Two weeks ago I was granted a crafting weekend away with a good friend. It was incredible to have two nights and two days to sew non-stop. First on the list was to finish a commissioned quilt top (more to come in another post) and quilt it. That was Friday night. Saturday I spent the entire day on a new project– my Christmas tree skirt.
I adore this pattern (2010 Fat Quarterly Special Holiday Addition) and for my birthday in September I requested a stack of gorgeous Christmas fabrics. It was easy to follow and quick moving (even with the distraction of a Friends and Sex And The City marathon– another blissful treat!!).
After finishing the top it was time to quilt. The pattern showed gorgeous pebbling quilting which looked like snow to me so I decided to do the same. I found it hard at first but then far easier than stippling! Completely love this new quilting method. I finished it around 11pm and was thrilled to complete it in a day.
Sunday I made a bag start to finish, which I’ll post about soon too.
I’m hopeful this craft weekend away is an annual event (or maybe twice a year?!). It was a complete dream.
Definitely not the best photo I’ve taken, but you get the idea. The top is finished!! I need to square up the edges and buy some backing fabric. Not sure what I’ll go with yet, need to have a think. Maybe grey?
Glad to be keeping up with the QAL so far…
This was an intense week of sewing to complete the triangle QAL task for week 3. It was probably 5 hours in total to piece all of these rows together. But they are gorgeous… so I’m a happy gal!
Once I got into a system, I sped through them. I chain-pieced where possible and kept a photo of my initial layout so I could keep referring back to it and place the triangles in order again.
If you’re interested in this quilt, check out the details on http://www.sassyquilter.com
Thankfully I found this excellent blog post about preparing silk ties for quilts, by Mamaka Mills. I nervously chucked the ties into the wash and voila, they were clean and still perfect. I even put the finished quilt into the wash (40 C) and dryer (light heat with frequent checks) and I’m glad I did because the dryer really finished off the lovely quilted look. So it can be done… but I definitely wouldn’t do it often if I want to preserve it.
The front is made entirely from a white tablecloth, blue apron, two silk ties and two men’s shirts. For the back I chose Liberty Tana Dawn Meadow because the colours were so complimentary and since it’s for a grandmother to use– I liked the traditional and beautiful style of Liberty. Binding in the same Liberty.
It’s 4′ x 3′, perfect for a couch lap quilt to keep warm reading a book.
Hope she likes it…
“Petite Street” by Wendy Kendall
“Sew Stitchy” by Aneela Hoey (to whom I credit my quilting addiction!)
STOF “Pure Style”
“Nordika” by Jeni Baker
Me and My Sister designs (left over from bunting I made my nieces two years ago)
Joel Dewberry “Modern Meadow”
My best friend from childhood had her second baby boy in September. I finally got round to finishing little Henry’s baby quilt in November to give it to him when I met him for the first time. It’s a sweet little quilt and simple design.
The fabric is Makower UK and then supplemented with Kona solids.
It’s been ages since I’ve quilted (and blogged!)… but that’s about to change.
I’m hoping to finish a commissioned job by the end of March and also start a QAL with a friend: Triangle Quilt Along Anyone else up for it?