Monthly Archives: October 2014

Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Hand Quilt Category

photo 1 copy 6 I wasn’t sure whether I would be participating this time or not, but here I go again. I missed my chance last spring but I had participated way before and I had a nice experience. The amount of amazing quilts to be seen… you go “oooh, ahhh”  while admiring one after the other! So here’s my entry for the hand quilted category. I already wrote about it, so if you want to have a look at more close up photos you can pop over.

I really like this little quilt I made for a swap organised by the Irish Modern Quilters. There is a good amount of hand stitching in there! The central panel features a hand embroidered dragon fly that I designed inspired by a mobile in my daughter’s room. I used a variety of stitches to give different textures and a nice range of threads matching the colours of the patchwork border. photo 2 copy 6 I hand quilted spirals all around the dragon fly in different sizes. I wanted it to look like like whirly  breeze around it. On the patchwork border the stitches run along in arches, forming loops with each other, again in different colour threads. photo 1 copy 7 It is a small simple quilt, but I love it, it cheers you up with those bright warm colours, and my swap partner was very happy to receive it. So I thought it would be nice to show it of once more! photo 2 copy 7 If you would like to see more quilts in this category click here. But make sure you don’t miss to visit all the rest, it is truly amazing! Voting begins on the 1st of November… So fingers crossed!!!  

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Fancy a Charming Swap?

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 The two groups are now full

So who’s up for some fabric?
Me me me!!! I hear you saying?

Here’s a fun way to increase your stash of precuts and to end up with a nice pile of rainbow coloured charm squares. I have done a few charm swaps in the past, two rainbow themed and one for Japanse fabric (which I wouldn’t mind to repeat again, Cindy…  -blink blink- ). They are really useful when you are making small projects and need a good varied selection of squares. So what do you think? Would you like to add 112 charms squares in your stash?

 I’ve hooked up with Cindy from Fluffy Sheep Quilting to organize this charm square swap.
This is how it works:
We need 28 participants but it would be great if we got 56…
1. To sign up, comment below with your email address. Sign ups will close on the 12 of October at midnight.
2. You will then receive an email by the 17th of october from either Cindy or me with your assigned colour.
3. Once you have your colour, you must find 2 prints (1 yard each) where you assigned colour mainly predominates BUT one will be light and the other dark. Bear in mind that you will have to cut the fabric into 5″ squares, so try not to get prints with big motifs or with big sections of a different colour. The fabric must be 100% good quality quilting cotton, modern prints and no solids, please.
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This photo above gives you a general idea for the 2 contrasting shades of each colour.
4. Once you choose your fabric, check this flickr group to make sure that someone hasn’t got it first and upload a photo of each print. This way we will be able to check all the prints and dribble a bit at the goodness that is coming to us.
5. Cut your fabric into 5″ squares, (if you have never cut charm squares before you can follow this tutorial), put them in a plastic bag (those resealable food bags work brilliantly) and post them to Galway by 22 November.  Include in your parcel a pre-addressed return envelope. No return envelope, no returned charms.   
Since this is a Fluffy Sheep Quilting sponsored swap, a 10% discount is offered on any fabrics purchased from the shop.  You will find a discount code in the email with your colour assignment.  If you buy from FSQ, your fabric will also be cut into charms AND you will not have to pay shipping.  Big thank you to Cindy!
See how gorgeous  they looked in the last swap?
Cindy and I will sort all the charms and you will receive 112 charms, 56 prints in duplicate.  When shipping comes around, send (via paypal) to Cindy the cost of your shipping so that she doesn’t loose out on paypal fees. She will not be invoicing you, but requesting you send the payment directly to her by email.
So, want to join the fun???

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