Friday, February 05, 2016

ATC Friday


Some more ATC sets, which were round robins. On these two, I was the third person to add something. With the fish, I added some found poetry;



with the cats I added some teacups and the word "tea". 


Thursday, February 04, 2016

Empty (mostly) scrap baskets


So, after working on piecing the little scraps, my scrap basket is mostly empty. There are still a few pieces of crumb piecing (which don't include HST units, so I didn't want to use them with this ongoing set of blocks) and a few pieces of lower quality fabric for foundations for strip blocks - I didn't want to cut that stuff up and "file" it, as I wouldn't use it for regular piecing.


And my little drawer of pieces smaller than 2" square is pretty empty, too, though there's a few things in there waiting for the next scrappy project to start.

Now it's time to attack the strips bag to carry on log cabin-ing with the scrappy blocks I've started a few days ago.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Cross Stitch Wednesday


Started a new piece to work on in rotation (more or less) with the 13 Colonies piece. This is only a very small portion of it; you'll have to wait to see what it's going to be!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The start of something scrappy


So, here's what's happening with the scrap basket pieces - I took the tiny offcut HST units (leftover from the chunky windmills) and used them as starter blocks for some scrappy log cabin type blocks.  I still need to go around these a couple times more (which is good, because I haven't even touched the strip bag yet, and it's getting full, too), but they'll be nice scrappy blocks when I'm done. Not sure how big they will be - depends on how many strips I have, I guess!


Monday, February 01, 2016

Scrappy square cutting


So,  a couple of hours of cutting alongside some sewing today, and I have lots of different sized squares, from 2" to 6.5", ready to file away for future projects. And of course, I also have lots of smaller pieces which need to be stitched into crumb blocks!



Sunday, January 31, 2016

Overloaded scrap basket (and strip bag)


Nearly full - time to Do Something about these...but what?  Watch this space!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Chunky Windmills - finished


So here are the finished windmills - you can see not only the nice windmill in the centre of each block, but where the secondary windmills will be once the blocks are joined together - great effet, isn't it!

Friday, January 29, 2016

ATC Friday


Some more cards where I added the second round. On these cake cards, I put some found poetry - I don't know if allt he cards got cherries or whether the third item was individual to the different cards, but it works on this one.




And this crow with angel wings - I added some washi tape; the other embellishments were done by player no 3.



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Half windmills


A step further in the chunky windmills blocks - the effect will be really obvious once the blocks are fully together.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cross Stitch Update


It's been a while (well before Christmas) since I worked on this piece, but it was time to pull it out again and carry on working. I've made good progress in the lettering (lettering goes quickly, luckily) and in putting the framework for the border down the side. The pattern is printed in quarters, so the top half is finished, and I'm working on the bottom right at the moment. 



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chunky Windmills, part 2


These are the base units for the chunky windmills blocks - the main block is composed of four of these, so the next step is to put them together into pairs and then after that, into fours...

Monday, January 25, 2016

Katharine's Quilt


Had this one made for a while (beautifully longarm quilted by Lana at Bewitching Stitching), but couldn't show it yet, as it's a present, and has only been given today. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A start on something else


Picked up a sheet of instructions for a simple block called the Chunky Windmill block for 50p (to benefit the Farnham Quilters) last weekend at Farnham Maltings Quilt Show & Sale, so I decided to have a go using some small piece of batik fabrics from my batik box - here's a start to it. The pattern trims off the waste triangles, but I have stitched another seam to make them into spare triangles to use in scrappy blocks later, of course.  This is only the first step to making the block; more to come!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wonky 4 patches - finished up


There are loads of these little blocks, now tucked away with my block set stash to be part of some project down the road - not sure quite what, but something.

Friday, January 22, 2016

ATC Friday


A few more round robin cards, now finished. These are cards where I was the second player to work on them, so I can show the finished card (above), what it looked like after my addition (below)...


...and the starter card as it was when I got it.



Both of these have butterfly themes - one of them did before it came to me; the other one, I was responsible for adding butterflies.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fabric in - the rest of the haul


A few (!) more bits of fabric in, from the Farnham Maltings show - two of these, possibly three are bindings for  quilts which have already been quilted or which are soon to be quilted. The purple spots is a backing for a top which already exists, and the blue and brown polka dots with birds is a "just because" fabric - it was very inexpensive.


This is two packs of FQs in a coordinated range, which I thought would be good for baby quilts, 


and finally, some bits and pieces from the bargin bin - the FQs are just because, including some nice novelties to use in Linus quilts, and the two Dr Who fabrics will become a cushion cover for an upcoming birthday.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cross stitch update


Finished this little piece, as I assumed I would - now back to the big 13 colonies sampler, I think.  And I might start thinking about another bigger piece to work in rotation. Need to dig through my collection and see what I fancy working on so I can get the supplies in!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fabric in - Part 2


More fabric acquired at Farnham Maltings, but once again, for a specific project. This one is going to be a Christmas tree skirt. I really liked the deer fabric, so decided to make it a focus and make very simple, quite large blocks on this one. Probably just large, bordered squares. But we'll see.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Fabric in...part 1


Went to Farnham Maltings yesterday, home of the annual quilt show by Farnham Quilters (and others) and The Big Fabric Sale.  There are lots of bargains (by UK standards at least) to be had, and it's often where I pick up backings for quilts, or cheap prints to use as borders for Linus Quilts. Sometimes I also have specific other things to buy.  This time, I was on the hunt for something suitable for a baby quilt for friend - nothing I have made up already is quite right, so my task was to hunt for a focus print and some coordinates...and here they are - more fabric than I will need for the quilt itself, but the tonals will be very useful in stash. Now I just need to make and quilt it (I have a few months, so it's not a problem). 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Block progress


You can see I've made a little progress on the scrappy blocks started yesterday - they are wonky 4 patches, a favourite for my random sewing projects because they are simple and interesting. I have a big stack still waiting to put together, but it was nice to get something sewed!