Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tangerine Tango Challenge

Tangerine Tango 1 by sewhappy45
Tangerine Tango 1, a photo by sewhappy45 on Flickr.

Today I want to let you all see my entry for the tangerine tango challenge. What I liked best about this challenge was that it made you think about a colour....it was all about the colour, and that got me straight away. There were limits of course and that really tested my confidence in my design. I drew a sketch of the block, played with colour combinations then pulled out fabrics.
I then decided it would be made mostly from scrap. Once it was finished I felt pretty disappointed that I didn't make it into a larger quilt as I really love it now.....it may still yet happen...I hope.
Check out the challenge pool on Flickr, some great entries are already there.
Happy sewing

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Weekend Quilting

I just had to share this as I am just bubbling with excitement, this weekend I was looking at Leah Day's Blog  and there was a tutorial for stippling on it. Now I have only just started to really give this a go prior to my last post my darning foot made me shudder. I was real scared of free motion quilting...stippling all of it. Once I did the four squares that I posted about earlier I was thrilled, I felt I could take on anything, so I did.... I spent Saturday unpicking my hand quilting on this quilt: (sorry about sideways pic)

My youngest daughter helped me re pin and get it back to ready. I really couldn't have done it without her help. Then the fun began. All went really well now I am not going to win any prizes for my ace quilting but I (that's me) have actually quilted this quilt with STIPPLING! I never thought that this was possible so I feel on top of the world right now.( I can't stop just looking at it, it really is that hard to believe) There were some hiccups like one bit where I did a loop and others where my stitching has crossed anothers path and the stitches aren't even but all of that does not matter to me as I have actually done this and it wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. In fact I wouldn't have this quilt any other way and I can say that this is my first of many, I am converted and officially out of the ditch...Yay! So here is a close up and another pic of my quilt that spent way too long on the UFO pile.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Free Motion Quilt Along Quokka Quilts

Oh Boy I have actually done this. For so long I have run away from free motion quilting doing only little bits here and there. When this quilt along came up I thought this is just what I need. My quilting is not perfect but you know it is not as bad as I thought it would be. I feel a lot more confident to do this now (and I have only done four blocks) My patterns are a little tighter as I want to be comfortable doing this on a doll quilt. Whoa think its time for a coffee now.
Happy sewing

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My creation

My creation by sewhappy45

This is my selection for a competition that is currently on here I found it hard to pick fabrics like this and challenging to make the selection very varied. I love scrappy the best so these prints I considered would be right for that. Now I just have to wait and see. I am loving these colours right now and they are sure on my list for purchase.

I am also taking part in Bunny Hill Scrappy plate.....these colours are what I am currently thinking I may use. Go here to check it out and hey why not join in the fun.
I am also taking part in the little quilt vote swap group that can be found here now this is a fun group to be in, of course the more the merrier. There is lots of sewing happening and posts will follow soon showing what I have been up to.

Happy sewing
My creation, a photo by sewhappy45 on Flickr.