Thursday, 27 March 2008

A bit grumpy !!


That's me - lol ! Nothing causing it just feeling a bit bleugh ! Had a few nasty headaches this week too. Feeling a bit unmotivated in the quilting department. Not like me at all. Dug out some more scrappy strips, ironed them and piled them into a basket and there they've stayed. Needs a bit of a sort-out.






Lots of ideas floating about in my head but am still trying to get things finished. However I did come across this pile of blocks leftover from another quilt from a few months ago.



I decided to get shut of them and picked a couple of pretty fabrics to make some hourglass blocks to go with. I bought the companion angle ruler to use in my Carolina Crossroads quilt ( which is slowly getting worked on ) and I used this to cut my blocks - easy as pie.



Here's where I'm up to. Have a border fabric picked and will get that cut out later on after our evening meal ( which is beef stew and dumplings simmering away in my slow cooker as we speak ).




As a lot of you will know Bonnie is starting another mystery quilt on April 1st. She is calling this one Orange Crush. I was NOT going to do this but I have made a boo-boo ! I am subscribed to the yahoogroup discussing this and have been receiving the emails from the ladies who are going to do this mystery. And I have been caught up in the excitement of choosings colours etc so now I AM going to do this one too - lol !! I have been going through my stash trying to choose fabrics and have come up with these.


I don't have a lot of darks in my stash and not a lot of yardage seeing as the majority of my quilts are scrappy but I think these will work. As well as these main 4 dark colours we also need 3 yards of lights and darks so I plan to introduce a lot more colours - purples, blues etc. Lord knows what it will come out like but I suppose that is half the fun of a mystery :-)
In the evenings I have been doing some hand-quilting on a UFO. Hopefully I will have another finished quilt to show before too long but as you all know - hand-quilting is like a man - can't be rushed. Or is that just MY husband lol ?
Take care and thanks for coming to see what I'm up to - I love seeing my stat counter go up and am constantly amazed that people seem to be interested in me and what I'm doing.

23 comments:

jovaliquilts said...

Oh, I have that little ruler and I've never used it. Generally I buy a ruler AFTER I realize how easy cutting would have been if only I'd had it! I will have to give it a try.

It's amazing how much you do when you say you haven't done much!!

Vicki W said...

I've been grumpy myself lately and I'm not evne sure why! The 9-patch quilt is so cute with the pink and white hourglass blocks.

Lisa Boyer said...

Spring is grumpytime, I think. At least you're treating it with quilt therapy! Love love love the 9 Patch and Hourglass quilt! The pink really sets it off!

gwen said...

WOW, 2 beautiful quilts.
The Gudrun quilt is just stunning and you have every reason to be proud of it. I like your fancy quilting by hand and by machine.
The setting of the hour glass quilt is very nice. So simple but very effective. I wish I had some nine patches hidden somewhere in my stash too! Take care.

Linda said...

Just love your nine patch and hour glass top....hmmm gives me ideas for the nine patches Bren and I are swapping.

mereth said...

For someone who's not motivated you're doing pretty well. Sorry about that headache thing, I seem to have grown out of my migraines, for which I'm exceedingly grateful.

Floss said...

I love the fabrics you used for your hour glass blocks, it looks great with the nine patches.

Idaho Quilter said...

Great job with the ruler, I have that ruler now I need to get it out and use it. I see how usefull it is. I always read your new post, although I may not always comment. I like visitors too.

Valerie said...

I really enjoyed my visit to your blog. I will be back.

Darcie said...

I think that sometimes we just have to let those little "fallow" periods play out and pass over. Not to worry! I think you've already in the conquering stages, Andrea!

I love your little hour glass and patches quilt! It is s-weet! ;-)

Enjoy your hand quilting!

anne bebbington said...

Love that cherry fabric you used for the QSTs - and the pink with it makes a pretty quilt without being too girlie

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Are you kidding!?! Totally always interested in all the cool things you have going on. I love this top you're whipping out, too. TOTALLY CUTE! I dig it as a matter of fact.

You are famous for your great ideas and fun work so of course I like to come by all the time. Even when you're grumpy.

Lots of us are grumpy. Go figure?

Quilty Hugs and Love, *karendianne who is happy to see you post.

Ali Honey said...

I'm not surprised you are grumpy - headaches are awful. More quilting therapy needed I think!

Well done You and well done Gudrun.
Also your son should be encourage, he did well to pick out what he thought you would like - that was lovely. ( long may the habit last! )

Belvie said...

Hope you are feeling better. Headaches are the pits!

I really like the hourglass blocks with the 9-patch. That's a lovely top!

Julia said...

I just love coming to visit you. Your nine-patch and hour glass quilt is beautiful.
I have been kind of grumpy this past week too. Must be something about the time of year. Hang in there and I hope that you are feeling better soon.

Dawn said...

I love your 9-patch and hourglass quilt! And I think your fabrics you chose for the mystery are going to be wonderful! Your package should arrive soon - hope that cheers you up!

Valerie said...

Just found your blog this morning - love it! Those cherries are so cute! :)

I have to ask you, where do you find much of your fabric? I swear, I keep seeing fabric on your blog that I have too, but you have way different colors that I love! Lol*

Karen said...

Your little quilt with the left over blocks is very nice.
Seems like lots of bloggers are buzzing about the new mystery quilt. Now I am going to have to check it out.

Helen in the UK said...

LOVE the setting for the 9 patch blocks - gorgeous. Keep plugging away at the Carolina Crossroads. I'm trying to avoid starting the Orange Crush too, until I know more and can resize it smaller :)

Kathy Wagner said...

Yippee! So happy you will be joining in! The more the merrier!
The fabrics look great! I have to still pick mine.

Guðrún said...

Another great work.

Debbi said...

The hourglass blocks with the pink really makes those nine patches sparkle. Glad you are joining in the fun of the OC...your color choices are great.

rho said...

thanx so much for posting the tutorial on quilting-as-you-go! Amazingly simply! thank you! thank you!