Back in January 2016 this gorgeous parcel arrived in the post from Patchwork Chicks - it was the fabrics for the beautiful star borders for Bluebird Lane. This quilt was designed by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs, and block one had originally arrived in the post back in March 2015. I had been busy working on this quilt a few months ago. I'd finished the 9 applique blocks and pieced them together, then other things got in the way and this project was packed away. Finally it was time to get started on it again, and I had a busy afternoon cutting strips of fabric ready for these 42 star blocks that make up the borders...
...my favourite thread for machine piecing is Aurifil 50wt thread, and I used a mid-grey coloured thread for this project. To get accurate, precision piecing, it's all about having the correct tools for the job. I use a straight stitch needle plate, a fine thread, and a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle. I had a very productive evening at the Busybee Stitching sewing group, and managed to get all of the flying geese units pieced together (all 168 of them!!). These fabrics really are lovely, and this project has been a joy to sew. I've been using Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Pins for this project, and they certainly are perfect for keeping these blocks together so the star points are kept clean and sharp. These star blocks will make a spectacular border...
...due to having a heavy cold that lingered for a bit too long it seemed to take ages to get all 42 star blocks completed. Having a "brain fog" didn't help and rather a lot of unpicking was involved! Anyway, finally the blocks were turned into the borders, and here's a sneak peek. I'll get a better picture of the completed quilt top in daylight, weather permitting!
I'd decided to get my UFOs completed before I started any new projects this year, and once I've pieced the Christmas Blessings quilt top together I needed to get some fabric for the backing. This quilt top is 32" square, so didn't need a huge amount, but I didn't have anything suitable in my fabric box! I'd bought Christmas Blessings as a kit from Julia at Cross Patch in Wales, so I contacted Julia to see what she couls suggest. Well she sent me the most gorgeous reindeer fabric that is part of the Scandi2 range of fabric from Henley Studio by Makower UK (there are some other fabrics from this range in the kit). Now I just need to find some time to get this one machine quilted - I've decided to tackle this one myself! Meanwhile I'll carry on sewing some blocks for my other UFOs!
Ohhh I wonder if Mr F could make me this sign to hang on the door of my new sewing room (WHEN it's completed!!) - this is just the perfect quote of the day! The builders have been on their Christmas break, so should return sometime this week. It's so exciting as this has been a dream project for so long. But for now I'll just repeat this mantra - and yes it is a silly question really!
Better late than never! I'd bought this gorgeous BOM, "Bluebird Lane" (designed by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs) from Patchwork Chicks back in 2015. I pieced these 9 blocks together several months ago and didn't manage to trake a photograph at the time. It hasn't been a very good day here in Suffolk for photographing quilts today, as it's dreary and dull and drizzling with rain. This is the next project on my UFO list, as I need to make 42 star blocks for the borders, and have just realised this means cutting out 168 rectangles and 168 squares from assorted back ground fabrics, 336 squares of darker fabrics for the flying geese and a further 42 squares for the star centres. Looks like I'm going to be quite busy!!
Well I finally made a start on those 20 patchwork blocks for the Christmas Blessings wall hanging. This pattern is by the Australian designer Natalie Bird (The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs) and the pattern and fabrics were bought as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales. I'd started this earlier in December 2016, then had to put it away until the festivities were over. A few days at home nursing a heavy cold meant I was able to pick it up where I'd left off, although my titching was much slower due to my germ-addled brain not coping very well with the mathematics of cutting out all these pieces! These small patchwork blocks are just 3" finished size, so I pressed most of the seams open to reduce the amount of bulk on the seams. I used a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle (really fine and sharp, excellent for precision piecing), Aurifil 50wt thread in a mid-grey neutral colour and a straight stitch needle plate...
...once the patchwork blocks had been pieced together, it didn't take long to add these to the applique blocks and finally get the borders added. Now I just need to get this quilted and the binding on, and it will be the first completed project for 2017.
Well the new year hasn't got off to the best of starts - I've had a dreadful cold for almost 2 weeks, and my get-up-and-go has got up and gone - so I've spent the last couple of days curled up on the sofa dosed up on Lemsips and Strepsils, snuggled under one of my quilts while I'm watching films and feeling rather sorry for myself. Even the winter sunshine streaming in through the windoow this morning couldn't lift my spirits! Hopefully normal service will soon return and I'll be busy sewing again.
If you follow my FB page "Nicola Foreman Quilts" you'll see that I've created an online sewing group that you can take part in to motivate yourselves into finishing off those unfinished projects that get started with lots of good intentions, then other more exciting projects get started, and the old ones get put to the back of your sewing cupboard! If you want you join in, the details are on my FB page - and you can add pictures there to show your progress. Of course I'll post pictures here of my sewing updates as usual, although I need to get rid of this awful cold that's been lingering for just a bit too long (I hope it's not the same bug that poor Queenie has got!) and has made me mislay my sewing mojo.
I've been busy sorting out my list of half-finished projects that I really MUST concentrate on getting completed! Anyway, I've got the following projects on my list.....
1. Christmas Blessings (pattern by Natalie Bird The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs - the applique blocks are already completed) - I need to make about 20 patchwork star blocks, piece them together and quilt it and bind it.
2. Bluebird Lane (pattern also by Natalie Bird - so far this year I've completed the 9 applique blocks and pieced them together) - I need to make 42 star blocks for the border, piece them together, and take it to the longarm quilter!!
3. Flowerville ( pattern by Rosalie Dekker Designs - I've already completed the 9 stitchery centres) - I need to make the dresden plates, piece the quilt top together, and take it to the longarm quilter!!
I've also got Leanne's House and Journey of a Quilter (both patterns by Leanne Beasley) - ready and waiting to go to the longarm quilter.
My resolution for 2017 is to get these 3 main projects finished THEN maybe I can start something new. Oh and yes, I'll be keeping J-Quilts Longarm quilting rather busy again next year!!
Here's a pictorial showcase of all the projects that have been completed this year. There are a few unfinished projects that I aim to get finished in the early part of 2017 (Leanne's House and Journey of a Quilter are all pieced together, they just need to go to the longarm quilter!) so I'll share them next year when they're finished! I have a few new projects that I've bought this year that I haven't had a chance to start yet (a beautiful quilt for my bed is going to be a MAJOR work that may well take me into 2018!!) so I hope you'll carry on following my blog to see what I've been creating.
Wishing all my blog followers a very Happy New Year - I hope 2017 will be filled with lots of sewing time and not too much unpicking!
Ohhhh yippee!! Look what was waiting for me when I arrived home from work - just the thing to help cheer me up when I was feeling absolutely awful with the most dreadful cold - this was better than any amount of Lemsip and Strepsils to help with my recovery!! I had taken part in a competition on a FB group that I belong to, and won this gorgeous prize! It's a Moda Frivols tin, and inside is 42x 7" squares of this really pretty fabric, "Windermere" by Brenda Riddle Designs, and a pattern "Lakeland" to make a lovely quilt - all I need to add is some background fabric. This will be so hard to put to one side until I've finished my UFO's! Thanks for my my prize Julia. I simply LOVE it!
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