Tuesday, 26 December 2017

2017 in review - trying out improv curves

My challenge to myself for 2017 was to try curves in the context of quilting. I have never had any issues with inserting sleeves in jackets or shirts, but never really tried my hand a curves for quilting (except some blocks for Rosanne during Modern Insta Bee).

After having a lovely lunch with Jenny of Papper Sax Sten, she convinced me that I could do it! She also provided me with some templates to make it easier. Pretty chuffed that I managed to make this sunflower bag (with more of Jo's fabrics).

Later in the year, I attended one of Jenny's classes and made these inset improv circles. The little dot in the bottom left area is glue, which came out with a little bit of water. I am amazed that I have managed to go from a complete beginner, afraid of curves, to this in less a year.

In class, I also made these improv quarter circle blocks. 

Some further improv curves made after the class

(sorry about the horribel night time colours in some of the photos)

Monday, 25 December 2017

2017 in review - various sewing

My sister bought a new sofa and the parents said it was purple / plum. Not knowing the exact colour I opted for a scrappy cushion cover in various purple and lilac colours. As I had some leftover, I also made three coasters. 

By reusing the hardware from lanyards at work (we rebranded and everyone got new lanyards), I made around 50 new lanyards, some of which were donated to charity.

DD1 made me proud whilst designing and sewing this LOVE-ly quilt for her little sister's dollies.

One of my work colleagues emigrated to the United States and couldn't bring all her fabrics with her.... This is one of the bags I made with the fabrics I got from her. Thanks Jo!

As DD2 already has a large-ish quilt, it was time to make one for DD1. Her favourite colour is yellow, as may may have guessed. It still needs to be quilted, but at least the top is pieced! 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

2017 in review - Siblings Together Quilting Bee

Having had a break from quilting bees for a while, I volunteered as an angel block maker for the Siblings Together Bee 4 which started at the end of this year.

These are some of the ones I made.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

2017 in review - Scandibee Road

Back in 2015 I was part of the Scandibee Quilting Bee. For my month, I asked everyone to make me houses for Scandibee Road.

Since then I have had many, many ideas on how to assemble the quilt, but not yet sewn it all together. This year I made a few more houses, as part of a block of the month in UK Quilters United, and also quite a few trees.

Friday, 22 December 2017

2017 in review - Scandi inspired work

As usual I made and donated various items with Dala horses (dalahästar) on to the Christmas Fair at the Swedish Church in London. The best sellers, by far, are the kitchen towels and the dribble bibs.