Thursday, 23 June 2011

Round Two Squares

I've sewn, I've ripped, sewn again, ripped again.

I started with the idea of adding blue squares for the next round to bring the centre block out.  I had what I thought were loads left over from Blueberry Fool, but sadly there weren't enough to go round.  So I ripped that lot out and started again.

Again the other idea (lots of tiny 9 patches) didn't look right.

I then found these squares sent to me by Marit at Quilt It some time ago.  I chopped them about a bit, then fitted them together again with black in between.  Hence the wacky, wonky look.

Round 3 hasn't been published yet so in the meantime I'm going to add another black border and then perhaps an orange one and hopefully that will point me in the right direction for the next round.

In the meantime, hot news here at Chez Nous.

The resin cast is off!  The ankle hurts like hell and pain killers are the order of the day.  No physio has been prescribed, just lots and lots of walking.  In the meantime, I'm hobbling about, but at least I can get outside and potter about in the potager.

More soon.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Celebrating Batiks

I've been sewing and sewing and sewing.

I'm seeing orange, red, blue and green, not to mention black and white, in my sleep. And it ain't over yet!

This the current size, laid out on a single sheet.

The colours are so vibrant I can't get a good shot.  Also it's so big it won't fit into the lens.  The right hand side is the top.

There is still just under half a sheet to go before I can stop sewing and then the fun really starts with fitting it all together.

I'm not too sure what to use as fillers. I've got some smaller blocks sent to me by a fabric fairy some time ago which could be sliced up to fill the gaps, but I'm also thinking black and white to rest the eye a bit.  I know there is already some b&w in there, but I thought it might break the colours up.  Or perhaps just plain black?  Hmmmmm decisions decisions.

I've got an appointment at the hospital tomorrow and a X-Ray.  I seriously hoping the cast is going to come off.  It's driving me mad!  Keep your fingers crossed.

More soon.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Two Finishes

What on earth is happening to Blogger?  The Dashboard has changed, as has the post page and I can't find anything.

It's taking an age to load and Google has, for some reason, changed my template.  I rather like it!

Anyway.  I had a marathon binding day yesterday.

Let's see if I can upload photos.

First off Family Trees in all its glory.

The more I look at this quilt the more I love it.

Next up - Cutie Bug!

The quilting is very basic as I wanted to get it finished.  I tied the centre, hand quilted the letters and tied the border.  Very quick.  It took me about a week which is surely an all time record for me.

My niece is going to love this.

I've given up on Ab Fab.  That didn't last long!  I really want to get Blueberry Fool tied.

S is for Stripes is also calling to me.  Did I mention that a friend has got 70 metres of curtain insulation which is exactly the same as a cotton batt, but not as thick.  She's given me a couple of metres to try out and I'm dying to use it on S is for Stripes.

The ankle still hurts, but I'm counting down the days until 21st June when hopefully the cast comes off and I can drive again!

More soon.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Two Down

That's Cutie Bug finished - picture to follow when it's been bound.

On to the next one.  I think I'll see how much of Ab Fab I can get done before I get bored.

More soon.

Monday, 6 June 2011

I Won!

Kate has been having a clear out and held a mini give-away.

I love some of the work she does and couldn't resist putting my hand up to ask for some of her gorgeous 9 patches in hand-dyed fabrics.

Today they arrived at their new home.

Aren't they gorgeous!  Thanks Kate!

More soon.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Light Bulb Moment

I've been thinking about my centre block for the Liberated Round Robin.

You'll remember that this was going to be the original one

I've been cogitating about it.  I don't think it's really me.  It's too exact.

About about 7.30 this morning brain went Ping and I saw the block in my head.

Et  voila!

That's more like it!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Beautiful Batiks

Well - they've gone!  The  house seems very empty and little Pipette isn't at all sure what's going on.

Despite a fractured ankle, I spent most of yesterday afternoon clearing up the mess that was my sewing room. Once it's all cleaned, fumigated and decluttered I'll post about my latest acquisition.

In the meantime, I finally got to play with my new toy.

Getting ready to sew is a bit of an effort.  The Old One helped bring some of the clutter downstairs and I limped about gathering up cutters, scissors, rulers and fabric. I'm not quite ready to start my Liberated Round Robin block (this one) yet. I'm thinking about slashing it and perhaps adding some burnt orange, or even green, to liberate it a bit.  What do you think?

What I did sew was some more batik cabins.

(that's Cutie Bug underneath)

The other blocks are upstairs on the design wall, but I'm thinking there may be too much orange and green in there.  I'll get them all together and take another look.  It's difficult to visualise them when half is upstairs and half downstairs.

And whilst we're talking batiks

That's The Old One's collection of hornet killers and fly sprays on the mantle piece!

Ok - onwards and upwards.  Let's get that room sorted!

More soon.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011