Friday, 16 January 2009

Sticky Mats [reminder from my Jan 2009 entry]

Having a problem with threads migrating from my Happy Room which has wood laminate flooring to the rest of the house, Chris came up with a great idea. Sticky Mats !
They come in a pack of 30 and stick to the floor near the door, as you walk on them the threads stay stuck! Brilliant.

I bought mine from x 45 cm small 4 packs of 30 layers £28 plus post and VAT £41.64

Also available from USA supplier

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Sewing day today started with Nine 16 inch blocks ready for machine applique, patterns from fatcatpatterns. Also cut out a sample block from a pattern produced by Judy Laquidara for two quilts I plan to make for our holiday home.
Having decided to quilt my Green and Pink quilt myself I changed my mind and Chris took out all the safety pins so I could take it to Oakleaf Quilters to be long armed, I just could not face all that fabric through my machine.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Basting and BOM Block # 9

With Chris's help I have managed to lay out my Pink and Green quilt with 80/20 batting and a backing made from fabric I no long like [ got to use up the old stash]. I now need to put a zillion safety pins in to hold it together ready for machine quilting. Decided to have a go myself at machine quilting a large quilt, not my favorite thing ! But the £100 saved means 20 yards of new fabric!!
My first Baltimore quilt block applique [ actually #9 ? why do I always work backwards ?] is ready for machine quilting, and I am busy cutting out the other 8 blocks.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Bit Bag day with IAM group

Once a month 8 of us meet in my Happy Room to make lace, knit, cross stitch and quilt. Today we had a workshop making Bit Bags, two members missed the fun, but I'm sure they will catch up at the next meeting.
We named ourselves IAM because I am going to finish this and that!
L to R Maureen, Jenny, Clare, Dorn and Shirley I'm behind the camera. Ann is sunning herself in Australia and Penny is not well.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Woke this morning to snow, first of the year.
Here's my back garden.
Joined a new patchwork and quilting group, Truly Antique Angels. They are a very friendly informal group and I look forward to getting to know them all.
Managed to complete one of my many UFO's, twisted long cabin in Amish fabrics.
Also made the first BOM produced by the yahoo group BQL. Every "poached egg" is a different fabric from my scrap bag. I have used insulated batting so I can use them as table mats at the end of the year when I have 12 !

Sunday, 4 January 2009

January Stash report

Tuesdays will be my weekly report day
Starting Stash 620 yds
Added this week 14 yds
[7 yds cream a jelly roll and Layer cake]
Used this week 8 1/2 yds
[ Pink & Green quilt, bit bag & mug holder]
Donated this week 12 yds to GD's school
30th December balance 613.5 yds

Added this week 0 yds
Used this week 6 yds
[Backing for Pink & Green quilt, BQL challenge block]
6th January balance 607.5 yds

Added this week 5 1/2 yds
Used this week 5 yds
[Baltimore blocks, In a swirl blocks, another Bit bag]
13th January balance 608 yds

Added this week 17 yds [ the sales are on!]
Used this week 3 yd
[ In a swirl quilt started ]
20th January balance 622 yds

Added this week 14 1/2 yds [last week of sales!]
Used this week 8 1/2 yds
[Star block quilts & charm square blocks ]
27th January balance 628 yds

Biopsy, bruises and a block finish

Thursday I went into hospital at 10.30 for my lung biopsy, the staff could not have been nicer and put me at ease. The procedure meant lying...