Summer quilting project - halfway

Halfway through the summer, already! Slow down! Also, halfway through the 'table runner' project.  That should say table runners though as there were just enough half square triangles to make two.  They'll go across the table rather than lengthwise.  I can't wait to have them finished and dress the table :)

That leaves choosing a backing fabric, buying some wadding and pondering about binding colours.  It means a little pause this week whilst that gets sorted. 


Coasters sneak peek & half square triangles

I can't wait to have the Summer table run ready for a lovely meal with friends.  I have started the coasters, only four squares this time.  They need wadding and binding and... but here is a picture of them.  They're not perfect, but I don't mind.  For quarter square triangles with exposed biases I think they've done very well.  They are going to hold long tall glasses of chilled white wine or fruity sparkling water - gently sipped on a late lunch or during a chatty evening.  Perfect :).

I have finished making the half square triangles for the runner.  I found out about this little hack and it must have saved me a couple of hours.  No need to draw on lines, just a little bit of masking tape and off you go!

Then just cut in the middle with the rotary cutter and there you go, two *no fuss with drawing lines* half square triangles.  Also no problems with the biases.

Now, there are a lot of seams to press open before I can start sewing the runner.  Or table mats.  I need to work out what I have enough fabric for.  The maths, I kind of get too excited about a project to do the maths first.  You ought to do the maths first, I just draw little pictures...  I'd like to end up with something that will work for four people.  There is a particular design I've got in mind, but I doubt I have enough.  Maybe if I add a boarder...

 I wonder what summer projects everyone else is working on?  :)


Summer quilting project - triangles test drive

I love the summer holidays.  There is enough time to ponder about a project.  I chose these prints several months ago and had good intentions of making a hexagon quilt.  What I really wanted to make was something a bit more dynamic like triangles.  Needless to say the hexagon flurry passed quickly and the fabric, a lovely layer cake - yes, I had treated myself! - remained on the side as a quiet reminder of an unfinished project.

So a few weeks of holiday and you realise what has happened.  Out with the hexagons, in with the triangles!  I should learn it's no good fighting these things.  Here are a few photos of what I did today.  I had a play making quarter square triangles.  I read about this little hack and just had to try it.  Be careful though, you end up with exposed biases.  My little tester coaster worked out ok.  It's ever so slightly squify; if you work with starch, then that probably would solve that problem. 

My tester coaster is a bit too large, it only needs to be four squares really.

I talk about 'coasters' because I would like to make a table runner - or something like that.  I'm always tempted with quilt blankets.  But you know what, I need some new table dressing type things.  We love having people over for dinner and our table mats are getting really tatty now.  So yeah.

Still really pleased with these fabric prints and I like the grey with it :).


Flapping bird & blackberry ice pop

We've had fun making this flapping bird :) Thank you for the lovely idea and template Made by Joel --> Check out his blog for lots of craft and making ideas for little ones.  I love his drawing style and we'll be making more of his things, like the nativity set.  I know... it's only August :).

The boy had fun colouring in the bird and stayed foussed cutting out the body. I helped cutting out the wings and put the bit of thread on.  

 Yes, he really wanted to wear welly boots in the middle of summer.

Or better even, his all in one bear suit!

Blackberry ice pop! Mmmm.  Can you tell we're a bit addicted to making these.

Mix with framage frais for a pastel coloured layer