Monday, 22 September 2008

Quilty stuff and a cake too!

I had a birthday at the weekend, and it seems that I have finally got my family trained! Among other things, DH bought me The Painted Quilt by the Kemshalls and Sandra Meech's Contemporary Quilts book, and my Mum gave me a mini rotary cutter and a selection of button ( including some cool music ones which will go well with the guitars!) So now that the kids are all home from school and busy, I'm going to head upstairs with my books and a cup of tea for a little bit of 'me' time.

As well as the lovely presents, DH and Bronnie made this for me...

The characters are, left to right, DH, Bronnie and DS, Niall ( the bearded one!) DJ the cat is in the middle of the cake.
We'll overlook the fact that initially the candles said 47!

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

How to use a Jelly roll

Like many of us, I have bought a couple of jelly rolls, and had no idea of what to do with them. After much humming and haaing, I've finally started on a pattern that I like.
This pattern appears in the current McCalls Quilting special America Makes Fast Quilts which has lots of designs for charm packs, jelly rolls, fat quarters and fat eighths. There are quite a few nice designs in there, but I particularly liked this one. The quilt is supposed to be 72"x88" and uses 4 jelly rolls, but I'm sure that I can get something reasonable out of a single roll.

I still haven't decided on what to do with the guitar fabric yet, but this should keep me out of trouble while I make up my mind.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Any ideas?

DS ( aged 16 ) has something of a guitar obsession. He's currently got 3 and is considering getting a new acoustic guitar. So when I saw this in Celtic Quilting on Saturday, I couldn't leave without it.
Not knowing what I would do with it, I took what was left on the bolt ( just over 1 m ).
Niall loves it, and is looking forward to whatever I make for him.
I have no idea what I should make though.
Any ideas? I'd really love some inspiration if you have any ideas.