Monday, 1 April 2013

March - quite busy!

This year just seems to be rushing by!

I spent the first half of the month working in Budapest again, and Jane came with me. I made five blocks using English Paper Piecing technique (blogged here and here), and wrote a tutorial on how I did it.

When I got back I completed my entry for the Emerald Challenge - a block keeper for storing all those blocks I'm making as part of many many BOMs.

I have written a tutorial for this too - you can find it over on Leanne's blog today as part of the 2013 Finish Along

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 I'd love it if you'd pop over and take a look.

The second half of the month was about catching up and starting new things

I made my block for Stash Bee - It's enormous, and not my normal colour scheme but I really enjoyed it. And the Queen Bee for April has picked the same block in different colours, so I get to play with it again!

I made the March block in the Lucky Stars BOM - I absolutely love these little blocks and have some plans for them next month!

I've been working on some long term projects and moving them all along:
Rhubarb and Custard: I'm now sashing this using a quilt as you go technique and I'm loving how the brown is toning it down a bit and giving it some depth.
Daniela's quilt (in the centre of the picture above) is now fully pieced and basted. It comes in at 116" x 116" (I have no idea how I will fight this through my machine to quilt it...)
Steph's quilt (bottom right) is also now fully pieced and basted - a more modest 80" x 80".
Three Peaks Quilt (grey and pink on top row above) - I added all three border and finally bought a backing, so this ready to be quilted too.

And I started a few things too:
Two baby quilts, both in colour schemes I'm not normally comfortable with: a blue and orange square within a square quilt which I've called "Stepping Stones" - you can find the tutorial here. This needs to be basted and quilted. And a red and blue quilt with appliqued circles. I've done all the cutting, but got no further.

Fireworks - one of the new patterns from Camilly Roskelly. I'm using Rock and Romance from Art Gallery.

And a Double Wedding Ring quilt - all of the pieces are die-cut and I am busy chain piecing the arcs and fighting Y-seams... The fabric if Poetica from Art Gallery.

I'm now quite behind in the Skill Builder BOM, and a month behind in the Gen X BOM. My own BOM needs some attention before I can share the April block next weekend. I have been asked by my Dad to make a double bed quilt by the end of June, and I need to finish off some of the quilts above. Let's see how April goes!

I'm linking up with Fresh Sewing Day over at Lily's Quilts

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Anonymous said...

Wow, those a great projects!

Jessica Pyykkonen said...

Lots of lovely projects.
Linking up with Lily's Quilts - Fresh Sewing Day

audrey said...

Oooh! So much lovely! I saw a link to your block keeper tutorial earlier, and I meant to go back later and read it since I really need to make one! Thanks for sharing so much fun!

Jo Jo said...

Love your block keeper - that is a great idea! You have had a busy month :)

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Nita said...

Oh, my goodness you have busy times coming up to make a quilt for your dad by June! But you seem up to the challenge judging by all your beautiful squares.

Leanne said...

Wow, there is just more and more loveliness here, you had a lovely month and looks like another to come!

Lin said...

Not sure how you have time to draw breath!

Archie the wonder dog said...

What a great month! A double bed quilt by the end of June, though - really?! He does know it's April already, doesn't he?!