Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Back of quilt-as-you-go quilt

This is the back of the quilt-as-you-go, showing how I used a wavy creative grids ruler as a template for the easy quilting, and the finish of the joining. My sewing machines do not have large throats so I find manovering a large quilt very difficult. Having made small blocks in the quilt-as-you-go method I thought if I made my large quilt in panels I could cope and then joined them... BINGO... it was so much easier.
Quilt-as-you-go there are lots of www site and U-tube advice on this method, but I joined a 1 1/8" strip to the front and a folded in half 1 3/4" strip to the back of one panel. Next I joined the 1 1/8" strip to the next panel, making sure the batting met in the middle. Finally I sewed the folded strip across the backs and joined by hand. Does this make sense?

Monday, 29 March 2010

Half way made bed quilt-as-you-go quilt

As this is too large for my design wall, I have two friends holding up my latest quilt. I have so far made it in five panels and quilted it using my wavy ruler for the design. Then joined the panels together using the quilt-as-you-go method. I now need to make it into a square by adding a large piece to the top and bottom. This is to go on our bed, which means the whole room needs redecorating to match it.. so that takes care of the Easter holiday!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

How things change

25th March 1940 was the day my parents got married, and if Dad had still been alive would have been their 70th Wedding Anniversary this week.

25th March 1972 was mine and Chris's wedding day, and we celebrated 38 years, by spending a day in London seeing the wonderful quilt exhibition at the V & A Museum followed by a performance of Oliver at Drury Lane Theatre.

Tilly & Fran Pitsford Workshop

Saturday 27th March, was another great workshop with Fran and Tilly. I chose to make the woven cushion front, using scraps left over from another quilt. The photo on the left is Christine, Pauline, Penny and myself all acting like laundry women busily ironing our strips of fabric ready for the weaving. This is one of my favorite workshops as drinks are served with home make biscuits and cakes, plus a delicious lunch [I had vegetable lasagne ] with dessert.. what could be better. Just need to add the backing for the cushion and binding and it will be finished. www.sew-n-social.blogspot.com

Sunday, 7 March 2010

The ASHBY family

As we near Mothering Sunday on the 14th, I made a visit to my grandparents grave in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire Cemetery .

Annie Georgina [nee PERCIVAL] 13 April 1877 - 7 April 1939 and
John Thomas ASHBY June 1875 - 6 September 1955

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...