Saturday, 24 May 2014

The next big thing

On my to do list! I am determined this year to get through those projects which have been languishing around for a while. The farmers wife was a huge one, the next is 'Marks folks quilt' or the quilt I was asked to make by my husbands mum and dad (which is why it's not my normal colours)

So this is my next #earlymorningsewing project. This is the tally so far, I need 24 blocks which will be sashed then QAYG'd

 

 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Farmers wife

WOW, just WOW, I have done all the blocks. Finished every single one of the 111 little beggars. I started this in April 2011, that was just before I got hit with cancer in July of that year. So I did struggle with these through the fog of chemo, but it never really got back into them in a big way. I hate templates, and the fiddly little ones for these 6.5 inch block drove me crazy!

My first farmers wife block, still one of my favourites

 

So at the beginning of this year I decided it was make or break for me with the farmers wife. In just under three years I had done a grand total of 50 of the 111 total blocks needed.

Sooooooooo I decided nothing ventured nothing gained, I dipped my toe into the paper piecing templates from the yahoo group, now me and paper piecing have a fractious relationship. There have been 'incidents' where numerous sweary words have been deployed ...

The initial first attempts? They were a mixed bag ...

 

Queue little miss disaster :-)

But a slight rearrangement in my commute schedule allowed me to start stonking through these. I quickly grew to enjoy the paper piecing, I should properly call it foundation piecing.

Yesterday I treated myself to a day off work just to sew, I wanted to see how many I could do in one day, eleven, that is how many I can do in one day! And that took me to the 111 th block.

So here they all are, just got to figure out sashings and settings now.

 

 

 

These are the final two which wouldn't fit into mosaic

 

 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

To bee or not to bee

Been thinking a bit recently about the bees I am in. I was very trepidatious (probably not a real word but i like it!) when I started swapping. The very first bee or swap (some of them blur the lines I think between a traditional bee and a swap) I joined was the scrappy trip around the world. After a few rounds I was confident enough to sign up as a hive mama.

Since then I've joined a fair few and on the whole the experience has been great. I can never forget the help and support I got from Amanda Kattner and the lovely Laurie when one of my parcels went AWOL for the fussy cut swap. Both immediately jumped in and said that they would supply blocks to replace my missing ones. How lovely, people I have never met showing such kindness.

In real life the Edinburgh Modeen quilt guild started it's first bee last night, my group got a lovely tutorial from Ann for the houses she wants.

The stash bee is a new one for me, I was terrified about posting a complete tutorial but again nothin but positive comments.

I think that is the key - positivity. In the LBQB I am in, everyone is pitching in and helping out. It makes it so much more worthwhile.

There have been one or two downsides, blocks not sent, some misinterpreted comments but that's life I suppose.

So I think what I am saying is that on the whole I like to Bee rather than not to Bee.

 

So no post is complete without a picture, these are not my quilts but are from the lovely ladies at the Muckhart quilt group. Nikki managed to score us some amazing Borders biscuits for all the work the ladies do for project Linus. They went down a treat.