Monday, 22 March 2010

Josephs Coat quilt along.

I’ve been plodding along with my Josephs coat – not as quickly i would have liked as i got sidetracked by the dresden plate.

Dresden pate blocks are now complete so i can get back to my josephs coat.

I have 14 blocks joined together

another 23 blocks finished, 3 blocks pinned and ready to sew and the rest of petals all prepared and ready.

Now I’m back to it and have no other hand sewing underway i get stuck in again (assuming i don’t get all appliqu├ęd out!!) i should be able to make some decent progress.
I sew these on the train so and from work the train and on the sofa when i can’t be bothered to peel my butt off the sofa to do anything. I like hand stitching as it’s a good justification for sitting around and watching telly!

I had FQ bundle each of Heather Ross’ Mendocino and Anna Maria Horner Good folks that the colours went really well together, and i threw some Anna Maria Horner Chocolate Lollipop, some Flea Market Fancy, and a few coordinating scraps in for good measure.

I’m loving how the colours are looking together and this quilt is going to ALL MINE when it’s done. Yet another to add to the growing pile of quilts.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

The auction is now over!!!

.....and the winner is Melanie Kemp who has the winning bid of a storming $310!

Thank you sssoooo much Melanie - i will mail you shortly!
You are now the proud new owner of this gorgeous 9 patch quilt.....and the fabulous scotty dog pillow made by Katy.

Katy and I want to thank everyone has placed a bid, and to everyone who has stood on the sidelines and cheered us on, but mostly thank you Melanie for your generosity!

I will also be taking full advantage of the 'Gifts Matching scheme' at work.
The Company will match dollar for dollar any funds raised by an employee - so the grand total raised for Doctors Without Borders for their work in Chile and Haiti, is a whopping $620.


P.S. I would have added some pics rather than linking to them but Blogger appears to be misbehaving...again!

Friday, 12 March 2010

Let the auction begin!!

I know...i know...

I was going to show you the pillow i received in The Pillow Talk Swap but instead i went AWOL. Another time though, as it there’s something WAY more important i want to show you first!

Katy and I had already decided to make a charity quilt around the time the earthquake hit Haiti. Then before we’d got the quilt finished Chile also suffered an earthquake and tsunami.

We both have a good friend whose husband is from Chile - with many family members and friends living there - so we wanted to try and do something to help both causes.
Given that we have no skills in search and rescue or medicine, a quilt auction seemed like the most obvious choice!

There are a million and one wonderful charities that are helping the survivors of both these terrible disasters but the one we’ve decided to donate the proceeds to is Doctors Without Borders.

So.... we had a couple of sewing evenings at my house drinking tea, laughing like drains and making 9 patches.
We delved down to the darkest depth of our overflowing scraps boxes (and survived!) to make it as lovely and scrappy as possible, and then sashed the blocks with pure white cotton.
I quilted it with my most favourite-in-the-whole-wide-world method of quilting (swirly loops) and Katy has bound (binded?) it in white cotton to create a tiny white border around the edge.

If we do say so ourselves, the result it pretty gorgeous!!

The quilt is 64" x 80" (160cms x 200cms in new money!).
It is made with 100% cotton fabrics with Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 (cotton/poly) wadding.

So, the bidding starts right NOW this minute so here’s what you need to do:

Please add a comment to this post with your bid (obviously higher than the last) in US dollars*.
Also, include your e-mail address so i can contact you should you win.

(*Sorry - i know that might be a bit of a pain for those of you that don’t live in the US but it will make it easy for everyone if they know at a glance what the last bid was. It would also be difficult to tell what the exchange rate was at the time you all placed your bids so i could get messy if it fluctuates quite a lot in the next week. Current exchange rates are available here)

Bidding will close at 9am (GMT) on Saturday 20th March and whoever has placed the highest bid wins (Times zones are available here)

Once the winner has sent confirmation of the donation to Doctors Without Borders then this beauty will be sent to them. Easy?

So without further ado, lets get started.

On your marks........

get set......