Sunday, 14 October 2007

Triangles, triangles !

I am still working on my Lady of the Lake blocks and the grand total is now 60 finished. The others are half done - the hst's have been sewn and pressed - some have been trimmed and I should finish them in the next couple of days. Honestly my sewing room ( which I share with Jason and his computers ) has looked like a triangle explosion went off. The blessed things were everywhere. Looking a lot more organised now - the end is in sight. I have cut loads of extras so I can have a play with an idea I have for a border. If it doesn't work out no matter - they will come in for something.
I have been laughing all week about the dripping tap or waterfall thing. Perhaps it really is time for me to get out more - lol !

In the absence of anything new to show here is a couple of pictures of another one of my unquilted tops. I made this about 2 years ago. The fabrics I used were from the very first order I got from the US.....I had the fabrics a while before I came up with a plan of what to do with them. This is also the first quilt that I did not have a pattern for. I like how it came out although I was so sick of those appliqued leaves in the border. One day I will get this quilted. Probably by machine as there are so many seams and I don't think I could face hand quilting it.



I really like 1930's prints - teamed up with white they always look so fresh and pretty.



On Thursday I went off to a new quilt shop which I saw advertised in a British quilting mag. I never knew this shop existed and indeed I found out it has only been there since June. Lovely shop with a nice selection of fabrics - although like most English quilt shops the prices are steep - most were £9-10 a yard. Still I bought a few nice fat quarters and a good long length of wadding.



But most exciting of all they have a long arm quilting machine and I got to see it in action. Oh how I would love one !!!!! I was asking about prices and so on and I may get this Lady of the Lake quilt done here. It would cost about £100 ( roughly $200 ). I will have a think about it. Or otherwise I could just have it basted there ready for hand quilting - I forgot to ask if they do that.
I am going back to my trianges in a minute. Don't know what it is about Sunday afternoons but I always feel like stuffing my face with loads of chocolate and as I am trying to lose weight that is not an option - lol !!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Next post should be of my finished blocks - fingers crossed !

22 comments:

Fiona said...

The thirties quilt looks very effective - I've been acquiring a few thrities prints here and there but haven't decided what to do with them yet.

Anne Ida said...

Your 1930es quilt is beautiful - looks very "clean" (know what I mean?). Hope you are having fun with your Lady of the Lake blocks - I love that block pattern :o) Your shopping looks like fun! Fabric is really expencive here as well.

Have a great evening!

Doodlebug Gail said...

What a lovely quilt! I love working with 1930's fabrics .... you can't really go wrong with them all together and a little bit of white.

Jeanne said...

Your 30s quilt top is simply gorgeous! I love your choice of fabrics and the border is wonderful!
I'm looking forward to seeing the Lady of the Lake blocks. Keep stitching.

Linda said...

That is a lovely quilt top Andrea, I especially like the applique you've done around the edge, but , yes I can imagine how boring it must have gotten near the end of it.

Hedgehog said...

Just love your top - I love the freshness of the 30s colors, too. I just tried some applique for the first time - this is a great idea for a border!

Quilting Mama said...

I love that quilt!

My favorite thing is combining pieced and appliqued blocks. Your colors are just beautiful!

Dawn said...

Oh your 30's quilt is wonderful! I love how it looks! But yes I would have been so tired of applique'ing leaves! Good luck with your triangles! I just love quilts with lots of triangles, but I do get so tired of making them!

Ali Honey said...

I love the appliqued 4 petal / leaf border. Your new fabrics are lovely and I think you may pay even more for your fabric than we do in NZ.

Loved the vision in my head of your triangle explosion!

Rose said...

Oh this is gorgeous!!!! Cant wait to see the Lady of the Lake Blocks!!! and i can imagine the mess, u should see my studio lol

Bren said...

Your quilt top is WONDERFUL!!! I too love the 30's fabrics with white..of course I like anything with white.
60 LotL blocks already??!! Wow..that is alot of triangles. I can't wait to see it done. I vote for hand quilting ;)

anne bebbington said...

I love those 'flowers' round the border of that 1930s quilt - what a pretty pattern - how is DH's job going?

Floss said...

Love the leaves on the border, they just add so much to the top.

meggie said...

Your 30s quilt is lovely! As you say so fresh & pretty.
I like your fat quarters too.

swooze said...

Your thirties is gorgeous!

YankeeQuilter said...

1930's quilts have a very happy feel to them! Yours included! The border is very different...like it.

I am on a diet right now too. I am past the chocolate cravings but what I wouldn't give for a big grilled cheese sandwich! Sigh.....

Lynda said...

1930s colours are so pretty, but can look wishy-washy if you're not careful. Your use of white makes this quilt look fresh and clean. Lovely.

Rebel said...

That's a beautiful quilt top, it's a very fresh pattern.

Guðrún said...

I see that the price of the fabrics are similar to what it is here, i.e. way to high. What kind of quilting would it be that you get for 100 pounds?

Colleen Eskridge said...

I too am dying to see the Lady of the lakes..but the finished quilt is so pretty.Know what you mean about quilting across all those seams.Have a great day....not too many more lady blocks to do. Colleen

Kristie said...

Hello, I ran on to your blog and have been reading it. I love all of your quilting. Your work is beautiful.

I am also a quilter and I live in Kentucky (USA). I live on a farm and it is called "Top Of The World" I am a stay-at-home mom and I take care of the farm while my husband works. Hopefully we can become friends.

I was reading about the longarm quilting you are thinking of having done. It is amazing at how much things are so different in parts of the world. Here in Kentucky the lady that does my longarm quilting for me charges me about $40 for a queen size quilt. And that is with her furnishing the batting and adding the binding. But in other parts of the US it is a bit higher.

Come visit my blog...www.quiltingcowgirl.blogspot.com

Kristie

Rose Marie said...

A great quilt and the border is quite striking and so different from the usual vine and leaves!