Sunday, March 19, 2017

Binding on

Another less thrilling job - making binding and putting it on a quilt, to be handstitched down. This is another wedding present, this one for a wedding in April, so I guess it's about time the binding was sorted! (It's not until late April, so I'm ok for time...)

Friday, March 17, 2017

ATC Friday

Two more cards made using pre-made backgrounds. Card and background both shown.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Backing ready to go

Very exciting sewing - a backing seamed together ready to go with a quilt to the longarmer. This will be a wedding present for a friend getting married this summer. Ok, not the most exciting bit of sewing ever - putting backing together - but an essential step towards a finished product. And the backing fabric is great.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

And finally...

Here's the second of the shirt quilts - the binding on this one is very similar to the other - only it's black rather than navy. These are heading off home this week, hurrah! I think the new owners will be really pleased with how they came out.

Friday, March 10, 2017

ATC Friday

Another few cards with pre-made backgrounds. It's really interesting to work with other people's backgrounds. Sometimes they are very sparse and easy to adapt to whatever you like to do.  In some cases, though, they are already very busy and are harder to work with.

This one is an example of that latter thing. The card is almost finished already, just needed a few touches...

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Sneaky peek

Well, today I worked on something I can't actually show (adding a round to the central block of a round robin), so I'll just show a selection of potential fabrics that I pulled out to work with. I only used a few of these in the end, so really, all you are getting is an idea of the colours I worked with.  Once the round robin is finished, I'll post photos of all the different rounds, including the block I sent and what I received in return!

Friday, March 03, 2017

ATC Friday

A couple more cards where I was either given the background as a gift or received it in a swap. I added the other bits to make a finished card.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Block sets - March update

Here's another monthly update of my progress on working on my block sets. As we head into March, this is what I have waiting around. 

In February, these sets were used, made into tops: 
  •  8.5" aqua Roman stripe blocks (30) - made into two tops
  • 8" rail fence variation blocks (49) - I used 36 of these in one top, the others are still waiting (22)
  • 8" brown, pink, red bordered Red Riding Hood blocks (20)

And I sort of added a set this month - or rather, I transformed part of one set into another:

  • 34  of the 4" 3 patch blocks turned into bordered blocks, all bordered with novelty or multicolour prints. these will make 2 small tops, with two leftover blocks

Here's what's in my block stash now: 

 6.5x8.5" rectangular log cabin blocks (90)
  8" rail fence variation blocks (48)
8" string blocks (90);
8.5" batik chunky pinwheels (18)
6x9" birds on blue sky background (42)
4" 3 patch blocks (2 squares, one rectangle) (121) - these will almost certainly have something else done to them before being used;
12" circular flying geese blocks (9)
4.5" Christmas four patch (84)
8" novelty bordered 3 patch blocks (34)

Here's what my collection looked like last month:

Saturday, February 25, 2017

One down, one to go

Finally finished attaching the binding to this quilt - took ages, partly because I haven't been watching much telly this week and partly because my fingers were really hurting - I think the fabric might be a bit thick or something. Anyway, hopefully the other one will go a little faster!

Friday, February 24, 2017

ATC Friday

Here's a couple more cards where the background came from some sort of swap (or gift) and I filled it in with stuff to finish the card. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Little pinwheel top

And here's some more - the rest, bar a few orphans - of those same blocks, this time set together to make pinwheel shapes. This top is smaller than the other, but will be big enough once a border is on it - Project Linus needs all different sized tops to make up and give out, so I know I'm ok, no matter what size I end up with.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Zig zag top

Here's one small top (without a border) put together from some rail fence variation blocks. The zigzags work quite welll, really. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Little Red Riding Hood

These blocks were made from part of a charm pack, using the colours in the fabrics. I didn't have a lot of the brown or pale blue, so there aren't as many of those blocks...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Another set of blocks

This isn't a new set, precisely - I took some of the many little three patch units I have and added borders to them to make them more interesting (and larger). There are two in each pattern here, so they will make 2 small quilt tops when I put them together. I think I actually made 34 rather than 32, so I will throw a couple into my bag of orphans.

Friday, February 17, 2017

ATC Friday

It's been a long time since I just made some ATCs to swap, which weren't part of an organised swap and weren't part of a round robin. I decide on this occasion to use a big stack of backgrounds which I had already to go, which I'd received as part of some background swaps a while back.  I haven't used them all yet, but I made a good start, so will have some cards to show for some time!  Here's the finished card and the background, in each case. Some of the scans are a bit blurry due to 3D objects on the cards or other cards being scanned at the same time, but you get the general idea.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Brown top with stripey border

And here's another one done - having just taken a big pile to Liz this week, I guess it's time to start a new pile...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Shopping" the PL stash

On Monday afternoon, I took a big load of quilt tops  which have been hanging out in my house to Liz, my local co-ordinator for Project Linus. She sent me away again with these prints, good for borders (or who knows, perhaps something else) for more Linus quilts for future. I love not having to spend money on fabric (but still coming away with fabric!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Elephant border top

And another, very similar to yesterday's top, but with a different border print. Also animal themed, and brightly coloured.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Giraffe border top

Another little top for Project Linus bordered. This one with a cute giraffe print. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Second binding attached

And now the other binding is on the other quilt. Now it's just a matter of doing the hand stitching. Hopefully I'll have a chance to do some this week during the evenings.