Monday, 26 April 2010

Let the quilting commence!

The quilt top is finished, the batting is layered and the design is chosen.  All there is left to do is find the time to quilt the Wedding Quilt.  I've never made anything bigger than a twin before so I think this is going to take some time.  From now until August if I'm not at work or babysitting, you will probably find me in my designated quilting seat (note ease of access to TV remote - essential)

Well here goes nothing ...

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Babies and bunnies

I've finally decided on a quilt for my step-sister's baby.  I fell in love with this pattern at The Fat Quarters when I feigned illness last week so I could go with mum instead of going to work.  Don't judge me until you've had to temp - it sucks!

How could anyone resist those bunnies?  They are so adorable and as gender neutral as I could find.  I opted for less pink in my fabric choices to try and make it a little less girly so I think it will work for either boy or girl.

Well back to the wedding quilt.... This little beauty will have to wait until I have the silk monster all layered up.

Sneaky Peek no. 2

My inner self is fighting between showing you what I've been up to and keeping the Wedding Quilt a secret but I'm going to give you a peek and hope that the bride to be doesn't look at my blog.  Hmmm... Maybe I should take the link off Facebook...

Weeks of driving myself crazy and spreading tiny fragments of silk all over the house has culminated in the centre of the top being finished.   I've added the first border to try and prevent some of the fraying.  Three more borders to go and I can start quilting.  I've been working on something special for the centre.  What do you think?

Monday, 19 April 2010

Busy busy bee

I've been very busy flitting around the country for the last couple of weeks and my laptop suddenly decided it didn't like electricity which isn't really conducive to blog posting.  I've seen some beautiful exhibitions and purchased some gorgeous fabrics so it was all worth while.

First off was the V&A's "Quilts: 1700 - 2010" exhibition.

There were some beautiful quilts from centuries ago but I was very disappointed with the modern day examples.  With all of the amazing artists out there making gorgeous quilts, why did they think Tracy Emin's dirty bed would be a good use of their funds?  And sheets of silk billowing from the ceiling may be beautiful but they most definitely are not a quilt!

Rant over.  While I was in London I got to meet up with some good friends that I haven't seen in a while and catch up on the gossip.  I also got a private tour of the foreign office which is very fancy.

On to Leeds where I stopped in to visit the boyfriend who is in complete exam stress meltdown.  I took him  to York for the day to try and relax him a bit and to celebrate his birthday.  We went to Jorvik Viking Centre (stinky as ever), York Castle Museum (oddly had nothing to do with Castles or York), wandered around the shops and then I dragged him to the Quilt Museum and Gallery run by The Quilter's Guild of The British Isles.

I felt very guilty for making him go there on his birthday but at the end of the day he said that it was the best thing we did all day.  It was beautiful, some unusual examples of quilting with very knowledgeable ladies around to chat to and answer all your questions.

It's good to be home though, I'm getting cracking with the Wedding Quilt and trying not to get distracted by all my other purchases.  More about them soon ...