Thursday, 13 January 2011

Back to school

I moved back to Durham this weekend to get some work done before term starts next week. Being a university town means that it's eerily quiet around here out of term time but the peace does mean that you end up getting a lot done (the peace and the fact that the bar isn't open!).

I've redesigned my banner (do you like it?) and I've managed to make a start on the quilting of my bear paw quilt.

It's larger than I'm used to (86"x70") and it takes a lot of effort to get it through my little machine but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end. 

I'm the only one in the flat so I've commandeered the kitchen for sewing purposes.

The positives are that I have more space, there's wifi, it's festively decorated with a mixture of Alice in Wonderland and Halloween bunting and the tea and biscuits are only a couple of steps away. On the downside, we live on the ground floor so I have the bored porter lurking outside my window giving me "helpful" advice.

Just before I came back I went to The Fat Quarters and they had 20% off everything! I picked up a jelly roll in Bella neutral colours and started wondering what this quilt would look like with plain paws and a patterned background. It was just too tempting so I bought the jelly roll and some coordinating fabric to have a go.

The fabric is from the Zippity Doo Dah range by Sandy Gervais. Two of the neutrals match the cream and tan confetti pieces perfectly so I can't wait to see how it comes together.


  1. Hi, It seems this quilt is taking more effort than it should. You don't say if you are straight quilting or free-motioning, but either way it would be good if you could support the quilt more. You could try setting up your ironing board to the left of the table to take the weight of the quilt. I'd probably try putting a table behind too...

  2. OH I am so happy for your extra space! It the fall it seemed you didn't have much room at all to quilt!

  3. The ironing board is a great idea, Dorothy. I'm straight line quilting and the problem is with the round table. The quilt has a tendency to slide off the edge which means I'm constantly twisting my back trying to keep it straight. Maybe the ironing board will keep the weight supported.

  4. Love the quilt!. I sympathise re quilting such a large quilt. I am very nervous about quilting my latest quilt which is 78x72. Look forward to seeing it finished.

  5. Terrific colors and setting! I'm clicking to subscribe by email so I get updates!