I've now been quilting for three and a half years. This blog is my personal quilting diary, that charts my progress (and occasional regression) from the start. I use it so I can look back at my past projects...and hopefully see my skills improve!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Is it me?

First...the things that make me happy...

I am making good progress with one of the borders on the quilt I am hand piecing.  This border has over 670 little pieces of fabric in it.  There are lots more borders to go after this one, but I'm enjoying the process.

Somewhere on the Internet a couple of years ago, I saw someone had made some fabric bowls in the shape of flowers.  It has taken me a long time to get around to it, but yesterday I had a go and made two.  I am pleased with them.  I fused some angelina to the fabric before I thread painted the bowls, so they catch the light and sparkle.  I had to learn from my mistakes, so the first one took some time to make.  I made the second one in a third of the time.  It is fun to play!

I get fed up with my tools rolling off my sewing table, so I made myself a 'tooly'.  I purchased the pattern on Craftsy.   It is just great.  It sits well on my table next to my machine.  I now know where my seam ripper, marking pens, rotary cutter etc are...and the big bonus is that all I need to do is grab it, close it and I am ready for my patchwork group meeting...no more spending 20 minutes looking for my supplies to take with me.

It was a quick, easy make.  The fleece provides a sturdy non-slip base and doubles as a pincushion.  The pattern called for a hairband as a closure, but I didn't have one.  I did have some white knicker elastic, so hand dyed it.

Now...is it me?

I have had a subscription for Quiltmania magazine for the last two or three years.  The latest issue hasn't arrived.  I know via Facebook groups that other foreign subscribers received their magazine two weeks ago.  I emailed the magazine using their contact form...You'd think they might have the courtesy to reply...but no.  I posted on their Facebook page...still no reply...so I messaged them via Facebook...no reply.  I think I am generally fairly calm and pragmatic, having spent many years teaching...but I find being ignored a challenge!  What makes it worse is that I am half way through the Quiltmania Mystery quilt, so cannot continue without the pattern that is printed in the magazine.  I'm not really sure where I go from here.  The materials for the quilt are sent by Petra Prins in the Netherlands every two months, but are no use to me without the pattern.  Feeling frustrated and invisible! I quilt because it helps me to relax and it makes me happy.  I don't need angst in my life.  Maybe I'll feel better after a good night's sleep!

Update this morning: I have had a message reponse from Quiltmania today. They are sending out another copy for me...so fngers crossed!


  1. Glad your problem with Quiltmania is being sorted out. Your fabric bowls are beautiful, may I ask where you found the pattern please?


    1. Hi Chris - I saw something similar on the Internet a couple of years ago. It wasn't my original idea. I drew out the flower shaped pattern on some A4 paper. I left a straight edged gap between each of the petals. I cut it out and cellotaped the petals together to check that it would form a bowl. I then used this as my pattern.

    2. Thank you Sue, I shall give it a go and if they turn out anything like yours I shall be a happy woman :)