Friday, 20 January 2017

The Not Quite Finished Quilt

Its not quite finished, but we are getting there.  I laid my Snowflake Shimmer quilt out to see how the quilting was going, and I am so nearly there.

 Two sections of blue to finish the cross hatching, and one only a little, well not too much. Some of the fiddly blue intersections to finish. Two pale aqua sections to straight line. The white squares to quilt, I am thinking hand quilting/embroidery here. And the binding to do. Nearly finished.



In that halcyon time after lunch, its either snooze, read or sew, I sneaked off to "tidy" my room.

I finished the cross hatching at one end and made a start on finishing the other end. I have used up my second spool of variegated thread for quilting. I'm hoping the third partly spool will be enough.


 I also did a little of the dark blue offsets. I'm not sure how many of those I still have to do, I tend to do a bit when I come across them, the quilt is under the needle facing the right direction. You see, the plan is there is no plan. It happens as it happens, sort of.


One day I will tease the quilt from under the needle, hoich it round the table, looking for the next bit to quilt. And you know what, it will all be finished.  Soon. I'm afraid all these photos are before today rather than after today. Because,

All too soon my helper, chief cook and bottle washer since retirement, substituted my mug of luke warm coffee for a glass of room temperature Californian red wine.  Drinking whilst operating machinery? Do I need a licence for that? Is there a law against that? Is there really a quilt police anyway? Before I had the chance to find all these things out, it was time to go sit by the fire to watch the USA presidential inauguration.   Hello green aran knitting, goodbye Snowflake Shimmer. I'm up to the armholes now on the back, sleeves next then lastly the hood. I can't believe its gone so well, I shouldn't perhaps count my chickens! Cluck cluck.

This week for the first time I am linking up with Busy Hands Quilts and Myra for the Finished Or Not Friday link. Thanks for the heads up Sandra.
Helen x
linking up with Finished Or Not Friday, with Busy Hands

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Two Needles Versus One Needle

These last few months I have been spending more time with two needles rather than one. I have fallen in love with knitting again and alluded to this from time to time, but been a bit low on the blogging. You see, I don't think my knitting blogging is as interesting as my sewing blogging. Some disinterested person, male, definitely male, may have said in the past "don't show that bit of wool on those needles, show me something I can recognise."  Which kind of sums up photos of knitting on needles. Mind you  I suppose you could say the same for photos of fabric!

Anyhow, I started knitting again with the hitchhikers shawl knit a long I and two others, Ali from Creations of Crazy Dazy and  Lorraine who doesn't blog, did in the autumn. Blogged about here. I loved both the community knitting and the actual process, but mine seems a little skimpy compared to the others and I did have rather a lot of wool left.

Next up I knitted this hat and gloves for my daughter. I was on a girly weekend in Derry and bought a ball of tweed aran in a lovely little wool shop. I knitted gloves, and ran out of wool just before the end. Of course that was the last ball the shop had, which was I could only buy one. In hindsight the wool was still full price, usually reduced by that stage. I was able to buy two extra balls online, much cheaper, that old conundrum again.




With the extra wool I was able to knit a hat, the deep cuff hat from Purl Soho, a free pattern from the shop website. As we all have little heads, and the hat was one size fit all, I made it an inch or so shorter. Pom poms are in vogue so of course I made a pom pom which is fun.



Well, she loves the gloves and her hat, but the hat is still a little big with a big heavy pom pom on the top which wobbles about! The jury is still out as whether to remove the pom pom or not.

Next up was a request, a hat and gloves for the daughter's school friend. They met on the first day of senior school and have been friends ever since. In red aran this time. The hat is the same hat, still an inch smaller and no pom pom this time. The gloves are a free pattern by tin can knits on ravelry.







Feeling the love, I felt inspired to knit a whole hooded cardigan! In aran! Easy when you know how but daunting when you haven't done this for years. The pattern, supplied by a work friend was approved, the wool chosen online was approved (I couldn't get any non itchy aran in the right colour locally) and away we went. Actually a heads up here to the wool company, Love Knitting, the wool arrived very quickly and was a great price with the new customer discount. This time I learned my lesson and bought extra. The wool is an aran wool by Paintbox and I love it.

So far I have knitted the two fronts, and up to the armholes, nearly, on the back and no major hitches. Though there may be a first section of knitting set aside for a future hot water bottle cover if the wool holds out! So excuse the bit of wool hanging on the needles photo, hopefully I will have a proper photo to show you soon.




Helen x


Sunday, 15 January 2017

A Little New Year Splurge

Yesterday I went on a bus run to a shopping outlet with 16 others and it took nearly 3 1/2 hours to get there, and 3 1/2 hours to come home. I bought one small Kipling bag, he does make exceedingly good bags.

On New Year's Day, I  bought all this lovely fabric without leaving the comfort of my own sofa. And its practically shopping local,  from The Village Haberdashery in Hampstead, London.



I have 2 major projects planned for this spring, as mentioned before. A cotton and steel quiltalong with Sue. #helensuecottonandsteelquiltalong and the other is a #houndstoothquilt from Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine, designed by justjudedesigns,  These greys will form the basis of both quilts and I feel irrationally excited to have them.  The purples are for contrast in the houndstooth quilt.

I dare say some of this stash may well find its way into #supersizeeconomy quilt I am making too as a leader/ender project  (I love that phrase, it is my new buzz word. Teach the parrot a new word and he uses it all the time). I am also coasting along with  the very lovely Molli Sparkles Honey Pot Bee . The Bee that's not a bee. I'm just finishing my first block and will be keeping these greys in mind for future blocks.

Now I have bought and stashed my stash, I can continue with my aim of "sustainability" this year! I will be trying to use only the fabric I already have, in a sustainable way. In this frame of mind, I passed a lot of fabric and magazines to my neighbour. Mrs S is so involved with the WI (Women's Institute) as to be practically immersed. They have a crafting weekend in the spring and I hope my fabric cast offs will be loved, oohed and aahed over or at least cut up and made useful.



Thursday, 12 January 2017

Finish A Long, 1st Quarter, 2017

Following on from my 100% success rate last quarter, (Whoop! Whoop!)  I draw up this list with great optimism.

You may recognise a few old favourites here.

1 Snowflake Shimmer Quilt
This isn't so much an UFO but a WIP which is a little behind schedule. The beginning of December, for house guests. Not finished. Christmas. Again not finished. The First Snow, well, we had a few flurries today. Still not finished. I have a little cross hatched quilting on the dark blue to finish, straight line quilting on two of the mid blue stars, and the white squares. And of course binding.
Mmm, just started snowing again, better get cracking.



2 Red Plus Square Quilt
This is my Stash Bee quilt for 2016, we don't really include Bee quilts here unless there has been some progress. Well, there has. I have cut  the blocks into quarters. There has been a change of tack here, instead of calm and collected it is going improve. So, the blocks are cut down the middle of the red plus and restitched together. Before and after photo. I think this will liven things up a little, I might even attack the corners too.



3 Green Aran Cardigan
I have recently been knitting again, a useful whilst sitting with my Dad. I have the two fronts knitted and the back begun of this hoodie for my daughter. It would be nice to have it finished before the good weather comes in. That probably gives me a get out until next September!



4 Green Socks
I must be in a green phase. I forgot I had started these socks last year. Should really finish them.


5 Liberty EPP hexies. This is an ongoing project, a life's work I think. I'm happy just to add to it, but this will help spur me on.



6 Medallion Quilt
There's really not much likelihood of this being finished. Its all wrong. The maths is completely screwed up in the last two rounds and I don't have enough dark red fabrics anyway. I will have to take it back a round or two, to the centre medallion maybe? I will certainly have to brighten it up. This photo was before it all went pear shaped.

7 Liberty Skirt
I started making this skirt last year from Liberty Fabric, all went well until I realised the waistband was a two tier waistband. Why? Why would they do that? Its really only a matter of taking a waistband pattern from another pattern, and then adding the zip, and the lining and the hem. I think if I get that far, I might get the hem sewn professionally. That's allowed, isn't it?



8 Cross Stitch
This is my ringer. The little something I slip in when nobody is looking. The daughter has discovered her "thing". Cross stitch, she loves it and is really good at it. I dug out my old cross stitches and found this very grubby unfinished kit. What's to do? Throw it out as it is..... finish it and put it where .......... keep it on this list for a few quarters ......... put it back in the newly cleared roofspace where it came from.

 

So, a manageable list I think. I haven't included my current wip, my Cotton & Steel project or my houndstooth project. They haven't progressed beyond the cutting stage yet.   And my supersized economy squares, well they are too current too, I only started it last week. I have to save something for the 2nd quarter!

Helen x
linking up with Just Jude Designs
updated blog post to include photo of worked on bee blocks


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Sunday Stash, The First of 2017

The first link up of 2017 with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash and for me "stash out" is of more interest this week, so for the first week in the New Year, I will roll head over heels, or for those of you who are a little more earthy, arse over tit and start with "stash out" first.

Two Christmases ago the divine Mrs C, then Ms C, found her way to my heart with her fantastic present to me. She enrolled me in the Japanese Swatch Club with the Eternal Maker in Chichester, England. She had me at that. Every month I received two boards with generally 6 fabric swatches from their Japanese collection. These swatches were 5" square and made up of a variety of fabrics and styles. Some echino fabric, some kokka, some laminate or voile. This was such a treat, I was sorry when the year ended and knew I wanted to use these squares as a collection but wasn't sure how.

This weekend, I had one of those Eureka moments. Katy from The Littlest Thistle asked who wanted to join her in a #supersizedeconomyblockalong on instagram. This is my moment, the perfect vehicle for all, or most of these swatches. Katy is using a 6 1/2" centre block, mine is obviously 5" so are nearly but not quite supersized, finishing up at about 11".


I have decided to make this all from stash. That's the feel good, virtuous New Year part. I'm going with a spot, I do have a lot of spot fabrics, for the inner triangles. If not a spot, then a square or a squiggle. The spot will hopefully pick up on one of the lesser colours in the swatch. The outer triangles will be a solid, all forming multi coloured squares where they join up.

Well, that's all I will tell you for now. I don't want to give away my stories in one swoop. However, you may be right in noticing the orange and purple blocks are slightly smaller. They were the first to be made.

Now "stash in". Oops I peaked too early. I was saving up my Cotton & Steel fabric box from Craftsy for today, but I blogged about it this week, spoiling my first link up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash link up. Well, life's tough, I'll just blog it again, without apology.

Christmas seems to be a theme this week.

My stateside son, with only a little prompting, ordered me the second (and my second) Cotton & Steel fq box. I had told him it was a great bargain, true (I hope he got it in the Craftsy sale, I didn't ask), I told him I would love it, true, I told him it was ever so neatly packaged, true, and lastly I told him it wouldn't take up much room in his case, well sort of true. He did say it was heavier than he thought, but, hey, he's a travelling light kind of guy. And 10 metres of fabric can't be that heavy.



The other fabric in over the Christmas period was this Moda Scrap Bag, from my other son and daughter in law, also mentioned last week. I suspect my daughter in law may have had more input into this than my son. I have heard of these scrap bags, and really it does what it says on the tin. It is a bag, and in the bag are scraps. The scraps are width of fabric and most of them contain a selvedge. I have a plan for this, but it will remain a plan for a little longer. It will incorporate these lovely selvedges, I do know that.





So, that's it for now. It's good to get back to blog reading and writing after the holiday break and retrospectives. See you again soon.

Helen x
linking up with Molli Sparkles Stash Sunday

Friday, 6 January 2017

MQI Christmas Swap 2016

This Christmas I had a new experience. I moderated, jointly, not all on my own, the MQI Christmas Swap 2016. (Modern Quilt Ireland). This time last year volunteers were being sought to update the MQI blog, the FB page, be a bee organiser. Now, my organisational and techy skills are such that I wouldn't inflict myself on anybody, but I did say I could rattle off a few emails to people or write a book review.


All of a sudden it was September and I saw I had volunteered to help coordinate  the Christmas swap. Cue momentary panic, but life is all about new challenges and pushing the boundaries.

I must admit, I couldn't have had a cushier introduction. There were about 20 participants and Ruth from Ben and Charley Crafty Corner led the way. We had about ten people each and I couldn't have been luckier. Everybody was way ahead of the game. In fact I was probably near the last to finish my project and post pictures.  What also made it lovely was I felt I already "knew" most in my group, either through previous bees, swaps or instagram. And the couple of people who were new to me, turned out to be lovely too. What a nice community this is!

 As is the norm, we each made a mosaic of our inspirations and posted  on instagram.  No point in making somebody a velvet flowery notebook if they absolutely loathe velvet and flowers. The swap was of course a secret swap. We posted progress photos without identifying the recipient.

But what did we make you ask?

Oh yes, it was a covered notebook, and a little extra, maybe a Christmas decoration.

This is what I made for Marion.



My notebook was from IKEA, sized A5. I used some kona grey as a background and added Liberty along the spine, creeping towards the edges. I was tempted to use kona white, but thought it was too impractical. I also fancied adding some embroidery to the front but in all honesty couldn't think of anything that would work! So, I added an additional stripe of Liberty.

I faced the inside covers with a soft brown peacock Liberty.


Previous years I have sewn a primitive style tree decoration but I tried it several times yet it was just too primitive. Trying to keep the rustic shape of a tree, I kept trimming a little off. It became like a child's fringe, way too crooked and far too high. In the end I cut my losses and made Marion a mini mini quilt, or a coaster from Liberty fabrics. I included a few strips of Liberty fabric as well.



And what did I receive? I was so delighted to receive this from Lorraine.
All beautifully tied together with ribbon.




 My notebook is linen and Liberty! Do you guess yet I love Liberty fabric?  And Lorraine's embroidery, as you can see, was very successful! She has raw appliqued and embroidered ME!



 And I'm holding a book, and thinking about books. Lorraine has been attentive - when I record my "books read" on instagram, I use the hashtag #bookishhelen. This means I can search under the # and see the list of books I have read this year. In 2016 it was 56 in case you are interested.

And not only was Lorraine spot on with her book, but she very generously included a pouch for me, again in Liberty and linen. I love it so much too. I think she may have realised that by now.

Rather scarily that has been my 4th MQI Christmas Swap and I look forward to next year's. Bring it on.
 
Helen x
 
linking up with Finish It Up Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts, taking a slight liberty here, finished but not previously blogged about. 


Thursday, 5 January 2017

4th Qtr FAL 2016

Well this could be the last time
This could be the last time
Maybe the last time
I don't know. Oh no.

With thanks to The Rolling Stones, they can say it better than me. This will be the last time, maybe the last time, I will inflict photos of the #behemoth, aka Coulter Wedding Quilt, on you. I don't know.



I am showing these photos again because its time to celebrate. It is the end of the last quarter of the Finish A Long in 2016. For the unknowing this happens four times a year. Each quarter we sign up our intention to finish up our works in process, wip,  my Qtr 3 FAL link is here Some lists are very long, some lists short and concise. At the end of the quarter we post our progress and walk the walk of shame.

And did I mention there are great prizes up for grabs?

And this quarter I have a 100% success record!!!! Can I have a whoop whoop please? I only listed the #behemoth last quarter. This was to stop any more unnecessary self imposed pressure, I needed and wanted to finish this by year end. And so here is my final list for the 4th Qtr FAL 2016.

1. #behemoth, the quilt formerly known as the #coulterweddingquilt, previously linked up here

And before we leave this, some more photos of us trying unsuccessfully to artistically drape the quilt over a rock in the wind on the County Antrim coast.




Thank you to everybody for the encouragement to finish this, it was fun and thankfully the happy couple are delighted.

Helen x
linking up with Archie The Wonder Dog, my facilitator in the link up and personal knitting coach!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Well, we made it. To 2017 that is. We made it, the UK is closer to Brexit, the USA is closer to its new presidency and there are a few celebrities left alive, just about. It will be interesting to see what 2017 brings .....

New Year's Day started here as it usually does, with that feeling that the last glass of port whilst watching the celebrations on tv was possibly a mistake. I must admit I enjoyed Robbie Williams and the fireworks in London from the comfort of my own settee. I have loved seeing the New Year in in New York and in Edinburgh, but there is a lot to be said for the proximity of the  settee and the comfort of your own bathroom.

New Year and new challenges. Sue, who doesn't blog but is on instagram as @susangodfrey600 bought a box of Cotton and Steel fqs from Craftsy at the same time as myself.  Both of us have stroked these fabrics, petted them and admired but not taken them out of the box and actually used them.



 You see, if we took them out they would never be as neat and stroke-able again. We decided that in the New Year we would collaborate - both make our own different quilts, but simultaneously. We are going to use #helensuecottonandsteelqal to link our posts.

Christmas came, and I was delighted to get a second different box of Cotton and Steel from my stateside son. How did he know I would like this? Just peeking out in the corner is the packet of Moda scraps from the other son and his wife. They all know me well.

 
 
 
Today, New Year's Day, was the day of reckoning, the fabric came out of the box, and boy there is some nice stuff in there.                                                                                                                      
 


Anyhow there has been much pondering what to do with these. Unfortunately I can't show you any of the quilts that inspired me, I can't reproduce other's photos without permission, but there have been lots of quilts admired, pondered and then disregarded.

I have decided to leap outside the box and not to follow the traditional route, (N Ireland joke here) though some quilts using a block called forged steel were very tempting. Again I was very tempted by some Cotton and Steel steam punk quilts but they were template based and worked best when hand sewn. Not a chance.

Ultimately I have come back to my first gut feeling, which is usually the way. I am keeping it scrappy and simple. Lots of half square triangles teamed with half square triangles in varying shades of grey. Lots and lots, some sewn upside down or sideways just to keep it interesting. I think I will sew the squares into blocks of 6 then sew these blocks together. That's the plan.

Check back in a while. In the meantime, whilst I wait for my kona greys to teleport from The Village Haberdashery I'll have plenty to keep me going.

Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours.

Helen x

Friday, 30 December 2016

#2017 Planning Party

uiI can't understand where the last month has gone, I haven't blogged since the beginning of December. Not an intentional lapse, but just such a long time. Since I last blogged we have celebrated birthdays, (numerous), an anniversary, Christmas, a hospital homecoming, a homecoming from across the ocean and a weekend away. A busy time in all in all.

I missed Yvonne's round up of 2016 quilting hopes. I can't actually remember mine, but I'm assuming it was probably to finish up some wips, finish THE wedding quilt, and to strengthen and enjoy quilty friendships.

Well, I didn't, I did, and I have in that precise order.

Now what I do want for 2017? Much the same again I suppose.

http://quiltingjetgirl.com/2016/12/15/2017-planning-linky-party/


I haven't joined any bees this year, I have decided to concentrate on selfish sewing, fun as the bees are. I also have my previous bee quilts to finish up.

I might well join another quilt a long. I really enjoyed the Shimmer Snow Flake quilt a long, nearly, nearly finished it.

I would like to make another quilt for my bed, using the Cotton and Steel fabrics my son bought me for Christmas.  More about that later I think.

I would like to collaborate with other quilters, with the Cotton and Steel fabrics above, and with hopefully some flying geese.

My daughter is hoping for a quilt or two in the near future.

Most important I would like to continue to enjoy this hobby, which for me is a much loved hobby and to strengthen those quilty friendships I have made. `

I think that is enough to be going on with!

Helen x
linking up with quilting jet girl 2017 planning link up party

Thursday, 1 December 2016

I Have To Get My Shimmy On


There has been very little sewing done here, in actual fact I haven't been home this week, but  at my dad's house. No, there hasn't been a marital fall out, but rather my dad has finally got home from hospital after 16 long weeks. I have come down to "keep an eye" on him, but in reality I have been enjoying watching my favourite trashy tv when he sleeps, and loads of sport when he is awake. I have been doing a little more knitting too.

I had made rather good progress on my snowflake shimmer though, so I will bring you up to date on this.

I borrowed the idea of straight lines in the dark blue, parallel to the side of the mid blue. These lines form an arch and cross hatch at the top. I really like how this shapes up. The top left was quilted using the YSL thread left from the #behemoth. The top right is a different shade of the same quilting thread, more of a teal variation this time. I am happy with the variation in thread colour here.




Next to quilt were the lighter blue squares, part of the actual snowflake. I remembered I had some aurifil quilting thread in a lovely light blue variation. It is the aurifil really intended for a heavy machine or hand quilting. Rules are meant to be broken.


Again I have used straight line quilting here too. I have nearly completed the top two snowflakes, one going up and down, the next left to right. I love the random thicker effect of this thread, but admittedly the thread thickness is pushing the Pfaff to its limits.  After a few thread snaps I knew it was time to call it a day.

Now I see how it is coming together, I think I will also quilt the smaller blue runs. I had planned only to quilt the full length parallel lines and leave the "in-betweens". I have decided now to follow those quilting lines through too.



The white blocks? I started off thinking swirls, but I am tending towards diamond shapes.



And of course, after I finish this top half, I have to do the same again at the bottom half too!



The plan had been to finish it up for tomorrow. Well, clearly that isn't going to happen. We have friends coming from England to stay, and its nice to show off after all. Last week got a bit busy, dad was getting home, dad wasn't getting home. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster and the sewing rightly took a back seat. This week I have been staying with him so no sewing.  I'll maybe get some done next week.

I would like to have it finished for Christmas.

Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts were both trying to finish together for Christmas. Well, Lisa, I have missed my first deadline. But definitely Christmas. How about you Lisa?

Helen x
linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts and Lets Be Social

Monday, 28 November 2016

My Very Own Wonder of the World.

I can't believe it. Its November and the end of the Stash Bee. I have really enjoyed this year and especially getting to know you all. The blocks have been fun. Yes, really. Stretching at times, but fun overall. My paper piecing and my flying geese have improved no end.

Karen's block was, to put it simply a oh my goodness block. I never thought I could do the tumbling blocks, or as I think of it, the Giant's Causeway block. Never say never, I have now added this to my list of favourite blocks.

The first block I made was a little bumpy, and working on the principle, of  "would I like to receive this?" the answer was no. Then I remembered somebody had given me some plastic templates a few years ago, and I wasn't sure what to do with them. One of them was the exact shape of diamond and the exact size.  Was I the lucky girl?





Very quickly, remarkably quickly I had two blocks for Karen in her chosen colours of navy, a cooler medium colour and a low volume text fabric. I only wish I had time to make more of these for Karen. Maybe I could make my very own Giant's Causeway! (a N Ireland Heritage site and believably, or not believably one of the wonders of the world). Samuel Johnson the 18th Century thinker did say, worth seeing but not worth going to see. And he hadn't even been there!



Thank you Karen for pushing my boundaries.
Thank you Sylvia for being such a great bee mama
And thank you Bee Mates for being such fun this year.

Helen x

Sunday, 20 November 2016

I've Been Thinking, Its A Conundrum

There has been a little shopping going on here over the last few weeks. Not particularly the Christmas shopping which should be done. Are you a buy your presents early or leave it to the last minute type of person? For myself, I don't like to buy too early, it seems too clinical, I like to have a little of the Christmas spirit before hitting the shops. On the other hand, if the tree goes up and I don't have "the back broken on it" I feel a little panicky. One year I dreamt that it was Christmas Eve and I hadn't bought a thing. Luckily it was a dream and I did a mad shopping spurt that very day.

A few weeks ago, Halloween to be precise, I was away for the weekend with my scrapbooking friends. We went into a little shop in Derry/Londonderry (don't ask) and I bought some fabric for my bubbles  and then a ball of aran wool. My friend bought a ball of wool too and we decided to have a knit in. Have I told you this before? It seems familiar. Apologies if I have. Maybe I just wrote it in my head. I'll save the wool for another blog, post. This very day I have finished the gloves and the hat I eventually knitted.



The other day I nipped into a not so local fabric shop. Now, I must admit I tend not to use this shop except in emergencies, you know these fabric emergencies. I always felt their stock was a little stale, but wow. They have updated the stock. This could be due to the influence of one of the tutors who is a local blogger and modern quilter. In any case, it set me thinking and this is what I bought. Again a usual variety for my bubble blocks.



I don't buy fabric for the big projects locally, they don't have the depth of modern fabric, or for that matter wool, that I want. I tend to buy this either in USA on holiday, namely in Purl Soho, or order online either from Fluffy Sheep Quilting in Galway or The Village Haberdashery in London.
But .... if I don't buy locally then these shops will not survive, will close and I wont have any localish shops to go to when I need a couple of fat quarters for stash.
But ...... if they don't have what I want ..........
It is a conundrum isn't it?

I went into downtown Belfast yesterday and tried to buy some Aran wool and a pattern for hat and gloves to send to my son's girlfriend in USA for Christmas. They had damn all if you excuse my French. Not even the basis of knitting, Aran has become fashionable again but seemingly these city centre shops preferred to sell cheap acrylic for hairy, itch scarves.
There is a great wee wool shop in the city suburbs, strangely near the quilt shop and I suppose I will be heading there tomorrow. I might even call into the quilt shop to see what's new. Or as we say here, to see what the craic is.

Helen x
linking up with Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles

Friday, 11 November 2016

Mrs Coulter's Feeling For Snow

One of the main goals I listed in the last quarter of the Finish A Long, was to finish my Snowflake Shimmer Quilt, from Yvonne's quilt a long. I got as far as the basting, but my main priority then switched to finishing the #behemoth, which really was my main priority all along.


The weather had definitely taken a dip the last few days, there was snow in Glasgow the other day. I know, Glasgow is in Scotland, I am in N Ireland, but Glasgow is a near neighbour, just across a little bit to the right and up a bit. What they get first we follow with soon after.

We have house guests the first weekend in December, and that is my target finish date, getting ever closer. So, to make a start.

The advantage of quilting after everybody else, is that I got to see what others' have done (here). Whilst not setting out to deliberately copy one specific quilter, I'll take a little bit from everybody. I really like the way Elm Street Quilts quilted the outer parameters of her quilt, so I've borrowed that idea. I have quilted the blue in the top left corner with straight lines, 1" apart. When I do the right hand top corner, these will cross hatch nicely at the top.



I'm using the same variegated quilting thread as in #behemoth. In fact I finished that spool of YLI quilting thread, and forgot to take note of the number when I went shopping to replace it. The new thread is slightly more teal. That's ok, it will all blend in together.



 The plan was this morning to quilt this right hand corner, but I was at a Naked Wine Tasting last night and had a little lie in this morning. That's right, a naked wine tasting, but I think I was mis sold on the description. Everybody I saw had even had their coats on! We finished up having fish and chips in Michael Dean's restaurant at nearly 11pm, which seemed rather surreal. Strangely, we were able to get a table at that time of the night, the window table no less. We arrived home well after 1am and I actually thought my watch had stopped!

Helen x
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