Tuesday 30 August 2011

The picture of comfort, isn't she?!  But that very possessive-looking paw isn't going to get her anything - this has a home all lined up!

Monday 29 August 2011

Blog it and you will get it?

Because if so, I need to think seriously about what I want to ask for!

Anyway, while my internet is playing ball, here's a post.  This is Fiddlesticks' stall at FOQ, with a few of my things hanging up!  That's my bag hanging at the front, and a Brick Path in pink, cream and green which I think I had a photo of...  Also, in the corner
is "Newspaper" (it's black and white and red all over... maybe not the best name but the only one that came to mind").  I'll be doing this as a class in Fiddlesticks on 8th October if anyone is interested.
Of course there was some shopping done.  And that cute little teddy print is already backing a baby quilt!

Books - I love getting the chance to look through them on the bookstands.
Doo-dads.  Zips, handles, rulers, frogs.

And some other bits and pieces.  That green and white with the swirls is the most gorgeous wool which I hope to make into a bag.

I'll post again with the quilts I liked the most (internet allowing, of course).

Sunday 28 August 2011

Very, very slow internet

is a pain.  I'm not sure quite what has happened to it, but it has slowed to a virtual (no pun intended) crawl.  I've tried since the Festival of Quilts to upload some photos but it hasn't happened. 
I've just waited about 2 hours for a photo to upload, so this is more to say hello, than an actual blog post!

Be back when the internet allows!

Tuesday 9 August 2011

Ready for the Festival of Quilts!  Getting a photo of this
wasn't easy, as there was a persistent cat determined to roll around when I was trying to photograph it for the pattern!

(And finally I have a photo of a cat on a quilt for my blog!  It's really hard to get a photo of Perdie that's not blurred; she loves rolling around too much!)

I think the quilting came out well on this.  The swirls did get tighter as I went along, must watch out for that in the future.

Thursday 28 July 2011


Didn't realise it had been so long...

But at least I've been busy!  The lovely Karen at Fiddlesticks Fabrics asked me to write up some designs for patterns for the Festival of Quilts!

And now I'm trying to quilt this:
which is so easy!  This too will be a pattern.  Really it is very easy, and very fat quarter friendly, but this one uses some half-yards... Maybe I'll do a full fat quarter version and do a tutorial on it.  First time I've tried this particular way of quilting, I really like it.

As my internet has slowed to the speed of something snail-like, I'm wrapping up for now!

Sunday 29 May 2011

My nemesis...

This has been my nemesis for the last fortnight.
Looks harmless enough, doesn't it?  Wrong.  My own machine is being repaired, and I was loaned this.  I can't make it do a single stitch.  Threaded, rethreaded, bobbin checked, you name it.  So instead I have been pre-washing
and in the case of this washing and washing again and cutting.  I hate cutting.  Hate it.  But in the absence of anything else...  This is a fraction of the cutting I managed.  I get my machine back tomorrow, so let's see how long it takes to sew all together!

Sunday 22 May 2011

An introduction

I really should have introduced myself, shouldn't I?  I'll try to keep this brief...

My name is Eleanor.  I live on a farm, something I hadn't really intended.  I tutor French, another thing that was unanticipated.  I have been living at home now for about 5 years, and while in some aspects I am quite content, in others less so.  I have found patchwork to be a great release factor, and I sincerely think it has helped me stay sane - it is having something to do, and creativity.  I hope this continues.  A few 'I am's...

I am flighty.  I rarely work at one thing until it is finished, but instead flit around as I am easily distracted.

I am not fashionable.  Generally speaking, I can't afford the newest ranges as and when they are released, and that's if I can get them.  I only ever buy new ranges if I really fall in love, and even then I try to limit myself.  Besides, it can take me a while to think what I want to do with them.

I am unsure how I would describe myself.  I am pretty much anything goes when it comes to material, but I am more drawn to more intricate piecing or clever placement of colour.  So while I love 'fresh' material, I'm less sure of what to do with it.

I am a lover of gadgets.

I am a foreign magazines junkie.  I have subscriptions to several, and I love seeing the different styles all over the world.  I try to draw inspiration from all of them...

I am trying to design.  I rarely stick to a pattern, so now I'm trying to make some of my own.  As I said, I'm drawn to more intricate piecing, but I'm trying to design easier things to teach.

I am trying this for a second time.  I tried blogging before, but missed blogging things, and it just piled up without ever being published.  This is a new start.

Friday 20 May 2011

To cut or not to cut...

I decided to make a qwillow from these materials:

I wanted something pretty easy that could be taught in a day workshop.  I'm thinking of squares.  4 patches surrounded by some of those blacks on the left and alternated with 16 patch blocks.  The squares would be 3 inches finished.  But look at these: 

The pattern is so big!  Here's a photo with my 6 1/2 inch ruler beside it:  

So, to cut or not to cut!  I think these two would be wasted if I cut them the planned size.  So I think instead of putting 4 patches, I might put 8 inch squares of these materials.  Now to see if I have enough in the fat quarter to fussy cut that gorgeous flower....