"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Christmas quilt for nursing home raffle

My husband Ken has been very ill in recent months, so I haven't had a lot of spare time to myself.  But I'd promised to make a quilt for the Christmas raffle at Liscombe House, so with the help of my lovely friends at the Quilt Shop class I attend once a month, I managed to put this together in a few days.  This is the top basted to the wadding and back, and I plan to quilt and bind it this weekend to get it to Liscombe House next week.  I emailed the co-ordinator this picture, and she emailed back to say it is 'awesome'.  Guess that means she likes it, lol!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Lap quilts gratefully received.

Linda Steele commented on my post about the last lot of quilts I had completed, and remarked that I was doing well to finish five quilts!   I think I need to remind readers of this blog that I only make SMALL quilts - baby or lap size!  They don't take long to whip up.  Well, a couple of weeks for each one, although if I lived on my own and had nothing else to do, I could probably finish one in a day.  But I don't, so it takes a bit longer, lol!

I delivered those five to Liscombe House earlier this week and the staff and residents alike were delighted.  I suspect they thought after the first lot that I wouldn't be back so soon, if at all, but there I was :-)   The Activities co-ordinator asked me if I would be prepared to make a larger (as in single bed size) quilt for their Christmas raffle and I said I would be happy to do that.  I will make the top, then take it to Jenny Jamieson who has done such a great job on quilting all my other 'big' quilts, to do the quilting.  I have just made a Christmas quilt top for myself, which is going to be a table cover rather than a quilt, as I've used very thin wadding to give it some body without needing warmth.

I still have heaps of Christmas themed fabric, so this new project will give me the chance to use a lot of it up!  Mandy wants it by the end of November, and if I made a start soon, it shouldn't be a problem.

Christmas is coming!

For a change I got an early start on Christmas hand made gifts this year!  Some of them are for a swap on the Home Makers Forum, but once I'd started making those, I kept on sewing, so I will have some items to give people as last minute gifts if needed!
The first group are an oven mitt, two hotpads and a coaster, all made from some Christmas kitty fabric that was given to me a while ago.  There was a couple of yards, so there is still plenty over to make more things for my many cat loving friends!




This tea towel is a simple applique job.  I found the free pattern online and as I have a few plain tea towels set aside for embellishing in some form, I used one of those.


The next item is a bit different.  It is a little holder to put a gift card in, to give someone, rather than just in an envelope or card.  A cute gimmick!



Monday, October 08, 2018

NOTY Quilt Show October 2018

I went to the North Of The Yarra (NOTY) Quilt show last weekend, and took quite a few photos of the gorgeous quilts on display.  You can see them here on my other blog:
https://needlecraftandquilts.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Five lap quilts complete.






I don't make these quilts to a specific size - I simply use what fabric I have available, and cut the backing to fit, mostly from sheets, flannelette for warmth.  Most of the fabrics in the quilts above were sets of fat quarters, and have been given to me as part of an exchange on the HomeMakers
Forum, or simply as a gift because they knew I am a quilter.  People are so nice!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Two months later...

I haven't achieved a lot since I posted the last lot of photos on July 31st.  The last four lap quilts have been finished and are waiting to be delivered to Liscombe House, and I have another two which only need the binding to finish them off, and I am hoping to do that tomorrow.  So I will wait until I've finished them completely before I post photos here. 

I was planning to do the binding today but got side tracked when I was searching for some fabric to make a tote bag for a swap on the HomeMakers forum.  I found what I wanted (the recipient specified vegs and chook fabrics) so I put the vegie fabric on the front, and  a little chook piece on the back.  I should confess that I don't make tote bags from scratch - I use canvas bags with advertising on, and cover the print with my fabrics!


While I was looking for those fabrics, I re-discovered three pieces of Halloween fabric left over from some projects a year or so ago.  With Halloween coming up, I decided to use these fabrics up so I won't have to look at them again in my stash.  I used the 'cheaters binding' technique on these mug rugs, and the coaster was the first one, which is a mess, but it's not going anywhere outside my  home, so....


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What I have achieved in July.

 Lap quilt top made up from a bundle of fat quarters given to me years ago.


 Two lap quilts made up using a bundle of green and white fat quarters given to me.  All I had to buy was the dark green solid fabric, and the pale green for the borders.

 After I'd made the two tops from the green and white FQs I had enough left over to make a table runner for myself!

  Lap quilt top made from kimono fabrics left over from the larger quilt I made last year.  I'm using the remaining scraps to cut into strips for the binding.  Should be a nice lap quilt for a bloke.

 Tote bag made for my partner in the Tote bag swap on the Home Makers Forum.  I'm not into making bags from scratch, so I just machined a piece of patchwork fabric on to a ready made charity bag.

 Strawberry coaster.  One of the members on the HM forum provided a link to this pattern, and it took me about 15 minutes to cut it out and put it together!

More coasters.  The top right coaster is made from some peacock fabric scraps that were given to me by one of the quilters at a group I go to.  I made this as a thank you - he was pleased with it!
The others are just from scraps I had around while I was doing the peacock one; I get on a roll when I do those coasters, they are so quick and easy, and make great little impromptu gifts.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Chicken lap quilt finished

Thanks for the comments on the previous posts, it is nice to see your friendly faces :-)
Yesterday I finished the chicken themed quilt and am pleased with it.  That's three on hand that I can take up to Liscombe house soon, to warm a few more elderly feet and knees!


I am enjoying going through my stash and my books, looking for patterns to use.  I sorted out all the fat quarters into a box on their own, as a lot of patterns specify using fat quarters and now I will be able to put my hands on them straight away without going through boxes and measuring up lengths of fabric!  Of course I could go through and cut everything up in to fat quarters but that would just be silly. 
I've already got the fabric for my next two lap quilts ready to start.