Friday, January 29, 2010

Wednesday's Class

Today, I showed the ladies how to do the Bento Box Block based on this technique I found here. Here is Elena's, which she was going to continue at home and make it into a mat for the hall!

We had a couple of new ladies and sorry forgot her name, I know she is a lawyer. She has got this far and next week we will sandwich the table runner and start quilting!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Other interests

Besides quilting, I do enjoy Cross Stitch, which I tend to do on an evening in front of the television, rather than fall asleep! I recently finished this. It is very appropriate, isn't it?

It is one of Lizzie Kate's Snippets patterns.

And this is The Quiltmaker by Lavender & Lace, which is a slow process.......

Finally for Christmas I made this Tilda doll called "Country Girl". The kit came with everything except for the stuffing. It was a present for my daughter, Sara, who happens to celebrate her birthday on 24th December! Here in Portugal they tend to make more of Christmas Eve, but in our household, the 24th is Sara's day and we celebrate on the 25th. And yes she gets two presents. It was hard to make because every time I worked on the doll, I had to hide everything or she would have questioned what is that fabric for, as she has taken an interest in quilting (only just 9 years old). Any scraps of fabric that don't reach my scrap box in time, you can be sure that Sara will have placed it in her box.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Quilt Class

Yesterday, the ladies worked on their own projects and Maria Elena finished the top of her Bargello that she did on Saturday. I love the greens and blues. All she has to do is put on the borders, which I am sure we will see next week. She so enjoys coming to class.

I also had two new ladies, who have started with the Rail Fence. Sorry no pictures of these, but will try and take them next week. Not quite used to using the camera in class yet.

Monday, January 18, 2010


On Saturday I had 5 ladies to learn how to make a Bargello Quilt. I learnt this technique with a lady called Vickie Miles, who for a short time lived here in Portugal.

The ladies had to concentrate so hard(they were at times so quiet) to make sure that the seams jointed at the right place and found that pins did help a great deal. At the same time they learnt that it is very important to get your scant 1/4 inch right, if not the 3/4 inch strip will disappear when joined with the other strips and you loose the effect.

By the end of the day, two of the ladies, Isabel(left) and Anabella(right)managed to get this far on their quilts.

The ladies will return in two weeks to finish the project off, as we found that one day wasn't enought for this project.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Why Cappuccino Swirl?

I thought I would explain how I came about "Cappuccino Swirl". It all began when I started learning how to do patchwork 2004. Our first project was Rail Fence and was taught by Angela As I didn't know much about colours I chose creams or is it beiges, never sure about that, and brown. Angela said it remained her of the milky coffee you get here (gal√£o), so as that was my first project and this is my first time having a blog......

Here below is a picture of the wall hanging.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New beginnings!

I finally decided to take the plung and join blog land! How often I will post notices and photo's only time will tell. Anyway Happy New Year.