Sew-vivor 3 Quilters Edition: Top 16 announced

50592-sew-vivor3competitionThe top 16 contestants were revealed on Monday. There are some really great pieces of quilting in there. To have a look at the 16 who made it through to the competition click here.

Some of my favourite entries only made it into the runners up position, choosing just 16 contestants must have been a very difficult task for the judges. From those that made it through I want to share with you my favourites, in no particular order as they say…

Sewvivor top 16no1

This is made by Kerry Wilkinson from PennyDog Patchwork. I love to see quilts that I simply do not have the patience to make, this pixel quilt would so try my patience! Well done Kerry.

Sewvivor top 16no2This cute dress is made by Chelise Patterson.

Sewvivor top 16no4Here is my last fav made by Jade Prossor from Stitch Mischief, she describes it as simple yet striking and I have to agree.

Well the competition is under way, the first challenge has been set to sew anything quilted with a nautical theme. Remember you can still join in all the fun and quilt along on Instagram #sewvivor and there is also a Flickr group.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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Work In Progress- Anniversary Photo Quilt

Anniversary Photo QuiltI have very kindly been given permission to share this quilt with you.

It is going to be a wall hanging given as a surprise anniversary gift to his very lovely wife.

The photo’s have been printed onto white cotton poplin fabric using my home inkjet printer. I currently have an Epsom printer which uses pigment ink and I have had some difficulty in getting the ink to set on the fabric. I previously had a printer which used dye based inks and I was able to use ‘bubble jet set’ to set the ink and had some very good results with that. The pigment ink printer does produce more vibrant colours but I would like to make lap size photo quilts which will obviously need to be washed.

Even though this particular quilt will be a wall hanging I did use a fabric medium over the photographs to set them, which has worked, but has also given me a stiff fabric. Not a problem for a wall hanging but I would like to have the flexibility to make useable photo quilts.

If anyone has any ideas on how I can set pigment ink from an inkjet printer please let me know, I will be most grateful.

I am linking up with SewCute hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by My Quilt Infatuation and Bee Social hoseted by Sew Fresh Quilts.

Sew Cute TuesdayNeedle and Thread Thursday 


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I’m an Awarding Women In Business Winner!

I am a WINNER of the #womaninbiz, Award. Here’s my badge.

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I won this via twitter and it is awarded by Awarding Women In Business (@AwardingWomen) a networking and support organisation for women.

“Awarding Women In Business are committed to promoting women in business globally, in order to raise their awareness in the business world.​..Awarding Women was created to bring women in business together, not only through our website but also social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.”

Find out more about the great work they do supporting women in business here.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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How to add a binding to your quilt.

Quilt Binding Tute


(The link to the binding tutorial is at the bottom of the post *Edited – The quilt in the photo is made by Marzi from Made by Marzipan, it is the quilt she uses to demonstrate how to attach a quilt binding)

Adding a binding to the quilt is generally the last step in making a quilt, although I will sometimes go back in and add more quilting after the binding has been added.

When I started quilting I really struggled to understand how to get those beautiful mitred corners. Even after I mastered that I still could not get to grips with the invisible join. The join isn’t actually ‘invisible’, it just looks the same as all the other joins so you can’t tell where the start and finish points are. I tried many different methods and gave up on achieving an invisible join for a long time.

I then came across a great tutorial on youtube, (gotta love youtube) and I am going to share it with you. It’s not too lengthy, under 8 minutes and has really simple, clear, step by step instructions. I love this video, I go back to it all the time to keep me in check. The video tutorial is by  Marzi (aka Maureen) at Made By Marzipan. If you love crafting click here to have a look at her cute blog packed full of lovely crafty ideas.

Heres what Marzi says about her quilt binding video:

“This tutorial includes everything you need to know to add a beautiful binding to your quilt! Learn how to sew a binding strip, how to create crisp mitered corners, and how to attach the binding together with a professional “invisible join.” See three different techniques for stitching the binding to the back side of your quilt. These instructions make it easy to bind a blanket.”

And after that long intro here is the link to the video click here and you can see the easy method Marzi uses to attach a binding to that gorgeous quilt in the picture.

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Thank Friday It’s Finished – Mini Jungle baby quilt

Mini Jungle Baby Quilt

Another finished baby quilt. I called this one mini jungle because the fabrics have cute little jungle animals (I am not original with my quilt names…it’s lucky it even has a name).

Here’s the back.

Mini Jungle Baby Quilt BackI put a strip of that cute jungle fabric across the back, actually the blue fabric also has a jungle animal outline print on it.

The back view shows the quilting lines, the straight lines are from quilting in the ditch and the yellow curvy lines are from free motion quilted…don’t know what to call them…sort of vines. I was thinking vines and leaves when I quilted them.

And now for the front. Continue reading

Work In Progress – Animal Patches Baby Quilt

As I failed miserably to finish the quilt for the Sewvivor 3: Quilters Edition competition (you can read all about my failings here ), I thought I would give you an update on the current state of that quilt.


This is actually the back of the quilt, I am showing you this side because the quilting lines really show up nicely on the white background fabric. I am using a green variegated thread from Superior’s Rainbow range. As I mentioned in a previous post this is a trilobal polyester thread which looks beautiful, but gives my sewing machine terrible trouble. I have had lots of bobbin thread breaks, which seem to be due to the bobbin thread not being wound tightly enough and wrapping around mechanism. (I have a front loading machine which uses a bobbin case.)

Here are a couple of close ups. Continue reading

Dashwood studio ‘Enchanted Forest’ fabric collection

Following on from my previous post about UK based textile designer  Dashwood Studio, which you can read here,  I thought it would be nice to have a closer look at one of the very scrumptious fabric collections.

Enchanted Forest Fabric

The ‘Enchanted Forest’ fabric collection has been designed by Phyllida Coroneo.

Phyllida’s colour palettes and bohemian florals are influenced by her love of interiors and fashion styling, photography, culture and the British Landscape. The Enchanted Forest Collection was inspired by childhood memories of the Somerset Countryside and the magical series of ‘The Faraway Tree’ books by Enid Blyton

Want to find out more about British surface designer Phyllida Coroneo? click here

Do have a look at Dashwood Studio and support British talent.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird.