Friday, 29 October 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I am just amazed at the fantastic idea of a Bloggers Quilt Festival, and thanks to Amy at Amy's Creative Side everyone can take part:)
Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

I want to share my 'Hippy Quilt' which I made in 2009, as part of a Patchwork and Quilting course I was doing at the time.

I had thought of making a quilt from old denims, but thought it would be too heavy. So I decide to use really bright fabrics and appliqued on some denim symbols that I associate with the 1960s:)

There are a wide variety of fabrics in this quilt even some I hand dyed in class. So this quilt always brings back memories of the course and new people I met:)Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The key to my heart...and a giveaway!

I recently got my hands on some beautiful Irish linen, lovely shades of grey and blue.
In between sneezing and coughing this past week I have been gradually putting a wall hanging together!
I thought the 100% linen would have been a bit stretchy, but a quick spray of startch made it very easy to work with:)I made this wall hanging,

anyone else feel the same way? :D
Here is a quick tutorial for a super quick project;)

If using 100% linen fabric, use spray starch on the fabric before starting.

1. Cut out the background fabric 12 1/2" x 18"2.Trace the letters and heart lock on to Bondaweb, iron letters and heart lock on to different fabrics. Cut out carefully, and place on background fabric. Press in place.
3.Cut a piece of medium weight Vilene slightly bigger than the background and place underneath.
4. Applique the letters on to the background fabric using a small zig zag stitch. I used Invisafil thread which is quite fine and didn't overpower the letters.
5. Cut out the first border: 4 pieces 1" x 24"
Cut out the second border: 4 pieces 1 1/2" x 24"
Sew first border to second border, make 4 borders.
6. Sew on borders and mitre corners.
7. Press well. 8. Layer backing, wadding and top together, pin together.
9. Draw the heart shape out on cardboard and use this shape as a quilting template.
Place template randomly on the wall hanging and draw around it using a watersoluble pen. Quilt around the heart shapes.
10. Make binding 2 1/2" x 82". Attach binding and hand sew in place.
11. Make a sleeve for the back of the wallhanging and enjoy!
Finished size approx. 15 1/2" x 21"

Please email me if you would like a copy of the letters and heartlock shape to make this wall hanging.

There are a limited amount of "fabric is the key to my heart" wall hanging kits, which are £15.99 plus postage
(UK & Europe p&p £3.99. USA/Canada p&p £5.50).
available on my website
I have a wall hanging kit of "Fabric is the key to my heart" in exactly the same Irish linen to giveaway:)
Here's how to enter - please leave a comment for each entry.
1. Tell me what you think of, when someone mentions Ireland or Irish Linen!
2. Sign up to be a follower on Lisnaweary Quilts blog.
3. Hop over to and tell me your favourite pattern/fabric.
4. Blog about this blog, giveaway etc.
You have til 10pm Tuesday 9th November to enter.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Santa's Gifts

Oh I love Christmas! I know its not even Halloween yet, but I seem to have been keeping this quilt under cover for ages! Here is Santa's Gifts..It is featured in this months Fabrications magazine:)Quilt kits are available from my website
Be sure to check back here this week for a special giveaway:D

Friday, 15 October 2010

House quilt

I have done a bit of sewing since I last blogged.

I had bought a lovely panel at the Cotton Shed,

so I decided to cut up the panel and added a few little

extra bits to make it slightly bigger.

As it was such a lovely morning today, I went outside to take a few photos of my quilt top.

I didn't think it was that windy:)

So I grabbed a few clothespegs off the washing line I love the colours in this panel, my daughter loves it too. She has claimed it as hers;)

The fabrics are from a company called XPS fabrics and me-o-my Designs.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Back to sewing..

I visited my local fabric shop The Cotton Shed recently, and found this beautiful panel. The fabric just called out and said "buy me! buy me!"

I find a lot of fabrics do that, anybody else hear the fabric talking?
So I obliged and brought my new friends home...

I started planning last night, I'll let you know how I get on.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Go Graeme and Rory!

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of golf, I watch it occassionally. But yesterday must have been one of the best moments in the history of Northern Ireland golf, when the Europeans won the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales! No less than 2 of the European players were from Northern Ireland - Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, aswell as the vice captain Darren Clarke. With Graeme McDowell sealing the victory in the final round,
it must have been all the rain that made them feel so much at home!