Sew-vivor 3 Quilters Edition: The Quilted Bag Challenge

I missed posting my Sew-vivor3 update last week.

We have had the first round, The Nautical Challenge, where two of my fave from the top 16 were knocked out, including my favourite entry for the nautical challenge from Kerry at Penny Dog Patchwork. Kerry made a great homage to Billy Bass, but perhaps this did not translate internationally (Penny is British, as am I). Do take a look at it and see what you think, was she robbed?!

Billy Bass by Penny Dog PatchworkIt even plays music when you push the button! Click here  to find out how Kerry made Billy.

This weeks challenge is the quilted bag, the entries are in at the Family Ever After Blog. Continue reading


Block Lotto – August

I joined the Block Lotto this month. I am not much of a traditional piecer…hmm… I may have mentioned once or twice that I do not have the patience for all that precision seaming! But it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of familiarity, so I decided to challenge myself to do more complex piecing and the Block Lotto is a great way for me to do that and have some fun with it.

This months block pattern is called Little Windows.

Block Lotto Little WIndowsYou can see why they are called ‘little windows’. The lovely thing about Block Lotto is that guidelines and suggested construction is given for the blocks which makes it really easy even for beginner sewers or quilters.

The requirements for the block is that it be 7inches finished size, each window could be a fabric of my choice and the frame fabric had to be a black and white print. I used a black and white fat quarter called ‘Scribble Spot’ from The Henley Studio for Makower UK, for the windows I used the scraps from my Lilac Baby Quilt (which is still a work in progress!).  I really like the combination of fabrics, I think the compliment each other well.

The great think about the Block Lotto is that at the end of the month someone is randomly chosen to win all the blocks that have been made. All the lucky winner needs to do is sew the blocks together in a design they like.

They are also doing a quilt along sampler quilt which looks really great. It is half way through but all the instructions can be found on the website, so you can join in at any time.

If you are interested in finding out about the Block Lotto click the button.

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I am linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday , Fabric Tuesday and Needle and Thread Thursday.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird


Thank Friday It’s Finished! Animal Panel Baby Quilt

Ok, so I am posting this on Saturday, but technically I did finish it on Friday so it still counts!

Animal Panel Baby QuiltI had purchased a fabric panel without much thought as to what I would do with it. I didn’t just want a panel quilt with borders so added the red polka dot fabric which I think really enhances the original panel.

I used a block pattern called delectable mountains I found at Quilters Casche, to make the borders, I really didn’t want plain borders as I felt there wasn’t much going on in the panel.

I did a work in progress post for this quilt called redesigning a fabric panel, which details how I constructed this quilt. Here is the original panel that I sliced and diced:

Animal Panel Quilt

The quilting was originally stitch in the ditch, but I felt that was a little too plain and I wanted to connect the border to the central panel, so I added some straight line quilting.

Animal Panel Quilt Back

The patterning adds some more interest to the back, which was quite plain. I used a trilobal polyester thread in variegated green from Superior threads Rainbow range. If you read my post on the Animal Patches baby quilt, you will know that I had a lot of trouble with the bobbin thread breaking, caused by my machine not winding the bobbin tightly enough. Despite all the hassle I loved the look of the thread when the quilting was finished so decided to use it again here.

Animal Panel Quilt

It is a really lovely thread with a beautiful sheen that adds dimension to the quilting.

I have to admit that I have really struggled with this quilt creatively. I felt constrained by the panel and really had to fight to produce something that was a little bit different. I bought two panels, so I still have another one. I think I will cut it down and use them in different projects rather than in one quilt as I did here.

I am linking up with Show Off Saturday hosted by Sew Can She, Can I get a whoop whoop hosted by Confessions of a fabric addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday hosted by Fortworth Fabric Studio, The Handmade Hangout hosted by Too Much Time On My Hands, Finish It Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts and Pretty Pintastic hosted by Coffee With Us 3.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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Free Dashwood Studio fabrics

I was able to attend The Festival of Quilts 2014 in Birmingham, which I was very excited about. Unfortunately I do not have any photo’s due to technical difficulties (I forgot my camera…what can I say). Anyway, I arrived home to find this waiting for me.

Dashwood Studio Fabric

This lovely fat quarter bundle is a fabric collection from UK based textile design company Dashwood Studio, click here to read about how much I love them. This particular fat quarter set called Retro Orchard by designer Wendy Kendall.

The fabrics are really fun and lively so I have designed a simple quilt pattern to really show off the fabrics.

But the best thing about getting this fat quarter set, is that it was completely FREE. Yes that’s right, I didn’t have to pay for it. I took out a subscription for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine and got this lovely bundle of fabric worth £25 FREE. You can get your free fabric bundle too, the offer is running until the end of October for UK subscribers.

Support British talent.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird




Thank Friday Its Finished! Animal patches baby quilt

For those of you who read my work in progress post on the animal patches baby quilt (click here to read) and have been waiting patiently to see the finished quilt…ta da…

animal hearts baby quilt

I added a binding from a really cute floral fabric that picks up the colours used in the quilt top beautifully. Here is the back view…

animal patches baby quilt back

(Please ignore the coloured circles these are just my pin heads!) I had some real fun with the straight line quilting. You will remember from the work in progress post that I had a lot of bobbin thread breaks using a trilobal polyester thread because my very basic sewing machine is not capable of winding the bobbin tight enough. Despite the frustrations I am pleased I persevered because the thread looks beautiful on the quilt, unfortunately my camera skills are not good enough to really capture the beauty of the stitching. The thread is a variegated green from Superior’s rainbow collection and it really shines on the quilt adding more dimension to the simple quilting lines.

animal patches quilt fold

As usual I used a quilters dream wadding, all fabrics are 100% cotton and the quilt is finished with a double binding finished by hand. The finished size of the quilt is cot size.

To find out more about my inspiration for this quilt have a look at the work in progress post here.

I will be linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday (TGIFF) this week hosted by Quilt Matters. Link A Finish Friday hosted by Richard and Tanya Quilts. Finish it up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts. Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by My Quilt Infatuation.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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The Festival of Quilts 2014 is nearly here

The Fesitval of Quilts 2014

I am sooo excited! The Fesitval of Quilts is opening this week and I will be going for the first time. I have been to quilt shows in London (I live in London), but I have wanted to go to The Festival of Quilts (FOQ) for a couple of years now. It feels like it’s the Oscars that all the other shows have been leading up to…although some of them happen after FOQ…buy you know what I mean!

Here’s what they say about themselves:

“The Festival of Quilts- Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show
A celebration of quilting with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, extraordinary galleries from international artists and a magnificent display of over 1,000 competition quilts – it’s the ultimate quilting experience.”
But it’s not just about exhibitors, there is a full programme of workshops on offer to cater for all abilities, a great way to learn a new skill or to get expert advice to improve your technique.
I have booked a workshop on free motion quilting using the ‘sweet 16’, a sit down longarm quilting machine.
I am also hoping to pick up some fabric, threads and anything else I feel like I simply cannot live without.
I can’t wait.
To find out more about The Festival of Quilts click here.
Lisa at The Quilting Bird
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Sunday stitching bee

London Modern Quilt Guild

On Sunday we held the 2nd of our stitching sundays, even with the heat it didn’t stop us from switching on the iron, propping up the ironing board and sewing away.  It is fun to be able to sew with friends and chat,  learn a new technique or just be inspired by the wonderful quilts in the room.

fractured quiltSo I thought I’d share a few of the quilts in progress, ShevvyLondon is working on a Fractured quilt.

IMG_4106Danielle is working on a fab rainbow EPP quilt

indian odyssey quiltDorothy was working on her Indian cottons quilt.

Just wish I had taken more photo’s rather than chatting and stitching!  I have one final photo, a sneek preview of a fantastic quilt – see more at Sundays guild meeting.

London Modern Quilt GuildWe are planning another stitching bee in September, do email in if you’d like to join us or speak to Shevvy, Michael or Ruth at…

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