″ x 53.5″) Generous cot size. After the dryer–the crinkles–J’adore!!–is now 88 X 130cm (34.75″ x 51″) I seem to be losing 5/6cm, or roughly 2″, which I guess is about right. 🙂

3 photos and quilty chatter


Here I am at WordPress. Different to Dreamwidth but I know there are fellow quilters here, so…

Today I am happily dipping into the latest Quilt Mania.  I love this French magazine–even though my French is very limited!

This English edition has lots of photos from ‘L’Amour Du Fil’ exhibition. It looks very fun–so many ideas!

About the only other news I have to share is that I’m heading out for a short break tomorrow. The same group of us that went to Northumbria (about this time last year too) are heading for the Vale of York. Already I checked for quilt shops, and there are 2 in York itself. Also I learned there is a Quilt museum there. I had no idea there was such a thing in the UK! Something to anticipate!

There may even be Wifi so I could get into the swing of updating here. Until then,

À bi!