Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Finished Siblings Together quilt

I realised that in the rush to get it finished in time for FQR, I didn't share the finished ST quilt,  so here's a few photos. 

I used my stash of Echo and a few pieces of Bella, along with some coordinating solids (mix of Kona and Klona I think...) I took these pics in quite a rush on the Thursday night, so the colours aren't very true to life unfortunately.

The block pattern was based on a tutorial from Fresh Lemons' Summer Sampler Series.  I tried to be clever and was intending to have solid on point squares in just one colour in each corner, but I didn't think it through thoroughly so I ended up with something of a harlequin effect!

The backing is the ubiquitous Ikea numbers print, and I quilted it with a squarish spiral effect.  The last few lines on the far side become gradually further apart - mainly because I was really close to running out of thread!

Hopefully it'll go to someone who'll love it :D

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

FQR recap

Just a quick recap post from me,  esp as they all made me so jealous last year! Please excuse all the Instagram photos, I stupidly forgot my camera.
Very restrained Quilt Market purchases!
Very restrained purchasing!

This weekend flew by in an absolute blur of faces and names, lots of chatting (and not that much sewing, as you'll see from the photos!)

In my own defense,  I had to miss the first part of John's embroidery class due to work,  but I got myself a few patterns to work on - thank you so much Sarah for saving me a seat!
Obviously talked too much in John's embroidery class (and missed the first hour...) #fqrlondon

Katy's triangle city class wasn't very productive either, as I spent so long giggling at the various stories, which are definitely not suitable to repeat!

I got more done in Lu's hand quilting class:
More successful hand quilting with Lu (and new perle) #fqrlondon

And Trudi's FMQ class was very helpful,  and I was really pleased by how much progress I made by the end, esp once we'd sorted the tension issues. Just need to figure out the right settings for my machine now!
FMQ practice

I also donated my finished Siblings Together quilt, but more about that next time.

The absolute best bit of the weekend was the social aspect and chatting with so many lovely ladies (and John!) I'm exhausted now,  but luckily have only got one more working day before the summer holidays, then mat leave.  Can't wait - I've got so much sewing to do!
Gorgeous swap items,  thank you @kellyfairy, Tammy and Heather #fqrlondon
Sample Swap items - a very long story!

Monday, 15 July 2013

FQR prep

1) trying to tie off all the loose threads on my Siblings Together quilt in 30+ degree heat, and wondering if I need to label it (should I?)

2) wondering where on earth I saved the class schedule / equipment list / that wadding that I bought.

3) trying to finish all my marking so that I don't have to do it next Sunday.

4) contemplating how many pregnancy and heat friendly clothes that I own - enough to get through this week and look presentable this weekend?

5) getting v excited / nervous / excited in an almost unstoppable,  viscous circle!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

T - 12 days!

All of a sudden,  it's July and FQR os very nearly here. I'm totally unprepared (I can't even remember what classes I've signed up for,  never mind getting materials ready!) However,  I have a few free evenings this week which I've put aside for prep, starting with this post.

If you've not been here before,  hello! My name's Sarah but I will respond to Sarah Lou or Little Sarah (because a. it's my full name and b. I'm 5 foot nothing.)

I'll be wearing this rather snazzy name tag from molsig and losing my balance because of this bump. I'm blaming baby brain for a lot of my forgetfulness and general uselessness,   but the truth is I'm really quite scatty anyway!

You'll also probably see me working on a bit of crochet - I went to a great class at Love 13 and I am hooked (not a deliberate pun, honest!)

Please come say hi if you see me,  I am wavering between v excited and v nervous!

PS - hope the photos come out ok, am trialling the Blogger App as the computer's been on the blink.