Monday, May 04, 2015

Brown in progress

Here's a glimpse at some of the brown project in process - a bit hard to tell what it is, but I'll show some of the completed blocks when there are a few more of them...

Sunday, May 03, 2015

...And speaking of a lot of brown...

So I decided to do something with brown, as I have more of it than any other colour in my small pieces boxes. This is because I like brown, so it's ok. But still, there's a lot of it.

I grabbed these pre-cut squares which were in my box of charm packs -they aren't really a charm pack, but they're a handy bunch of co-ordinating pre-cut squares, so they work. 

There are lots of them. 

Here's a box of brown pieces. I have two. The other box has slightly lighter browns in it. (This is an Ikea CD storage box, in case you want a size reference - all these pieces are somewhere in the FQish range in size - not as big as half a metre, as those go somewhere else.)

Not going to show you what I'm doing with them yet - that will have to wait until another day...

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Bordering the Rail Fences: Brown

And here are the other half of those rail fence variations, with brown around them - this time I went all the way around in the same colour. I have a lot of brown fabric as well (more than blue, actually). 

Friday, May 01, 2015

ATC Friday

Another group of cards for a Pick-a-Theme Swap - these are all altered playing cards, obviously. A Titanic (the film) theme; 


Pride and Prejudice (the map shows the part of Hampshire where the Bennetts live); 

LOTR/Hobbit films - Gandalf is my favourite LOTR character. Well, second favourite - Sam is my favourite. But I thought Gandalf would make a good card.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bordering the Rail Fences: Blue

I took half of the modified rail fence blocks shown the other day, and added some sides to them - Courthouse Steps style, with pairs of the same fabric opposite. These are all blue, as I have lots of blue fabric. Don't we all!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

So, this week I did actually do a reasonable amount of stitching - started another Little Sheep Virtue (this one is Kindness) - no "before" picture because it was just a blank piece of canvas before...  But it shouldn't take long to stitch, as it's quite small. Unless, of course, I get distracted by something else!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Modified Scrappy Rail Fence

An impromptu project to use up a load of 2" squares (or maybe they were 2.5" - can't remember off the top of my head now). Three together, and then joined with short strips either from the strip bag or from cutting a large square in half. A modified scrappy rail fence... For which I have plans!

Monday, April 27, 2015

A bit dotty

Some of the small QST blocks I made earlier and a jellyroll of polka dot fabrics turned into these nice half log cabins for the block basket.

Here's the dots before...

...and the blocks about halfway through, as I laid out the second round of dots, to avoid repeating combos.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scrap generation

Someone (I think perhaps it was my friend Sharon) commented a while back about where all the scraps come from, which I end up using to make blocks and then quilt tops - I know it seems to me as well that I end up with lots of scraps without having made lots of things to generate the scraps, so I thought it would be amusing to document some of the scraps going into the scrap basket. These are from a project I can't show anyway (a round of the Cotton Robin, a round robin swap I am taking part in). And the pink strips will go into my strip bag, but the small pile of other scraps will head for the scrap basket. Not a lot of scraps, but as I was only working on one large block/small quilt, you wouldn't expect a lot!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Block Lotto Stars (sort of)

It's been a few months since I've played in the Block Lotto, for various reasons. Yesterday, I finally had some time and energy to make up some made-fabric-centre stars for this month's draw, and very carefully went through my scraps to find the white pieces I needed for the star point backgrounds.  Got all those made up, along with the pieced centres and realised I totally forgot to account for the white squares in the corners of the blocks - and of course I didn't have anything to match, which means the corners don't match the star point backgrounds (I had to use other white fabric there).  Sigh.  The blocks still look cute, and I'm sure will be useful for something, but of course, they don't meet the requirements for the lotto.

It's not a problem - I keep a bag of orphan blocks, which I take along to my Linus lady who sees they get rehomed into nice scrappy quilts, so I'm sure they'll find a home in time. As it happens,   I was going to donate my chances in the draw anyway, so it's not a major issue, I'm just annoyed at myself for not thinking it through!

Good block for using scraps, though - one to keep in mind for future - perhaps I might make it even simpler to make by doing the star points freeform...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pick-a-theme swap

These ATCs were all made for a Pick-A-Theme (PAT) swap, which means that instead of making 3 or 4 cards to a central theme (spring, flowers, Pulp Fiction, night, etc) each player nominates their own theme, and in your individual group (usually 5 people) you make one card for each of the other four players.  A little more thought and effort than a general swap as you have to come up with multiple ideas, but it's fun - plus you get 4 cards to your own theme, too, of course!

The first theme here was lemons - I found the right page in an old dictionary to use as a background, and that inspired me to use dictionary pages for all the other cards as well - luckily, I had the right pages for each theme!

Theme for this one was Vintage Chocolate (or Tea) ads - the scan is blurry because the vine is a bit 3D so the card didn't lay flat in the scanner.

A theme of owls.

And a theme of trees. This one was a little harder to do because right next to the word tree on the page was a illustration of the previous word in the dictionary (trebuchet), so I needed to do something which covered that up!

And finally, a card for the hostess as a thank you - not required in swaps, but always welcome. I chose things from her profile page, which she listed as liking - in this case, the colours orange and pink together and the Avengers (especially Hawkeye). Poor Hawkeye probably doesn't know what to make of his orange and pink background...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

An envelope of envelopes...

Recently I took part in an ATC swap using the insides of security envelopes on the cards - I mentioned in the thread that other people seemed to be able to find a wider variety of interesting insides than I did (including red and green ones) and someone from the swap kindly sent me an envelope of different envelope insides - great collection, isn't it!  Even a small bit of green (she said she rarely sees green herself, and never red). Aren't people nice?  I'll have to make some cards with envelope insides, to take advantage of this giftie!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cross stitch update

This is actually more work than it appears, as the lettering is outlined with gold thread, which is a pain to work with (and backstitching always takes a lot of time anyway). But it's not as much as I might have accomplished in a week - I just haven't been very inspired to cross stitch lately. Which is fine - we all go through stages...  Might switch to something different next week, just to try to inspire myself a bit more.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


This one actually photographed very similar to the actual colour, unlike many purples - perhaps it's because it's that pale blue mauve (in the UK sense of the colour mauve) purple, not the darker/more red ones. The border is actually a Civil War Repro print, and works pretty well, I think.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Something a little different

This one's a little different as the border is paler than the dark centre, which doesn't always work. But I think it looks ok with these blocks and the border is a Lonni Rossi fabric which I liked, bought on sale, and then found very hard to use, so it's nice to see it doing something. I think this would make a nice quilt for the Teen Cancer Trust (my Project Linus lady passes some quilts there if they are more suitable for older kids).

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Teal and Taupe Top (say that three times quickly!)

Another predominantly blue piece, though this time more teal in colour. Cute border print - I think I have some more of this, so it will no doubt make another appearance at some point.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A very blue top

The border is actually a little bit more purple than it appears, but on the whole it's very blue. Hopefully some little person who likes blue will put it to good use.

Friday, April 17, 2015

ATC Friday

Here are a couple of finished ATCs, which have returned to me - in each case, the bottom photo is how they started out - I made the starters in both cases, and two other people have added to them.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Something a little different...

Here are some black and neutral rail fence blocks with a flowery border around it. Another for the pile!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

A bit more progress than last week, though still not huge amounts - the main issue of course is that the centre part is very dense, so it doesn't look like a lot of progress, even when it is. That and the fact that quite a few evenings, I haven't really felt like stitching...