Thursday, 24 September 2009

BQL Challenge - Log Cabins.

Sorry about the blog silence - nothing major has happened I just seemed to not have much to share. But hopefully I am back now!
This morning I finished my BQL challenge quilt for September. It is supposed to be a log cabin quilt but really I would say it is in the log cabin 'style'. It is influenced and inspired by those lovely quilts by Ingrid Press.
I have pieced 4 inch black and white squares with coloured raw edge appliqued central squares. The log cabin effect is gained by the machine quilting design.

Here are some close ups so you can see the quilting. It was all done using the walking foot, using its edge to get the even spacing. It was actually very enjoyable to quilt.
I was pleased with the finished little quilt - it neasures 16 inches square. I acheived the effect I was looking for - I really like the effect of this dense linear quilting.

On Saturday I start my new City & Guilds Certificate - 7113, Creative Techniques. I hope to chart my progress as I go along and hope to post regularly on my other blog. So you might want to pop over sometimes and take a look!

Friday, 4 September 2009

Harrogate Quilt Show - success!

I am so happy to report that one of my quilts, Andy's Cupcakes took second place in the Cot Quilt Category of the Harrogate Quilt Show. This was the first time I have entered my quilts into a quilt show and even though it is one of the smaller national quilt shows, I am really thrilled to have won! Jacquie Harvey took first place with one of her superb hand quilted creations.
I still have the flu so I don't think the photo is too bad!
My City & Guilds quilting buddy, Mary won a first with her cushion, so a great day all round!
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Thursday, 3 September 2009

Family photos

I have been meaning to share these photos for a while. My brother visited during the holidays and it is now a family tradition to have photos of all the grandchildren together.

Here are my Mum and Dad with their six granchildren, the two big ones are mine.

All the cousins together. As you can see Patches decided she wanted to be on all the photos!

And here is Patches examining my latest purchases of Cath Kidston fabric!
Feeling a bit sorry for myself today as I seem to have caught the flu which Robert brought back with him from the Leeds Festival. Over the last week I have been preparing 3 of my quilts for the Harrogate quilt show and I will be going to view them at the show tomorrow.