Happy Days Quilting

A blog about Applique and Quilting

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Oakshott Applique

Merry Christmas, I do hope you have had a lovely time, we certainly have :) this is just a quick post to show you the quilting design that I managed to finish preparing today, I have adapted a design from a book called mix and match quilting designs and its to frame my birdie applique
I'm not sure if you can see the yummy colours of the oakshott fabric but trust me they are geogeous!
Right I'm off to eat more chocolate!
Happy sewing x

Monday, 23 December 2013

No time to sew

I haven't done as much sewing this year,  which is a bit disappointing but I have been busy decorating my house, earlier this year I did both my daughters bedrooms with help from my parents and then we started the hallway, all the woodwork has been stripped back and re painted and we have nearly completed laying the wood flooring, I can't tell you how pleased I am with how it all looks, its all painted white, I plan to hang up some new quilts to add colour.
So next years new years resolution is to definitely sew more :)

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Storm at sea quilt

Well I was all set to baste this quilt today,  but there's a problem :( , there's a tiny shadow showing through from the coloured fabric, its going to need to be trimmed.
And I thought taking out the paper was the boring job lol!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Storm at sea quilt

The blocks are all pieced,  so now it's time to pull the paper out.
I'm still undecided if im going to add any borders, will definitely not be making appliqué blocks thou as I've run out of oakshott,  the fat eighths bundle wouldn't stretch that far :(
The quilt as it is measures 36 x 36 and there's more wastage when you paper piece and I had already used some of the bundle making up the William Morris bird block, so I can't complain.
I am definitely in love with oakshott cottons and plan to buy more in the future.

Wishing you some sewing good times!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Storm at sea quilt

I'm thinking of adding some appliqué blocks to my quilt, I already have one made that I could make fit and there are loads of other blocks begging me to be made, they are from the William Morris in appliqué book by Michele Hill, I have a rough sketch of the layout, the blank squares are left for the appliqué blocks.

It would look great as a normal storm at sea quilt though...
Decisions decisions

I hope you are playing around with ideas too

Friday, 25 October 2013

The Blogger's Quilt Festival

This is my first time entering the festival, so I first want to thank our host Amy for organising it and also all the cool sponsors for their generosity :)

The quilt catergory that I would like to enter is the Home Machine Quilting one so here goes..

This is my flying geese applique quilt, its measures 48 inches square and hangs on the wall in my lounge, its my favourite quilt.

The applique is raw edge, sewn down with blanket stitch

And the applique designs are from a book called Machine Applique by Sue Nichels

Only the feather stems were marked onto the quilt.

The quilt was made in 2011

I'm so happy you popped by and hope you enjoy the rest of the festival.

Happy sewing!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Storm at sea quilt

This is the first finished block of my oakshott storm at sea quilt and I'm hoping to quilt the heck out of it!

I recently purchased a craftsy class by Cindy Needham and a Lisa Calle DVD, they are both super talented quilting queens!, so I'm full of inspiration and have started planning and playing around with designs.

I hope you are having fun too this weekend :)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Flower Ball sphere

This was my take along hand sewing for summer project,  its English Paper piecing,  perfect to have in your handbag, for those anytime anywhere (until it gets too big that is) moments.
I have used batiks from my stash, the pattern is by Geta Grama and is a download from her site romanianquiltstudio, im sorry thats not an active link.
I need to baste it next onto a backing fabric but I can't decide what colour would be best.
Happy sewing!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Paper piecing

Ive started a new project, its a Storm at sea quilt using my oakshott autumn fat eighths bundle.
Its a very wet and dreary Saturday here in Wales so its a perfect day for sewing while watching The Quiet Man.
I hope you are sewing too.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Pickle dish

Its finally finished!
The washing of it was nerve wracking because the Kate Spain terrain layer cake has bled in places grrr...Come on who washes a layer cake!
I did use colour catchers but they didn't help, this genius put her quilt in the washing machine on a quick wash and then spent 15 minutes watching as the water slowly dipped onto the quilt as it filled, im definitely using the bath next time.
Unfortunately I got the batting wrong, I used 2 layers of white request weight quilters dream, it was the only white batting I could get but I failed to notice that it has a antique crinkled look when finished and I definitely prefer my quilts not crinkled but the quilting does shout out more now.
On a happy note I am chuffed to bits with how it turned out.
Some quilty pics to follow....

Monday, 1 July 2013

Design wall Monday

This is my hexie wall hanging, it's ready to be sewn onto a white background with plenty of room around it for quilting, it's currently sitting on my pickle dish quilt, which im hoping to make some progress on soon.
Happy sewing!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


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I have temporarily lost my sewing mojo so no new photo's to show, I think I need a new project to get me going again.
anyways sorry for a boring post but I needed to claim my blog on bloglovin.
Happy sewing!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Oakshott appliqué

I've started a small wallhanging to test how Oakshott fabric behaves when used for appliqué, I'm using the spray starch and raw edge methods of appliqué.
My favourite type of appliqué is spray starch but if the appliqué piece is small or hard to turn under il use steam a seam and then blanket stitch around it on my sewing machine.
As Oakshott fabric has a looser weave than some fabrics, it tends to fray quicker, when turning under the appliqué pieces over the freezer paper it worked better to have a wider seam allowance, the flowers and birds were no problem but it was trickier to turn under the leaves and stems as it is one piece and they were close together not leaving a lot of fabric to turn under so they were harder to do as fraying was more of an issue.
I've glue basted all the pieces in place with roxanne glue.
The design is from a book called William Morris in Appliqué by Michelle Hill.
Happy sewing!