Saturday, July 19, 2014

Spokes Blocks

This month's block lotto block is the Spokes block, made at 7" (finished) and in monochrome colours. I made three; I probably won't make any more as postage can be very high if you don't win, which most of the time, I don't...

Friday, July 18, 2014

ATC Friday

These Round Robin ATCs were ones where I was the second player - these are my favourite to show, because I have pictures of all three stages (provided I have remembered to take photos before and after I work on them, of course!).  Above is the finished card, 

working backwards, this is what they looked like when I finished with them, and below, what they looked like when I received them.

And another set - the finished product, 

after my additions, 

and what I got in the post!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Charity Quilt for Marei's Guild, no 2

...and here is the second of the tops which was sent to Marei to finish off and donate to her guild for their charity programs. Both fantastic finishes, hoorah!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Charity Top for Marei's Guild, no 1

A while back, I gave away a load of quilt tops to those interested in doing them up for charity - here's the latest in photos to come back to me - and a photo below of the top with it's backing showing. Great work, Marei - hope the guild appreciates it!

California Courthouse called because the fabrics were purchased in California, when I went for my dad's funeral (more than 5 years ago, now). And it's a Courthouse Steps pattern, of course. 

quilted by my friendly longarmer, Lana Dragicevich, in a lovely gold metallic thread, which doesn't show nearly as well here as it does in person. Someday, it may even get a binding. Ha.

Monday, July 14, 2014

ATC Backgrounds

Some ATC backgrounds for a swap - I sent in three sets of four backgrounds - and will receive 10 background back (2 were for a hostess gift). These blue ones were made from some really interesting crumpled paper that I acquired somewhere (wish I knew where; I'd love some more) - I used some treasure gold on it (in bronze colour) to pick out some of the high points.  These are my favourite of the sets I sent in (one didn't have to work in sets, but I tend to do that as then I don't have to come up with quite as many ideas), which also included: 

thes floral ones, which are made from some wrapping paper and a doily.

And these layered ones, made from a magazine ad, some book text and a bit of washi tape. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Novelty squares

Digging through my stash, I found a half metre of this dragon fabric on black - not my sort of thing at all, so it either came from one of the kids' stashes, or it was given to me by someone else. But I decided it would make a nice little set of blocks, so dug out some coordinating tonal fabrics and knocked up a dozen small blocks. To put in my stash of blocks (which we won't talk about)...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cross Stitch Update

I know, I know - I missed the usual Wednesday update, but that's because I was busy showing the results of the Cotton Robin, and I wanted to keep them all together. So you get a Saturday update instead (well, except I haven't yet stitched on it today, so it doesn't include Saturday stitching. For what that's worth.)  Definitely some progress, though!

Friday, July 11, 2014

ATC Friday

Another set of cards on which I was the third player - i.e. finishing off the cards. This one, I added some brads to the centres of the paper flowers and a metal charm.

On these, a word, and a couple of little square sequins - they didn't need much, and that brown box just cried out for a word of some sort. 

And these, the girl and her balloon definitely needed a pet cat.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cotton Robin: Quilting

And finally, here is the quilt which I quilted for the final round in the Cotton Robin round robin. As the centre was very intricate, I didn't do much with it, just some echoing around the outside of the design, and in the pointy bits. 

I did, however, crosshatch all the little chequerboard squares, which I think turned out well.

All in all, another successful round robin!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Cotton Robin, 2nd Border

I don't seem to have taken a picture of my work on this piece - although I took a photo of a "sneak peek" and posted that...  Anyway, when I received it, it had been formed up to the blue border - I added the flying geese border and the two small borders on either side of it (but not the pink daisies at the very outside).  This photo is a bit wavy - I think the quilt must not have been lying flat - as I know the flying geese were not nearly as wonky as they appear in this photo!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Cotton Robin: 1st Border

More of the 2014 Cotton Robin - here's the block I worked on first. I received the centre below, and decided that it wanted to be round. The background is just some logs of various fabrics with gold metallic highlights, and I added a bias tape circle to echo the arcs between the arms of the cross.

To see how it came out finally, 

Monday, July 07, 2014

Cotton Robin - my starter

Now that Julie has done the Big Reveal, I can show my part(s) of this year's Cotton Robin - first up, the little quilt which I received at the end of the swap - lovely, isn't it?  This is the block which I sent off as a starter - it's one which I received from my friend Sophie a while back as a hostess gift (I think - hopefully Sophie will correct me if I'm mistaken, as she usually reads my blog!). It's a nice block - and great because it's something I wouldn't make myself, having little patience for diamonds, but it's been sitting around for a while because I just didn't know what to do with it.  When this round of the Cotton Robin came up, it occurred to me that it was a perfect size to work as a starter. And am I glad I did!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Final Butterfly APC

And here's the last of the Altered Playing Cards with a Butterfly theme. Feel like I've been making these for a long time now (because I have).  Not much longer, and I'll be able to show the ones I received - a full deck!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Wonky Four Patch...

I've made wonky blocks before (usually intentionally), but this is the first time I've ever made them all the same kind of wonky, in order to get a different finished effect.  Wish I could take credit for the idea, but it's from a book called Wonky One-Block Quilts by Marlous Carter, which I picked up at Sandown Quilt Show - liked the idea of using the wonkiness to create order. 

There are actually two sets of blocks - a left leaning and a right leaning one. And I changed the size of the blocks (of course), but I loved the way she put the blocks back together after cutting the wonkiness into them. You'll be seeing more from this book, I'm sure!

Friday, July 04, 2014

More little quilt tops

Another set of blocks which I decided to make into small tops, rather than one big one. Whether I quilt them myself or send them off to Linus unquilted, will remain to be seen. Might try to dig out some borders for some of them, as well.  Time will tell!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Butterfly 3s

Nearing the end of the ongoing butterfly-themed altered playing card swap - down to the threes!  Only the 2s to go, and that's that. Of course, I haven't had all of those numbers back yet, but it will be soon. I'll have to post photos of the finished deck when the swap is done...

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Cross Stitch Update

Yes, a third piece!  There's nothing wrong with having several things on the go at once, right? It wasn't even that I was bored with the others, but I've been wanting to start this seashore piece, so what the heck, I did.

I also, however, worked a little on this one (mainly the umbrella)

and this (started some watermelon bits on the left side, finished the grass on the right.  More next week, perhaps on all three (or perhaps not!)

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Butterfly 4s

Another in the series of altered playing cards with butterflies. These used some flower fairy pages from an old book, and rather 3D butterflies, which is why they scanned in such an  out-of-focus way...