Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
The block with the turquoise frame is made with Peaky triangles, taller, thinner and more of them (Tri-Recs ruler), the other with 60 degree isoceles triangles where all the sides are the same length (Creative Grids 60 degees ruler). Both sets were cut from 3.5" strips. When piecing the Peaky triangles you have to make sure the straight grain base line is at the bottom as this is a different, shorter length than the other two sides.
Monday, 28 December 2009
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Saturday, 26 December 2009
Today I worked on Crab & Winkle anniversary blocks. Lots of green squares for Pam which will have applique added to them later. These are November and December blocks. Each row was stuck on a length of sellotape and numbered which was very helpful. Mary is doing a countrystyle wallhanging and these are two double hearts which I've bondawebbed and will blanket stitch - Mary's provided the thread(and even the bondaweb!)
Friday, 25 December 2009
It's been a very quiet but lovely Christmas - chat, a game or two and lots of shared cooking. On Christmas Eve my "Silent Stars" quilt went on the bed and will remain till 12th Night. The label quotes the line from the hymn which goes "Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by". Appropriate on several levels. As usual our toast echoed Tiny Tim's "God bless us every one!"
Thursday, 24 December 2009
These pictures show blocks made using Peaky and Spike as Dorothy Speckman used to call them made with the Tri-Recs tools and one has a square in a square unit, the centre square cut with Lynne Edwards' square in a square tool and the triangles round it with the Easy Angle.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
It's been a lovely day today. First lunch at Read's with the Usual Suspects, a lovely meal then coffee in the lounge. Lots of chat, a beautiful Georgian (?) house and the knowledge we are meeting up again in the New Year apart from the person who is flying off to Uganda for a birdwatching trip under canvas. Some of our group were glad to stay at home! In the evening it was Crab & Winkle which turned out to be another jolly meeting. We have been going for 10 years and to mark the occasion are making blocks for each other. Last to set us our tasks were Mary and Melanie. Mary has made a delightful centrepiece for her quilt depicting her family. Some of us will be making her beach huts. I am doing hearts and pinwheels. Melanie is doing quarter square triangle blocks with appliqued squares - four each to do. This wll be a good technique for me to try. Both of them have given us kits and instructions - I like it! Maggie has finished the coverlets for her granddaughters made in pretty Fassett type fabrics backed with Minkee and quilted with lovely big stitches in variegated thread.
Monday, 21 December 2009
Today I decided I had to get a grip on the state of my sewing room. I've still got far too much stuff and projects on the go but at least they are more tucked away and I have some clear surfaces. I'm resolved to tidy up after each session and to keep tidy as I work. I celebrated my newly reorganised room by sewing up the ninth Patchwork Party block - three quarters of the way along now.
Tomorrow I'm off to Read's a Michelin starred restaurant with the Usual Suspects a bi-monthly house group - these gals like to do things in style. I'm excited as I've never been there before. Tomorrow evening it's the Crab & Winkle meeting postponed because of snow where we exchange Secret Santa presents and do the odd game. So I'm looking forward to it.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Having done a session on Those Special Rulers with Quay Quilters I am doing a "corner" at Oast Quilters January meeting - four 20 min. sessions on the trot so have been sewing samples from the practice pieces Quay Quilters cut. Two birds with one stone, in fact three as I'll make a teenage Project Linus charity quilt from them. The Cherrywood fabrics give a very arty look to the finished pieces, I think. Super colours.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Here we are in Fran's conservatory hard at work cutting out our ninth PP block. It's very absorbing and there's always someone to ask about colour choices though this time we took the plunge without deliberating but then started to make changes later - I have masses of spare pieces. It was snowing.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Monday, 14 December 2009
This past week I have had what I think of as my advent quilt on the bed, warm Moda fabrics with a lovely paisley brushed cotton backing. It's a mystery quilt which I wrote the instructions for though the pattern was based on a traditional design set as a mystery for a group in Australia by Pat Davies and pictured in a magazine. It's got quite a lot of hand quilting as well as machining along the main seams.
I loved the potential of the diagonal striped border fabric but matching the stripes at quilt corners to form chevrons was tricky - I was pleased with myself in the end.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Writing this while someone is snoozing under his quilt! This afternoon I finished quilting the border of the Autumn leaves quilt. When I laid it out on the floor I thought oh dear not a good choice of border fabric but having gone down just now to take a photo I'm happier with it - perhaps it looks better in artificial light.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Still on the finishing front I've been adding a border sew and flip quilt as you go to my Autumn quilt. I made the first of these blocks as extras for an internet swap 10 years ago, then made a 3 by 4 block quilt for a challenge with a size limit then added and made more blocks to make it 5 blocks by 6 and now I've added two inner borders mitred and a final log cabin type set border which I'm quilting by stitching down the two marrow yellow stripe repeats. No tacking - it's glue basted. As I've been having shoulder problems from hauling and binding such big heavy quilts I'm limiting myself to a side at a time with exercise breaks. I've also got to finish 500 + pages of small print Doris Lessing's "Golden Notebook" for a week on Thursday. It's very dense so it's hard to speed up my reading.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Oast Quilters here in Kent had our AGM on Saturday followed by tea and mince pies. Frances who is a physiotherapist took us through some exercises appropriate for quilters which did us good and we were noticeably livelier at tea. As well as a challenge of which the theme was "Circus", for me the most enjoyable feature of this this meeting is a larger than usual Show & Tell. Crab & Winkle always put on a good show all of us except Mary who is very very busy with job and family had quilts to view but I post some photos made by other members here.