Tuesday, 8 April 2008

The Blues!

I had the blues recently, and I was so thrilled. Let me go back a bit, a few weeks ago Kate had a give away. Well to be really truthful Kate has a giveaway every Monday. Don’t ask me where she gets all these things to give away, she is one amazing girl that not only does she have a family she also is an active member of so many Internet groups and not only a member she organises things and also runs swaps and trades herself.
I digress, I have made comments on Kate’s blog and a couple of times and have entered her giveaway’s not thinking I had a chance of winning. Well I was wrong and a couple of weeks ago Kate emailed me to tell me that I had won some blocks that she had offered up. I had liked the look of these blocks, blue being a favourite colour of mine and just loved receiving the parcel the postman delivered.

I haven’t decided what I will do with them yet but they are quite yummy so I will let you know.

I often think I should blog more often and then think that I have nothing to say and have done nothing to show anyone. But this past week has been different. As it has been the Easter break I try to do something different rather than class projects and as I was looking at some of the blogs I visit regularly I decided to join in with Bonnie Hunters mystery quilt ‘Orange Crush’.

Bonnie is very generous with her designs and there are loads of patterns for scrap quilts that should eat away some of my fabrics. All these can be downloaded free from her website.

This quilt making is part of my plan to use up some of my fabric stash, especially fabric I have had for some time. I set to and sorted lots of scraps and fat quarters into strips. I did really well and the pile ended up quite large. I also had great satisfaction in being able to use some of these fabrics. I have had a lot of these fabrics for many years and it felt so good to cut them all up.

The next stage was to make up lots of four patches and as you can see I did rather well.

I have loads of strips left over so have started and done all the blocks for another quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter. This one is called ‘Weed Whacker’ and it soon gets rid of more fabric. I must admit I was on a bit of a roll with the cutting, grabbing any fabric I could get my hands on and making it into strips or squares.

I haven't arranged these blocks in any particular order and have yet to stitch them together but I like it already.
I think the best thing is once again recognising that I am basically a quilt maker. I diversify into so many crafts and get involved in so many different projects but at the end of the day I know that I am a quilt maker and there is nothing more satisfying than making a quilt just for the sake of sewing.


Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Wow! You've been busy! And your blocks look amazing! Lucy x

Jacq said...

What fun blocks you recieved in the mail. Give aways are always fun and a nice way to pass on important stuff to a good home. I will be watching to see what you do with your blue blocks.

Carin said...

I adore your weed whacker quilt!!
The blocks you won are yummy!

Feather on a Wire said...

This looks great.

Sarah said...

I like your weed whacker quilt. Bonnie has a wonderful site. Your name caught my eye because my maiden name is Pettengill. You don't see that name very often or something similar.