I finished this quilt a long time ago! In plenty of time for my little sister’s birthday… her 50th in fact which was in April. I didn’t feel too decrepit when I turned 50 but having a little sister turn a half century seemed terrible lol
The main fabrics are from a 10″ stacker of Raspberry Parlour fabric from Riley Blake and the background fabric is from American Jane but I think it blends in well. The binding was from the bargain bin at Spotlight and I wish there was more as it is lovely and soft apart from being a beautiful colour.
The wadding is bamboo and is very thick. My sister said every time she uses it watching TV she falls asleep because it is so cosy.
It is a well travelled lap quilt as everything was bought in Australia and it was given as a present in the UK. There has been little sewing this year as we bought a house that needed rewiring and replastering nearly all the way through. Have you ever sealed and then painted nearly every wall and ceiling in a four bedroomed house? Especially when you are working full time and have a month to do it all before you move in? Just for fun we put coving up ourselves too! Luckily Rod has plenty of experience and I was just the labourer. Packing was going on at the same time and emptying our storage container – too much and too tiring to make anything
When the weather improved the garden, all 185 ft of it needed attention. Not because it had been neglected, far from it as the previous owners husband loved his garden and it shows. Big shed, extra long green house and 5 compost bins. The veg patch now has 5 raised beds and another section has 2 raised beds which will be devoted to flowers for the house.
Lastly, we put up a large chicken run and let the grandchildren chose a hen each. they all have names and are all different breeds, even the eggs are different colours. Sky, the heritage skyline has not produced the promised blue eggs though – they are white. Pictures of the grumpy girls to follow; they are being kept in due to outbreak of bird flu in Europe and are not happy having had the run of the garden all summer!
The garden in May. The twiggy thing bottom left is a campsis and was covered in orange flowers soon after
It has been a long week at work as I have been covering for the manager and there has been a lot to do, add to that, the absence of a couple of volunteers and I am exhausted. However there has still been time for a little sewing, on three projects no less; the RSC16, Fanfare and another star flower for grandmother’s flower garden. sometimes it is better to relax by ‘doing’ not just ‘sitting’
Looking a bit wonky on the inside of the fanfare block but now it’s time to stitch the centre and cover it up!
I wonder how busy everyone has been over at Kathy’s Quilts? Time to pop over and have a look
January is blue for RS16 and so I cut up all the little pieces needed for the first seven blocks from the 365 challenge and laid them out in their blocks
Here they are all complete
I actually completed week two last week so it is a bit back to front. I should be back on track with everyone else now!
Well it’s been a hard week at work so this is just a short post and now it’s time for bed zzzzzzz
Spring seems a long way off with the weather being so cold and icy even here in the South. We went for a bracing walk along the front at Walton-on-the-Naze, far too fast to spot any fossils or sharks teeth along the shore or to take photos. Even with gloves on my hands were cold!
Still it was nice as the sun was out, but it is nicer sitting by the fire and sewing another flower for my GFG (Grandmother’s Flower Garden)
I think this garden will take years to grow as it keeps getting pushed back in favour of machine projects. I must renovate the little sewing box I bought in the Summer and keep it by my chair. I’m sure I will think of it more and do more if it is right beside me, otherwise it will end up being a great-grandmother’s flower garden!
It’s the beginning of a new year and time for a new challenge. I just have to stay stitch the RSC15 Challenge quilt before I send it off to the long armer, so that means it is time for the RSC16 sampler quilt This year the quilt is a column along, only I couldn’t make the first block because I couldn’t work out how to do it without the rulers used! So I decided to make something else, whilst still keeping an eye on Angela’s blocks – as she knows so many! Seriously, her blog So Scrappy is a marvellous resource for blocks and sampler quilts
After many ideas mused upon and shelved for another day I suddenly found inspiration on Facebook. So I am being crafty (obviously!) as I am combining the RSC16 with the 365 Challenge – the Ultimate Sampler. You can find more details here
There is a weekly giveaway on the Facebook page too. I tried to complete week two in time but had tension issues with my machine so I missed the deadline, nevermind I still have seven blocks completed
They are such dinky little blocks, only 3″ but I love them! Better get on with week one.
I am so pleased that the top is complete – I did think about adding a border of flying geese but after putting it on the bed in the spare room I can see it is big enough as it is.
I have the batting ready and fabric to piece for the back then it is off to the longarmer to get it quilted. I haven’t decided on the pattern but not too fancy as this quilt is all about the colour
I had a lovely trip to the quaint village of Wickham Market, Suffolk so I could visit Quilter’s Haven. What a beautiful shop and now I know where it is, the lady who owns it is retiring! The shop is up for sale so I hope it is purchased and continues for many years. I bought backing and thread for my tumbler quilt, a couple of half metres that caught my eye and some Downton Abbey fat quarters that were on sale. All this while my other half was in Café 46
We had a lovely lunch in this vintage style, very relaxed café and the price was reasonable to – definitely recommended. Unfortunately the weather was not too good so we didn’t get to explore the village itself but what we saw was charming. Sorry for the lack of photos, but I didn’t take my camera as shopping was foremost in my mind!
Now the main part of the RSC15 is finished it is time to start on the RSC16!
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I don’t have huge numbers of bobbins but anyone who does machine embroidery might find this tip from Starts at 60! very useful.
Hope you all had a great Christmas x x
I have actually finished all the alternate squares and can add them to the star blocks
This isn’t all of the blocks as I have already sewn three rows together so they are not included.
I also had a couple of great buys on EBay. First up, 501 Quilt Blocks is a lovely book with a lot of lovely blocks I hadn’t seen before. Some of the applique blocks are a bit twee and the alphabet letters are distinctly underwhelming but the rest are great. I will spend many hours perusing this book
The second book, American Patchwork and Quilting, has more in the way of patterns and instructions rather than blocks. It gives it’s age away by the use scissors rather than a rotary cutter but it is very informative despite that. There are some inspiring antique quilts that might be the starting point for my next scrap quilt
I will be linking up with So Scrappy with everyone else who has joined in this years rainbow scrap challenge, why not pop over and have a look for yourself – and maybe join in next year!
This is an unusual call for quilters. For a minimum donation of £15 to the charity Friends of the Elderly Bernina will send you a fabric square, plus one to practice on, to create a birthday design for the Queen’s 90th birthday next year. Sew, embroider or decorate with your own design for an online virtual quilt. In addition, 60 will be chosen to be made into a quilt to be presented to the Queen
More details to be found here
Charities for the elderly don’t always get the same support and publicity as charities for the young and it is good to see them getting this support.
More information on Friends of the Elderly can be found here