Sunday, 4 January 2015

Jacqueline's biog and bee block post

Hello!

I grew up in a sewing household with my mum always sewing being it making clothes, curtains, covering chairs or altering wedding dresses. I sewed a bit as a kid making various bits and pieces but I started quilting while I was at university to keep me sane while writing my thesis – my first quilt was pieced and quilted by hand and took a year and did indeed provided an excellent distraction from my thesis! 

Being self taught there have been many mistakes along the way but I do always try and do something new and different with each quilt if I can. I recently attempted curves in flannel and although I love the result it may be a while before I want to piece with flannel again...

  
May favourite quilt is also probably the least modern but never mind. I recycled a patchwork quilt top my mum made in the early 70’s using any fabric she happened to have so it is full of memories. There are fabrics from school uniforms, my mum’s clothes, her sister’s dresses, cushions etc – each piece has a history. So it started like this....  


And after a mountain of unpicking, cutting, piecing and hand quilting the final quilt looks like this...


My bee block for the Layer Cakes is Christmassy because I love Christmas fabric and have a tendency to hoard it and then never use it! I have been meaning to make a Christmas quilt for ages and this is an excellent way to get started. It is a Christmas tree block based on instructions which can be found here:
or a video tutorial is here:
The tree should be in a predominantly green fabric and the trunk in a red fabric and please feel free to use Christmas fabric if you have any lying around...

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