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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Busy weekend

 I seem to have been sewing non stop for the last few days. Here are some of the outputs

Beach Huts truly done and dusted: .It is my first wall hanging and I'm really pleased with how this has all come together after all the hard work The Mistakes Bag is proving really useful to carry all the sewing bits about even if it's only up and downstairs

 At evening class last night we mad a sweet litle envelope bag, this still has to have a dreaw string channel and some ornamentation added. I thik there may be some more of these coming along soon

Free motion was the order of the day on Monday and Tuesday. The samples made at a class are being put into a raggy type bag. Michelle gave me some good tips on how to attach the side panels last night

 Finishing off the squares gave me the confidence to do the back of the folded patchwork cuushion though not as well as I'd have liked. Getting the tension perfect always seems to defeat me. So now it's a case of doing the piping, which Val says is hell, and finishing it off. Must buy a cushion too.

Harriet's knitted dogs look great together, I think she is really talented. These are my afghan Graciosa and his schnauzer friend

That's it, it takes time to learn blogging and I'm running late now!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Beach Huts are hung

They are done and look great. Sadly the light is not brilliant for a photo tonight and flash washes them out so will post  a better one tomorrow. Many thanks for advice from Anthea whose banner experience was invaluable in checking out the sleeve was correctly aligned so it hangs straight. Hopefully tommorow Dale will guide me in a neat way to cut down the bamboo pole so they are really tidy.

 In the meantime, I've made a zip bag from the piece using up the snail trail mistakes on which I'd practiced the BH quilting. Spot the mistakes? Something to carry sewing bits about in and who needs another cushion? It took me all day being a bit of a leaning curve but very pleased with the result. The worst bit was when I cut off the long bit of the zip with the pull still attached. Ouch! The good bit was that it's a recycled zip that's been in a sewing drawer since the beginning of time.

Next task is to finish the folded patchwork cushion by sewing the corner posts and attaching the border. Then think about the backing which might be the stripes edging the above bag.  This is from an old shirt bought when the Tenovus shop was selling everthing for £1. Recycling is so satisfying.

Think I might sleep well tonight

My god daughter Harriet is very talented at knitting little dogs, watch this space for pictures

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

August 24th

This is the first post on my first blog. I've been enjoying all those inspiring quilters blogs out there but haven't found any from Newport Gwent so here goes

Today I finished my Beach Huts wallhanging, I think it looks really good. Many thanks to my evening class teacher Michelle Grayland for the design idea. The snail trail 'sea' was a real challenge that I'm delighted to have overcome but never again!
I'd love to hear what you think of it.