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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Prairie Points.

Would you believe in all the years that I have been quilting I have never made prairie points to go on the edge of a quilt.
It was a cold, wet , miserable Sunday so I thought prairie points here I come. 
Am I pleased well 

Making up the tiny 2 inch Prairie Points

Now aren't they just cute, all 158 of them.

Quilt sandwiched ready for quilting.

 Wool Wadding/Batting was bought and a beautiful backing fabric from my favourite Quilt shop 
Sew and So's of Bungay. They have the most beautiful subtle fabrics,
and this quilt called for a subtle backing.

So now, it is all ready to quilt and the lovely Designer Deborah Kemball has suggested echo quilting around every berry, leaf and flower. Eeeeeeek... this could well take another year.

At least, I will have something to take to my hand quilting group for a long time to come.

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

Friday, 21 November 2014

It's finally together.

Yes, I have finally put the top together.

This quilt/ wall hanging was started October 2013 and is called Floral Impressions and is designed by
  Deborah Kemball. The fabrics are from Oakshotts.

It was originally started to improve my hand turned appliqué, and I think it has definitely done that. Now to sandwich it and echo hand quilt it all over. That could take another twelve months  :0), though with winter fast approaching it might be something to sit inside in the warmth and do. Watch this space...

On the knitting front, I went off at a tangent again, which I am very prone to do. This time with a sea urchin beret, 

I am such a sucker for knit-a-longs and sew-a-longs. My friend Anj from Meadow yarns  teamed up with Tend magazine and a group was started to knit this lovely beret. It was truly the hardest bit of knitting I have ever done. I have never frogged so much on anything else I have made, but I love the end result and it should go beautifully with my mammoth scarf/ wrap that I am in the process of making, (not sure I will knit all 70" of it though.)

Just a little more embroidery on the quilt to do. I can't decide whether to do the prairie points on the edges as yet.

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

Monday, 10 November 2014

Post Jet lag.

It seems ages since I have written a post, so much has been going on. Our vacation was great although a little tiring and on coming home we do suffer badly with Jet lag. 

While away, I was not completely idle, a little retail therapy was indulged in.

Some lovely border fabrics for the ST2 blocks, and backing fabric. Also of course my lovely Aurifil cones. I do wish I could buy them here in the UK at such a good price.

Making a wrap

Also some lovely soft wool called Loft. The lightest and softest wool I have ever knitted with, recommended by the lovely designer Deborah Kemball. Designer of the Floral Impressions Quilt I have been making for the last year, only 4 more appliqué flowers to do and then to put it all together. ( Photos when it's together )

We are doing a lot of work on our very old cottage (built about 1700), and today we are totally upside down and crawling with workmen putting in central heating.

So I am holed up in my sewing room with the woodturner, putting borders on the ST2 Blocks.

My blocks with borders.

Some lovely blocks came this morning from Helen of (The Magpie cat.)

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

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Tutorial for ST2 November Blocks.

Hi Girls, 
this is a really simple slab block to make and a great scrap buster. 
Please could you use Rainbow colours as bright as possible, and make two twelve and a half inch blocks.

I started with a pile of scraps, some were 2 1/2 inch squares and some  2 and a 1/2 inch square triangles. and the rest were strips in various widths.

Randomly stitch together until you have a twelve and a half inch block.

 Here are my two blocks.

Have fun and think Rainbow Colours.

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