Saturday, 31 May 2008
It is the first time I have done anything like this before, but not the last. I have loads more fabric to stitch and all I need are ideas to get me going.
Don't you just love it? All I need now is time to quilt it.
A big thanks to Judy for all her hard work, a brilliant experience and a brilliant quilt.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
I belong to the New Horizons Textile Group, all of which respected and enjoyed Beryl’s work. So much so that a couple of years ago we made a mixed technique group wall hanging called ‘Daphne’s Show and Tell’
As you can see it was done in the style of Beryl Cook and like most of Beryl’s paintings this wall hanging was made to make you smile.
Beryl Cook – Remembered with a smile.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Here you will see I have attached the blocks and the 1st border. According to the instructions this is hours 6 and 7, two hours work. It took me at least 4 hours to do these steps. Measuring and pinning the fabrics to make sure that the sashings were correct slowed me down somewhat but even so I don’t think I could do this stitching at the speed that Judy does.
Monday, 26 May 2008
Due to the time difference, Judy’s instructions for the QFAH project didn’t come through until late afternoon and by then I was well into finishing another project.
No photo’s tonight of the QFAH because it is still in pieces but a picture of this finished top. It is another mystery that I have been following for a few weeks, and yes it is another stash buster but really only with the white fabric. All the coloured fabrics came out of my scrap bin.
It is a little smaller than the twin size it was supposed to be and I have a few blocks left over but it has worked out a good size so thanks to Nancy for all her hard work.
Sunday, 25 May 2008
I stole an hour before lunch and then another hour before the family arrived for a lovely Bank Holiday roast dinner. Four generations, my mother, me, two of my sons, one daughter in law and grandson. A full table but a happy one, it is tiring sometimes but so worth it to see them all together tucking in.
I stole another hour this evening and at last I am all caught up. It has taken me longer than Judy predicted but I didn’t want to rush it and I only had to do reverse stitching (otherwise known as unpicking) once and that was the first one. All the 24 stars are completed and I even spent sometime deciding where all the colours will go when the sashing is added.
I am really please with it so far, what do you think?
Saturday, 24 May 2008
On top of that I managed to get all my star points sewn.
And the first star block stitched up.
What do I think………Could do better.
The others will have to wait until tomorrow.
Unfortunately I couldn’t go much further with my cutting as, while I thought I had every ruler under the sun, when I did a search I found was wrong because I was missing these two little ones.
The fabric was put on one side until my friendly postman came knocking on my door with a little parcel later in the week. Due to other things, (yes, I do other things besides sewing) I couldn’t start cutting the other units out until this morning. So now we have these.
I do realise that this is a holiday weekend and the garden is calling me to pot up and plant for some hours. I also am having my grandson to stay overnight. But I am really going to steal a few hours this weekend to get caught up with this project.
I will let you know how it goes.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Of course I opened the squishiest softest one first, good guess that this one would have the mini quilt inside and I wasn’t going to wait any longer, sorry Fran the tissue was torn. My first peek was the label and the great fabric on the back.
Opening it up and turning it over I found the bestest mini-quilt I could ever imagine and in my very favourite colours, isn’t it great, aren’t you all wishing that Fran was your swap partner.
Thank you so much Fran, it is really super and is already up on my wall, I love it.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
I am so pleased that I joined this swap not only have I a new friend I also have some one's art on my wall.
And the other parcels, I don't know how I stopped myself ripping the paper off in my excitement, I love all the sequins, ribbon, needles, buttons and ooh the fish, I haven't seen one of those for years, they are just so much fun. You are a naughty girl and way too generous with your gifts.
The next parcel had a cross-stitch kit in that is delightful but the most important thing is that the name of it is 'Best Friends'.
That is special, as are all the things you have sent. Another thank you to you for this special card, can you see the cheeky pussy cat!
BUT, we really want you to start Blogging Fran; you will be brilliant at it.
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Yes, finally I am back in blogland, well I really wasn't away for very long, a week away to the sunnier climes was all I had. It was so full of relaxation, rest and reading of novels with no work, ironing, cooking, housework and even sewing that when I got back home I just couldn’t get back into work again.
Just so you know how good my holiday was here are a couple (or more) photo’s of where we were staying.
I have had a busy few weeks, lots going on and apart from classes which are always busy I have been making quilts. There have been large ones and small ones. The small ones are rather special as they are for ‘Lucy Lockets Swap’. I joined this swap after being part of the Valentine swap and the Bunny swap that Lucy arranged over the past few months. I had a super parcel from Sara and another brilliant one from Polly so when Lucy set up a mini quilt swap I just couldn’t resist joining in. I just love making quilts, large or small.
Watch this space. I am at the moment working on Lucy's mini-quilt so hopefully it won't be long before I show you that one as well.
I know you all have a need to see sewing items so here is one that has moved on a bit since here.
I have been doing more work on this mystery quilt with Bonnie Hunter, the pile of fabric I had for the project is getting smaller and the pile of pieces that are stitched together are getting larger.
I am still chopping up fabric and using up scraps that I have had for many years, I am involved in making another couple of mystery quilts. One of which has only just started in the British magazine, Popular Patchwork.
The problem with not blogging for a while, is that now I am thinking of all sorts of things to tell you so I will be back soon with lots more photo’s and things to tell.