Raspberry Ripple quilt

OK so I have bitten the bullet and gone for it. I am free motion stitching today. I hope to get this quilt finished by the end of my holiday, not sure if that will actually happen but I am giving it my best shot.

I have decided on doing a meandering quilting stitch. This will be on all of the triangles around the edges and contrast stitching on the cream sections. Lets hope it looks as good as it does in my head LOL
TTFN x

Nearly finished.

Untitled by Samantha Halliwell
Untitled, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

I have finally managed to get all of the blocks together and the border to complete the quilt top.
I am actually quite angry with myself cos i made a really stupid mistake with following the pattern so the design is not as crisp as it should be. In a few places the lines don’t match up but this is my first attempt at a quilt this big with a complex pattern (well complex for me!)
Now all i have to do is buy the batting and backing and finish it off.
TTFN x

Crafting on a snowy afternoon

So what have you guys been up to today. Here in the UK (I think I have some international readers 🙂 )it is snowing. Unusually for us it has actually been snowing all day and so far we have had about 3 or 4 inches. This is mega in the UK the country is about to grind to a halt and the usual debate will ensue about how we are so bad at coping with it and why should the schools shut etc. Me……..I am on holiday this week from work so I don’t care ha ha ha. I have some stuff organised that needs to be done but I fully intend on relaxing.

One of the things I wanted to do was to get back on my sewing machine as it has been so long. I have treated myself to a couple of charm packs and made this today for my eldest daughter.

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Excuse the naff picture but I am really pleased with it. It took one charm pack only and makes a nice medium size quilt. I am surprised at how much I have learned today whilst I have made this. Stupid stuff like even with a scant 1/4 inch seam those seams soon add up and make a bit difference in the size you get (i hope that statement makes sense!!!). I also now realise the importance of ironing, ironing and ironing again after each step. Anyway more learning to be had now. I need to buy backing fabric and the sandwich it together with the wadding sew the 3 layers together and then bind it. I have found a useful blog entry with an excellent guide to all 3 stages just gotta find it again now and save it .

Hope you are all warm and well

TTFN x