Thursday, 9 August 2012

running in fast to say hi

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About 300,000,000,000 years ago or so I was in a bee with some awesome people and they made me awesome blocks that have sat around being ignored for the longest longest time because I was too lazy to make myself some blocks to go with them. Go figure. Plus I had no reason to finish the quilt, no baby girl of my own (my baby girl is all big and teenagery), and I was distracted by the shiny new quilts that kept pushing themselves to the front of the line.
Because I've been tidying out my fabric closet and trying to make some room for the new fabric lines that I absolutely must have (Chicopee, Field Study, Liberty Lifestyle and Center City are the biggies - I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for them) I found the sad little orphan blocks and because I had nothing else that I really wanted to do right there and then they helped me out and sewed themselves together into a simple little baby quilt. It's about 45" square, so only tiny, but perfect for a baby (because babies are also very tiny). I just need to quilt it and bind it and then I'll pop it into the closet for the next little baby girl that comes along, I think, because it's really really cute and makes me want a whole big wonky stars quilt.

I'm going to be teaching at a shop in Leeds in the Autumn, with Brioni, and one of the classes is a beginners quilt class - from selecting fabrics and cutting etc etc right through to binding. We'll be making this quilt, which is nice and simple and just a single block repeated. I've pieced the class sample, Brioni is going to quilt it (because I hate that bit) and then we'll drop it off at the Skep ready for the class. The fabrics aren't really me at all, but I really like how they look together now it's pieced. I'm sure Brioni will make it look amazing with her quilting too.

class quilt

Long arm Chris, my friend and local long arm quilter (and a really awesome person) has just started a blog. She's a little nervous about this modern technology stuff, so go over and say hi to her and make her blog a regular visit of yours. She's a really great quilter, and so lovely with it too.

So that's it - quick post today, I am trying to bind a quilt and type this post at the same time and it's not really happening as it should. Have a great day whatever you're doing, wherever you are. In fact - what are you doing and where are you? Tell me!


37 comments:

Laura Jane said...

Love that long arm chris has adopted that name for her blog. It is now only a matter of time before she changes it by deed poll.

Elaine said...

Trying to get my babe to nap in Southern Califotnia. Love the wonky star baby quilt! It is very sweet and I see some fussy cut HR prints-- cute!

kbzelazny said...

Hi Katy-
I'm at work now on my lunch break stalking your blog! I work at a Doggy Day Care. I really enjoy it, and am clearly a dog lover-I have 4 dachshunds and 1 labrador at home! Yesterday, I started on Granny Squares using your strip piecing tutorial. I'm using a jellyroll that I won(Tina Givens new line), and a black jellyroll for the background. I wasn't sure, but I like the black. Enjoy your day! Kathy

Krista said...

Both quilt tops are gorgeous! Neither of them are in combos I'd normally go for either, but they are really pretty all sewn up. I'm in Alaska, enjoying a rare beautiful summer morning, but bracing myself for the imminent wake up of my four kiddos. It's bound to be a busy day.

Cynthia said...

I love your little wonky star quilt, it is soft and romantic :)

Pippa Parsons said...

lol, well obviously I'm reading your blog !!! what else would I be doing :) actually, I am telling a white lie, I'm hand stitching *yuk* my hexi globe together while watching the kids in the spa pool and sipping a glass of wine while checking out blogs.. :)

Rosa said...

I'm having dinner while reading blogs. Sad, I know! In a minute I'm going back to piecing Great Granny squares like mad - I'm totally hooked on those cuties:-)
Love those wonky stars!

DianeY said...

I'm sitting at home in Honolulu and thinking I need some breakfast. We are 12 hours behind the UK, so I'm reading quilting blogs and trying to avoid seeing the results of the US/Japan soccer, which who knows when they are going to telecast here! I've yet to see an event that I didn't know the results of earlier!

Marian said...

I love the wonky stars, so beautiful! And the other top is really great too - I love that pattern!! Very nice things. I wish I lived closer so I could come learn from you!! I'm in Idaho in the states and it's crazy hot. We're watching rhythmic gymnastics, which is really quite odd to me and I don't get it at all. They dance around with hula hoops and little rubber balls...but my 2 year old thinks it's awesome!

p.s. I love the wallpaper(?) on the wall!!

Flying Blind... said...

Sweet baby quilt - I have been watching women beating the crap out of each other and horses dancing - nothing out of the normal x

Heidi said...

I'm reading your blog and am in Germany .
Seems you caught me ;-) I read your blog often, but normally you don't ask...
Keep on posting, love it :-)

Jacey said...

I love what you did with the star blocks. It's so sweet and soft.

I'm "working" at work in Houston, Texas. And enjoying happy quilt pictures.

heartsease54 said...

I'm in the Swan Valley in Montana, USA and I should be adding the label to my log cabin quilt instead of checking email & reading blogs.

Mrs Pixie said...

They are both so lovely but I adore the second one! I really like simple quilts :)

Katy

Allegory said...

I'm making mustaches out of crazy fabric in my scrap bin. Because I can't be bothered to work on big projects today for some strange reason. (I just made a green/brown zebra print one and thought of you)

Sarah Ashford said...

Lovely quilts, they are very different to your normal colours I think. I am in Jersey, spent the afternoon at the 'Battle of the Flowers' festival, just seen the most amazing carnival procession of floats made out of flowers, while basking in the sun (and looking after two small children). Now to blog and hand quilt, while watching the athletics. :-)

Claire said...

I'm at home in bed(Traralgon Victoria Australia)avoiding getting ready for work by reading your blog...wishing I was on my long summer break so I could stitch and sew all day instead of the random moments I manage to snatch when school is in and I'm consumed by the mum/teacher/school thing. I just want to make quilts and things all day, every day...but I need to get out of bed and ready for school ;-)

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, love the teeny stars! Have loads of fun with the class and Brioni.

I've been finishing blocks for a blog hop quilt (that I'm about 2 months ahead on) and now I'm done, I'm allowed to make myself a peasant dress with the fab sale fabric that leapt into my arms in John Lewis yesterday...

Kathie said...

Hi! Right now I'm watching the late evening news, and thinking about cutting more swoon squares (I know I'm probably the last to finish, if it ever does finish) and trying to tackle a dresden fan for the first time *eek*

kbzelazny said...

P.S. I forgot to tell you where I was geographically-Pennsylvania, USA!

byneedleandthread said...

that is old! So old in fact i forgot thst i made one of those blocks!! :P i only sewed mine together recently. Still deciding on borders etc. Will post a photo when i'm done.

Judith, Belfast said...

LAC's stuff is truly awesome! Love her quilting. And I love what you did with your wee star blocks! Looks almost vintagey! Lovely. Jxo

Karamat said...

The wonky stars will make a fantastic baby quilt!! I'm sitting on the sofa, having just got the 4 year-old to bed. Know I should get up & get something done, but my butt seems to be stuck to the sofa.

Sara said...

The bee quilt is beyond cuteness I agree! I would make it work somewhere in my house..somewhere!

Have fun teaching wish I was A LOT closer so I could come to your class;) I am in North Carolina.

Going to go check Chris's blog out!

Megan said...

Lovely wonky stars. I'm in NZ watching some of the Olympics and thinking about sewing projects for the weekend:-)

Karen said...

Such a sweet baby quilt, and your class project should be a hit!

Gina said...

Hello Katy . I have got so many WIP, plus knitting WIP and I keep adding to them as well . what does that say about me .? I love the thrill of starting a new project .I love searching for the fabrics and buying them and joining a new Flickr group . I do love sewing and posting the photos and seeing what everyone is making . So at the moment I'm watching Silent Witness and finishing off my felt sugar cookies for the Zakka sew along this week . They are so cute ! Then tomorrow I will be sewing my Medallion quilt from Rachel's Handstitched class . Love your star quilt !

Collette said...

Love the wonky stars and great for beginners as they are so easy and satisfying! great news on the classes too! I am currently eating my daughter's left over beans and sausage for lunch because I am too lazy to make something for myself! x

t. anne said...

I'm at the hair salon, waiting for the dye to soak in, reading your blog on my mobile. Cute wonky stars! And I like the class quilt, it will be perfect for beginners.

t. anne said...

I'm at the hair salon, waiting for the dye to soak in, reading your blog on my mobile. Cute wonky stars! And I like the class quilt, it will be perfect for beginners.

t. anne said...

I'm at the hair salon, waiting for the dye to soak in, reading your blog on my mobile. Cute wonky stars! And I like the class quilt, it will be perfect for beginners.

Helen Lay said...

I'm at work at the moment, sewing wise I'm doing Lynne's lozenge epp at the moment and then I'll have 4 sets of patchwork to make into big pillows for my first attempt at quilting! Last night I finished my Jeni drawstring bag and a zip pouch for my sister in laws birthday.

Sarah said...

Chilling out at home after a busy morning watching at the Olympics! We saw the taekwando and it was great fun but now I trying to stop a 5 yr old boy from trying out spinning kicks!

Jennifer Bonynge said...

Wow! What a response you've gotten!!! Here in Oregon it's a lovely day. I received some nice cucumbers yesterday from my s-i-l and plan to make Bread & Butter pickles today. Love your blog!

Claire said...

Lovely day has been had poolside here in Belgium, and now packing to go on family holiday to Germany in a few hours. Must remember to pack my hexies!

Dianne Neale said...

I'm just eating my cornies and trying to catch up with blogs, but my SIL who's staying with us, got up early too and is talking to me non-stop!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Gorgeous baby quilt! I'm having fits over field study - it's my ultimate!!
I'm chillaxing in Manc :)

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