Sunday, 27 July 2008

Back from our holidays

We got back from Holland last night. We had a lovely 2 weeks, and the children really enjoyed themselves. We did get to Amsterdam, and I persuaded my family that I really needed a trip to Den Haan & Wagenmakers for a quilt fix. I got some lovely fabrics there. There is a lovely border print and a selection of reproduction fabrics tied up with a ribbon.

There is another quilt shop, Bird Blocks, right next door Bronnie and I managed to sneak in there too before the menfolk came to pick us up. They had a beautiful quilt on the wall depicting the canal houses of Amsterdam, so I had to get a copy of the pattern as a souvenir.

Unfortunately I completely forgot about the camera in my bag, and so didn't get any photos of the shops to share with you.

I havent been able to get any photos of my purchases yet, but I shall do that asap.

I took some sewing away with me, and managed to get all of the applique blocks I had prepared completed. I don't know how many more of these I'm going to do before I put them together, but I think I'll carry on for a while yet.

Friday, 11 July 2008

A Finished quilt!

My local quilt shop are having an exhibition next week, so I have just been to drop off a couple of quilts for them. I finished binding the Indian Hatchet this week, so that one has gone. Unfortunately photos of the finished quilt will need to wait until I get it back, as the light isn't great in the evenings just now and I couldn't get a picture yesterday during the day thanks to after school commitments. The other quilt I took to Busy Bees was the Surprising 4-patch that I did in a class there. It came back from the long arm quilter a week ago, but I just could not get the binding finished in time. So this one has gone as a work in progress.

Just so you have something to look at in this post, here is someone enjoying the sunshine a couple of weeks ago!

We are heading off to Holland for 2 weeks on Sunday, so poor DJ will be going into the cattery tomorrow morning. Let's hope that the lady who runs it wont mind giving out lots of cuddles!

Monday, 7 July 2008

Look what I got....

This beautiful quilt arrived this weekend. Made by Amy, I certainly feel very lucky to have been given this one!

Here's a detailed shot of the tiny piecing and intricate machine quilting. As one who can only manage straight-ish lines of machine quilting. I would love to be able to quilt like this.

Amy also included some very pretty fabrics and notepad in her parcel.

All in all a lovely surprise to get in the post - thank you very much Amy!

Back on Line Again

Well a fried cable modem has meant that we have had no Internet for a little while.
But I'm back again now ( for a little while at least!)

In the meantime, I have finished and sent off my little quilt for the ALQS swap. Stupidly though, I was so intent on getting it in the post in time, I completely forgot to take a picture of it!
All I have is this picture of the finished blocks. I did a mixture of machine and hand quilting in the end, and was quite pleased with the finished quilt.
I hope that **** likes it!