Wrapped Up in Love…………..

As many of you know, I went back to the UK  for a family wedding  and I got to spend sometime with my beautiful Mum.    My Mum had a stroke a few years ago and she is paralysed down the right hand side which limits her movement and her ability to do things for herself.    Unfortunately, she is not able to sew, knit or crochet; all the things she loved to do.  So now she sits in her chair and prays for everyone.  I decided to make a lap quilt for her with a little touch of the divine to keep her company and wrap her up in Love!  It had to be bright and happy to keep her spirits up and keep her warm.

 

Happy Quilt 1.11

Apologies for the quality of the photo.  It was a very windy day and the photographer  (meeee!!) wasn’t too good!  I think you get the idea.  I used  Alexander Henry La Virgencita Folkloric feature  fabric supplied by the lovely Angie @gnomeangel.  Then I used a happy Brandon Mably Lazy Daisy print for the outer borders.  The bright  colours were broken up with a beautiful stripe and conflower blue sashing to frame the  feature fabric.  The dotty fabric is a Yuwa.  I backed the quilt with a coral voile which will be soft and warm on cold days.  I purchased the remaining fabric from Amitie Textiles.

 

Happy Quilt Close Up  1

In this close up you can see the “La Virgencita”  surrounded by Cherubs, Angels, birds and beautiful flowers.  I hand quilted around the lady and cherubs using a pink perle 8 cotton.  I straight line quilted around the sashing.

Happy Quilt 2.1

Here is a picture of my beautiful Mum sitting in her chair with her Happy Quilt, wrapped up in Love.  I hope it gives her much joy in the days ahead.

I am linking up this post with NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and , TGIFF @  Devoted Quilter   Finish it Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts. Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the fabulous projects.

Til next time, have a fun filled, fabulous weekend……………..Marie xxx

WIP Wednesday….

In order to keep my blogging more frequent I will  focus on the pics and a little less on the words.  As you can imagine, I have lots of WIPs but thought I’d share a some of the blocks I have made for the Aussie Modern Instabee hosted by the lovely Lisa Chambers.  I absolutely love this bee and I have been enjoying making the blocks for my bee friends.

 

Blue Bells Cabin  –  this was a fabulous block to make and I love the  bright and bold fabrics.  My Bee friend liked it too!

 

Blue Bells Cabin

Stacked Windmills – this block was more  challenging but I was happy with the way it turned out!  Thirty six half square triangles was an effort but it was worth it for my lovely Bee friend.

Stacked Windmills 1

Triple Star – I love this block and this is the block I chose also.  I made this one for another Bee Friend.  The brief was to use your favorite fabrics. The aqua spots and the pink floral has been a favorite fabric combo for quite sometime now!

Triple Star 2.1

Each Bee member chose their fabric combinations whether it was favorite fabrics, white back ground and /or specific colours.  I opted for a low volume background I am really pleased with the way my blocks have turned out.   I will share more next time.

I am linking this post up with  WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts.

Wishing you all a happy  fun filled week !

Til next time ……………………Marie xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well it has been a while…………..

It’s  been a while since I last posted on my blog!

There have  been lots of exciting things happening in my life which has kept me away from my blog! However, I am still active on Instagram  @quiltswithersonality if you want to see what I have been up to!   I have been on holidays with my family staying in Dubai then on to the UK to attend a family wedding and spend time visiting my Mum!   The wedding was Black Tie.  I had the dress and I just needed to make a bag.  I made a “Dilly Bag” designed by the urber-talented Judy Newman.

 

Dilly Bag 1

Dilly Bag using Liberty, Yuwa and Anna Maria Horner Fabrics

 

I used lots of Liberty Yuwa and Anna Maria Horner Fabrics.  I lined the bag with AMH fabrics too!  It is so nice to fussy cut hexies and make the best of feature prints to add a point of difference.  The string was black velvet and I so love the little liberty pink  hexies – courtesy of Judy!  Following are some close ups……

 

Dilly Bag Collage

…..And …..the Dilly Bag making its debut!

DB Model 1

I absolutely love this bag and it is so much fun to make!  If you are interested in making this bag,  patterns are available from Amitie Textiles or contact Judy directly @ A Very Fine House  for stockists.

When I went back to Northern Ireland to visit my beautiful Mum I had the chance to catch up  with very lovely  Judith @Just Jude.

 

 Blogging Friends

Judith was one of the people who inspired me to blog and join the on-line quilting  community.  She is an amazing teacher and an all round beautiful person!  Thanks Judith for all your inspiration!

Well that’s it from me til next time.  I am linking up this post with NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts. Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the fabulous projects.

Have a fabulous weekend!  Here is hoping that it is filled with fun and laughter.

Marie xxx

French Market Medallion

Some time ago I posted about Judy Newman’s new pattern release ” French Market Medallion”  You can read about it here!   I have had this quilt on my to do list and I am  delighted to say that I have started  to make it.

 

French Market Medallion 1

 

I have completed the center medallion and first border using lots of  Liberty and Yuwa fabrics.   The fabrics are a blend of traditional and modern; an old meets new kind of approach!

 

French Market Medallion 2.1

I absolutely love applique and I am so pleased with the centre medallion!    The first border is a Liberty fabric appliqued to a grey strip.  Judy suggested that I use the vase fabric for  this border and I am so glad she did.  It certainly has WOW factor and there is a myriad of colours in this fabric that allows me to make scrappy circle borders.

French Market Medallion 3

I love that the corner of the borders are appliqued with cute little birds which blend so beautifully in the quilt.  The second circle from the bottom, of the photo above, is a Yuwa fabric.  It depicts little children walking and two girls standing on the opposite side.  I put them in because it reminds me of my family and my two beautiful sisters.  Funny how fabric resonates in strange ways.

It’s a delight to make this quilt and I am certainly enjoying the challenge and loving every step of the process.  If you are interested in the pattern contact Judy at A Very Fine House

Whilst I haven’t fully completed my top yet,  I wanted to share the journey with you!  I am celebrating the finish of the centre medallion and border one!  I am linking up this post with NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts. Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the fabulous projects.

Have a fabulous weekend!  Here is hoping that it is filled with fun and laughter.

Marie xxx

I’m a Little Tea Pot……..

Happy Friday to everyone!  I am absolutely delighted to be back on the blog again.  I am sorry to say that I have had lots of computer problems and temporarily lost all my files! I almost cried at the thought of loosing my family photos.  Now that I have them back, I am delighted.   Backing up my files will certainly take on a higher priority in future!!!

I have been working on lots of quilty goodness but not alot has been finished.  I did however make the most adorable pin cushion that I can share with you!

 

Pin cushion 1

I chose to applique a little teapot on my pin cushion using some of my favourite fabrics and a linen background.    The sides are in a lime green numerical Japanese fabric and linen for the base.

Pin cushion detail 1

 

I tried to embroider a flower in the middle of the teapot and I outlined the teapot using my favourite perle 8 cotton.  I used  “Three Dolls Pincushion Party” pattern designed by the gorgeous Louise Pappas.   The pattern provides lots of applique designs for various pin cushion sizes.  It also provides lots of opportunities to embroider, if you choose.  The pattern is available at Amitie Textiles .

 

Pin cushion 2

My pin cushion finished at  6″ diameter 3″ high.  I will definitely be making some more – they are lots of fun

I am linking up this post with NTT @ My Quilt InfatuationWhoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.  Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the fabulous projects.

Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are in the world.

Marie xxx

Little quilts for little people….

 

It’s Friday and  I love when I have a finish to share with you!  I have made a baby Star Quilt using   Jeni Baker’s  In Color Order  Vintage Star  tutorial which I love!   I have modified the pattern to reduce the block  to 11″ and the quilt 44″ square.  It is a good size for a baby quilt and I am very delighted with the result!!!

Baby Quilt 1.1

I chose to make the eight point star using  solids which is not my normal go to fabric.  The solids are “A Day in the Country” and  background is “Nani Iro”  double  gauze cotton!  It is two thin cotton layers of material.  It is very soft to touch and beautiful to use!  Prior to using the gauze, I did a little research on its suitability for quilting.  There were positive views and I decided to have a go.   I also machine washed the quilt  on a gentle cycle, to test the durability of the gauze and it came up beautifully!

Baby Quilt 3.1

For the backing I chose the ever faithful IKEA 100% cotton fabric.  It is bright and cheery with lots of colour to keep a little person happy.

Baby quilt 1

The quilt was long arm quilted using hearts and circles and I was absolutely delighted.   My longarm quilting friend Kylie did a wonderful job!  Kylie said” that double guaze was fabulous to quilt with.”

Baby Quilt binding1

 I absolutely love black and white bindings.  It makes colours dance whilst giving a modern edge!  One more quilt finished and I am very happy!

I am linking this post up with NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF @ Quokka Quilts,  Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.  Stop by these wonderful blogs to see the amazing projects and support the linky parties!

As always, thank you for stopping by and wherever you are in the world have a fabulous weekend.

Sew Happy………….Marie xxx

2014 Finish A Long

I participated in the Finish A Long last year and I really enjoyed having a little motivation to complete some of my many Work In Progress projects.  So it’s the Quarter 2 of the 2014 Finish A Long and I am signing up the following projects with  Katy  @ The Littlest Thistle.

1.  Grandma’s Star.

 

Grandma Star Collage

I hand pieced this top last year and I now need to  finish hand quilting this 1930s reproduction quilt and put on some binding.  I am hoping to finish it off this quarter.

 

2.  Triple Irish Chain

 

Triple Irish Chain r

I would like to complete the pieced borders, baste and then hand quilt.  If I  finish the top by Q2 and then hand quilting in Q3 I will be very happy.  If I spread some of the activities across two quarters at least I will be making progress!

 

3.  Green Tea & Sweet Beans

I would also like to work on my Green Tea & Sweet Beans quilt and I am definitely hoping to make a few more blocks this quarter:

 

Green Tea & Sweet Beans Collage

These projects are mostly hand pieced, appliqued and/or hand quilted and entering them in the Finish A Long helps to keep me focused and motivated.  Many thanks Katy for hosting the 2014 Finish A Long @ The Littlest Thistle!  Stop by Katy’s blog and check out all the fabulous projects.

I am linking this post up with Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story, So Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts, Lets Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts and WIP Wednesday @Freshly pieced, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts  Stop by these wonderful blogs to see amazing project and support the linky parties.

 

Wishing you a fabulous week and happy sewing……………Marie xxx