Monday, September 24, 2012

BOM rehab TQS September


I have been working hard on foundation pieced units for the Sedona Star quilt alongside other projects such as my FQR kinky bee blocks. September's task is to foundation piece six strips of 24 triangles to make a circular border. It's when you see them laid out that you remember what a big quilt it's destined to be. I will join these together once I'm ready to add the border to the middle which won't be for a while.

Today I'm going to the printers to get photocopies of the June to August appliqué blocks as I don't want to work with the originals which are glued together. Then I will need to start cutting the appliqué shapes on the Accuquilt machine. I am also waiting for a delivery of freezer paper from Ebay to complete the centres of the March to May mariner's compass blocks.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

FNSI Finish

Friday night didn't go quite as planned. I had been out on Friday morning with Jane caching and we hadn't read the instructions for one of the caches, so Jane suggested we go out on Friday evening. We found the cache as the light was going and I returned home too tired to contemplate sewing. So here are the FQR Kinky blocks for Ann which I have finished along with her siggie block (love the elephant fabric) together with some for the Bumble Bee group.

These blocks are made using the converging corners block tutorial at Film in the Fridge. In October Amy is going to have us make one wonky log cabin blocks. Another challenge for me as I don't do wonky, well not intentionally.

I have been working on a foundation pieced TQS BOM border along with my Bee blocks which I should finish today as Lizzie is out all day on a Duke of Edinburgh hike prep day. Fortunately the rain has stopped for the moment.

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's FNSI time

Handmade by Heidi

Nick will be at air cadets and Lizzie will be at JACY so time to sew. Do sew along with us.

If you like crafting with others, Jenny and Joanne have taken over the running of our monhtly scrapbooking group - Caesarea Scrappers which is now Caesarea Crafters. More details on the Facebook page -!/groups/302980413142215/

Thursday, September 13, 2012

BOM rehab TQS month 5


Pink Pincushion organises the Year of Schnibbles as well as the BOm rehab. I've been meaning to jump on the rehab wagon with my TQS BOM for 2012 but first of all I had to fin all of my fabrics and progress so far. That was done late last week and I started on one of the foundation pieced blocks for month 3. Unfortunately those compasses are pieced in long strips of 32 pieces whereas these blocks are 4 piece units sewn together.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that I was somewhere near to getting to September which is the small pieced border in the finished quilt:

This is more like where I'm at apart from the fact that I haven't appliqued the circles to the border or sewn the pieces together.
 Why not? The February instructions look like another peiced unit but they turned out to be appliqued points which I didn't like. I had this idea of making it foundation pieced which of course never happened and so it got left to one side. With the help of BOM rehab I'm hoping to get the March, April and May foundation pieced compasses done. Then I'll prep the hand applique of the compass centres for sewing at our Wedesday sewing group before thinking of cutting all of the applique shapes for the remaining months.

No sewing today as the schools are closed for Battle of Britain so we are heading to France for a cheap day trip with plans to gorge on macarons.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vintage holiday quilt top finished

I'm not sure what block I should be on for the quilt along but I have now finished the quilt top. I used a combination of Bonnie & Camille's Bliss, Ruby and Vintage Modern ranges. The border is from Vintage Modern.

It's now ready to quilt. However I have a customer quilt on the frame. I downloaded the updated Prostitcher software earlier in the week in advance of a webinar tomorrow. I only discovered after installing it that there are some major changes. Whereas I could crop a pattern in about two clicks, it now takes more stages. Nick was kind enough to print off the new 120 page manual, so this weekend I need to sit down and study the manual and get Jennifer's quilt done. Then I can quilt my quilt top.

I have also been participating in BOM rehab. I needed to find all of the bits of my TQS2012 BOM. More about that tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

More progress

August was my month for the Fat Quarterly Retreat Kinky bee. I underestimated the amount of white on white background needed to make two 12" blocks. I bought some more of the muslin mates falling snow on Saturday. Packets were sent yesterday of another fat quarter to most of my bee friends. This is the second block that I made and I have seen two other versions of this block from the bee. The second block was participant's own choice.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Farming stage one finished

All 111 blocks finished. I finished the last three blocks before heading to the airport.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

September UFO

Once again I'm planning to participate in Judy's UFO finishalong. I hope to at least get the project out of the cupboard this month. Judy chose number 11 for September from this list:

1. blue and cream stars - finished for February

2. Jan Krentz difficult quilt - Summer salsa lone star

3. rainbow squares

4. Heart stitchery

5. Disappearing nine patch - finished for January

6. Swoon - three more blocks to make finished in May

7. Modern V meets Thimbleberries scraps

8. Christmas table runner

9. Love laugh live stitchery

10. accuquilt feathered applique

11. Fat Quarter stars - just making some setting blocks


I have started making my spacer blocks and I know where the project is and I glanced at it earlier in the week. I hope that bodes well for getting it finished this month.