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A gold medal… in binding

I've done it! The Wedding Quilt is sitting in a posh bag, all ready for Emma and Matthew's wedding today. Having taken the day off yesterday to a) get my hair done all glam and b) bind the quilt, I can say by 4pm I was DONE! Phew (the Olympics provided the TV entertainment - go Team GB!).

I'm glad I decided to sash with white, as it's made the fab colours of Kate Spain's Good fortune fabrics really pop. I stippled all over, and after one disasterous night of sewing machine hate (mainly due to a massive ball of fluff that had been builidng up under the bobin for quite some time now!), my stitches improved, and I think the quilting is fine.

The binding is a sky-blue from Moda with Kate Spain's Tranquil Butterfly in orange/blue for the backing, although in spite of finding some at New Threads and The Cotton Patch I had to do a strip of the leftover layer cake squares and one area made up of the trimmings used from cutting the original layer cake pieces to 9inch squares.

I made a label using a fine-point Sharpie pen and Bondaweb, having stitched a label patch into the back as as I made up the backing shortfall! I think it looks cute with the butterflies. 

Anyway, off to put on my posh frock and head to The Cotswolds - here's to a great wedding day!


And so it begins

I've started FM quiliting my biggest yet… The Wedding Quilt. It's very hot to be doing this and I'm guessing each block takes me 15mins, might be a while


One happy baby quilt

It's finished and given to my friend, who's second baby is due any day now…

After much deliberation, I bound it with a strong teal Moda Solids colour, picking out the shade from the yellow floral triangles. The half square triangles are randomly arranged, but every so often I allowed two of the same fabric to meet, forming a longer hit of the pattern.

As you can see, my stippling FM quilting is getting better (just as well as the Wedding Quilt will really push me – talking of which, I've finished the top!)

I've been toying with how to label my quilts for some time, ever since I missed out on the London MQG trip to Lu Summer's studio where they screen-printed their own lables (me green? not much!). So as a stop gap, until I design something I am happy with, I found these cutsey labels on a recent trip to Dorking. Iron-on - easy peasy.

As mentioned in a previous post, the backing was donated by the recipent of this quilt (an old duvet cover), and she loved that I'd 'upcycled' it to use for her baby's quilt. And so, on to the next (friends over the road have just had their first baby, and having been to 'baby workship' today, sans gift, I really must get cracking!).


Brotherly love (and fluff)

Tonight, I got myself kitted out… 

Hardly the prettiest things in the world!

With a deadline of Friday fast approaching (why do I always leave things to the last minute), I really needed to crack on with my HST Baby Quilt.

Perhaps I shouldn't have worn an 'I'm going to attract every thread and piece of fluff' black dress for the occasion, as when I called time for tonight (about half way through), I looked down and saw the state of my frock…

Loving the colour-matched gloves-to-cardi combo! Anyway, back to the job in hand. I'm using a stippling pattern on my little Brother sewing machine, which I've had for 12+ years. It's fair to say that we've had a bit of a love-hate relationship – I don't thing it's forgiven me for trying to sew a badge on to a policeman friend's bullet-proof vest, after which, I had to take it to be the sewing-machine fixer. Currently though, we seem to be getting on ok, and tonight, I made good progress. Tomorrow I must finish quilting, then bind on Wednesday – deadline, schmedline I say!


I'm a metric kinda gal

Sorry lovely blog I have been ignoring you. I'd like to say I have a good excuse, but I don't. Yes I did manage to spoil myself with a little sewing activity as threatened in my last post, but not as much as I would have liked, mainly because I had to have two trips to The Quilt Room in nearby Dorking to buy sashing for the Wedding Quilt I am making for my friend. Working with 9inch squares cut from my Kate Spain layer cake, I guessed one metre would be enough, how wrong! (maybe it was just an excuse to go there a second time last Saturday). Anyway while I was there, I popped into this gorgeous felt and wool shop called Fluff-a-Torium and found this inch tape - maybe I need to carry some with me at all times so I can work out the inch/cm-how-much-I-think-I-need question! 

More on the Wedding Quilt soon - it's coming along nicely…