Thursday, 1 June 2017

And here I go again

I got a really nice email the other week. It was so nice I can't remember the name of the person who sent it but it was alone the lines of 'I just discovered your blog, haven't slept for a week as I devoured each and every word, savouring the wordsmithiness of them all and please don't stop'.

Or words to that effect.

So dear emailer, I hope the words in this post will suffice because I've set myself a time limit of one hour to write this post.

We'll start again with Soy Amado quilts. I do have quite a pile waiting to be delivered to their next destination of which I know not. The person I co-ordinate with to get the quilts to their end destination is sampling the delights of northern Spain until the end of next month so I'll hopefully have something to share then.

Not too many more in the last five weeks. Another one sent from @grannyjack123 on Instagram.

Soy Amado No.118

I'll be honest. These quilts are so beautiful and she has been so generous in not only sending me these whole quilts but extra quilt blocks too, that it sends me spinning into a short-lived frenzy of productive guilt and I knock one off within days.

So this is Soy Amado No.119, most of the blocks coming from the maker above anyway.

I finally, FINALLY finished one of my greatest quilt labours of love - the You Little Beauty Quilt which is a pattern by Chris Jurd I modified.

Herewith follows some gratuitous pics. All machine foundation paper pieced. Main body of the quilt was hand quilted and I machine quilted the wavy border.

When I started piecing it a year ago I had less than 10 spotty and striped fabrics in my healthy fabric stash. I asked on Instagram for people to swap with and I was blown away by people who not only sent me spots and stripes but didn't want anything in return. Someone in the US even screen printed me my own selection of spots and stripes for nothing.

The inspiration for the fabrics came from Jason Woodside.

I thought I would like to enter it into a show or two but I have an issue with some of the thicker threads I used on the border when I machine quilted it, showing through on the back. I need to sort that out before I attempt to give it a public airing otherwise The Quilt Police will be on to me like a shot.

I cut my binding on the bias to help with easing round the gentle curves I made on the edge of the border.

I'm not even going to pretend to be all self-deprecating and modest about this quilt because I can't.

It is nothing short of the dog's b*llocks.

There was more knitting.

I finished my Spring Fever Scarf.

Brilliant, mindless TV knitting in a selection of colours, mainly Primo yarns from The Plucky Knitter

I also finished my Colo(u)r Affection Shawl which was knitted in three colours of Malabrigo Lace.

Yes, it was/is that bright.

I've also started a Raiun Cardigan with The Most Gorgeous purple yarn from Dark Harbour Yarn

Back on the quilting front, I finished my Anna Marie Horner Takes A Drunkard Trip Around The World quilt, the top of which I finished piecing in November of last year.

And I'm still plugging away at my Pickled Fish quilt which is another Chris Jurd pattern

Here's a couple of the latest blocks - just four more left to go and then the border.

Consider yourself officially brought up to date on all things crafty. 😍

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Another round up for those of you who still read this blog

Warning: this is going to be a complete and utter craft dump of everything I don't think I've covered here but have on Instagram.

First off, a quick update on Soy Amado quilts.

No. 106.

No. 107.

Both were basking in the January sun, hanging low in the sky.

No. 108. If you are a fully paid up member of the Cloud Appreciation Society I should imagine the backdrop may be more interesting to you than the quilt itself.

No's 109 and 110 came as whole completed quilts from Sarina in the USA. Thank you😀😀

No. 111 was a joint project between Wendy in New Zealand and Carla in Australia. Because Wendy is super organised, she also sent all the coordinating binding and sashing I would need. Because I clearly can't do as I am told, I sewed the whole quilt together before remembering about the sashing and binding.


The Photographer's Assistant was called into action at short notice and if you look closely you'll spot odd socks.

No. 113 is a deceptively simply but stunning quilt from @grannyjacks123 on Instagram who sends me the most beautifully made quilts plus more loose blocks.

No. 114.

No. 115 features the sashing I should have used in quilt No.111 had I been as organised as Wendy.

No. 116. Less than a week latter, @grannyjacks123 had sent me another completed quilt 💚

No. 117. is where I am currently up to. The brief to The Photographer's Assistant was to get me a nice coastal photo as she was out and about. The Photographer's Assistant is keeping company at the moment and me thinks the company was distracting to the point where they suddenly realised they hadn't carried out The Quilter's Express Wishes and a hurried 'OMG, quick the sun's almost disappeared' shot was done. My apologies therefore.

Meanwhile, I also got back in to knitting which I hadn't done in yonks. So long ago, I was amazed at the sheer selection of yarns now available and all the independent dyers that have sprung up.

So, in no particular order.

Seduced by the name, I have started a Guernsey Wrap. I will admit to normally being a starter finisher but the reason this isn't finished is because shortly after commencement, I discovered the above mentioned independent dyers/yarn suppliers and my humble opinion is the quality and content of their yarns is more to my liking and I have temporarily gone off the High Streetness of this yarn. Please note, this is my own inverted personal yarn snobbery and nothing to do with the brand itself.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK.

Finished two twisted cowls in a Rowan 100% Alpaca yarn which is now discontinued, therefore I do not feel compelled to tell you the yarn name.
Which is good.
Because the yarn labels have long since gone in the bin.

Finished the Brownfield Shawl.
Yarn: Quince & Co Chickadee.

Great stitch definition gives a lovely professional look.

Then there was the Ashburn Shawl.
Yarn: Kettle & Co Islington

The yarn has silk in it and when knitted up, has a lovely sheen and drape to it. I can't say enough good things about this yarn.

I also knitted the After The Rain sweater in 100% alpaca so incredibly soft.
Yarn: Amano Eco Puna

I am on the verge of finishing a Spring Fever scarf.
Yarn: Mostly a variety of The Plucky Knitter Primo colours

And I am nowhere close to finishing a Colour Affection Shawl because it is being knit in a lace weight yarn.
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace

Back in the land of quilting, I pattern tested Erica's latest quilt pattern, The Linda Quilt.

Really easy to strip piece with options like mine above, or on point.

Finally, I started another Chris Jurd quilt because I had to. This one's called The Pickled Fish and has been The Best Excuse to use my boldest, maddest, baddest fabrics in clashingly uncoordinated ways and I have loved it.

It'll take me forever to individually upload the blocks I have made so far. So, here's one, followed by a badly lit group composition so you can see how far I have got. I am loving the process of making it.

Oh and one more thing. I'm slowly doing these blocks by hand. This is one of three I have made so far. All different of course 😀

Enough of an update for you? 😉

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Spellbound Quilt

It has been ages since I've made a really simple strip pieced quilt. Combine that fact with the fact I'm a bit of a sucker for speciality rulers that make a quilt look harder than it really is and I decided to join in with The Fat Quarter Shop Spellbound Quilt A Long.

The pattern calls for a couple of jelly rolls plus additional fabric. I had a bit of a jelly roll lurking but nothing more.

I therefore added to it with scraps which, for me, makes the best kind of quilt anyway.

You'll also need one of these:

You're then using it to make quarter-square triangles from strip pieced fabric and that is about as difficult as it gets.

The resultant quilt top, in my wholly biased opinion, is really rather nice.

I appreciate it's not my normal mad cacophony of colours but I think I like this one even more for that fact.

The colour this time is brought to you naturally by a crocus explosion, finally signalling spring is on its way.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Soy Amado No.86 and onwards...

It's official, I have become an extremely lazy blogger. Sadly it's so much easier to quickly post a picture update to Instagram and be done.

It wasn't until I was contacted this week by someone who has been very supportive of Soy Amado that I realise that I should update here as well and not assume everyone else is hanging off my every word on Instagram instead ;-)

So, here we go:

No. 86.

No. 87.


This was a whole one sent to me by @grannyjack123 (on Instagram)

No. 89 was also from @grannyjack123 and by this stage I was feeling I really ought to make some more.

So No. 90 is me back on the case.

And I pressed on quickly with No. 91.

And No. 92.

No. 93.

No. 94.

No. 95.

No. 96 was a bunch of orphan blocks very kindly sent to me by Ingrid (@obsessivequilter on Instagram...are you starting to see a pattern here as to why the blog has been neglected?) which I added strips of fabric around, to size up to the requisite 12.5" block size.

No. 97.

No. 98.

Then there was a new delivery of quilts; to a home in Cape Town, South Africa for children who have been deemed 'at risk' in their family homes and removed.

So that's all the motivation you need to continue.

No. 99.

No. 100.

No. 101.

No. 102.

No. 103.

No. 104. This was another whole quilt sent to me by @grannyjack123

As is No. 105.

And that's where I'm at - still making them. If you want to help, all the details are in the 'giving back' tab. Even if you can't manage 12.5" quilted blocks, scrappy binding has been really great to receive as  it cuts down so much time having it all ready and to hand.

I have been sewing other stuff but that's a blog post for another day.

Just need to fit that day in.
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