Friday, 29 November 2013

Star Quilt Progress

Hello!  The star quilt is coming along nicely.  I've done about a third of the blocks now and am really happy with how they're turning out.  Some seem to "work" better, I think if the points contrast strongly with the background so I've shuffled the rest of the fabric bits around a bit before I carry on.  It wasn't meant to be a Christmas quilt, but seems to have a festive feel with lots of reds and greens, Like a box of decorations!

Talking of which, I had a bit of a house tidy yesterday and have decided it's time to jolly up the mantelpieces as it's nearly December.  Off in search of the Christmas stuff.
Hope you have a good weekend.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

New Quilt

Hello!  Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post.  I really enjoyed sewing again after a bit of a lull this year, so as soon as it was finished the next quilt was being planned.  The last few have been quite pale, so for a change I pulled out some of my darker fabrics and am going to make lots of star blocks, with lighter fabrics for the background.  I'm loving this first one already and can't wait to get going with the rest.  I found a good tutorial Here with all the cutting sizes, very handy!

Right!  Better get cutting.


Saturday, 16 November 2013

Quilt Top Finished

Yay!  Finished the quilt top today and just about managed to photograph it before it got too dark.
This is the bit I love most, playing around with the blocks until I'm happy with the layout.  My design wall didn't really work.  The board is a bit too heavy and it sagged too much, but laid flat on the table, with a couple of other bits it's fine.

Sewing together while the light's good.

Finished result, showing the seams.

I think it's got a lovely old fashioned, shabby chic look, very "cottagey" and I'm really keen to get it quilted.  Don't really have anything suitable for the back though so it will have to join the pile and wait it's turn!  I plan to go to the fabric sale at Farnham Maltings in January and hopefully will find some bigger pieces so I can get on and finish all my WIPs.

Off to put the fire on,  it's feeling very chilly round here.
Hope you're having a good weekend.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Quilty Progress

Hello, I hope you're having a good weekend.  Thought I'd drop in with a quick update on my latest quilt.  It really hasn't been the best week to be cutting up fabric.  The light levels have been so low I could barely see what I was doing, but got there in the end.  I've gone for a Bird in the Air block this time, keeping the larger floral prints for the bigger triangles.  It was quite difficult splitting them into "darks" and "lights" as they're all fairly pale, but I love how it's going so far.  There are so many ways they can be arranged, but this is my favourite at the moment.  The more you look at it the more patterns appear!

That's 25 blocks done.  Another 75 to do then I can have fun rearranging them.  (Sorry, awful photos.  It's either too dark or too bright at the moment)

Bye for now

Sunday, 3 November 2013

This Week

Hello,  the weather's still very changeable and the summer seems a distant memory now.  House moving plans have stalled for the moment and I've done as much sorting and clutter clearing as I can for now, so to take my mind off things for a while a new project was needed.  Yes, there's a pile of crochet squares to turn into a blanket and umpteen quilty WIPS to finish, but I really wanted to start something new using lots of my palest rosy fabrics.  Not sure how it will end up yet, but just playing around with them makes me happy!

Other things I've enjoyed this week include more dramatic skies and lovely rainbows.

Yummy warming porridge for breakfast with honey and fresh fruit, or lots of homemade gooseberry compote.

Fruity flapjacks made with odds and ends from the baking cupboard.  Very moreish and quite nutritious!

And a great book by Kate Adie about women's roles in the First World War.  Full of information on everything from dangerous munitions work and engineering, to the land army and medical help, often close to the front lines and unpaid, or for much less than men doing the same job!  

The story of women's football was new to me.  With all the young men away fighting, many women's teams sprang up and drew large crowds, probably for the shocking sight of bare legs!  I love this team photo with their mob caps.

Hope it's not too windy where you are.