Thursday, 1 October 2015

Mini Mania No 8 Reveal

September has been a busy month with preparations for the
Higham Piecemakers Exhibition - which went extremely smoothly and we raised nearly £2200 which will be distributed between local charities.

And making sample quilts ready for when L and I go off to London next week to help out on the Kids Quilts stand at the
Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Palace. 
The samples are done (except for the last bit of quilting on one - which is the next task today). That's three quilts in two weeks - not bad going!
 So I feel calm, cool and collected......... really!!

Yesterday was our Mini Mania Challenge Group reveal day. This months Challenge was to make 12 blocks either three and a half or four and a half inches in Log Cabin or Courthouse Steps, using 1" strips.

I got on with mine straight away as I knew that the time latter parts of the month would be taken up.
I chose solid fabrics, quite by chance really, I was tidying up my scrap box when I spied some colours and thought "that's it".
I played around with the layout - do you realise HOW many ways you can make patterns with these blocks?
      Anyway, I chose an Asymmetrical design  and added some teeny Prairie Points before binding in white. Those points started as 1" squares . I quilted on the white fabrics only, which seemed to make the colours pop out .                          
I'm pleased how it has turned out
Everyone in the Group posted their photos onto the Flickr platform

Sandy's Blue Waves
Blogged here
Becca's quilting makes her blocks look wonky don't you think?
(blogged here)
Angie's Autumnal shades. Still impressed that she has joined!!

Dee had quite a different take on her piece.
Clever idea
And has made hers into a cushion. You can read about Dee's here

Jo went potty Dotty with her fabrics this month

Blogged here

Ann used lots of little squares with her design and I love her colour choices
Sew Gentle had used some lovely Kaffe Fassett fabrics

And this month we have snared attracted a new member, Carol,  who just couldn't resist us any longer!
Maybe because she had a great idea for her layout?
Blogged here

I am off to post the details of October's Challenge , come over if you would like to join us.
It's just for fun
You keep what you make
You can miss a month if you want
No Pressure!!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Just a Quickie

to say I will sort a proper post out in a couple of days,
The Higham Piecemakers Exhibition has taken up so much of my time this last two weeks, but it was held this weekend.

It is over.

I am pooped.

But it was worth it.

Lots of money made and all of the funds raised at this event will be distributed between local charities, so we should feel good.

You can read (or see) all about it here

I just feel tired!

I need to sort out the carnage that I have brought home with me, and put everything back in it's place.

See you on Tuesday

Friday, 11 September 2015

Lots of Preparations

 Getting ready for Higham Piecemakers Biennial Quilt Exhibition at the end of the month.

They always have a sales table of smallish items that the ladies have made and donated for sale,  with the funds from the weekend going to a local charity. This week I have made four knitting bags

great to hang over your arm and keeps the yarn from rolling around the floor
And several purses and glasses cases

 A couple more peg bags and then I think I am done!!

Which is a good job because Darling Daughter "popped round" and rummages through my box of tricks , hijacked my machine (whilst I did the cutting out )
and created this lovely baby quilt for a friend's new baby boy.
all from that scrap box!!

I did get to finish a quick throw quilt for Chilterns MS Centre

splashes of dew - ooops!
This has been handed over and will hopefully make them a bit of cash.

You may remember that back in June I visited Fibre East and purchased this lovely lace yarn.
Needs winding from the skein
Well, I invited a friend over for coffee, and (luckily !!!) she brought along her wonderful gadget

drop the yarn on the umbrella

wind the winder
And you end up with lovely squidgy balls of softness, ready to knit or crochet up
with a bit of sparkle
 and I may have sneaked a couple of skeins in for Jo!
 I have already made a couple of the Road Trip Shawls using 4ply yarn and a 4mm hook, and think I may be ready to tackle the finer yarn on another scarf that I have purchased the pattern for. We shall see.
But I already have started a blanket for S & L - this is just double crochet (or my version of) and is a bit of a no brainer n front of the TV

Last weekend saw us down south visiting the little darling and we spent Saturday afternoon walking around Belfairs Wood. I was a beautiful afternoon, though we had had a lot of rain the day before.
Little Miss LOVES her welly boots and had great fun walking through muddy puddles, though she had to be evacuated from this one as it did get to the top of her little boots!
And maybe it wasn't the best idea to introduce her to the stream that flows through the wood
But we did it anyway!
Sunday was full of laughter as we went to a Fun Day held in aid of Jack, the son of DIL's work colleague
Bit of face painting
lots of bouncy castles

big kids!

Do they ever grow up!!
Anyway, a great day, kind weather and £1700 raised for Jack's Journey.

Back to the sewing.  We have been given the instructions for the September "Mini Mania Challenge"   1" strips, making (16)  3 1/2 or 4 1/2" blocks in Log Cabin or Courthouse steps.

After the Sales Table stint, my room was a bit of a mess, so a tidy up was needed before I thought about the Challenge.

Sorting the scrap box

Then a drawer
At which point I got completely sidetracked and puled the fabrics for these little beauties (can't show too much - reveal is at the end of the month)

 And it's finished!!!
Binding and all with 20 days to go!!
Yesterday I decided that I just couldn't eat any more of the lovely fresh figs that had been passed to me by my lovely neighbour, so out came the jam pan.....
 resulting in....
 And then a request that a batch of fresh figs brought back from Sister 3 last week  should also be boiled up

already disappeared!
 This morning was the monthly meet of our little crochet group. J had been sent an idea from this site and has produced her version

great for storing your yarn

 Some of the ladies are making "bonding squares" for the local Special Care Baby Unit
and a couple of little bonnets
 And Ena had finished her first Road Trip Scarf

Well done Ena!
      And Carol had finished her first ever pair of socks
these look cosy
 And Lesley had made a cover for her little table
that doubles as a stool
  so lots going on there

When I got home, Darling Daughter was again sitting at my sewing machine  (already rummaged through my Christmas Treasures) and is making a set of mug rugs for the festive season!!

 I have managed to get this all written up, but "we" are now sorting fabrics for Christmas stockings and I need to keep my eye on what is being kidnapped!!

 I will let you know!!!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Mini Mania Number 7 - August Reveal

 August Mini Mania Challenge pattern from Charise Creates

A paper pieced block that finished 12" square - so there were some TINY pieces!

We all got to know our seam rippers so well this month!!

Here are the different versions

My Block
 with needle and thread

 Sandy's block , blogged about here


 Becca's - blogged about here

 Dee had added a little twist (and a short-cut that no one else thought of!!)

 Blogged here

 Jo's blogged here

 And this month Angie had caught up with the back issues AND had completed her first Paper Pieced item!!

 It is rumoured that Angie has "taken a year out" to get over this one !!!

Thank you to Charise Creates for letting us use her pattern. It was fun - really!

Septembers Challenge has been set by Dee

One inch strips made into (16) three and a half inch blocks
 Log Cabin/Courthouse Steps.

Easy eh?

We shall see

I have started mine
I can't show you my colours till the end of the month

The group is open to all, so if you fancy joining us pop over and get stripping.

No pressure, you keep what you make, and you can dip in and out as you please.