Saturday, 17 August 2013

Scrappy Rainbow Quilt

I love making a quilt with a special person in mind. My friend Emily was getting married, and I knew I wanted to make her a quilt.

I took all my inspiration for it from the lovely couple. Emily loves all things rainbows. Ade is a bit of a hippy- really into recycling and reusing (right up my street!). So I thought I'd make a scrappy rainbow quilt- use up loads of scraps- including a few old shirts and other recycled items.

Some of the coloured blocks were randomly sewn together. I decided to include a couple of Ohio stars- which were so fun to make I want to make an Ohio star quilt soon. Some squares are scrappy log cabins. I also knew I wanted loads of white sashing- to really bring out the colours and keep it looking fresh.

My friend Rachel gave me some lovely star fabric for the backing. The quilt top ended up being 60x60 inches (how did it get so big?). I decided to make a rainbow strip to piece the two halves of the backing together- rather than just have a big seam running down the middle. It's probably the best quilt back I've made- I really like it.

I'm really into free motion embroidery for the quilting. It takes a bit longer- but the texture of the finished quilt is so....quilty. In this pic you can see I've FME'd Ade & Emily into the sashing- a nice touch for a wedding present!

The beautiful bride was really thrilled with it and uses it all the time! Fantastic- I don't mind what they end up doing with it, but it's great to know it's being used and loved!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Sew (Magazine) excited!

A friend of mine who also loves to dabble in all things sewing and quilting sent me an email saying I was in this month's Sew Magazine, page 58 to be precise.

noooooo.... really?

Yes! There we are! Number 1 no less! I am tickled pink. 

It was in June (before I started this blog) that Popular Patchwork published an article about our When the Rains Come quilt and MUMs charity. It really is so lovely that the quilting community is supporting our fundraising efforts, we've also had loads of quilting shops display the quilt to help sell tickets (I'll give a full list of supporters a bit later on, so I don't miss any out!)
You'll have to buy a back copy to read the rest of the article!

Thank you sew much Sew Magazine and Popular Patchwork- I really hope it helps us raise awareness of the MUMs charity and more people buy raffle tickets to win our When the Rains Come quilt!