2nd Blogaversary!

Yikes! I am 6 days late celebrating my 2nd Blogaversary, which was 29th April! Better late than never, I suppose, since I have been busy.

The baby quilt that I had started using hexagons got scrapped, I figured that it would take me years to piece. So I started over using the 9-Patch block made with the Noteworthy charm and min-charm packs I had. So far I have done 8 9-patch blocks (I have worked out that I need to do 81 blocks to make a quilt that is 54 by 54 inch square). I have fallen for Sweetwater’s Noteworthy line, especially the ‘bucket list’ print:

Noteworthy

My AMH Innocent Crush quilt is coming along nicely. Nearly 3 rows completed.

There might be a giveaway coming soon to celebrate my 2 years of blogging… watch this space.

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

Another year gone, and it seems that I haven’t done much quilty wise.  I could use the age-old excuse of my M-F job being a royal pain in the @***, but that wouldn’t be the whole story. There have been times when I just didn’t have the enthusiasm to pick up a WiP or UFO.  To be totally honest, I have spent most of the Christmas holidays relaxing and de-stressing.

From January to April 2013, my job is going to be HELL given all the welfare reforms the current government has introduced (universal credit, council tax support allowance, etc) and the effects that these changes will have on the benefit claimants in Leicester.

I hope 2013 will be a more fruitful year for me quilty wise. I am nearly finished with the quilting on Diamonds in the Sky with the binding left to be done, and Oh My Stars is still a WiP.  With a semi-commissioned quilt to be made for a non-quilter friend in the USA.

I am going to the 2nd Fat Quarterly Retreat in London… got my ticket early as I didn’t want to miss out! I can’t wait to meet my fellow quilty peeps again, both old & new. Just a case of booking a hotel room asap.

weekendticket

BQS 3

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).

Blog Tag

Rhonda @ Quilter in the Gap is having a linky party…. Something to do with a game of tag going on at the moment. I have decided to participate (although I have nt answered all of her questions!):

1. What’s your favorite part of the quilt making process?
All of it, from choosing the fabrics to the quilting. The one bit I don’t particularly like (as it can be tedious!) is the binding. My quilts are not really planned, though the most recent ones (Maple Leaf and Autumn Waterfall) were. Diamonds in the Sky was planned in terms of blocks used and the scrappiness was intentional, using what I already had (usually someone else’s leftovers!).

2. If you had to pick one favourite quilt, who’s/which one would it be?
I would say at the moment it would be Stained Pink by Sarah (Narcoleptic in a Cupboard). It reminds me of the artwork of  the Scottish architect Charles Rene Macintosh, especially the windows he created (especially the rose windows). The soft pinks and greys are just so yummy.

3. Give me an example of something you have made that you are really proud of?
It would the one quilt I did actually complete. It was the same pattern as Autumn Waterfall, but I used the Makower Elizabethan line of fabrics. Taking inspiration from the fabric, I called it Tudor Garden.  Also, a heart-shaped cushion I made for a friend of mine at church for her daughter’s wedding. It was made from silk fabric (first time I had used silk!) and actually following someone’s instructions.

4. Who in your life do you most admire and why?
I cannot pick just one person. I would say ALL of my friends here in quilty blogland!
What!?!?! One person only?! Ok, I would pick Sarah (aka Narcoleptic in a Cupboard). Having to live with a condition like narcolepsy, which can be ptotentially life threatening, is not easy (to some extent I can empathise with, as I have lived with depression since my mid-20s). I love reading her blog about her adventures in quilting and the antics of Miss Elliecat always have chuckling. I cannot wait to meet her and all the other bloggers I stalk follow at the Fat Quarterly retreat in June.

5. If I were coming over for dinner what would you cook me?
I don’t really cook, but my little brother makes a really good lasagne. It would be served with a side salad.

6. If you could buy any fabric bundle you wanted right now (someone else was paying) what would it be?
It would be a fat quarter selection of Kona Solids in all colours, or Oakshott shot cottons (again in all available colours). I have more patterned fabrics in my stash than plains.

7. What’s your favourite movie?
For 80s’ cheesyness, I would pick Flash Gordon.
For emotional storyline, Schindler’s List. I saw it at the cinema when it was released with my mum. Everyone in the cinema stayed in their seats when the credits rolled at the end of the film and every time I watch it, I cry!
Best book adaptation, Lord of the Rings triology (I have read the books at least 3 times).

8. If money was no object, what’s your dream holiday?
A trip to Peru! I am an armchair archaeologist and history nut. The ancient past of Peru is so fascinating, from the arrival of the first humans in South America to the Spanish conquest and the end of the Inca empire.

9. What inspired you to first start sewing/quilting?
It was an hour long arts programme  on the telly and one segment was about traditional patchwork quilts.
My first quilt top (though I never completed it!) was a hexagon Grandmother’s Flower Garden, using fabrics I had indirectly inherited from someone my mum knew.

I am not tagging anyone, but if you should decide to play along…. My 11 questions are:

1.       What inspired you to first start sewing/quilting?
2.       What’s your favorite part of the quilt making process?
3.       If you had to pick one favourite quilt, who’s/which one would it be?
4.       What are your favorite colour combos for fabric at the moment?
5.       Give me an example of something you have made that you are really proud of?
6.       Who in your life do you most admire and why?
7.       If I were coming over for dinner what would you cook me?
8.       If you could buy any fabric bundle you wanted right now (someone else was paying) what would it be?
9.       What’s your favourite movie/book/tv programme?
10.    If money was no object, what’s your dream holiday?
11.     Do you have a favourite colour? If so, why are you drawn to it?

A little about me…

Got inspired to do this post by Sheila’s post.

November 29 1983 my little brother was born and about 2 weeks later we were all travelling down to London (Heathrow airport).  My dad had gotten a job out in the Caribbean with the University of the West Indies (UWI) at their campus in Trinidad, and instead of going out there on his own, he decided that he would take me, my mum & (then baby) brother.

I went to school there at the UWI school. Apparently, as my dad as on the staff at the UWI, I automatially got a place and in my third year there (8yrs old) I started to learn Spanish. And if we stayed longer, I would have had to take the 11-plus and go to school in Port of Spain (the capital). In the school liabrarry I found the Ladybird books on the kings & queens of England (my parents later brought me my own copies!) They were the first history books I ever read and since then I have amassed a small library. Another book I found was Enid Blyton’s The Naughtiest Girl in the School all about a girl called Elizabeth Allen. I was reading it in the back of the car one day and squealled!! I eventually got the omnibus edition (of all 4 stories). No! I was not the naughtiest girl at school.

The weather was like 28 C & sunny, except when it was the wet season, then there was also the sudden (& I mean sudden… here one minute and gone the next kind of sudden) downpours. When it rained, it poured, and the roads where we lived looked like they were flooded. The engine of our Ford Cortina (remember those!) got flooded once!  There are only 2 seasons; the wet season and the dry.

My brother also ‘drove’ the car in to the gate posts at our 2nd house! He had leant on the handbrake and the car rolled back into the gate post! My parents were not happy to say the least. The 2nd house had annex joined on to the main house by way of the car port. The annex was meant to be the maid’s quarters, and no we did not have a maid but my mum did some maths tuition in what would have been the bedroom.

We had 2 small banana plants in the back yard which the previous owners had tried to burn but they kept coming back every year. There was also a julie mango tree, which I loved to climb as the branches were low to the ground. My mum end up giving away loads fo the mongoes to the members of the UK Womens’ Group (an ex-pat group). There is nothing like a fresh mango!!!

The Queen came to Trinidad on a private visit following a state visit elsewhere in the region, and there was a tea party at the British High Commission. My parents were invited and they still have the gold embossed invitation!

The following is some random trivia I can remember…

  • Trinidad has some of the best beaches… Manzanilla Beach on the east coast is one of the best, but very popular with the locals and tourists.
  • Tobago is the place to go if you want to see marine wildlife.
  • Caroni National Park (south of Port of Spain) has some of the best wildlife, especially the Scarlet Ibis, best time to see the Scarlet Ibis is in the late afternoon when they come back to roost. On one visit we saw a white ibis in amongst the red ones!
  • One of the smaller species of ‘big cats’, the Ocelot, can be found in Trinidad. It’s the only wild cat to be found in Trinidad. The name is from the Aztec ocetotl meaning jaguar.
  • Trinidad is not part of the Caribbean geologically. It is on the South American tectonic plate and has some species which can be found in South America. One a good day, you can see Venezuela and the mouth of the Orinoco river from the most northwesterly point (the distance is less than that between Dover and Calais!!).
  • The main highway running west to east is the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, and the main airport is a former World War 2 US Air Force base.
  • Trinidad also has  a natural tar pit called La Brea like it’s cousin in LA, California, USA (but it’s pronounced ‘La Bray’).
  • Trinidad had it’s own airline, B-Wee (the nickname for the now defunct British West Indies Airlines).

 

I will need to steal the photo albums and the scanner from the old folks, but I hope to have some piccies up on my flickr page soon.