Pinwheels in pink!

Happy Monday everyone!

It’s time to show you my latest finish. I made the quilt top a few weeks ago when I made my bags. I split the charm pack called Dogwood Trail by Moda into blues and pinks because I didn’t like them together. The blues plus a few scraps were made into my blue bag and the pink ones plus some white and pink solids were used to make this quilt.

I hope you like it πŸ™‚

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A few close ups….

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Imageand the back….

ImageThe binding is machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.

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Roly poly!

ImageI love pinwheels πŸ˜€

I hope you’ve had a lovely day!

Avis x

Wow! Look what the postie brought today!!!

Don’t you just love surprises?

Look what arrived this morning all the way from sunny Crete πŸ˜€

 

Teje from Nero’s Post and PatchΒ made these mug rugs for me. Teje has to be one of the sweetest people on this planet and she writes a wonderful blog about her sewing hobbies, her animals and more. She has entered the Blogger’s Quilt Festival with her beautiful Butterflies QuiltΒ and has actually sent me some extra butterflies from it! Aren’t they gorgeous?

She has constructed the butterflies using the same methods as in her quilt. Here is a view of the back which I like as much as the front πŸ™‚

 

My photographs don’t do them justice so you must go and take a look at the whole quilt on Teje’s blog and vote for her quilt at the Festival.

There is absolutely no way I could put a cup of tea or coffee on them. I couldn’t bear to have them stained. So I have taken a great liberty and hope Teje doesn’t mind. I haven’t mentioned that they were also beautifully wrapped in tissue paper and tied with home made tape. I’ve used the tape to make a wall-hanging for my sewing room.

 

Our Spring and Summer in the UK has been incredibly wet this year so we have only had a few butterflies in our garden. These have more than made up for their absence.

Thank you so much Teje πŸ™‚ I will treasure them forever πŸ˜€

Avis x

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is now open!

Hi everyone πŸ™‚

My dear friend Teje has reminded me that the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative SideΒ has just begun. Amy organises the festival in Spring and Autumn of each year and many quilters link to their posts showing their quilts and telling the stories behind them.

I hope you will pop over to the Festival and take a look at some of the most beautiful homemade quilts ever!! There are so many lovely blogs to visit too πŸ™‚ Make sure you have a cuppa and put your feet up. You could be there for a very long time! Voting starts soon so it may be worth having a pen and paper ready to note your favourites. There are also many prizes to be won, so maybe you would like to share your quilt too.

I have decided to enter my Blue Sampler Quilt which is the most recent one I have finished. Here it is πŸ™‚

The first quilt top I ever made contained the same blocks as this one. I made it in red, white and blue and have shown it in a previous post. It is still on my to-do list to quilt and bind πŸ™‚

I decided to make the blue version above because I had recently got a puppy and I needed to find a project I could pick up and put down, working only for short periods at a time. I thought the different blocks would hold my interest and, for me, the sashing was a “must have”.

Because I’d made the sampler before, I decided to take photographs of all the steps and write tutorials block by block which you can find in my tutorials category at the right hand side of my blog. I thought it might inspire one of my non-quilting readers to try quilting for the very first time so I tried to make the instructions suitable for a complete beginner. The first tutorial contains the fabric requirements and cutting instructions and further tutorials for blocks 1 to 11 are also available. The final block 12 tutorial and the ones for sashing and binding will follow soon πŸ™‚

I used Moda Bella Solids throughout as I love their soft feel and the variety of colours available. Β The blocks are 12 inches square so the quilt made up quite quickly. I machine quilted it myself in a meander wiggle with turquoise thread on the front and white on the back. The backing fabric is also white.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats

Finished quilt measures : 58β€³x 44β€³
Special techniques used : Machine pieced and quilted. Binding attached to the back by hand.
Quilted by : Me (Avis)
Best Category : Throw quilt, Home machine quilted, Scrap Quilt

I will leave you with some close-up photos of the blocks in a slide show. Enjoy! Avis x

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What every girl needs!

Thank you for all of your lovely comments and “likes” on this post. You have all encouraged me to open up the shutters of my Esty shop and dust down the shelves πŸ™‚

Another handmade sewing case and pattern with photo-tutorial will soon be available.

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This is the back.

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Another one bites the dust!

Here is another completed project. I’ve had the top made for ages but managed to quilt and bind it today.

I have made two of these and a pillow. All from one Moda layer cake plus borders, binding and backing.

I think it will make a fab play mat πŸ™‚

The layer cake had been reduced several times in my local quilt shop before I got my mitts on it! I love the bright colours and can’t really understand why other people had passed it by. Each to their own, I suppose.

I also liked the alphabet, numbers, colours and patterns.

I used matching pale blue yardage for the backing. It is covered in an animal alphabet and the characters are lovely.

This next one shows the backing πŸ™‚

The binding is plain red from my stash.

I really enjoyed putting this quilt together.Β  I think it would make a great I-Spy game! I hope you like it too.

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