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Sunday, 27 September 2015


I know I should be doing a UFO but this is very old fabric. maybe that counts..

I bought this fabric the first time I visited the USA, I thought it was so pretty. On getting home, I thought well what on earth am I going to do with it, so it has lain unloved for years.

Having seen a friends lovely Magic four square quilt, I thought perhaps I could use some of the fabric for that. So its been a case of make it up as I go along.

Using the largest bit for the four patches, I made 20 patches / Blocks.

Each one is different, some better than others, but all fun.

Things all went a bit astray after that, as I surrounded said blocks with 1/4" crumb catchers, and then forgot to take photos as I went along.

Well I have had a lot of fun, using up this fabric. The little quilt has now another border all around it, and I am about to cut piano keys with the scraps I have left for the next border. 
At the moment it measures about 45", but I would like to use up all the fabric if possible.
So it's a case of watch this space. 

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

Monday, 14 September 2015

"Happy Dance.".

Yep, indeed I did a happy dance.
Two finishes and a little play time. 

This was my first finish, I was so pleased to have finished it I took this photo before I sewed in the tail ends,Ha! Ha! 
This was a mammoth knit. I do not think I have ever knitted anything so long or big in my life, and yet it is as light as a feather. The yarn was called Loft, and the whole thing only weighs 1 pound..

The label said 100% American Wool. Grown in Wyoming, Spun in New England.
The last person I saw with a muffler this long was Dr Who..

My next finish was the binding on the Liberty quilt, you know I love doing that.

 I sent a photo of the finished quilt top
to the lovely Amanda who runs the Liberty Club and she sent me a lovely present in the post (a
Scrap Bag), some are really big pieces 1/4 mtr size.
Another happy dance ...

Scrap Bag fabris from Amanda

This was my final fun bit of the weekend, playing with wool felt and embroidery thread, picking up the Tugboat Willy idea.

Not where I want to be at the moment, but it's getting there.
Previously I was working in cotton fabric for the tug boats but as I have such a lot of felt, it's time I used up some of it. So watch this space...

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

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The best Bit about Quilting.

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you will know that the best bit of making a quilt for me is putting the binding on.
a) Because the quilt is nearly finished, b) The sheer enjoyment of sitting in a comfy chair and hand sewing the binding down.Sheer bliss for me. :0)

I quilted my beautiful Liberty fabric quilt very simply. Just straight lines both ways on my domestic sewing machine, using my duel feed foot (a bit like a walking foot).

I used simple quilting as I wanted to show off the lovely fabric, the wadding/batting used was a high loft as I wanted that puffy look too.
I am so pleased I finally cut into this wonderful fabric. It was a joy to sew and to quilt.
I have been collecting Liberty fabric for over a year, from
Liberty Tana Lawn Bundle of the month club from 
and the lovely Amanda sends 10 fat 1/8 ths every month. and as yet I have never had two fabrics the same.

Binding being stitched down.

You can all guess what I am doing this evening, comfy chair here I come.!

Before that, I must show you this beautiful Quillow that my good friend Liz has made as a gift for a wedding. This is the pillow and the quilt is tucked up inside. I love the glasses on the little boy bear...

Beautiful Quillow Liz, I am sure they will love it..

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