Thursday, 10 December 2015

It's a Wrap

Not really, haven't wrapped a thing yet but I live in hope.
Today wrapped up my classes for the year and I have quite a lot to share..........

A couple of Sundays ago was my last workshop of the year, entitled Going Large, it was all about making one big block and hopefully inspiring those who came along , to make more such blocks, perhaps QAYG each one and once just 9 were made they would have enough for a double quilt!!

Here is a snapshot of some of the fab blocks made on the day - they were set to finish at 24" but one lady continued on with a further round of borders and decided it would make a super Linus quilt.

and last but definitely not least, this beauty....

In class last fortnight we were making fabric baskets, pattern courtesy of Ali's blog I chose this version of a basket as I suspected most of my ladies would not have seen boxed corners made by cutting out the corner rather than pinching and sewing. I didn't get around to blogging about this but quite pleased as lots of finished ones have turned up for last class Show & Tell.
Madeline brought in her Mini Jelly Roll project from Week 2 of this term - she has added big borders and loads of appliqued birdies, stitched on with free machine embroidery and for all of you brown haters out there - it was stunning!

One other show & tell was from Ann, last week. She had bought a Cora Dantini kit from Jo's stall at the SECC this year - she made two little quilts instead of one - perfect for her two grand daughters.

It's been a fun term with lots of small projects completed. This week we talked lots about our new project in January, Return to the Valley, and we ate cake!

Christmas is all about giving, and let's be honest, receiving too. So in our Stingy Brits Bee four of us decided to have a mini Secret Christmas swap - we were to make a small mat, perhaps for a candle. 

I was making for Nicky who has a Scandi Christmas thing going on so I made this for her. Ladies in my classes will recall this star from several years ago - this is a mini version and the pattern was originally in a popular Patchwork and was one of Anja Townrow's designs.

And in return, I got this lovely Mini from Di, plus a wee bonus decorative hoop.

I found some time to do last month's BOM from Today's Quilter, just in time for Issue 4 to land on my doormat. If you haven't yet tried this new magazine I really recommend it, it is choc full of some really good stuff.
These are 6" blocks and I am using up scraps, orphan patches and generally going off piste.

I made a stocking, on request, all from scraps.....I did buy that fab tartan bias, from eBay.

Not so much a scrap but a recycled project, this time helped by my embroidery machine, I made this zippy pouch for my wee nephew who loves Ninjago lego......

And finally, yesterday I got to work on my 2nd block for Collette in our Stingy Brits Row by Row quilt.
Collette has asked for sewing themed blocks and so far I have made one block - inspired by my Mega Pinnie.

Yesterday the block was Kerry's from her blog and it was tricky but very satisfying although my sizing wasn't perfect - I'll do a bit of cosmetic patchwork when joining to the other blocks.

And that folks, is definitely a wrap.


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