Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wedding present


Here's another thing I've been working on - finishing off the binding on this quilt - the quilt itself has been around for a while, but I finished it off as a wedding present for my nephew & his wife, who got married today in her home town in The Netherlands. (He's from Australia; they will live in Australia at least for the time being.) Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the wedding, but Geoff is there, hopefully having my share of the good times as well as his own...


Friday, April 21, 2017

ATC Friday


These are the last three of the batch of cards I made with pre-made backgrounds. I must try to find some more background only swaps to take part in, so I have another stash of pre-made backgrounds!






Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wait, what? Cross stitch?


Yep - only a little, but I finally (finally, after months) actually felt like doing some. I went ahead and just grabbed the nearest thing, before I lost the momentum - it was a small winter piece. Who knows, might even become a regular thing again!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Another sneaky peek


Here's something related to The Cotton Robin, the round robin in which I am taking part. Not going to say or show any more than that; you will have to wonder!  I am doing a bit of sewing, but there's a lot going on that can't be shown fully...

Friday, April 14, 2017

ATC Friday


Another couple of cards made with backgrounds produced by someone else. This one hasn't scanned well because it's quite 3D. 



This one has quite a plain background, though it's a lot more textured in person than in the scan.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fabric shopping...


Today my cousin and I spent a couple of hours shopping around Vero Beach, mostly consignment shops and thrift stores, used book stores, etc, but we also ducked into a quilt shop I happened to spot along the way, and I picked up a little fabric. (The Dragonfly Quilt Shop)

Friday, April 07, 2017

ATC Friday


A few more cards which I made from pre-made backgrounds. 



It's always interesting to see what other people do to make backgrounds - I love using them for my cards. 


Sunday, April 02, 2017

A little sneak peek


These are some fabrics which I am considering using on my next round of the Cotton Robin.  Not sure quite yet whether I will use them or something else, but these are the ones sitting there for me to muse on.  I don't think I'll get any work done before I leave for  a week in Florida, though...

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Block set update - April



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

In March, these sets were used, made into tops: 
  •  8.5" Batik Chunky Pinwheels (18)
...and I didn't add any new sets or modify any others. 

So here's what's in my block stash now: 

8.5" Bordered 3 patch blocks (34)
 6.5x8.5" rectangular log cabin blocks (90)
  8" rail fence variation blocks (48)
8" string blocks (90);
6x9" birds on blue sky background (42)
4" 3 patch blocks (2 squares, one rectangle) (87) - 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:


Monday, March 27, 2017

Block lotto blocks


A few blocks made for the block lotto this month - just snuck in under the wire at the end of the month. It's fun to play along, though.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Batik blocks


Made these blocks up into a top - a very long thin one. I'll add something along the sides later to make the size a bit better, but it's a nice pattern...

Friday, March 24, 2017

ATC Friday


Two more cards which were made using pre-made backgrounds, with bits and pieces from my stash added...



As you may be able to tell, I have a fondness for using lettering on cards!


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: