Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Struggling

I was trying to find things to be grateful for today and struggled, really struggled. It's miserable, rain, cold, am on a train which looks like it is going to be late so I will miss my connection.
So I start looking through my pictures of blocks and finished quilts and realise I have a lot to be grateful for. Not least that I am still here and able to continue with a hobby that gives me so much pleasure.
I have finished off a few quilts recently and these two give me immense pleasure. They were the first quilt along online blocks I did when I started chemo last year. It was the Über fest QAL, quite a tight deadline there was one block per day, I choose to do it in batiks as I had a lot of batiks left over from an Amy Butler quilt I did.
I remember loving waiting to see when the blocks would benposted, it took my mind off what was going on and gave me a focus, thank you to the organisers for that.
I made the blocks into two quilts as I want to give them to Project Linus, I think a child will appreciate the bold colours and wild pattern. So here they are.









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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Raspberry ripple ice cream float

I got the new book from Fat Quarterly Shape workshop, I loved the soda pop quilt in there, faux cathedral windows bright colours, right up my street. When I saw from Lilly's quilts that Sew Allegorical was having a quilt along I had to join in.
I had some packs of fabric from Festival of quilts last year, 6.5 inches square, so I decided to use these with some others thrown in for good luck.
I found this wild orangy batik which is brilliant for the pop it all reminds me of the ice cream floats I had as a child, hence the name.
Some initial work has been done, more to come!



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Friday, 6 July 2012

Over committing again!

Grey dreich Saturday morning, tea and toast in my uber chaotic sewing room. Just thinking yet again of my tendency to over commit. Currently I am doing five BOM s Farmers wife quilt (sadly neglected) Silk quilt, Soda pop QAL and I have at least three quilt tops to make up ..... Oh yes and that is without taking into account the drawstring bag and cross stitch bookmark I have to make for the rural.
I am not the kind of person who can just leave projects in drawers I need to get on top of this and it starts today.
Housework first then this chaos gets a good swift kick up the bahoukie.




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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Old friends

Well its been an eventful few days. Checkup at hospital, all is still well, my long lost niece turns up and she now has six children! Christmas is going to be fun :0)
I have reconnected with some old quilts. While down at husbands parents I saw a lap quilt I made for his Nan who is sadly no longer with us. It reminded me of the pattern I used which I loved at the time. It was originally a quillow pattern, I did the first one in greens for my mother. When I was up at the weekend I managed to get a few pictures of that one.




Now these are even worse pictures than normal! But the light was dreadful. Here is the one I did for husbands Nan, now this was taken on my mobile so quality not good but you get the idea.







I must try and get better pictures, I do love the softer colours I used for the second one.