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My First Quilt

At the start of the year we heard some amazing news – the hubby’s God-Daughter was expecting a baby!  And now I had a real and proper reason now to make my first quilt. I sweated over this for hours, and had sleepless nights and there weren’t even any fitting issues involved.  I did discover when I went shopping that I needed a pattern and couldn’t just buy fabric willy nilly! I came home with these lovely little lot after my Spoolette’s Meet Up at the Fabbadashery:   And 3 months later I had this!   I had quite severe brain ache whilst making this. Not the actual sewing, more of what colours to use:   I finally chose these, and after much googling the pattern of the disappearing 9 square. Then I needed to choose the layout of my squares ones I’d chopped the into quarters: The quilting design: I made myself a piece to practice on And practice I did!   And the binding:   And lastly, the easy bit – embroider her name …

Time For Teal

Kate who blogs at Tall Tales from Chiconia is co-ordinating the making of a quilt to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Australia.  There’s information on her blog if you’d like to read more and maybe contribute a block too – she needs 36 blocks altogether!  The theme for the block is “Time for Teal”  – so we’re making teal coloured blocks around the afternoon tea theme.  Kate also making a Teal Ribbon block which is the symbol to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Kate organises a F2F block swap where basically each of the 12 members make 3 12″ blocks per month for a person who’s month it is.  I’m really not explaining this very well, but Pat was one of the ladies, and she sadly lost the fight with ovarian cancer which has lead to the Time For Teal quilt being created.   You really need to head to Kate’s blog who explains it all much better than me. Initially for me the first thing I had to do was go shopping.  Being a very …

The Splendid Sampler

I first heard about The Splendid Sampler on Poppy in Stitches blog earlier in the month.   One of the big things I want to do in 2016 is make a quilt so I headed straight over to find out more. Then Margaret from Crafty Creek made a block too, and they started popping up all over Instagram. Basically, two 6 inch blocks are released each week and eventually you’ll end up with 100 squares all ready to be sewn into a quilt!  Seemed simple enough. I needed to go shopping.  I’m not a quilter and although I have a moderate stash it’s nearly all dressmaking fabric. For my initial shopping spree just to get me going I bought 4 half metre pieces. Armed with 3 of the fabric pieces, the instructions and my new big quilting ruler I was all set. I soon discovered the pale spotty fabric was a bit flimsy. So changed the spotty fabric for the 4th fabric I’d bought… Yup, much better.  It was soon sewn up in no time…. And I’m in …