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Thank you for visiting me :)

I hope you enjoy seeing what I have been up to
and that you visit again

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas and a appy New Year

To all my special online friends...

wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead.

I hope to put some photos up after the holidays.

Much love...Joan

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sneak Peek, FMQ, on the HQ Sweet Sixteen,

Here is a Sneak Peek of my current FMQ 

My own design..... trapunto.

Bad Lighting I know... but its a sneak peek

Sunday, December 07, 2014

HQ Sweet Sixteen, Designs, FMQ and playing,

Made yesterday on the Sweet Sixteen.

Just have the bindng to put on it..
Its a lovely design by Sherry Rogers Harrison, which I love.


Having a great time playing.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

FMQ and playing,

Hello again

I have had a bit of a nothing time as I have had health issues..which we are dealing with...however, today I have had some real fun..  
Practicing of course

and Back!

I love the fabric in this single ring... and may even ...one day do some more of these.
I am WAY behind in my DWR quilt, but am glad I unpicked what I have done.
It was great to have a go at the maybe design I will do.

All for now... I am back to practicing ...hopefully..
Having fun again with my sewing!

Monday, October 27, 2014

FMQ, Finished quilts, Designs,

Another finish in between unpicking.  

I was asked to make a baby quilt for an expected baby Boy.

This is The Ladybug Party.. Ladybugs being my trademark - usually hidden in the quilt.

 I completed it and gave it yesterday... with 3 weeks to go!

It is sewn with yli 100 silk and double batted.. wool and cotton
My own design and FMQ

Nothing too dense , although it was tempting.. and the design sewn larger than I normally do.

 I used my Drunkards Path Go Cutter die for this and it went together very easily.

Ladybugs everywhere :)

 I designed the feathers to fit the spaces and used a little contrast with the straight lines...where I used my ruler.

So one more finish..

and now back to my unpicking!

Thursday, October 23, 2014


I started on my quilting on this quilt..
Basted the edges with wash-away thread..
started the wrong way!!
lots of problems with tensions.. then my Bernina 820 locked up
(thankfully THAT is sorted)  and I had resorted to sewing what I have done on my 440QE

Didn't stick to the plan I posted previously!       thtoopid!!


Did this instead!

Very silly!!

This is what has happened..  so

Out it all comes  ... all of it.

So mad with myself!!

I will frog, unpin, maybe add a second batting...starch some more...repin.
I am going to be very busy.

Think my deadline will change..

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Workshops Designs, DWR., FMQ,

After a recent workshop  by Michelle Pearson at Handcrafters House with Jamie Wallen,
 and so inspired by his feathers - who wouldn't be  :)
I felt like I could get on with the design of the DWR quilt...which has been all ready to quilt for a while now

 ( Me with Jamie and Rich)
It was a fabulous workshop of four days ..very intense and so full of learning, fun and laughter

So onto the design of the DWR quilt...
I had more of less decided on this..

But really liked this.... then thought I may never get it finished in time..

However...this is the one I have decided to do.  I have drawn over a photo of the quilt.. using a clear plastic and a black marker, which in itself is a great practise..

This is my Practice piece of quilting
Ignore the celtre... I had a bit of trouble getting the tension right  for top and bottom using Glide thread - took most of the day but finally got it.
Now I will hopefully start the basing on the edges and have a huge load of ditch work to get done
which I will do with the dusty mono-filament top and hopefully Glide in the bobbin.

I will try to keep up with sneak peaks along the way


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Dr Who Quilt, FMQ,

At last I have got something to show, and its taken my a while to get back here..

I finally completed The Dr Who quilt for my Granddaughters 18th Birthday!!
It was not an easy quilt for me to figue out, as I am not really
 a fan of Dr Who ... but I got there and thankfully my GD loved it

So here are some photos...probably way too many...

The photos were the most difficult for me...especially the lovely Tenth Doctor :)
Which is Andrea's favorite.
The words Doctor Who in Galifreyan were not easy either... but there you are 

I have never tried to quilt photos before...
and then I used a lot of fillers... and had fun with planets..

There are plenty of planets... wormholes,  and a row of space ships around all the borders

and eight Darleks too.. plus the planet with its extra large moon is Galefrey
 ( which I am not sure how to spell )

 I really did enjoy doing the ruler work too

 and a Tardis in each corner

Two more of the Darleks

 And a circle of marching ladybugs

More Darleks

Some tiny feathers

Not sure about this one.. but it was fun to do

Spinning planet

Somewhere in the quilt is a dragon... and our own planet system... with a large sun

Anyway it has taken me WAY too long to get this posted and way too many photos...
so hope you enjoy what I have done...
 As I mentioned at the beginning of the post..it has not been an easy quilt for me,
I am so happy it has gone to a home where it will be appreciated.

So now onto the next project.. which is almost there.