Tuesday, 31 January 2012
This is the view from the back
Sunday, 29 January 2012
I hope you like it, Mum.Last week as my project for the Friday Night Sew In I pulled out this beauty that I had been ignoring because I had to do some unpicking. The unpicking took ten minutes and I quilted over half the quilt top last weekend. This weekend I pulled it out again, cleared my sewing table and quilted the rest of it. It only took a few more hours. Then it took that time again to sort out all the thread ends.
Not a bad use of a Sunday morning. For the first time ever I'm linking up to Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations, because, for the first time ever I have a modern finish! (At least, I think it's modern!)
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Yesterday evening I completed another 15 Chevron blocks for my Chasing Chevrons quilt. I think I have about 15 more blocks to make - here is last nights results.
Today was all about Swoon. I was lying in bed thinking through a comment I made on the Flickr group - how about a six inch block for my Farmer's Wife Quilt.... I did the maths and here it is. I broke the block down to be 8x8 smaller blocks - each of these is only 3/4" square. The pieces were fiddly, but my seams are pretty good and the end result is fantastic. I'm not sure I will be making many more blocks this size. But I have been thinking that a 6" finished block would be perfect to fit in the centre of a 24" finished block - I could swoon in my swoon. That's for another weekend!Do you remember the fabric I couldn't resist on yesterday's post - the duck egg blue and brown. Well I cut it up today. The plan is four 12" Swoon blocks to make a wall hanging for our bedroom, which is blue and brown. In this version, each of the blocks is 1 1/2" square. I think this is my favourite swoon size, or maybe it was just that every single one of my seams was spot on! Miracle. I also wanted to show you that I can use subtle classy colours as well as my normal bright high contrast selections. The brown is Primitive Muslin by Moda, the blue if Fruitcake from Basic Grey for Moda and the background is Basic Dots by Moda. One of the other fabrics I've bought for this project has stripes.... that's a story for another day too! And then I made a full size 24" block in my Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabrics. I've now done three of the full size blocks. My seams weren't quite so good on this one.
I mainly did the big one so I could take the photo below - Russian doll swoons!In other news my computer is broken. I'm writing this on Michael's desktop and it sounds like it's about to take off! Hopefully we can save all of my photos.... *sad face*
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Thursday, 12 January 2012
I'm still well behind, but I have no plans for the weekend (other than sitting in front of my sewing machine and a couple of family birthdays) so maybe I'll make some progress on this too. The latest tutorial is for a frosted tips star.
The Melrose quilt (also here) is taking a back seat until I have had some free motion quilting tutition later this month.
Monday, 9 January 2012
The quilt went together really quickly but I had a lot of bother getting the grey points on the individual blocks to line up - no matter how many pins I put in they kepyt slipping - any tips? I was getting fed up of attaching borders after the third one, but I think it was well worth it in the end. I'll get the batting and backing later this week, and I think I'll go for wavy line quilting - I haven't mastered anything else yet! I have loads of fabric left so I may make a couple of matching cushions too. Maybe a pieced back as well....
There are so many wonderful quilt alongs and projects being started at the moment. It's so tempting to join them all. But I really must stop. So the Swoon quilt is my last one. Honest. I am swinging towards cutting into my Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabric that I ordered from the US and making a quilt for me. I shall have a look for some background fabric later this week and once I've decided I'll post some photos here.
Sunday, 8 January 2012
On the plus side, I haven't yet joined up to any new quilt-alongs in 2012 (the ones that I have started in the last week were all committed to in 2011 so don't count) and today I even finished a quilt top (I'll take some photos and blog about it in the next few days).
So today I joined the Swoon-Along. Take a look at all the beeee-yootiful blocks on the Flickr Group or on Katy's blog
I have two options: For Christmas I got a fat quarter bundle of Happy Mochi Yum Yum which could be used to make a quilt for me. Or I want to make a quilt for my (kind-of) Granny. But I have no idea what colours I would do it in.
It is definitely time for bed, so I shall think on it for a few hours!