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Time for swaps

It's the first meeting of the year for the LondonMQG - can you believe a year has gone by since we first met? Friendships have been forged and our monthly meeting certainly gives me the kick I need to find some sewing 'ME' time. There's also so much talent that it's hard not to come away with plenty of inspiration.

Remember my Hexie bunting I made for December's swap? Well here's my lovely Christmas fairy I got in return. Made by Gertie, she really is a thing of beauty and looked amazing in my living room as our tree has a very red, white, green and sparkly look.

Today's challenge is a pincushion. Back in New York in December, thanks to my careful navigating, we 'happened' to stumble across Purl Soho. With The Husband saying, "You can buy one thing!", as I marched in, I came away 80$ lighter!!! (having ignored him totally). Among my purchases was an off-cut of Anna Maria Horner's Crossing Paths in Persian, part of her CrossStitch PrePrints collection, perfect for a cutesy pin cushion.

Close up of the printed cross-stitch design (I cut a smaller motif for the pincushion).

 I went for a plain turquoise back, adding a snip of inch decorative tape.

 And my swap in return, a pin cushion jar, which is very chic. Will take a pic later on in the week. Have a good one…


Christmas decoration swap

Sorry it's been a while, life has taken over again with little time or energy for sewing. With all good intentions from December's LMQG December meeting, I was then faced with a broken sewing machine, which took two weeks to repair (and £140), by which time, Christmas had arrived, along with a hideous cough and cold, which racked my whole body day and night. 

But, here I am, on the other side, having been lucky enough to have had a lovely family time.

First up, time to share my decoration swap. Small hexies, backed onto red felt, with the papers left in to make the little bunting hexies just a little firmer, sewn onto lovely red velvet ribbon - how cute (and how easy). My train friend Helen helped make these, in spite of the strange looks from fellow commuters!



Better late than never (I hope…)

It's a frosty Sunday and time to meet up with the LMGQ in Knightsbridge. I've finally gotten round to my name tag swap from the summer. Kelly made me this one and gave it to me at September's Liberty meet, which was the last time I caught up with everyone.

And here's the one I've made in return…


A quilt in a day (well nearly)

It's a sunny Saturday today, and with the Husband having to work at the last minute, it was all systems go for me too. We've been invited to Baby-Jack-across-the-road's christening next weekend. Now I failed on making him a quilt for his arrival back in July so I decided that, if I chose something easy, I could make him a cot quilt.

So, still in my dressing gown, I raided my stash this morning and plumped for Caleb Gray's On the Road for Robert Kaufman in lime green, which I bought some time back from Clothkits. I then pulled out plains in duck egg, teal, yellow and orange, adding in white to keep things crisp.

When it came to size, I was limited by the number of sqaures I could cut from my hero fabric, so The On the Road squares are 8in, with the plain borders 2 1/4in. I made five with coloured borders and four with white. The gingham is Darla TW18 Green by Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit and I decided to use this for the sashing. When it came to backing fabric, I used Punctuation by Sandy Klop for Moda, which I'd bought for the Baby Flags Quilt (yes I know, that means I'll have to go shopping to finish this for October's LMQG challenge!!). To make the quilt top less square, I added a strip top and bottom of an orange houndstooth, which I picked up at Tricolett, which has unfortunately closed down.

Anyway, with the top done (will show tomorrow), and the sandwich pinned and ready for quilting, I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. Still a deadline of next Sunday means I'll have to keep the momentum going. I've named this cute quilt'Traffic Jam', as you can just imaging the cars, vans, lorries and buses all honking and tooting away as they go about their daily business.


LMQG & Liberty's new quilting fabrics

I'm sooo glad I made it to our September meeting of the LMQG, even though a lie-in after our trip to the Paralympics was tempting. We met at Liberty in London, to see how their new quilting collection, Bloomsbury Gardens, part of their Lifestyle Fabrics, made it from sketch to fabric bolt. It was amazing… seeing how designer Sholto Drumlanrig works (and what a dream job, with 100s, even 1000s of Liberty fabrics lurking in archives, waiting to inspire, be recoloured and rescaled to such glorious effect).

There are five different colour palettes and eleven prints to choose from. The collection was launched at the International Quilt Market in Kansas in May, but you can see the whole range here. Annie, over at The Village Haberdashery has gone for Colourway C to stock, with a fab fat quarter bundle available (something which Liberty would do well to stock, as they tend to only sell per m off the bolt, and I wanted a little taster of rather than a 1m length of one).

Anyway, back to our happy group. Here we are hanging on Sholto's every word (he even gave us a sneak preview of the next collection, due out early 2013, but mum's the word).

Can't wait to see how the collection is used over the coming months. Talking of challenges, next month's is to finish a WIP, so that we can hit 2013 with one quiling project less… mmmm what to go for: do I finish the Post-it Note Quilt or the Flag Baby Quilt? Will keep you posted