Festival of Quilts

Well I’ve been back four days now it’s time I wrote something about my time in the Midlands and at Festival of Quilts! Firstly this is me and my entry…..

P1100921Overall I like it… it’s just the finishing touches that let it down and in the interests of transparency and future record…. my judge’s comments were much better than expected! True some of that could have been avoided if I didn’t left it to the last minute to decide…

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I did manage to come away with some goodies from the trade stalls and then at the Fabric Guild in Leicester… 10448855_831060193580357_1761943350_n 10584774_570055229787503_633954499_n

Now on to the quilts and in no particular order these are some of my favourites! Unfortunately I forgot to photo pretty much most of the credits so I do apologise hopefully you be able to find out or let me know 🙂

My photography isn’t too great in these so I must have been pretty distracted!

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“Cats with Hattitudes” P1110003 P1110005-001

At the moment I’m really loving this type of work, the above harbour one reminds me of some art I recently saw down St Ives.

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Bowie by Kerry Wilkinson (PennyDog)

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 So now you guess what caught me eye… there was loads more I loved but either forgot to photo or too many people in the way. Did anyone else go and have fun?

I also popped by the new Modern branch of the Quilters Guild and signed up. Sadly there’s not too much of a Cornish quilting presence so think might have to change that…. anybody interested?

Hannah.x

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A Lovely Year of Finishes- February

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A new month… a new goal!

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These hexies were left over from a project last year and are currently staring at me from the corner all forlorn. So for this month’s Finishalong I will do something with these!

Thinking perhaps a nice quilted bag?

Before I forget have you signed up to the notebook/diary crafty make and swap? Details here….

Hannah.x

Patchwork!

Not been up to much over the weekend apart from studying and patchwork…

Huge to do list and not much time but I’ve made progress on two of the block bee/swaps I’m in.

First up a completed 9 patch for the Quilt Together over on the Popular Patchwork forum. I hope it looks alright?! Just ignore the couple of quirky imperfections or I will have to redo…

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My swap partner over in France specified soft reds and creams- hopefully delivers?!

Next up is two out of five blocks from the Hexy Hive on the 4 x 5 Modern Quilt Bee on Flickr

 

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The idea is to make the same block but five times in each others specified colours and swap. The top one is tangerine, lemon yellow, lime with a background of medium grey or coal.

The bottom one, navy, pink, green with a background of white.

I’m hoping I’ve caught the colourways right all I need to do is sort out the background and some other hexy applique I think. I’m calling this my wonky version of the hexy logcabin.

Last but not least is an idea for my next (yes another!) project. It’s going to be a blanket for a moses basket. Just need work out sizes and whether fleece backing or thin wadding and cotton backing. (Any help here will be appreciated 🙂 )

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Sorry for the fuzzy photo but the light was going- brief pink and cream with a vintage style feel. That’s my rough pattern sketch I think 🙂

Hannah.x

 

Tote Bag Swap

Aren’t these pretty?!

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You may remember that last year I hosted a tote bag swap. I’ve been waiting to hear whether everyone was successful and for pictures of the lovely bags so here they are…

Madmum Felted Bag

This is Liz’s- isn’t it lovely? Liz runs Madmumknits over on Etsy- take a peek at her gorgeous handknitted creations.

Jess Tote

This is from Jess of Great and Sewn. Jess was my swap partner and I love this bag- very quirky and very me.

Zoe's Bag

Zoe runs Buttoned Up and Pinned Down. Isn’t this bag amazing? I love the colourful and quirky design

 

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Claire from Twitter has made another lovely bag- I especially love the lining (the photo at the top of the page) and anything to do with patchwork. Pop on over to Twitter to catch up with Claire and see what she is working on next.

Last but not least… it’s my bag!

My Tote

I Love this design- everything about it but it’s also the thing that sparked off my obsession for wonky stars.

Hannah.x

P.S- Check back soon as another crafty swap will be announced!

It’s the next crafty swap!

So.. with the success of my first swap (the pincushion) behind me- it’s time to announce the next!

Brilliantly suggested by Claire (Claire E Poppins on twitter) it is perfect to jumpstart any christmas projects as everyone needs one.

Without further ado…. the next mission will be to create a mini tote bag!

There are some fab tutorials around- my personal fave is using one of my favourite fabric lines.

This gorgeous tutorial can be found over on VeryKerryBerry’s blog along with some other amazing bits and pieces.

Rules…. Sorry but there is a need!

Medium: As long as you make it yourself it can be in any medium either sewn with fabrics, patchwork, knitted, crocheted, crossstitched, felted….

Entrants: UK only! I think it’s best due to posting restrictions/costs

Day to Enrol By: 10th October 2012

Day to Post By: 30th November 2012

Due to it being this time of year- I’m leaving a little extra time for this one 🙂

How to Sign Up: Either leave me a comment here or email me at squintessential@hotmail.co.uk please don’t forget to include your email address.

Once the enrolment day has passed I will pair you up and email you with your partner.

Don’t forget to join the flickr group and update everyone on your process or just to chat.

So… who’s in for this bit of fun?

Hannah.x

Pincushion Swap!

Pin cushions… now who doesn’t love them? They are cute and functional and very easy to be addicted to collecting them!

I missed some amazing swaps this year so thought host my own. So who’s up for a bit of fun? The idea is to be given a partner, make a pincushion and swap!

The Pesky Details…

Medium: As long as you make it yourself it can be in any medium either sewn with fabrics, patchwork, knitted, crocheted, crossstitched, felted….

Entrants: Open to all UK and International (If you don’t want an international partner let me know!)

Day to Enrol By: 31st July 2012

Day to Post By: 31st August 2012

How to Sign Up: Either leave me a comment here or email me at squintessential@hotmail.co.uk please don’t forget to include your email address.

Once the enrolment day has passed I will pair you up and email you with your partner.

Feel free to have fun, blog and make friends so who’s in?

To start you off on some creativity some pincushion eye candy below 🙂

Hannah.x

The lovely Party Cottage from Hippywitch on Etsy.

Daisy Pincushion by Lynwoodcrafts on Etsy.