Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Half squares finished

Just checking in with my finished half square triangles from Judy’s Quilt along, you can see my fabrics here and if you keep checking you will see whether I change my mind or not.

I managed to cut all the squares at 2 7/8” in one go and marked the light squares across the diagonal. This is my preferred method of making half square triangles, there are others but I like to do it this way. Stitching took a while but not too long to get discouraged and they were quickly cut on the diagonal. There is supposed to be 192 of these little darlings

Pressing didn’t take long, they soon started to pile up.

And finally 192 half square triangles (well there was a few more than I needed, more like 220, but they will get used up in another quilt someday) all ready for the next stage. Thanks Judy.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

A finish and more bags

I have finally finished quilting another quilt. This one was started about two years ago and was layered and pinned ready for quilting but because I was busy at the time it was popped in a drawer and like a lot of things, out of sight is out of mind, it was therefore forgotten. But a reminder came when I realised that I was teaching the ‘Card Trick’ block in class next week. So I dug it out and decided that it would make a good teaching sample. Simple free machine quilting finished this one off and made a space in the drawer which I promptly filled with another couple of tops that maybe will be quilted sometime…………………

‘A Christmas card trick'

And a detail photo.

Talking of finishing, I really must show you the rest of the bags I made with the BQL monthly challenge for 2008.

The month of June’s had lots of flying geese and a really nice wide base; I popped a couple of pockets in this one.

Here’s July’s, which was not my favourite but ideal for keeping your knitting in as it was a rather deep bag.

And this is August’s, which I really didn’t like making and liked even less when I had finished it. It was a simple clutch bag pattern and once again Kandy from BQL made the instructions quite clear but it wasn't my personal preference.

Only three more to show you all.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Catching up

I thought that I would continue my blogging return by showing you a few things I have finished, some old and one new.

The first three are bags from the BQL bag challenge from last year, I did show you the first couple of months but then the rest seemed to slip through the net.

This is the bag for March

And this one is for April

And the final one for today is for May

Lastly this is a quilt that is fleece backed that I made for my grandson at the weekend. By coincidence you will see some of the squares of fabric I received from Sandy in Australia. It was a wonderful parcel and went to good use in this cuddly quilt. By the way, would you guess he loves the colour orange.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

I'm back

Well fellow bloggers, I am back, and you have Judy to thank for that. I really wanted to join her Quilt Along and the most important rule is you either send photo’s of your progress to her or show the photo’s on your own blog. It was the nudge I needed to get back into blogging. Here are my fabric choices for the Bears in the Farmhouse quilt Judy is going to get us all to do. Thanks Judy.

Don’t think that I have been very far away, I have been practicing my Lurker skills, spending way too much time reading all the other blogs and now I think I have it down to a fine art so here I am again. I have been busy and I will promise to show you some of the things I have been doing but for now I will leave you a couple of photo’s of our garden showing the recent snow falls.