My mini is all done and is in an envelope waiting to be posted to it’s recipient.

I will leave you with a picture of the finished mini. I forgot to take a picture of the label, but I borrowed an idea from someone else in the BQS group and I did a label using cross-stitch.

I hope to have a tutorial post on how to English Paper Piece (EPP) the Weathervane block I used.

I have started to EPP another quilt, using Weathervane and  the Double Star Patch block (see below).


Brit Quilt Swap – Round 3

I didn’t take part in BQS Round 2 (Pillow Fight), so when Round 3 was announced, I had to sign up straight away.

For Round 3, we have to make a mini quilt (12″ to 24″). So when I got the email telling me who I was make a mini-quilt for, I knew right away what fabrics I would be using and what design.  So I dug out my hoarded fat quarter bundle of Anna Marie Horner’s Innocent Crush and the paper pieces for the Weathervane block.

Ps. Weathervane tutorial coming next week!!

Stash Building and surprise freebie


Two weeks I go a placed an order via Etsy for 1/2yrds of my 6 favourite prints from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi collection, and received the package yesterday!

When I opened it, I found that I not only got the fabrics I had ordered but 2 freebies… One was an extra piece of fabric and this:

The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Quilt Sampler. This is a 6-monthly magazine! and I have found a UK supplier which stocks this… The Contented Cat offers it with American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for £4.95 or on its own for £5.25.  I have been glancing through it for most of the day and there are some really fab ideas for quilts, including a smaller version of a Dear Jane quilt. I am not a big fan of monster-sized quilts or applique, so a Baltimore quilt is not on my to-do-in-the-future list!

Also, next time I go to the folks’ for Sunday dinner, I will be taking some of my ‘infamous’ stash to show Mum. I think I have spent approx £300+ since April on fabrics! Yikes! Mum said that as I had been some tough times with work (suspension & disciplinary action just short of dismissal!), I should treat myself. So that’s what I have been doing.

The Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham starts later this week, and I have my ticket for the show on my computer desk ready for Saturday. Yet another excuse for spending my hard earned ££££, but I have a list of necessities to get, like wadding/batting for 2 twin-bed sized quilts and backings for said quilts. I can guarantee that I will be coming more than that, such fat quarters, more quilty books. I can’t wait, as it’s been about 6 years since my first visit to the FoQ.

What a lovely surprise!!!

Look what the postie kind of delivered….

My flatmate who is also my little brother was out when the Postie called. I kind of bribed him to go and get it from the local RM delivery office, with the promise of pizza for tea tonight.

Biffie103 (a fellow Brit Quilt member, from Scotland) made my mini quilt with some gorgeous Kaffe Fasset fabrics, the leftovers of which she included as extras along with a pincushion that matches (in purple/aqua) and Green & Black’s mini chocolates. I am will be saving the KF fabrics for a special project, as I am scared petrified to cut them up and use!

Now I have find somewhere to hang my little quilt to show it off properly. Thanks again Biffie!!!

Who’s this I wonder?

Who's this I wonder? by lizzie allen
Who’s this I wonder?, a photo by lizzie allen on Flickr.

Just brought the July issue of the British Patchwork & Quilting magazine, and whilst reading the Wondering the Web section, I saw this blog…. Trudi is a fellow member of the Fickr group, Brit Quilt, and she is also participating in the Brit Quilt Swap.

Trudi is the 2nd member of the Brit Quilt group to be featured in my favourite patchwork/quilting magazine (the first was Lynne @LilysQuilts)… I will be emailing them to say thank you!!!

Also on the Brit Quilt Swap front, I have added the all important label (which is just a simple square piece from my scrap stash in a coordinating colour and wrote the details in permanent fabric marker, and backstitched it to the back of the quilt). It has a name at last, lol….. All The Nines! … given that it is a 9-patch block made of smaller 9-patch blocks. Mini quilt and a selection of scraps with a note to my secret partner have been packed and envelope addressed and sealed. Now, I have to wait to post it off.

The completed BQS mini

The completed BQS mini by lizzie allen
The completed BQS mini, a photo by lizzie allen on Flickr.

I have surprised myself with the making of this mini!! One of the requirements was that the mini had to be between 12 inches x 12 inches and 24 inches x 24 inches, and mine is approx 14 in x 14 turned out to be 17 x 17 inches, so it’s at the smaller end about middle of the size scale. But what has surprised me is that it has taken me only 2 weeks to make since getting the email giving me details of my secret partner.

This mini has a lot of firsts for me, but 2 that stand out the most are:
1. Continuous binding. I had sewn 4 strips of white (about 40cm in length) together, which was plenty!
2. Mitred corners. Took a bit of time to get the binding to behave, but got there in the end!

My binding is probably not the best that can be done as it is not very even (seems that it had a life of it’s own), but I don’t care! I have enjoyed this little project and have decided to sign up for the next one.

BQS mini WIP update

I am over 1/3 way through the quilting, yet I have a dilemma. Do I quilt the white/pink border as well given that about 1cm of the border will be under the binding or just the central area of the quilt?

I have had a lot of lovely & positive comments, even some really funny ones about blue eyes and green moustaches!  I cheat with the hand quilting, using ‘tiger tape’. I have kept the quilting simple, by quilting on the outside of the central square and the inside of each 9-block.

When I signed up for this swap I has dreading it, but I have been having alot of fun! I will be signing up for the next one, now I know i can work on a small scale.