Wednesday 27 July 2011

Lounging :)

Lounging :) by fionapoppy
So this is where I can be found this week :) A bit of hand sewing in the sunshine = happy me.

My hexagon pile is growing, my Loulouthi cushion is hand-quilted and finished, (and looking very comfy on my lounger) I just beed to add a little embroidery to my Granny's hexagon cushion before quilting, and I'm hoping to get my DQS quilt basted so I can start hand-quilting.
I can hear my children playing with their friends, and I have a dog snoozing beside me.......

Except when I turn my back, then she steals my lounger!

Happy Wednesday :) 

Tuesday 19 July 2011


 Okay I've given up! I said I wasn't going to join any more Quilt Alongs, and I really really meant it!

Then along came the Doll Quilt Swap round 11, and it was just too perfect for me to resist signing up.

Then came the Skill builder sampler. Now I love a sampler quilt and my skills could do with building...

Next came the Summer Sampler Series QAL... again, love the sampler thing and the blocks they are using just sang to me........

Now Lynne at Lily's Quilts is doing a Hexalong....... I give up!!!!!

Happy Tuesday :)

Monday 18 July 2011

DQS 11 - testing!

DQS 11 - test block by fionapoppy
DQS 11 - test block, a photo by fionapoppy on Flickr.
I decided to try a test block for my DQS quilt. I had planned to do a block called Air Castle but that is HSTs and because the block is so small I was worried that the print would be broken up and look dodgy. This block is called Night Vision and uses flying geese instead.
I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out because you need to sew partial seems (quite new to me) to get it made up. I only had to rip out 1 little seem while making this :)
This is no longer a test block. It is officially block 1 - Yay!

This is a little sketch of my idea for the quilt

If I haven't replied to any comments on my last post I'm sorry. I went to visit my Mum for a few days, armed with just my iphone, and after a few hours browsing online I realised I'd brought the wrong charger and the phone was caput for the rest of the time I was there. Now I'm not sure who I've replied to and who I haven't! 

Edited! Just remembered I've finally managed to finish my Block-a-Palooza quilt top. This is destined for my youngest son's bed - when I eventually get it quilted :)

Tuesday 12 July 2011

Summer Fabrics

Summer Fabrics by fionapoppy
Summer Fabrics, a photo by fionapoppy on Flickr.
I'm trying so hard to not join any more swaps and QALs until I get some projects finished but I am really really wanting to join the Summer Sampler Series QAL that is just starting off.
I was tidying up after working on some of those unfinished projects when some of these fabrics started calling to me.
One thing lead to another, and now they are sitting happily together in a new pile and I've joined the Flickr group.
Still. Trying. To. Resist.......

Monday 11 July 2011

Project 51

I've been working on a secret project code-named Project 51 - more details here :)

So far I've made 2 blocks in red and aqua, using this tutorial for the blocks, and this tutorial for the dancing girl.

I wasn't really into the whole red and aqua thing, but I really like these blocks! My dancing girl is rather big-boned and looks like she may have enjoyed a couuple of Lambrinis before hitting the dancefloor but she was soooo much fun to make!

 I think I might make a friend for her before I send the blocks off to a secret location for phase 2 of the mission! :)

 Happy Monday!

Monday 4 July 2011

Brit Quilt Swap

Yesterday I boasted and gushed about the lovely Bee blocks I've been receiving. Today I'm gushing about the beautiful little quilt I received in the Brit Quilt Swap. The very lovely Jan of IsisJem - The Creative Life and Times was my partner and here is the beautiful quilt she made for me

My children were almost as excited as me while we were opening the package. I had to fight them to actually open it myself!

  The whole package was amazing! Jan sent me some fabulous goodies

But the highlight for me really is the quilt. When Jan posted the first picture of the little dog in the balloon I was sure it was my little Poppy. In fact as soon as the childrem saw the quilt they all said "It's Poppy!"

 During the course of this swap we had to say Goodbye to Poppy and that makes this little quilt even more special  - that's why this blog is called Poppy Makes - she was my first baby, and a huge part of our family. I got quite emotional each time Jan posted a picture of that smiling little dog in the balloon chasing her bone.

 My daughter has asked if the quilt can go on her bedroom wall, and I think that's where it will live.
Jan, Thankyou so much for all the love and effort you put into this for me. It is a very very special little quilt :)
Fiona x

Sunday 3 July 2011


For the last month I have been receiving some rather lovely Bee blocks.
Now I'm quite new to virtual quilting bees. I've been a member of the do.Good Stitches Bee for about 6 months but so far I've just made the blocks and sent them off to be made into a quilt for a very good cause.

I joined the 3x6 Bee and we just completed a quarter and I got to receive blocks as well as make them -  WooHoo!!!! I asked for blocks to make a quilt for our camping trips, using primary colours. These are the lovely blocks I received.

I love all the blocks I received and I think it's really obvious how much thought and effort went into each of them. Here is a little close up of some of my favourite parts of some of those blocks.

I was lucky enough to get to be part of the Brit Bee on flickr and I got to be Miss June and asked my lovely Bees to make me 2 disappearing 9 patch blocks using Dream On by Urban Chiks and a little smidge of Cath Kidston. I am absolutely LOVING the beautiful blocks they have sent back :) I forgot to include my own blocks and I still have a couple of blocks to come back to me but this gives a little taste of just how delicious my quilt is going to be! Yay!!!

Next month in the do.Good Stitches Bee I get to be a quilter! I am very excited (and a bit nervous!) I am planning a very girlie quilt for Project Linus. Here is a little mosaic I am going to show my circle to give them inspiration. Dancing Girls and postage stamps!!!
details of each block can be found on flickr

What do you think? I think it is going to be a bit fabulous!!! And I think a boy version would be amazing too!
Hmmmm might get back to you on that........
Happy Sunday! :)