Monday, 19 June 2017

A Sunday stitching end

not a finish, an end.... the dark brown completed and then I was utterly unable to sort out what colour thread was related to what square.


I did think the palest green was identifiable, you can just say make it out, and then I thought nah! I can't tell what I would do next.  My BFF took a look and was similarly confused.

So I have decided not to continue, I may unpick and use the fabric for something else at some point, I may not whichever way this country cottage is not going to appear.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

A bit of magic required

I used to like the fairy tales with magic elves that fixed things or made things over night. All they needed was a saucer of milk or little clothes or some other small treat.

Here is a pile of pinned blocks, squares made of triangles they should sew up with points, nice sharp points.  Regretfully I feel that my uniqueness in this instance is going to result in blunts!  Unless anyone knows what I need to leave out to have quilting elves fix my wobbly blocks overnight?


Ah well I will see what tomorrow brings... and if nothing else well there will be only one!

Sunday stitching

Still not much to see however, posting all the same as today once more we choose to keep on living...



Monday, 29 May 2017

WIP update


Here is an update.  I have a bit of a glitch here. Something is not quite right with the top arch.  I am not quite sure what, the sides are right, the middle is right there must be a stitch or two in the wrong place.

I am going to leave it for now and hope that when I come back to it my eyes can either spot the problem so I can fix it or figure out a work around.

I have finished cutting the strips and triangles for the blue and beige quilt. One seam away from having all the squares sewn and being able to try the lay out. Sew near and yet sew far.... 



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Sunday stitching time


Here is is the new sunday stitching project, starting with the dark brown.  I know it is not the most wonderful picture but then there is not a lot to see yet.  I may work colour by colour as I did for the Aveling and Porter, I may not, not sure yet.  
This is the second of the two-for-pound. kits I bought from the pound shop.

One talk today were about time and the way we use and prioritise it, it made me think of the sentiment on many an old sampler, that it was evidence they had learned not to sit idle..although I can't recall the exact words. (If any one visiting can please add to the comments, or use the e-mail box if blogger won't let you comment).   I also recognise the issue of time when considering all the WIP's I have (Works in progress, or for many Works in plan) and all the stash for things not yet even at the planning stage.

My pen pal friend's husband gave that talk and she followed with one on forgiveness.  That can be a difficult thing to do and a subject that is particularly of concern and thought just short of the Manchester bombing.

I wonder how many other topics will be sewn into this particular piece.  


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Musical bookmark

I had quite forgotten about this bookmark.  It has been living in a book with the stories behind many of the hymns  in our hymn book.

As good a place as any for this bookmark.  It has stayed well stuck to its ribbon backing.

Not being musically talented I have no idea if the starting notes on this pattern are the starting notes of any compositions by the composers named.

If anyone would care to comment on that it would be both interesting and appreciated. 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Next step

Stripes cut from all materials at various widths and the three stripes sewn together.


So far I have done 6 sets of the strips as I was not sure how many triangles I would get out of each strip set. I have one set marked out.


Not easy to see here, I have used pencil as the marks are on the wrong side of the material and don't need to be washed out.

The focus material cut into three wide strips (to be cut into triangles) four strips with a tight pattern (borders perhaps) and two edge sections use as yet undetermined.

Going by the triangle count for the focus strips (which I have finished marking out) I am going to need more strips cut and sewn from the other three fabrics. 


 Happily I have plenty to do that with.





Holiday + Bank Holiday over and back to work tomorrow so not sure when I will be back to this project or the Organic Rose (oh I might call it that when it is finished).

Friday, 28 April 2017

Patchwork as an organic thing

what do I mean by that? Well there are quilts with patterns.  Exact measurements, recommended materials and set yardage.  Some even come with cutting diagrams to get the most from the fabric allowance.

However, that is not always the way I do my patchwork.  Well to be honest the tops I make that way are the exception rather than the rule and I am trying to think when I have properly followed a pattern from a book.  

OK the hidden-star quilt,snail trail and maybe the sampler quilt sort of.  Others, well they may start with the basic block in a book perhaps modified to the fabric I have, or it might be the fabric, or the bits, or a measuring mistake that morphs it into something else.

I have just completed a patched top. I was given some pink material about 28" wide and quite long.  It reminded me that there were some fussy cut rose patches from the roses-for-helen-quilt.(which did a bit of organic growing too).  And there might be some other bits left from that quilt which added to the gifted pink might make something.  

It was whilst looking for the rose patches I reacquainted myself with the blue material in the previous post.

So patches located 2 with the roses in one direction and 6 the other. There was also some strips of the very dark shade from the binding on the previous quilt.

Little panels and strips , so the roses got a boarder. Four squares cut from left over light pink (reducing what was left of that to scrap status) and then some from the new pink and a top formed.  A bit skinny so wide borders (which may be reduced before the quilt is finished) added and the top is done.  Now I need to plan what to quilt in those big pink blocks.  Till then at least the roses have stopped nagging at the back of my head as something that needs doing something with.



So nagging silenced for the moment I can go back to figuring out what size triangles to cut, what width that will require the stripes to be cut, what size that is going to make the finished block / quilt and how to get the most out of the material I have for the blue and beige quilt.

And will any of it be ready for this years show....and what am I going to do with the dragon panel, still undecided, to quilt or not to quilt, that is the question, whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of regret that it is not all it might have been, or to take needle to fabric and wadding and end all speculation.  To fuss with it and perchance to make a mess of it....

It is obviously messing with my head....I could always make a second one to quilt but I am not so good at doing over.  

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Slow steps

towards a new start...had this material for a while and did have in mind what I was going to do with it.  However, other things happened and I had not quite got the sizes worked out so it got folded up and put away.


Plus I will admit to dithering over the light beige material as it has a slight pattern to it whilst the two blues do not.  There is nothing more suitable in my stash and it may surprise me and be just what the design needed.


These materials are from my little splurge when Norther Textiles put up the dreaded closing sign.  Although they were supposed to be re-locating I have not found them yet.

Oh and the pattern I intend to use...have a guess.


Monday, 24 April 2017

Sampler quilt All around the world.

Block four of the sampler quilt.  Had a bit of a pause between this and the third block.  Contemplating the colours.  Well more hoping the bit of dark blue I had left from the Maple Leaf stem would be big enough to use in this block and getting around to measuring it in case I was wrong.

I was also trying to think of a way of doing it without having to cut and sew all those little squares.  As you can see by my cut bits below my brain was not up to it!


Cut out, then comes laying out the design.  I wanted the bit of dark fabric in the middle to add some link to the Maple leaf (and as far as I can see this was the only pattern the tiny bit I had left could possibly fit in)

All around the world block
No matter how many quilts I make the shrinkage which results due to seam allowance is always fascinating.  It is often an issue at quilting group when those new to the craft look at a lay out and worry it is far to big...whilst I am oft wondering if it will be big enough. 

This picture with some of the squares joined into strips and the rest unsewn demonstrates the effect of seam allowance on size.


Although the sewn strips have not been pressed yet so are not lying flat.


Around the world sewn strips

All the strips sewn time to get the block finished and see how well the squares line up.

Around the world block

Well, there are as usual some unique bits but it is not too bad.

And as a block what do I think of it.  Not enamoured of it.  I think I prefer the randomness and the ease of strip piecing in a postage-stamp quilt to this.

Next...Card Trick and as the colour choice is an important part of the visual impact of this block, I may well be doing some contemplation before moving on.

And if you are wondering about my friend joining me, well take a look at her blog, life outside the washing basket (link on the right) and you will see it may be a block or two yet. Although once she gets started I have no doubt she will catch up fast.

Oh and I just noticed, this is my 300th post on this blog.