Saturday, 26 February 2011

Quilt pics of "my log cabin has a swimming pool"

As mentioned in yesterday's post, I didn't want to publish pics of the finished quilt until Paul had seen it, as it didn't seem very fair. Well he has it now and he delighted!

I called the quilt "My log cabin has a swimming pool" because of the central square is usually red to represent the 'hearth' in the centre of the home. Paul wanted blue - and so my log cabin has a pool in the centre of the home instead!

I really enjoyed the wonky log cabin, and the zigzag is definitely striking!

I don't know if you can see from this picture, but I chose to quilt the squares in a spiral pattern running from the blue central block out to the edge of each log cabin.

I used a variegated grey thread because I wanted it to be quite subtle. I thought it worked well with the circles on the back of the quilt too...

So the finished piece is 70x60 inches - which is more than big enough to keep Paul's tootsies warm while he plays on his PS3! If he can eject Maisy from under it first ;)

Friday, 25 February 2011

A finished Quilt - despite 'help'!

Well Paul's quilt is finally finished after I spent last night hand stitching the binding on. Paul wont see the finished item until tonight so I will share pics tomorrow... but here is a sneak peak of the back. Isn't it fabulous? It was in the bargain bin of a fabric warehouse in Leicester, and I decided that it was just perfect!

However, it is not so easy to finish a quilt when someone else is just too interested!

"Whatcha doin mam?"

"I am helping with the binding..."

"And this quilt is just too comfortable for words!"
I eventually had too 'see her off' for her own safety (and so I could get finished), and she sulked outside the studio for the rest of the day!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

A little bit of beading....

Has it really been a month since my last post? Oh dear, it has.... Well it has been another busy month with work from many sources (which is always good news - but doesn't leave much time for being creative!)

But here are some projects that I have managed to 'fit in' over the last few weeks....

Carnival - I made this during the weekend because the weather has been so cold and miserable and I felt my soul needed a little colour!

They are peyote stitch beads using my favourite delica beads and are simple but effective, and add a bit of colour to any outfit!

Beaded Baby - I made this little love last Sunday while Paul was poorly in bed so I didn't feel guilty about locking myself away in my studio and watching Tom Baker episodes of Dr Who all day!

I used one of my face beads that has been hanging around my stash for ages, and a little lucite flower as my basis. She is worked in a mixture of different shaped beads couched onto a felt back. I think she will become a brooch, or maybe an embellishment on a bag. For me, the fun was in the making on this one!

So there we are, a bit of a catch up... I will not leave it so long before the next post ;)