Monday, 31 May 2010

Fabric Swap Post

This arrived in the post today from my swap partner in A Little Fabric, A Little Chocolate on Flickr.  Lots of yummy chocolate, sweets, tea, ribbons, buttons, a needle case, a fold out bag and of course beautiful fabric

I love spots!

This is what I sent my swap partner last month:

Friday, 28 May 2010

American Museum Quilt Exhibition

As I said in my previous post I visited the Quilt Exhibition at the American Museum last week.  I went with the girls from my first quilting class and it was brilliant to catch up.  It was a gorgeous day and we had lunch in the sun on the terrace.

The special exhibition which just runs this year was amazing.  The quilts were huge.  They also have about 50 quilts permanently on display and these were gorgeous too.  We are all amazed at how modern some of the quilts looked. Some of the designs are not a million miles away from what some modern quilters today are working on.  I would really recommend a visit to anyone who is in the UK (I'm biased anyway but I think Bath is a fab place to visit in its own right too!)

We weren't allowed to take photos but here is a photo of a card I bought which features one of the quilts from the show.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Last week's sewing

For those of you were fooled with my prolific blogging the week before last this is the real me.  Work which thankfully I love (and not just because it pays my mortgage!) does get in the way of other things.  And for me if its a choice my spare time will always be spent sewing rather than blogging about sewing.

But this is what I have been sewing last week:

More blocks for my sampler quilt class (check out the new bathroom floor tiles underneath!!!)

Part of my mini quilt for the Modify Tradition Swap

I also had a trip to London for work which meant I could sew some more of these:

It wasn't all work no play last week though - I did manage a trip to the Quilt exhibition at the American Museum in Bath but that deserves a post all of its own . . .

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Sunday's Sewing

More blocks for my Sampler Quilt Class:

This is my favourite so far - I think it is called T or Tin Soldier but I'm not sure.

This is a variation on Windmill

I love this one too - Drunkard's Path

I also tried out a sample block for the Baby Boy Quilt I am making.  The points aren't perfect but I am quite pleased how it turned out.  Half the blocks will have the red pinwheels and the other half will be the same design but orange pinwheels.

Friday, 14 May 2010

I just met Kaffe Fassett!

My local book shop had a talk by Kaffe Fassett tonight about his book Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts.  He was so funny.  I am not the biggest fan, don't get me wrong I like some of his fabrics and I love his spots, he's just not my favourite ever (Amy I will be forever loyal!!) but his talk was wonderful.  He is so funny and he had lots of really interesting things to say about his views on traditional v modern quilts.

Sorry for the lack of photos in this post but the only bathroom in our house is being refurbished and apparently it is necessary to store all the tools in the computer/sewing room (and all the bathroom parts in the lounge and all the rubbish on the patio grrrr!) so I can't plug in my camera properly.

But I did post every day this week, well every weekday anyway . . . .! 

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Inspiration - next quilts

This fabric selection is hopefully going to be for a friend's baby due in July if its a boy.

And this is for my nephew who will be 2 - also in July.  Looks like I am going to be busy especially as he has a twin sister who is also obviously 2 in July (fabrics yet to be decided for that one but almost definitely pink!)

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


Look what arrived at the post office for me to collect today.  Yummy fabric from Pink Chalk Fabrics. As I am a little late to the party on a couple of fabric collections I have been trying to locate and purchase a few of my favourites.  These are Momo Odyssea.

Momo Wonderland


I'm off to stroke my fabrics!

Monday, 10 May 2010

New Quilting Class Blocks

I started a new Quilting Class at Millie Moon Shop a week or so ago but haven't gotten around to posting about it yet.  Its a sampler block class with 12 blocks in total.  This one is North Wind.

This one is Attic Window.  I really wanted to do this class as I wanted to try different quilt blocks to see what I like, to stretch myself and to hopefully get inspiration for new quilts (although I must have about 25 quilt plans in my head at the moment!)

This one is called spools. I was also trying not to use pink (or too much of it anyway in this quilt).  I love pink but don't want to fall into a colour rutt so soon.

And lastly for now Pinwheels - my favourite so far!  I am away for the class this week so am going to try to get a couple done at home.

I am also going to see if I can blog every day this week.  I have the whole week off work which is the first time I have had a week off since March last year (excluding Christmas which frankly made work look like a doddle at times!).  I can't wait although I am not sure how much sewing I will do as we are having a bathroom refurbishment and a couple of days away.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Modify Tradition Swap Inspiration

 1. full swing., 2. Nicey Jane Charm Quilt: Front, 3. Amy Butler Sorbet, 4. wonderland lap quilt, 5. goldfish stripe baby boy quilt, 6. Pinwheel quilt a long Top, 7. Finished Triangles Quilt, 8. Nine-Patch Quilt-Along, 9. Pieced Border Scrap Quilt, 10. Hour Glass Quilt, 11. Hope Valley Quilt - quilting, 12. Red + Aqua Finished, 13. Red Triangle Quilt, 14. Zig Zag quilt, 15. pint sized, 16. Dolce Jelly Filled 

Modify Tradition Swap Inspiration
Originally uploaded by Scissors & Thread

I am so excited to be taking part in the Modify Tradition Swap. This is my flickr inspiration mosaic. I had a lot of fun compiling this.

If my swap partner is reading this, sorry I didn't send my Flickr link but hopefully you can work it out from this (it is Scissors & Thread). I love stars, pinwheels and triangles but am also really drawn to simple squares. I love most colours, blue, red & aqua and certains lines together (Amy Butler, Moda Wonderland and Tanya Whelan Dolce are my current favourites colour wise). However these are just ideas, I am so excited to have someone make something for me and don't own a mini quilt so am sure I will love whatever you make.

Hope this helps. I need to get on with looking at my partner's blog and Flickr and try to decide what to make. I am so nervous that what I make won't be very good, I haven't really done this before. I can see myself doing a practice one first!