Friday, 12 February 2010

Sew and Tell Friday and exciting news!


Well it is Sew and Tell Friday, so here are my finishes for the week!

A string paper pieced block inspired by Filminthefridge's tutorial, which was so easy and quick to do - fantastic.  I am thinking the next time I do it I will sew straight on to batting rather than paper I need to tear off and quilt it in one go.  Watch this space...

The string blocks are scraps left over from my silk table runner I did a couple of weeks ago, The silk is Designer's Guild.

For the back I used a simple envelope closure with brightly coloured buttons, I also used up some bigger pieces I had left over.  It is really bright and funky just perfect to cheer me up on a miserable winter day!



I also finished off the quilt for my daughter Freya, there is a post from earlier in the week with some more detailed shots.  This was the first quilt I have successfully machine stippled and I am so pleased with the end results.  Freya loves it and has promised not to get felt tip pen on it!

Now for my exciting news, I got home today and in my inbox was an email from the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), they are holding a major quilt exhibition starting in March.  They had seen my blog and have invited me to the Private view and a preview of the fabrics they have produced!  I was going to go anyway, but this is so much more exciting.  In the regular post I also had a prize I had won from Popular Patchwork Magazine, they are going to put a bit about me and a couple of my quilts on their website!  Plus, yes there is more!  My letter to British Patchwork and Quilting was published in the magazine this month - I feel quite important this month!!!!!!

26 comments:

  1. OMG...what a gorgeous pillows...visiting from sew and tell

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your pillow...I think I may
    need to make one myself for myself...and congrats on getting to preview the fabric...SOOOOO EXCITING!

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  3. Your pillow and quilt are just lovely! Congrats on the invite to the V&A! That sounds like a great exhibit. When I was there years ago, they had an exhibit on fashion. It's a great museum.

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  4. Love them both & congratulations!!!!!
    Blessings,
    KT

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  5. Wow, Congrats!! Love the work!

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  6. Congrats! I love the pillow and the quilt! Are those envelope backs hard to do?

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  7. Lots to congratulate you about! The silk pillow is really beautiful and it is nice to see a fabric other than cotton every so often!

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  8. It looks rich and makes me want to run my fingers over it. Very pretty! Congrats too, you must be so excited!

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  9. So exciting!!! And I love the pillows too!
    Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

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  10. beautiful pillow & quilt. Gotta love the envelope back :)

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  11. Mandy,

    Thank you for visiting my sew and tell. Your pillow and quilt are beautiful. I especially like the fabrics you used for your pillow.

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  12. You're having a banner week! I love the silk pillow:)

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  13. The silk looks so soft! Beautiful colors. Finishing that quilt must have felt wonderful!

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  14. Love the pillow. The silk looks so beautiful.

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  15. What a week - well done. Lucky you with your "post" news. Love the cushions - I only have small bits of silk and they are not in such lovely colours ( mine are Tie off-cuts) so can't follow your lead on that one. I'd printed off the Film in the Fridge instructions for the string block and sorted my scraps - but haven't progressed any further. I need to know I have enough to complete something.

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  16. Your pillow is gorgeous! I love how you finished the back as well :) You did a lovely job on the quilt for your daughter as well :) Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I love the look of string blocks. I will have to try Ashley's tutorial. The silk makes a very elegant pillow! Great finish.

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  18. LOVE your silk string cushion and congrats on all your news. How cool to be in a magazine! I have just started making a scrappy string quilt and I'm doing the paper piecing method. I have made a cushion using string blocks sewing straight onto fusible batting and that worked a treat. I quilted it using various decorative stitches on my machine.

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  19. Congratulations! Your silk cushion is gorgeous.

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  20. How cool! on all counts. Really like the pillow.

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  21. Beatiful pillow. I agree on using batting next time. Also congrats! Looks like your quilting is going in the right direction. Keep up the good work.

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  22. your pillow looks great! making it quilt-as-you-go would be a cool idea!

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  23. wow congratulations!! that news is really exciting, and lest i forget that pillow is beautiful!!!

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  24. Your silk string pieced pillow is just gorgeous! and I love the back!

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  25. Congratulations on all your good news. It is really exciting. I love your pillow with the string pieced blocks. Great refreshing fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

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