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Friday, 27 March 2015

Round up at the Bee

A fun day was had at the Bee this week, it was Annie"s Birthday so of course there was cake. Though most of us are on diets as per usual, only Sue refrained from eating any cake. She has more will power than the rest of us.:0)
Alison was machine quilting her lovely quilt. It is a UFO, this will be her second finish for the year.

 Maggie was also quilting around the Owls on this charity quilt though by hand, this one is going to a local Hospice.

Ann was stitching another border on her lovely Baby Quilt.

 Jenny was making some lovely table place mats as a gift for a Birdie friend. I do love these fabrics.

Annie was big stitch quilting around the hearts on the bed quilt for her daughter.

Liz was knitting and helping Sue, who is learning to crochet. (sorry no pictures).

I was putting the border on another quilt that is for the Siblings Together Charity, This one is made from my scrap bins which never seem to go down.

So that is the round up of what the "Queen Bees" were working on this week. They are a very productive lot.!

Its another fine day today so I am off  to the garden, my Tomato seedlings need repotting.

Keep safe and keep stitching..............................Doti.....

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Floral Impressions Quilt

It was October 2013 when I started this quilt. It was designed by Deborah Kemball and the fabric is Oakshott

Photo taken outside.

I started this quilt as I was hopeless at needle turned appliqué, and I thought as this was a BOM I would have a whole month to do each block. Also, if after a year I had not conquered needle turned appliqué I never would. :0))

It did take me 18 months and I reckon I have just about conquered it.!!!

I needed to get back to my sewing machine, so this week I have been playing with Reverse appliqué 

You cut out your design with a scalpel on a 15" block and then you have a negative and a positive. The negative needs backing underneath, and the positive is stitched on to a plain 15"block, so you get two for the price of one which is fun and quick to make.

I have made a quilt similar to this before so thought I would update it.

I know Mothers day has gone but I was so thrilled with this card from my daughter that I thought I must show it off to everyone.

Mothers Day card from my daughter.

Since finishing the Floral Impressions quilt, I feel as if my strings have been cut and have just flopped down in the chair at night and done nothing, not even my knitting.
After all, I think I need a rest.

Keep safe and keep stitching...................Doti...

Friday, 6 March 2015

Scrap Bin.

I can't believe that after making 80 blocks from the scrap bin, the bin does not seem to have gone down very much at all. It is slightly less dense but still over flowing.

The blocks were seven and a half inches so have made up to a fair size quilt top. Just a little border all the way around and then to sandwich it with wadding/batting and backing and I might just have another quilt for my favourite charity Siblings Together.

Probably just straight line quilting on my trusty sewing machine. I do so like this mini shadow block, and such fun to make. The centres are 5 inches and are surrounded by 2 inch strips of grey and white. to make them look like they are floating.The scrap bin must have gone down a bit even if it does not look like it.

80 Blocks sewn together.

 Susie is the mama of the month and has asked for 3  10 inch nautical blocks in these colours, so the next job is to get them in the post.

I am very late blogging this week as the weather has been so good that Mr M and I have been trying to sort out the garden a bit. We had a lot of work done on the cottage and sad to say workmen are no respecters of the garden, and how do you hide a huge oil tank.?

On that note it's time I sorted out the backing for the new quilt.

Keep safe and keep stitching..................Doti...