Monday, 31 May 2010

Wobbly Scottie

I have completed my first Scottie and am fairly proud of him.

This was my inspiration on Flickr and I used this tutorial.

We're still having a little debate whether he isn't secretly a llama but I still like him no matter what species he identifies with.

close up

... and he's already found his favorite spot in the house.

Now I'll have to go and sew him a family.

Love, Nadine

Friday, 28 May 2010

Fassett Bridges (the back)

... and here is the back to Amy's Bridges. I used the same pattern (I started doing that a while ago to make sure the quilting doesn't look too weird on the back).

But the fabric is a selection of Kaffe Fassett prints, some gray sashing (I only had fat quarters and had to sew two pieces together, very 'unschön') and I used white linen as well.

Now on to the part I don't really like, the basting, binding and then the quilting.

This may take a while.

Hope you like this one.



Thursday, 27 May 2010

Amy's Bridges

Today you'll get a little update that is overdue. I had a whole range of strips of Amy Butler fabric and couldn't decide what to do with them (What now?), well I decided to go for a slightly different coin pattern.

This is the top of the quilt, I am now working on the back in a similar pattern but with different fabrics.

And once again I have to apologize for the bad quality photos. It is doing my head in to be honest. There is never any sunlight and the pictures always end up looking very dark, .... oooh, the sun is out, but will probably only stay out for about 3 minutes and 10 seconds. ... no, only a few seconds this time. ARGH!

bl**dy English weather. that's my rant for the day, promise.

Hope you like this one. I like it, a lot, and the pewter sashing (Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton) is bringing out the colors very nicely. The pictures really don't do Amy's fabric any justice.

Let me know what you think.

And let's all eat our lunch, all of it, so the sun comes back out again, OK?!


close ups

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Flower Quilt (the front)

Here is the top of the charm quilt I entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival in the last post. I absolutely adore this quilt too.

As you can see in the close-up I didn't do a lot of quilting (only some outline quilting), I am always afraid the quilting might ruin the quilt, as I do everything by hand I cannot make it look as neat as I would like it to be.

close ups:

And as you can see in this picture the quilt is fully reversible with the charm quilt in the back. SO I have two quilts in one. hurrah.

I hope you like this one too. and it is sooooo comfy. and really big too.

Let me know what you think.


Friday, 21 May 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

OK, I might as well. I wasn't going to participate at first thinking I am not really qualified, but as the rules state anybody can enter I then decided I should be nice and mingle with all the great quilting bloggers at the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

So here is my entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, one of my favorite quilts which showed me how easy it is to surprise myself.

It is made up entirely of charms which I really didn't like and wanted to get rid of. It is actually the back of another quilt and ended up looking better than the front. SURPRISE!

Simple but beautiful, that's my motto. I have realized I prefer the simpler designs and modern fabrics, they go better with my life and my flat, so there will be more of those on the blog.

Making this quilt also showed me that even the ugliest scraps of fabric can look beautiful if combined in a quilt.

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" or something like that. So there you go.

I hope you like it.


Thursday, 20 May 2010

La Dolce Vita

Look what has just arrived. I ordered it from Saints and Pinners and it arrived within 2 days. Hurrah. Isn't it beautiful? makes me want to go to LICC in York and have some yummy ice cream.

Oh, I can't wait to work with this. So many projects waiting.

This just makes me happy, no matter what the weather :)

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

My Fabric Wishlist

Consider this indulgence in Quilter's P*RN or call it what you will, I get very excited when I see these fabrics and one day, yes, one day I will own them and then cut them into pieces and sew them back together. Oh I can't wait.

These are the designers lines I am craving the most at the moment, apart form Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons, Free Spirit Knit solids, or Kona cottons.

Patty Young's "Flora and Fauna" (and above)

Denyse Schmidt's "Hope Valley"

all fabrics by Heather Ross

"Far far away"


"West Hill"

check out Elizabeth's beautiful Heather Ross quilt on Oh, Fransson!

and Laurie Wisbrun's "Tufted Tweets"

check out Ashley's beautiful quilts made from this fabric (on Film in the Fridge)

These are absolutely beautiful. well done Ashley.

I wonder what I would do with these fabrics. Maybe one day I'll find out.

Now how do you feel? Has your heart started beating faster? Do you feel warm and dizzy now? Well I do.

This is the stuff of dreams.

Friday, 14 May 2010

What now? (some fabric love and a cry for help!)

I am still working on 1 2 3 no 5 other projects but I can't help myself already planning the next one. This is my favorite part, choosing fabrics and deciding on a design. And I have finally cut into my Amy Butler stash. Yum. I decided to cut 2,5 by 9 inch strips but now I can't decide what to do with them.

A simple strip quilt? Or a log cabin quilt? Or maybe something different? Any suggestions are welcome.


oranges and browns:


blues and more greens:

oh and then some more:

Monday, 10 May 2010

Zest and Dawn

I am working on so many projects at the moment and just noticed I can't actually blog about any of them because they are all presents and shouldn't go online until they have changed ownership. So for now I am showing you another finished quilt, one of my favorites actually.

A very large reversible quilt called Zest (front) and Dawn (back) made up mainly using Kaffe Fassett and other Rowan designers' fabrics and some matching batiks and whatever else I could find that would go well with the colors.

I absolutely love this quilt and it was so much fun to make.

And it contains all my signature colors that can be found in a lot of my paintings too: turquoise, orange, red and lime green (and some fuchsia as well).

Love it!

and the back