Thursday, November 27, 2014

Schnibble - mini stems
This month (November) the AYOS pattern was from Fig Tree and call mini Stems. I finished this one very quickly from scraps. I'm not sure if the green overpowers the other fabrics or not, but it's finished after sewing in a couple of ends.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Three's company

I finished quilting this on Sunday. It is a biggie at 70" by 88" and the maker couldn't find the fabric for the last border which would have made it even bigger. A number of us in our group made this quilt from Thimbleberries which came in three different colourways. I still have the pattern as I like the blocks and want to make some again.

I used a pantograph called Vine which picks up some of the patterns in the backing and some of the focus fabrics. It's all trimmed and ready to return to its maker at our Wednesday group. It's an all day session but I'm not sure which project to take to work on.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Have yourself a quilty little Christmas again

As of yesterday, I was up to date again. We have just one more block to make and then we're onto borders, Lori announced on Sunday. There is a label to come which is going to be used for my Quilty Fun Christmas projects. I'll have to be careful when quilting this project as there's a 3D hanging loop for the Christmas stocking.

I'm interested to see how things get put together as the only blocks that seem to match at the moment are the house and stocking. we have two units sewn together already - three blocks on the top left including the spools and five blocks on the right including the gingerbread man.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gingerbread men

I love everything about this cute cot quilt - the use of ginghams and checks, the bold spotty print as the alternate blocks, the straightness of the quilt when quilting it. This is Barbara's second quilt and I think she's hooked. She's now looking for a more adult quilt.
Simple quilting using the Popcorn pantograph in white.

This was the second of two quilts finished yesterday, but the first quilt is a biggie so I trimmed this one first as it was a quick finish.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Have yourself a Quilty little Christmas update

As soon as I have cut the pieces for the latest block to catch up, then another pops up. Apparently we have made thirteen blocks so far. Strange but I only have twelve, eleven completed and one in progress.

And here's the first sub section sewn together.

Now to find which block I have missed.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Siblings Together blocks

For November we were asked to make two 12" finished slab blocks. Having seen the blocks other ladies have made, I realise my pieces could have been bigger and would probably have made the process much quicker.

I think I could have pieced a whole simple quilt in the time it took me to make these two blocks. they have now arrived with this month's bee mama who commented that the colours were cheerful and bright. I have realised that i don't have many purple fabrics in my stash, another excuse to shop.

Improv and wonky lines are not in my nature. I need structure and rules, but I think I achieved what was required in the brief. I must check if any of our groups are taking November off as we are away for two weeks in December.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Have yourself a quilty little Christmas

I spotted a little Sewalong that Lori Holt was having over on Instagram. If you don't do Instagram you can see the nine blocks so far over on Lori's blog - Bee in my Bonnet. I made the latest block on Friday evening which I then had to throw in the bin as it was wrong, Jane suggested a solution yesterday, but it was too late, it was gone.
Yesterday I logged into Padgram, the ipad version of Instagram for reading updates to find Lori had made three more blocks over the weekend. I had spent Sunday starting a much overdue tidy up of my workroom, so had completely missed her posts. So Monday's task in between the gym, an afternoon of canasta, meeting with workmen at another property, lunch with Jane and a meeting yesterday evening, was to work on some more blocks.
The gingerbread man is so cute. Lori added three buttons to his tummy, but I'll wait until it's quilted before doing that step. The ric rac icing is such a lovely detail.

Next a quick star block, but only if you have all of the points going in the same direction. I had just enough fabric to redo one point. I found this fabric in my tidy up along with two other star fabrics in cream / white. Delighted to use things I've rediscovered.

I love the fabric I've used for the candle flame. Though I realise today, that I have two more border strips to add to the top and bottom of the candle.


And here are my blocks so far. Just the candle borders to add, a new set of lights to make, a candy cane to be added to the mug and an ornament block with cute ric rac detail. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Moda Modern Building Blocks 2

Moda Modern Building Blocks Sewalong
I have received lots of blocks for this quilt from the Bumbling Honeys Bee, I think I still have a few more to come. I now need to devise a plan to sew the remainder of the blocks. I think I might start with section D as I have 3 of the 5 blocks completed.
How are your blocks progressing? Do link up below.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bumbling honeys bee - November 2014

 It was Teresa's turn to be bee mama in November and chose this block using either aquas or reds, or both together and directed us to Thimbleblossoms for the sort of colours she was thinking of. Fortunately I have quite a stash of Bonnie & Camille fabrics so knew what she wanted. In the end Jane finished her block first and I added some extra scraps to the scraps she liberated from my stash.

 Here are our blocks together. You wouldn't think they've been well pressed. The tutorial for this block can be found at Don't Call Me Betsy

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Siblings Together November

I will admit that I had to unpick the partial seam in this block as there was a tuck in it. This is for November for Nicky from the Siblings Together quilt bee. Almost all of the fabrics were from my scrap bags apart from the lighter blue and the low volume background. The centre square was to be fussy cut and I chose this cherry pie label from my scrap bags. It is from the same range as the cherry on lime fabric.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

ALYOF November 2014 - The Wishes Edition

October went by in a flash with two trips - Venice and cruise for Nick's 60th and Lizzie and I got back from a trip to Berlin last night. Next she wants to go to Pompeii. So what to choose to focus on in November. I think I'll chose the Wishes quilt by Fat Quarter Shop. The blocks have been finished for some months and at last weekend's UFO day I sewed all of the blocks into four rows and three of the rows have been sewn together. So all that remains (doesn't sound too much if I say it quickly) is to add one more row to the centre and decide about the outer border.
And this is how the quilt should look when finished. Mine uses a Bonnie & Camille FE stack not the Sweetwater Wishes range. I've also substituted a couple of blocks that weren't my style - for example the basket block  - I like basket blocks to be the correct way up and not on their side.