Thursday, 12 October 2017

A Memory Wedding Quilt

This week I have a new commission from Louise. It is such a lovely thing to be asked to make ....  She has sent me the wedding wraps used at her brother's wedding and I am going to make them into  a happy memory quilt. The wraps are gorgeous colours, each one woven in two shades and they have the most marvellous tassles too. Really I am quite excited about the tassles! And strippy edges too!  I hope to be able to add the tassles to the ends of the quilt... Here are the wraps, which I think are cotton and ethnic in design:

Wraps for a quilt by Green Star Quilts
I am thinking about a design, Louise says their house is decorated in a modern style, so I am thinking about that and have been looking through my favourite modern quilting books....
Here is the first idea, a design from No scrap Left Behind by Amanda Jean Nyberg , I am a huge fan of Amanda Jean and this is her new book which I reccommend massively.... I have drawn out the design in the colours of the wraps:

Green Star Quilts drawing
The second idea would to weave the fabric colours in a similar way to this picture from 
Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, another brilliant modern quilt maker who writes really good instructions too.
Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman,
The third inspiration comes from Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson

Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson
Big blocks of colour in randon sizes and colour combinations. I hope to use the patterned edges of the wraps too, amybe around the edges of the quilt.

Well, what do you think? The fabrics are quite loosely woven, so the design can't be complicated and I want it to look modern.... any ideas welcome from my lovely internet blog friends...

Have a good week quilting, maybe reading, or working, lots of gardening, looking after your families, cooking, thinking , oh not much time for thinking.... and I keep telling myself, try not to worry so much about things going on in the world,

Kindest regards,

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Back to work in the sewing room

Church at Tjeldsund, norway
I have had such a wonderful time this summer. Beautiful younger daughter got married in this church in the Lofoten Islands, Norway and now I have a new son-in-law who we all love very much. In fact I love having boys in the family all together and acquiring them via my daughters is a huge delight for me!
The sun shone and the dress was perfect.... we did the buttons up with a crochet hook..... 

wedding dress with green ribbon
In Norway there is a big tradition of a cake table at the reception. This is a brilliant idea and I intend to embrace it at every party we have! This is a camping scene cake:

Wedding cake with Playmobil
Now I am back to normal and thinking about the next quilts to make. I have found it hard to get started so I decided to make a few small quilts for Project Linus UK to get my quilting skills back up to scratch. These quilts give such comfort to children in need of an extra cuddle and are so worth making. Here is the first one:

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
And some close ups....

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
I love the backing fabric with princesses and unicorns, it is called Bloom by Clothworks...

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
This is the next one:

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
It is a woven style pattern which I have been wanting to try for ages....

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
It was a good one to try out free motion quilting too...
Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
This the label which is sewn on all Project Linus UK quilts before they are given to the children.

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
This is the third quilt, I used the diggers material as a whole metre of fabric as the pictures were too good to cut up! I added two strips top and bottom to make the quilt a bit bigger, then quilted all over in grids and squiggles. The backing fabric is a recycled Ikea duvet cover.

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
The next one is a small cot size, using simple 2.5 inch squares of scrap fabrics:

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
I love the owls' expressions of slight surprise :

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
Last one, using a pattern from Sunday Morning Quilts  by Amanda Jean

Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
Just some gentle hearts and curls on the quilting:
Patchwork quilt by Green Star Quilts
While I am waiting for fabric to arrive, I am trying to tidy the sewing room and finish more half started projects, ahhhh the horrors I have under the sewing table in a big box..... all coming to light now!

Confetti, lavender and rose petals from our gardens
And the church again because it is so beautiful and we had such a happy time.....

Tjeldsund church, Lofoten Islands, Norway
I'm very glad to be back, sewing blogging and reading all your blogs too,

Happy autumn quilting,
Kind regards,

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Trying to keep up

I just have to admit that I have no time for the blog at the moment. I love writing the blog, loading the photos, reading your comments, it is lovely to see the quilt progress here in the sewing room and post about it on line. But I have to take a break at the moment as there is so much to do. My gorgeous girl is getting married in nine days time. There will be a wedding in the country and a party in the garden here later. There will be homemade caterering and cake making, there will be heartfelt speeches and tears of happiness too. There will be a new and fine young man in our family and lots of things to look forward to.
 But now there are quilts to make, a bridesmaid dress to finish, ribbons to sew on a wedding dress and lots of lists to be ticked off. Oh so many lists.....
So here are pictures of the quilts I have made recently, please keep looking to see when I am back, some time in September I hope....

Twenty first  birthday quilt
A twenty first birthday quilt made for a special celebration day, the colours are pale lilacs and creams and the design shows the things that she loves the most...

a quilt for Liz
This quilt was made for Liz, who needed to be wrapped up in it so much.

 Here is a detail of the front :
A quilt for Liz
And the back:
backing fabric
This is a quilt which will be a present for a new baby, we are just waiting to know the name which will be added to the bottom of the quilt:

And finally here is the wedding present quilt for Lena who has done so much cooking for the wedding ....
Lena's quilt
Here is a close up:

Lena's quilt by Green Star Quilts
and the whole quilt.....

Lena's quilt by Green Star Quilts
I will be back in September and I hope you all have a lovely summer. Thank you for reading my blog,
Very best wishes,

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Catching up

Well, since my last post I realised that it isn't spring yet! It is freezing here in Lincolnshire, thermal vests, woolly hats and scarves have all been pulled on again and the plants in the garden are looking very cold and sad. Those in the greenhouse are still hopeful, but rather long and leggy. I have had a month of finishing quilts and seem to have got very far behind with photographing and showing you everything. So this week I am hoping to catch up, so here goes.....

This is the finished Woodland cot quilt started in the last blog post:

Woodland quilt by Green Star Quilts

Oh I do love this quilt and it was hard to let it go to the soon to be born new owner. I have had this owl fabric for a while and it turned out to be just perfect for this quilt.

Woodland quilt by Green Star Quilts
I think I could improve on the badger next time, but the other woodland animals went together very well.
Woodland quilt by Green Star Quilts
and the backing is woodlandy too.....

Woodland quilt by Green Star Quilts
I have finally mastered the machined binding, following Alison's excellent tutorial on her blog
  Cluck Cluck Sew It gives a really great finish once you get good at making the corners fold accurately.

The next quilt finished is a memory quilt for Catherine made from striped t shirts, which was in the blog before last.... yes, I really wasn't joking about getting behind with the photos and blog:

Memory Quilt by Green Star Quilts
This is a single bed size and also looks lovely on our sofa.... it's a good thing I had to give it to the real owner soon after it are finished.... The washed t shirts were so soft too:

Memory Quilt by Green Star Quilts
The design was inspired by the African fabric hanging behind the sofa....

Memory Quilt by Green Star Quilts
The next quilt is one I made towards the end of the month at top speed for a first birthday present for Linsey to give her nephew:

First Bed quilt by Green Star Quilts
It features lots of things from Jude's first year of life including Hampton Court Maze, a London bus and taxi, a stay in a caravan and the Peter Rabbit story.

First Bed Size Quilt by Green Star Quilts
His superman vest was included too and I had to look up which way the S went, easy to get it upside down!

First Bed size Quilt by Green Star Quilts
Last of all I have just finished a small cot quilt for James to give his new nephew, which has just been posted off today:

small cot size quilt by Green Star Quilts
The backing is the same white with a blue spot fabric which I love for baby quilts:

small cot size quilt by Green Star Quilts
So that's it, all up to date, parcels posted in time for the May Bank Holiday and now all I have to do is tidy the sewing room and then and only then will I show you that too! 

In the meantime I am helping with the confetti plans for daughter's wedding in August, cones made from paper doiles and filled with dried lavender.... Has anyone done this?? Do you know how the doiles are folded? It looks simple on the internet but I have yet to try it! 

I hope I will be more organised next month and not have to bombard you with photos and a really long blog post too, sometimes the quilting life just runs away with me!

I hope you are having a super organised week and your sewing areas are incredibly tidy, your ironing piles tiny and dinner is cooked for you every evening,

Very best wishes and kind regards,
PS. Thank you to Amanda Jean for her weekly link up at Crazy Mom Quilts. She is so inspirational and generous with her ideas.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Spring at last and a Woodland Quilt

At last and at least for today it has been springtime in the garden. I have spent coffee time, lunchtime and afternoon time, well really quite a lot of time actually, sitting in the summer house, in the sun, reading a book. This counts as a holiday day for me! Throughout the day I have walked back to the sewing room and cut out a few squares, sewn a bit and then trotted off down the garden to my sunny chair again. 
It all started when I realised that the view from my window had changed to this:

view from the sewing room window
Yes it's a terrible photo, the windows need cleaning and a car came past at the wrong moment, but the sky is so blue and the Camellia tree has come into glorious flower. It is so beautiful, so exotic looking and so, so pink and frilly!
Camellia flower
Who could stay in doors on such a day? Who could not take her coffee down the garden path and find a comfy chair in the sun? 

Summer house built by a very clever husband!

I'm reading How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster, her very last book, recently published after her death and it is so gripping. It is the book club choice this month and I really recommend it.

But of course there is sewing going on too and I am making a cot quilt for Kerry with a woodland theme. This is a new design for me, prompted by some owl fabric I have had for a while. Farmyard animals didn't seem right, so here are my new animal designs to go with owls.... a nightime scene.....

woodland animals by Green Star Quilts
I haven't finished the detail stitching yet, so  there will be antlers to add and eyes and ears to come.
woodland animals by Green Star Quilts
Back in the sunny seat, book in hand, I was joined by someone I hadn't seen before. A beautiful Comma Butterfly kept me company on and off all day.

Comma Butterfly
On the  apple blossom too...

Comma Butterfly on apple blossom
What a lovely day it has been, lots of sun, a good book and small amounts of sewing, just perfect, we all need a day like this at times.

I hope you have time for a rest day too this week,

Thanks for visiting,
Kind regards,

Friday, 10 February 2017

A memory quilt for Catherine

This week I am making a memory quilt for Catherine. Her little boys' outgrown t shirts were in the attic for a few years and now I am turning them into a quilt for them to use everyday. It is so, so satisfying to turn a big bag of clothes into a beautiful quilt which will be really useful, to empty their attic a bit and give them something to remind them all of happy baby days too.

Memory quilt by Green Star Quilts
Almost all the t shirts are strippy, just a few plain ones. I have cut squares of 4.5 inches and when I started to put them up on the design wall, I realised they looked like African Kente cloth. I turned alternate squares so the stripes alternated and then added a thin strip of grey fabric between each square to continue the modern Kente theme. The grey fabric helps to stabilise the stretchy t shirt fabric too.
Memory quilt by Green Star Quilts
The white strip between the bands of colour looked just right, I love the modern style of this quilt...

Memory quilt by Green Star Quilts
It was all a bit slow to stitch together, but here is the finished top:

Memory quilt by Green Star Quilts
I kept some of the little pockets to add interest and you never know when the tooth fariy might need somewhere to put the tooth or the money..... The quilt is layered up now, pinned and ready to quilt....
Memory quilt by Green Star Quilts
Here in my oh so tidy sewing room (Ha Ha!! ), the quilt is under the sewing machine being quilted in straight lines before the binding is added. It is not quite finished yet but I am really pleased with the way it looks. I have appliqued a sweet little car from one of the
 t shirts at the bottom of the quilt.

Memory quilt by Green Star Quilts
I'll hope to show the finished quilt during next week. My goodness, we could really do with lots of quilts here in Lincoln. The weather is so cold, I hate to moan as I can see that lots of you in the US have loads of snow and we just have horrid stingy sleet to battle through. Daughter's little dog Nemi is having an operation on her leg today. We are all worried and hope it goes ok, so it is good to have lots of sewing to do, as a distraction, sewing is brilliant! Still, we have brave snowdrops out in the garden along with aconites and despite the cold, the mornings are lighter and things are beginning to stir after the dark months.

Happy quilting this week
kind regards,
Ps. I am linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts and I can't wait to see her new book soon.