Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival May 2011

Welcome to everyone visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I wanted to show my On the Road To Spring Quilt Along quilt.  Randi from I have to say blog organised a quilt along. I must say I was in raptures looking through my stash for fabrics. It was so much fun.  Not long before starting this quilt along Rita from Red Pepper Quilts had done a post about linen and the light bulb went off. I quickly rang a shop and scored myself some linen (cotton/linen blend).  It was easy to work with and adds a wonderful texture.
This is a photo before quilting.  BIG quilts are a nightmare to photograph! But it fits wonderfully on my bed and is very warm on these cold nights.

Next up is some pictures of the top all quilted up and bound.  I just got my long arm quilter to do an allover meander. Its perfect. I just love looking at all the fabrics in this quilt. 

For so much more awesomeness head over to Amy's (the genius behind these festivals).  THANK YOU AMY!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Yeah I have a finish or two!

Good evening bloggers! I have a couple of finishes to show. I decided to make my son a flannel quilt.  I used a Material Obsession pattern from their first book.  Its a cracking pattern for flannel. My local long armer quilted it. The quilting looks fabulous on the flannel.  Its so cuddly.  The feature fabrics are from Riley Blake's All Star range. I did a pieced back. Its a great size for a single bed and for a boy growing up fast.

After a very late Saturday night I made great inroads into getting my Layer Cake Quilt Along top done.  The incentive was to get it done and a picture posted so I could be included in the prize draw. I made it with a day or two to spare.  I love this quilt top.  I used a Hunky Dory layer cake.  I had to use some solids as there wasn't enough small prints to make the blocks work like I wanted.  You will probably be able to pick out the blocks I made before deciding to add the solids. They kinda look like a mess. Nevertheless they are in there.  I love the stars we made for the sashings.  The sashing and border fabrics are also Hunky Dory fabrics.  I followed Konda's instructions to the 'T'.  There are some great quilts popping up in the Flickr pool.

Last year my Mother-in-law gave me a chrysanthemum for Mother's Day.  I thought it had died but next thing you know its sending up green shoots and eventually flowers just in time for Mother's Day tomorrow. They look so pretty in our small courtyard.

Finally I just want to say Happy Mother's Day to all the Mum's tomorrow.  I am so excited to be celebrating with my son tomorrow.  He is so excited to give me the present he bought from the Mother's Day stall at school.  He told me when he saw 'it' he just knew I would love it.  He is having a hard time waiting for me to open it. I am so proud to be his Mum. He brings so much light and love into our lives. Thank you baby boy. 

Happy stitching & Mother's Day!