Sunday, 20 November 2011

Busy Busy Busy

 So during an unbelieveably busy fortnight in work, I had volunteered to take a stall at our annual Market Fair that is held in the canteen during lunch.

This is my display, and I just want to say thanks a mil to my colleagues who called in and supported me on my first sales attempt.

Below are a number of the items that I had for sale.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Birthday Present

So my birthday was last Saturday and as E was working that day and night, I decided to do a patchwork workshop at The Cottonwood Tree, in Kilcullen. The class was nice and small (3 of us) and taught by Katie.

We learned a quick strip piecing method of doing a 9-patch block. It was a fun class, especially getting to pick fabrics, ribbon and buttons from the shop. Rose had fat quarters already cut or she would cut from the bolt if there was a particular print.

The great thing was that although we were all at different levels (from complete novice to some experience) we all came out with a beautiful finished product. The other two ladies made fabulous Christmas table runners. Katie's style of teaching is so easy going and enthusiatic that I couldn't help but get excited about embellishments and buttons and ribbons, stuff that I normally don't bother about.

I have to say that I will definitely be going back.

Talk soon

Monday, 10 October 2011

Attack of the caterpillars... and the nerves

Well I finished a quilt for my friend, Chuck's first baby, Chloe.
I apologise for the quality of the photo's but they were taken at 6 in the morning.

Us girls all got together last week to welcome baby Chloe and give Chuck the girly night in she deserves. I suppose you could call it a baby shower. Anyway all I got all night is: "You're next!" scary.

I love the colours in the Hungry Caterpillar collection and I felt it really needed to be showcased. Also I have enough left over to do another quilt for another friend who is due in December.

On another note... I signed up to have a stall at the work Christmas Market. I think I must be mad. E thinks it's brilliant to be getting out there and drumming up some business, however at the minute this is a hobby and I really don't want to make a fool of myself.

On the other hand I have now taken the plunge and if I don't make a decent go of it, I will be throughly disappointed in myself.

Better go make a(nother) list.
PS: 600 pageviews!!! thanks!!!
PPS: so disappointed Ireland got knocked out of the Rugby World Cup, I am now supporting NZ in their absence, but well done to Brian, Ronan and the boys!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Pay it Forward

Hi All,

sorry for the prolonged absence, but I come back bearing gifts.

After seeing this post from Catherine of Blue Square Quilting I have also decided to Pay It Forward.

This is how it works:
The first 3 bloggers to comment on this post will recieve a small handmade gift within the next 12 months.
I will then contact these 3 lucky people for postal address. (I'll even post internationally :D)
Then it is your turn to play along and post a similar giveaway on your blog.

Come on guys while I'm feeling generous !!


Saturday, 25 June 2011

Productive Saturday

 So it's been a busy Saturday.

E is sick with the flu, so I left him with the remote, wrapped up in a duvet, on the couch. Plenty of sport on the telly to keep him sane.

While he was feeling sorry for himself, I sewed! I finished the striped sports bag. I somehow ended up with too little fabric on the top and had to sew an extra bit on. Lucky for me I had a bit that was the right length and width.

The zip went in no problem, woohoo! and the long strap is the perfect length. Can't wait to show it off at Tuesday's pilates class.

If I was to make it again though I would use a laminate for the outer fabric. With the Irish weather it would be a bit more practical.

My second project of the day was to start on a baby boy quilt, along the same lines as the Spring Song quilt.

I started with the Max and Whiskers charm pack that I bought at the Cottonwood Tree and cut all the charms in half, creating 2.5 x 5 inch rectangles.

I wasn't sure of how to sew them together as i found the variety of colour and pattern in the pack to be a little bit overwhelming. Anyway this is what I ended up with and it looks ok.

I will have to get fabric for a border, backing and binding but thats for another day methinks.

Anyway 'til next time

Friday, 24 June 2011

Significant by it's Absence

I know, everyone's been wondering: "Where's Tess?" (yeah right).

Well the last few weeks I have done sod all sewing. This is mainly due to a lot of uncertainty and worry around my day job. But i've decided to put it to one side, try not to worry, and if it all goes tits up sure I could just make quilts full time for a while.

Anyway enough of that! Update on my singer: the timing's off on it so I need to get it serviced other than that the movement is smooth and i've been practicing on the pedal.

I will be doing more sewing over the weekend so I'll update then.

talk soon

Friday, 10 June 2011

I Have Such a Fab Fella!!

Look what he bought me!!!!! :D
Its a Singer 1934 Treadle Sewing machine, made in Clydesbank Scotland. and threaded in the machine was a spool of black cotton from the Irish Cotton Company, Westport, which I believe was in business from 1936 to c 1970 (I'm open to correction on this). It needs a good clean and a good oil but it's a gorgeous piece of machinery, very like what my granny and great grandmother used in their home.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Striped Sports Bag

 This weekend I started a new project for myself, because I always seem to be making things for other people, I thought I deserve something pretty too.

Anyway the sports bag is based on the Baby on the Go Diaper bag designed by Bradie Sparrow from A Quilty Kind of Girl for MBS.

I am using the striped fabric for the main body and the red for the straps, side pockets and lining. The colours are my home GAA team's.

The quilting on the bag is straight-line following the stripes on the fabric.

I decided to use contrast stitching on the long strap just to echo the white of the main body. And I think it looks quite well.

I should be able to finish the bag in the next few nights and I'll post the last few pics then.

Til next time

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Spring Song

 It's so pretty! and it felt really quick to put together and quilt.

'Spring Song'
33" x 33"

the centre panel is 12 by 12 2" squares and the border is 4".

I didn't quilt it very heavily, on the panel is 'stitch in the ditch' and around the border i just did 2 wavey lines.

The backing is some half price fabric I picked up in Hickeys and the binding is a light blue fat quarter I picked up at the Knitting & Stitching Show 2010, pieced with some left-over charm squares.

 I think it worked out lovely and the new wadding is so much easier to work with.

Til next time

Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Cottonwood Tree

as I posted this morning, this is just a quick update.

I went to Kilcullen with Liz to the Cottonwood Tree craft shop, and I shall definitely be returning. Rose is so helpful. If you have read the latest Irish Quilting magazine there is a feature article on her shop. I bought some Warm & Natural wadding and a Max & Whiskers charm pack by Moda Fabrics.

I am now aware that the wadding I had purchased in Hickeys can't be tumble dried; so I have spent most of my evening unpicking the squares I had done for my rag quilt. Oh well!

busy week.

It's been a long couple of weeks, I decided to try to get the wall hanging finished for L.

Using lovely oranges and yellows and a tulip print, and drawing inspiration from the sunflower, I did a hexagonal log cabin type block with a checkerboard type background. 
When I went to bind the quilt I not only sewed the binding with too large of a seam allowance but I also managed to sew one of my safety pins into the quilt. Necessitating that I rip around most of the perimeter.

Ah well it was finished and hung for L in time. Unfortunately i don't have a pic, but you can use your imagination.

 On a better note my Hungry Caterpillar fat quarter bundle arrived from The Fat Quarter Shop on Monday. This will be the makings of a quilt for my friend, C's, first born. I was delighted that it only took 14/15 days from when I ordered.

My friend, N, is now also expecting, and is due in December so she will now be recieving another quilt for this Xmas.
The bundle also comes with 2 lovely panels, which may end up as wall hanging, we'll see.

I love love love the colours, they are so vibrant. My fave print is the coloured spots.

I have also started a quilt top that would suit a baby girl, that has yet to be finshed. The quilt so far is 2" squares (finished size) arranged 12 squares x 12.  I'm thinking of adding a white border and binding with a pretty blue fabric that's lying around in my stash.
So just to make a bit of room I decided It would be a good idea to start a rag quilt. I got the idea from Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilt.

I started cutting 4" squares of wadding and using a bargain charm pack (90 charms) from the Cotton Patch, but I found the seam allowance very scant so I am now using 3.5" squares of wadding. And now the squares are slightly taking over my sewing table and the ironing board and any other available space.

Anyway I'm off to visit the Cottonwood Tree in Kilcullen, to see if I can get some more wadding as the stuff that they sell in Hickey's is not really suitable as it moves too much when quilting.

til next time

Tess x

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

In the Beginning

Right, first of all a to do list:
  • Finish piecing and quilt "Sunflower" quilt for Liz
  • Finish piecing blue quilt top
  • Start on baby quilt for my friend's first born
Second, a small intro of myself:
 I live in South Co Dublin, but I'm originally from Westmeath. I started quilting last year when I took on the major task of making a double wedding quilt for my friend, jumping in at the deep end I know. It took 7 months and huge bouts of dispair and hoping it would finish itself while sitting in the box. I finally finished it and .... ta da...
That is my shadow behind, standing on a chair, so my darling other half gets the perfect photo.

All the work and frustration was worth it when Nicola pulled it out of the bag and the look on her face.

and since then my love of quilting has grown.

I will attempt to update regularly