Sunday, 19 November 2017

Duxford Quilting Show

A few weeks ago, I went to a local quilting show with a friend and her mum. It was at a very unexpected setting - the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. To get to the hangar with the quilts, we walked past a few planes (including Concorde!). Such a grand entrance.

There were lots of stalls, and right in the centre were some amazing quilts to look at. I took pictures of my favourites (spot the handquilting obsession and the science nerdyness of mine coming through!)

Through the Window by Janet Keenan, Merseyside - a miniature that taught Janet that miniatures don't decrease your stash of material

The Dot by Sharon Gray - Sharon used Batiks for this modern design based on a larger quilt she had seen

Life's Tapestry (or Life's Ups and Downs) by Alison Elfick - a quilt influenced by the idea that life is all down to 'chance', as well as Alison as a retired teacher believing there is an educational use for a quilt

 Early Flight by Brenda Thomas, Devon - an imaginary coastal village, but inspired by balloon festivals. Mainly applique and (gorgeous) free motion quilting

 Hot Air Balloons by Druscilla Perry, Somerset - made as a challenge with Stanchester Quilters to use up a piece of ugly material. I personally enjoy the appearance of Thomas the Tank Engine!

 20 Cushions by Janet Keenan, Merseyside - designed by using 20 different cushion patterns designed by Sandie Lush. Hand quilted using the quilt-as-you-go method. In this quilt, Janet learnt quilt-as-you-go is not as quick or easy as thought!

From A to Z with Imagination by Janet Keenan, Merseyside (I really liked her pieces it seems!) - Hand-appliqued, hand and machine quilted. By doing this quilt, Janet learnt that she would like to do more with alphabets and fonts

And of course, I made some purchases! I want to try EPP, particularly after being inspired by fellow bloggers. I bought myself a couple of little projects to try over Christmas. The rest of the material is intended for a Christmas gift, so I shall show you what I do with it in due course. I must admit, I was very restrained. I didn't even buy the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and Disney material I saw (all in one stall - it's as if they know me!).

It was a lovely day out, and I look forward to keeping an eye out for the show next year! We also ended the day with a tasty lunch, accompanied by a spooky hot chocolate. So sweet!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

First FNwF for a While!

I have finally managed to link up with FNwF - so many first Friday's of the month have passed me by recently, so I'm chuffed I remembered to link up.

Pop over to Cheryl's blog here to see what everyone else has gotten up to!

Unsurprisingly for those who have read my blog for a while, I decided to keep working on Beauty and the Beast. I really want this done now, just because it is so close to finishing!

I spent Friday evening and a few hours on Saturday working on some sky (I got a bit further than the pictures suggest!). It always feels like I have done way more than it looks like I have done! But I'm slowly chipping away, and I'm enjoying the purples and pinks I am using for the sky! I will try and get better lit photos some-point soon!

As a general update of this project, I finished the third pattern page about two weeks ago - it's looking so good! (if I do say so myself!)

I hope everyone else had a very enjoyable FNwF!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Rainbow Wool!

Over the summer, this beautiful ball of wool caught my eye in a shop in Llandudno. Unfortunatley, I can't remember the name of it (and I kept the label so carefully!). I will just have to pop back and get some more to find out the name!! (tee hee).

I decided that I wanted to make a cowl with the wool - mainly as an excuse to buy it. It took me ages to then find a pattern; a lot seemed to call for chunkier wool. Thanks to some googling (after Pinterest and Crafsty) I found the pattern for a Spring Bean Cowl here. It was really simple to follow, and quite a fun looking design.

I managed to get a twist in somehow, and it's a bit tighter than in the pattern; partially due to less wool, and partially due to my tension. However, the twist makes it a bit different (and husband and best friend told me to leave it in!). I loved watching the wool change colour. As my ball ends up miles away from me, I didn't always see what colour was coming next, which was fun!

I have yet to decide what to do with it - I think I'm going to give it away. And I'll just have to nip back to the shop to get myself some wool...

(I also need to stop taking the finished pictures in the evenings, and make more use of natural light!)

The Sewing Bee Live Show

Towards the middle of September (which seems like forever ago now), I went with my big sister to the Sewing Bee Live show at Excel London.

We saw lots of makes from mainly season 2 and 4 (including the amazing beaded dress made by Jade!); I took some pictures of my favourites. It's so bizarre seeing things from the TV in 'real-life'.

Jade Earley Season 4 - Finals week evening gown

Rumana Lasker Dawood Season 4 - Create a luxury robe

Angeline Murphy Season 4 - Create a skirt with fastening

There were also some lovely vintage clothes on show - I liked the mix and match fabrics of the early 70s dress! Not quite what I usually picture when thinking of 70s clothing; much more understated!

Liberty Floral Prints, early 70s. Gina Fratini & Tana Lawn

Art Nouveau Revival, early 60s. Homemade

Swinging Liberty, 1968. Liberty Prints designed for Sambo's Dollyrockers

We didn't sign up for the talks, or any of the workshops (we didn't fancy any of them), so only spent about 3 hours there. I think it was more geared to people using the workshops rather than just stalls and showing makes by other people, but it was a lovely way to spend a few hours.

I did buy some material - for yet another baby quilt! But also some lovely crafty coasters and a fun card that I am going to frame for myself. Until I found the material (called Doodle Days), there was a brief risk that I was going to leave the show with no material! Between myself and big sis, we have bought a couple of dress patterns that I'm looking forward to trying to make...eventually!

For the rest of the afternoon, we popped into the Science Museum. It has been updated since I was last there, and the displays looked vibrant and were all working (last time I went, a few years ago, the whole place was looking a bit tired). We went on a search for Tim Peake's command module but it turns out it had been lent to Bradford and we had missed it by a couple of days - bother! We did find the Apollo 10 command module however, which was fascinating to see.

A fantastic day out overall!

Monday, 2 October 2017

A Day Trip to London Town

I'm again working through my stash of things to post about, so this is from the end of August!

I headed out for a day trip to London with my friend Hannah - we live a 45 minute train journey away but never really take advantage of it!

It was a mildly touristy day out. We started off in Kensington Gardens, which were very picturesque. We did go on a hunt for the Peter Pan statue but somehow managed to miss it! We headed past the Albert memorial, which was absolutely HUGE! My picture was taken from across a couple of roads away. Very impressive.

We then popped into Harrods - I had never been! It is such an amazingly beautiful building in places - really bizarre that it is a shop! The food hall was just breath-taking (my pictures don't do it justice!). We couldn't resist having some tea there, and buying some petite gateaus. It's mad how intricate they are! I brought Darren one back - I think they survived fairly well after a full day of being lugged around!

We had lunch in Greenwich before investigating the lovely market there. We then headed back to Covent Gardens, where we had a mooch and a nice bit of cake!

It was a really lovely day, and nice to have a bit of an explore!

In terms of crafting, I also did some work on my needleminder exchange organised by the lovely Ingrid at Mii Stitch. I think my move may have meant that the parcel headed for me got a bit waylaid, so I thought I'd post what I made. As I am from Wales and very proud of my heritage, I sent the lovely Karyn a dragon cross-stitch. And as I love Star Wars, I sent her a BB8 needle-minder.
Hope over to Karyn's blog here. It was really fun to take part, and nice to have a quick stitch project!

I'm now going to curl up and catch up on all your lovely blogs!