Thursday, December 20, 2007

Log Cabin Bag

I was looking at Carol Casper's fab patchwork blocks the other day and telling her about my struggle with log cabin patchwork.
I enjoy patchwork but I'm not that good at it.
However, I have finished my project - yippee!
Well I still want to add some buttons to the bottom of the handles.

The bag is to carry my over large cutting board and quilters rulers.
I am very happy with it despite it not being perfect.
Some blocks are a little twisted and there are a few gathers in the quilting.
But hey, it is mine and a labour of love and no body will get it mixed up with their own ;0)

By the way I'm not apologising for the bad photos - they hide the bad workmanship LOL!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tis the Season

Our swap on Unlimited Textiles this month was themed "Tis the Season"

Well, although we don't get as much as we used to here in the UK , I think of snow at this time of year and making snowmen.

In fact I think of the snowman we made when I was about 9 or 10.
We lived in a group of about 6 streets and we rolled a snowball round the streets gathering more and more snow.
In fact I think it got so big it couldn't be moved, but hey, maybe that is just childish, wishful thinking.
Whatever, this sticks in my mind so my 5ins quiltie just had to be a snowman!

My tree decoration is a little box about 1 1/2ins cube.
I fused lots of sheer and glittery fabrics using Misty Fuse to Timtex. I learnt how to make this box from Sue Bleiweiss on one of her wonderful courses.
I was really happy with it and nearly kept it for myself ;0)

Happy to report both my partners were happy with their swap items - Yay!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Merry Christmas

Isn't it funny the way things have a way of taking over your life. Even though you know something will take up a lot of your time it can still escalate into something you never envisaged.
This has happened to me of late and culminated in me doing something I would never do under normal circumstances and something I am not altogether proud of.
Another side of me emerged that I don't really like. I have pushed her away now and hopefully I am myself once more.
So I just wanted to get that off my chest!

Well it is that time of year again, it creeps up on you from behind and you find that, even though it comes every year, you are never ready for it!

We are going to have a very family filled Christmas this year. Laura and Toby are coming home for a few days, I always love having them here.
We will be going to my brothers for Christmas dinner and the day will be filled with nephew's, niece's, great nephew's and great nieces. There will be lots of noise and laughter.
Just what the doctor ordered.

I hope all your Christmases will be a lovely as I expect mine to be.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Autumn Quilties

These are the little art quilts I made for the November swap on Unlimited Textiles.
The theme was Autumn and they measure 5in square.

I had great fun with these.
I grabbed pieces of fabric, paper and painted paper towel.
They were in a box that I keep if pieces that are too small to make something with but too large to throw out.

I kept in mind the challenge I had done a couple of months ago and put the pieces on to my backing and leaving them, not moving them around to see where they lead me.
I stitched a large leaf shape over the fabric collage to tie it all together.

I'm happy to report that my partners Claire and Sandy liked them ;0)