Wednesday, 28 August 2013

WIP Wednesday [addicted]

I know two things for certain: these little blocks are addictive and it is impossible to make just one block.... though perhaps 19 blocks is a bit of overkill.

I've been working on the City Sampler again. I see no point in making a mess with all my fabric to pick combinations for just three blocks, so I picked fabrics for nineteen. There's no point picking fabric if you don't cut it. So I cut all the pieces for nineteen blocks. And then I pieced them. It just happened.....

I had left a few blocks which I went back and did this time. I'm not wild about the first one....

Block 29: Hand Sewing - because I should be doing more hand sewing and fewer City Sampler blocks...

The fabrics are Color Me Retro and Pure Elements (Fresh Water) both from Art Gallery, Blythe from Robert Kaufmann and Kona Cyan.

Block 34: Esplanade - the seafront at Sidmouth.

The fabrics are a batik from Summer Island Batiks (Moda), Kona Brit Peri. and Pearl Bracelets.

Block 35: still unnamed.... I'm working on it

The fabrics are Color Me Retro from Art Gallery (2 different fabrics) and Pearl Bracelets.

Block 40: Four great concerts: There were four fantastic evening concerts this year at Sidmouth: Le Vent du Nord from Canada, Show of Hands from Devon, Floor from Ireland and Capercailie from Scotland.

The fabrics are a black batik left over from my Farmer's Wife quilt, the red I used to sash my first stitchery quilt, Kona Poppy and Durham from Lecien.

Block 41: Linda. A block for my Mother-in-Law - always heading in lots of directions - church, school, coffee, dog sitting.... baby sitting (more next year!).

The fabrics are Chevrons from Riley Blake, Pearl Bracelets and a random fabric from my stash.

Block 42: John. Because we should have been celebrating his 60th birthday last weekend.

The fabrics are Luxe in Bloom and Oval Elements both from Art Gallery, and a batik.

Block 43: Road to Jerusalem. My parents are on holiday in Pembrokeshire this week. It's my favourite place in the world and I am not there. You'll find quite  few of the blocks I've made in this batch are named after some of my favourite places in this part of the world. On the cliff above Porthgain in Northern Pembrokeshire are two deserted quarried that were called Jerusalem and Caersalem. The road to the quarried was known locally as the The Road to Jerusalem.

The fabrics are some of my favourites: a random green solid, Urbans Chiks and Reminisce from Art Gallery.

Block 44: Art Gallery: because I seem very addicted to their beautiful fabrics!

The fabrics are a solid green and possible my favourite new fabric from Reminisce (Art Gallery).

Block 45: Great Langdale: As well as Pembrokeshire, I love the Lake District, particularly this beautiful valley.

The fabrics are Kona brown, Peace on Earth by Three Sisters, Bohemian Soul from Art Gallery and a random green swirly fabric.

Block 46: For my Dad. In the absence of tasteful steam engine prints I plumped for one of his other hobbies - Dad is a brilliant musician and plays melodeon for ceilidhs and morris.

The fabrics are Textures from Art Gallery and Aspen Frost from Moda.

Block 47: Nine Castles: For the nine castles I love in Pembrokeshire and neighbouring Carmarthenshire: Pembroke Castle (the biggest and best); Manorbier Castle (fabulous beach views); St. Davids Bishops Palace, Llansteffan Castle, Llaugharne Castle (just up the road from where Dylan Thomas lived), Kidwelly Castle, Tenby Castle, and Carew Castle (the prettiest) and Cilgerran Castle (the most dramatic above the River Teifi).

The fabrics are Paradise from Art Gallery and Topography from Architextures.

Block 48: Anchor Gardens: another venue at Sidmouth where the lunchtime Ceilidhs are held.

The fabrics are a random music fabric, Flying Free from Anthology, a random olive solid and a random light green solid.

Block 49: Islands: Again referencing holidays in Pembrokeshire: Ramsey Island off of the coast near St. Davids, Skomer Island, just further to the south, and Caldey Island, a monastic Island of the coast at Tenby. This is possibly my favourite block from this batch.

The fabrics are Saltwater by Tula Pink and Mama said Sew from Sweetwater.

Block 50: Carew Castle; because it reminds me of the fabulous Elizabethan windows that look out over the millpond.

The fabrics are Sketch, Pearl Bracelets and Architextures.

Block 51: Nottingham Swing: a ceilidh dance and our first dance when we were married.

I have no idea what the fabrics are in this block but the yellow was left over from Mum's tablecloth and the orange was used on my Farmer's Wife quilt.

Block 52: Well Padded: I had an appointment with the consultant today because of my somewhat higher than average BMI.... he referred to me as being "well padded".... patronising *****

The fabrics are Urban Chiks and Nature Elements.

Block 53: Apple Pies: Aunty Lil made the best Apple Pies and we always had them when we visited Grandad.

The fabrics are Funky Fruit from Makower, Kona Butter and Aspen Frost.

Block 54: Seagulls Feet. A reminder of when you would spend more time watching seagulls feet on the marquee roof at Sidmouth than the artists on stage. It was best just after it had rained and you spotted on slip and then it was more about seagulls bottoms than seagulls feet.

The fabrics are a random batik, a random peach and Kona Leaf.

And finally Block 55: currently nameless....

And I have no idea what the fabrics are....

Are you still there - have you made it. Lots of pictures. I'm looking out for an opportunity to lay them all out together....

..... Linking up with WIP Wednesday!


Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Good for you! Great progress! Your fabric selections really work!

Lynette said...

Wow!! What fantastic blocks, and the names are even better. Love what you've got going here - and no wonder you can't just put together 3 blocks of fabric choices, with all that great stuff to play with!

suemac said...

Love your blocks. I have had so much going on I got behind. I did a farmer's wife quilt too. Have you done anything with the sewing machines yet? That has beene favorite so far.