Saturday, October 03, 2015

Spotty top

Here's a set of blocks which has actually been assembled into a top - or at least, the centre of a top - no border yet, but I'm sure I'll find something at some point!

Friday, October 02, 2015

ATC Friday

This is a set of ATCs I made to specific themes requested by the artist. Some were harder than others!  The first one was a dog "in the style of" theme - with a list of artists/art types. This one I thought was really hard.

A bit simpler - breakfast foods, 


and a Vintage woman (there's more text, which the scan cut off - it says "she went to the ball"). 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Brown in progress

I haven't yet finished bordering all those brown cross blocks, but I have at least cut all the companion strips for them. It's a step!  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

Not much progress, though I did finish the plant pot, stitch a bit of a border under it, and begin the lettering.  Perhaps I'll be home in the evenings more next week (don't hold your breath). 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rail Fence Blocks with cream

Showed these the other week in progress; here they are finished. There are more than one of most of the combos, but not an equal number, as I was using up small pieces of multicoloured fabrics.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Brown with circles

Another set like the ones with dots, but this time with a different alternating fabric. Again, it's  a 16 block set, so it will make a nice small quilt for Linus.  The rest of the brown crosses will have borders, though, not be made into four patches...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Brown with spots

Never being a person to do one thing at a time, here's what I did with some of the brown cross blocks - matched them up with a brown fabric in my stash and made some four patches. There are only 16 of these blocks, but they will make a nice little Linus quilt top.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A bit of brown

So I decided to pull some small brown blocks with crosses out of my block stash and turn them into larger, bordered brown blocks, with cross centres. This will help reduce my brown fabrics, perhaps get them from two boxes into one, as well. Here's the start of it; more to come!

Friday, September 25, 2015

ATC Friday

This was a PAT swap (Pick a theme) which means that each player chose their own theme. Plus these were Altered Playing Cards, which means each person picked which card they needed to help make up their deck. I did a US state (Maryland) theme for one player, Blue & Green for another, pears and dogs. My own theme was birds.  When that bird deck is finished (nearly there) I'll be sure to show it!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A quilt back from the longarmer

Perhaps draped artfully across a chair doesn't really show it to its best, but the weather wasn't good enough to lay it outside and it was too big for the particular bit of floor I had available. I'll do a proper photo of it when I get some binding on. Eventually.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

Not a lot of progress made, though I did get most of this basket of flowers stitched. Given how many nights I was out this week, it's not too surprising!  Next week won't be much better, between friends in town from the US, Jesus Christ Superstar in the theatre, Sarah's birthday and no doubt other things!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A new project looming

This may look like a bag of clothes - there's a good reason for that. It's a bag of clothes.  A friend of mine who used to live in our area and had kids at my kids' primary school moved up north a number of years back. A few years ago, her husband died very suddenly and unexpectedly. This year, she approached me to ask if I'd be willing to make a couple of quilts for her boys from their dad's clothes. Of course I said I'd be glad to, but did warn it would take me a while to get to it... However, as she was visiting in this area in the summer, she dropped the clothes off - and they've been sitting in my cupboard since she did. I still don't quite have time to work on the quilts, but I thought I'd have a quick look in the bag - looks like a nice collection of  t-shirts and regular shirts; should be a couple of nice cozy quilts in the end. When I get to that stage.  Give me another month or two to get cutting!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Purple Linus Quilt

Here's the quilt top which I began at the Project Linus Day a few months back - I took the blocks away to finish up, and have finally put them together and bordered them. I think some teenage girl (they request purple a lot) will really enjoy this one.  The border fabric was one I had in my stash, but the other fabrics are all Linus Fabrics, so I really must meet up with my Linus Lady (October half term, probably) and get the top back to her...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

A bit more stitching

Too many of these (multicoloured prints)...

So I made some of these (5 strip rail fence blocks with neutrals)  and cut more to stitch together.

Which gave me these (extra strips for the strip bag and scraps for the scrap basket)

And now there's some space. Not much, but some.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Block Set Update

Here's another update of the block sets I have in my basket - a few have been removed because they were made into tops, and a few have been added. It's a constantly rolling thing, really...

Friday, September 18, 2015

ATC Friday

Some cards for a fabric & thread themed swap - they don't show very well, because the fabrics are shiny and shiny doesn't scan well. But they were fun - I haven't done many fabric ATCs lately, so these and the stitched trees recently were good fun...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A few brown-themed blocks

A few little blocks from a stash of the little brown cross blocks and a little novelty print.  There are a couple dozen of these, so they'll make a nice little quilt for Project Linus, etc.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

Can't really show much, though I've made good progress, as I've been working on a little mystery. Here's a tiny glimpse, which could really be anything!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Scrappy Double Four Patches

Some more fairly easy scrappy blocks - these are double four patches, so they use up two different sizes of squares - bonus!

Here they are in progress...

The two boxes of squares before...

...and after. Not bad!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Some simple four patch blocks

A quick exercise, to reduce some of the squares in my scrap boxes - with only a little time to sew, something straightforward, like making four patch blocks from already cut squares, really hits the spot.