Sunday, 8 February 2015

Phew, caught up....

It's already February 8th, where did January go?

I've had my head down getting through my customer quilts. I got caught up with those booked in and here from 2014, cleared that space and guess what it's filled again, not complaining at all.

I had a lucky escape with my rotary cutter last week...I was only cutting one layer of fabric with hardly any pressure when my blade broke

Luckily, no one was hurt and there were no nicks on my ruler either. This is how I store and dispose of my blunt and broken needles and my blunt and now broken rotary blades. I screw the top off for blades but just drop needles into the slot. How do you dispose of your dangerous  and discarded sharp items?

I was lucky to quilt a lovely summery quilt, my customer Katy requested snowflakes in lime green thread in among the rainbows, I was happy to oblige.

Hobbs 80/20 wadding with Metro thread, the quilting is a mixture of freemotion and digitised designs.

Katy asked for a 'half binding' treatment meaning that I machine stitch the binding to the front of the quilt so that she could finish with hand stitching to the back.

Snowflakes and Rainbows.....

This lovely log cabin quilt is a 'friendship' quilt, Nancy requested this lovely design by Anne Bright, it's Galavine, this pattern always stitches out so well. the wadding is a polyester provided by Nancy.

This wonderful Irish Chain style quilt belongs to Maureen, who left me to choose the design. I used Tickle Too it's an open design with feather shapes and swirls, it worked well.

Maureen decided to have a full binding treatment meaning I machine sewed the binding to the front of the quilt and also I hand sewed the binding to the back of the quilt too. Maureen received a fully finished quilt all ready to take home and put on her own bed, that's a real luxury!

I spent the afternoon working on a new project today....

It looks very organised here, it's an illusion!


  1. I know what you mean by space being filled. I swore I'd never get behind again after catching up in December but here we are in 2015 and it's only February and I'm behind till May. I honestly tried to cut back and not do this again. It's so good to be behind in a job I love and not one I hate getting up and going to. Your work is lovely as always.

  2. Have never seen a blade break like that. So glad you are OK. I place the bent and dull needles in an empty prescription bottle, the ones with a child "proof" top. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us.

  3. From Lynne,
    Wow! I've never heard of a blade doing that before! I put my bent pins and blunt/broken needles into an old screw-top pill container. I keep the little cases Olfa blades come in and put blunt blades in them. I use the blunt blades in a separate rotary cutter on and old cutting mat for cutting wadding and trimming quilts before binding.

    There are some lovely quilts there, beautifully quilted, as usual. My favourite is the Rainbows and Snowflakes.

  4. Sorry Lynne, I deleted your comment by mistake but luckily it was in my emails too!

  5. Wow! To say you've been busy is an understatement. Great quilts. I especially liked the bright one that brought spring and summer to mind.
    Glad you didn't get hurt with that blade. Never have heard of that happening before. The only thing I can think of is that It must have had some sort of manufacturing defect to break like that. I keep my broken needles and bent straight pins in an old medicine bottle with a locking lid so when I toss it the lid won't pop open. I have a saved the plastic containers that the rotary blades come in (mark them "used" with permanent marker) and I store the used blades in them for cutting any paper projects I might work on and also batting for small projects. I have a slightly warped cutting mat that I use to cut batting for small projects because I hate having the batting ruin my good cutting mat. The rotary blades that are not any good at all I put into an empty glass jar with lid.


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