Thursday, March 31, 2011

Against the Flow

Here is my little fish quilt for our latest challenge. I've called it 'Against the Flow' which is a statement about being yourself. Just a bit of fun. I used Japanese cotton for the fish, a shot cotton for the background and machine quilted wavy lines using a variegated thread. It took a long time to stitch all the fish and all those eyes! 
Because I chose the theme this time I will receive all twelve of the Fish quilts. I have several already and am expecting more in the mail this week. Such fun!!  If you would like to see more of the quilts and learn more about our challenge go here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cold, Wet and Windy

Well it seems as if summer is over (what little we had this year) and autumn has hit with a vengeance!  Rain, wind and rough seas!   This time last year we were in the middle of a heat wave!  On the beach this morning there are swathes of seaweed full of so many different colours (even pink!) and textures. Like miniature cottage gardens!  (Click on pictures for a close up.) 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


It was very windy on the beach this morning and walking was hard work, but this windsurfer was having fun!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fluffy tails!

I decided my two rabbits needed fluffy tails, so after Googling 'how to make a quick pompom' they are now happy little bunnies!
And a sneak peek at my little 'fish' quilt. I started hand quilting it and didn't like it, so unpicked and quilted it by machine. Still not sure about it and may even make another one before the deadline! I have another idea but need to look for a certain fabric.  A trip to the quilt shop may be in order!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Easter bunnies

Some of you might know Janet Clare's delightful blog. Recently she offered a free pattern for a rabbit. I made two for my granddaughters for Easter. I used an old wool blanket for the front and a felted jumper for the back. Pink and purple ribbons (the granddaughters favourite colours) finished them off. Aren't they gorgeous?  (Thank you Janet!)  I guess I'll have to add some chocolate to go with them!  
Still stitching away on my little fish quilt. All will be revealed at the end of the month!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fishing for ideas!

The next theme for our 12x9 challenge is FISH. It's my turn and I chose 'fish' because I live near the sea, my partner goes fishing all the time and fish seem to feature in our lives at the moment.  However, the theme can be interpreted in any way by the other participants. I am looking forward to the results! I've been playing with a few ideas of my own and my little quilt is slowly coming together.
I have posted a photo of a tiny fish I found on the beach.