Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Hello again !


Well then - what have I been up to ? My jelly roll has well and truly been chopped up and with a bit of calculation I decided to make 30 blocks and set them 5 by 6 with sashing. Along with borders I figured this would be a good size quilt.

I have mentioned the lady who comes to my quilting group sometimes to sell her fabrics. She does not have a shop but attends shows, groups, quilters guild days etc and she has a huge supply of fabrics. She makes gorgeous quilts herself and is an absolute fountain of knowledge. I recently bought some fabric for a little quilt I made ( must remember to take a photo of that one ) This was from a Moda charm pack and I had a bit of trouble finding something for the border. My lovely fabric lady remarked that Moda fabrics quite often only seem to go with other Moda fabrics as they are quite distinctive.

Anyway whilst rooting about through my stash to make sashings for my jelly roll blocks I found 2 fabrics that I liked and wouldn't you know - they were both Moda designs - lol !


I started my sashings and realised after a time that I was going to run out of one of them -the one I posted a short while ago. Well I had no luck getting hold of any more so after a few days of moaning and groaning decided to just add a different fabric around the outer sashing strips - so thats what I did. I remembered seeing something that would work at my local fabric warehouse - Abakhan and went to get some. And you've guessed it - it was another Moda one.


So here is where I'm up to




The different sashing fabric


If you click on this you should see the difference. It is quite a bit more noticeable in real life but I think it adds character :-)


I'm having a rest from this for now before I start piecing the leftover squares together for a border. I've been working on a UFO and once that is done I plan to tackle another.


My shoulder is still hurting and I had my first physio session last week. She thinks I may have tendon and muscle damage and has worked out a program for me. She said it could have been coming on for years and for one horrible moment I thought she was going to tell me to give up sewing and quilting. Can you imagine ? Ugh doesn't bear thinking about.... She has told me instead not to overdo things and to stop whatever I'm doing if it becomes painful.


For a long time I have been patiently waiting for a book to be published. Once it was though I had a terrible job getting hold of it - everywhere in UK seemed to be out of stock. So I ordered from US instead and the estimated arrival time was 18-32 days. How would I last out ? But it came in just 9.... and here it is alongside some fabrics I am thinking of using. Just thinking mind . . may all change. I was inspired by Anne Ida who has made this and whose beautiful quilt is featured in the book. What do you think Anne Ida ? Can you imagine the quilt made in these fabrics ?


One last thing. I have been doing a little cross stitch and am enjoying the change. Will show you pictures next post...
Bye for now - will try not to take so long to post next time.





27 comments:

anne bebbington said...

Andrea - I really like the different fabric for the outer sashings - gives it character and stops it looking too sugary and perfect. Lovely book and I really like your selection of fabrics I think I have one or two of them in my stash too

Ann said...

Great handling of the sashing shortage. I couldn't see the difference at all in the first photo - it's subtle until you know what to look for. Making do always adds a little extra character to quilts, I think.

miniaturequilter said...

I couldn't see the difference until I clicked on the pic to enlarge it. I think it looks beautiful, wonderful job!

Bunny said...

I think your quilt is just amazing the placement of the blocks and I love the sashing it is wonderful. Great job. Oh yes I love your new book too.

Winona said...

Andrea, I am always tickled when I see that you have posted again. I love your quilt, really pretty. I hope your shoulder heals quickly. Winona

maria said...

I think the sashing goes really well. Patchwork started out with people using what fabric they had so it is in the tradition of the first quiltmakers.

Quilter Kathy said...

Wonderful quilt Andrea! How'd you get that whole thing done so fast?!? I had to look really hard to see the 2 different fabrics...they could be twins!

Jackie said...

Your jelly roll quilt is really pretty. The sashing is terrific. I like how it turned out. I also have the Elm Creek book. That is on my long list of to do's.

heather said...

I had a hard time seeing the difference too. Love the quilt.

simplestitches said...

I just love this quilt. The different fabrics for the sashings is very clever.....love it! Can't wait to see the borders you pop on it.
cheers Julz

sewkalico said...

Beautiful quilt. Bad shoulder and you still manage so much! Hope you get some relief from the pain soon.

Guðrún said...

The quilt top is awesome. Take care of your shoulder. I like your choice of fabric for the SBS quilt.

mereth said...

Another gorgeous top I see. I love the setting and to my mind the different fabric adds interest. I'm not one of these people who works everything out beforehand, I just deal with the problems as they come up. And often the inventive twists that get you out of a tight spot become my favourite touches in the quilt. If you hadn't told us, we probably would've thought you were just being creative.

My word verification is 'rebrawl'; is that where you go back in for another round?

Chookyblue...... said...

your quilt looks great........

A Time for Stitching said...

What a clever idea for sashing like that. It changes the look of the blocks completely. The finished quilt is lovely. Hope your shoulder gets better soon. Have you tried reflexology? Find a 'gifted' practitioner and it works wonders!

The Calico Cat said...

Love that quilt, especially the cornerstones!

Happy Quilting said...

Andrea - I'm always impressed with how much you accomplish! I was glad for your generosity in sharing this week when I made another bucket bag for a friend who just had a baby. (Sorry, I didn't get a photo.) I just wanted to tell you I hope you have a wonderful time making the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. Mine is pictured in the book, too! It is on the back cover and in the middle section, too. I'm sure your fabrics will be lovely. Thanks for all you share of yourself! You're amazing!

Floss said...

I just love the quilts you make. I really like how you have set this one. I alos like the fabric you are thinking of using for the sample quilt.

Teresa said...

Wonderful quilt, I think it looks great with the sashing you have used. The Elm Creek quilt book looks like a fun one to work on - can be scrappy both in block design and fabrics, like a Dear Jane. Good luck with this and I'll be watching to see your progress.

Lizzie said...

I really love this quilt and plan on trying a block or two. I even have a jelly roll I might try. Can you share with me how many blocks one jelly roll makes? thanks and I love your blog and look at it often

Betweens said...

not to worry it was worth the wait love your quilt and can't wait to see your needlework.. change is as good as a rest

Rose Marie said...

You were quite creative to come up with the perfect solution .... love this top!

Anne Ida's quilt is gorgeous and those fabrics will look great in your version.

julieQ said...

Your sashing just makes your quilt sing! Love it, love it. I too am making the SBS quilt, I have 6 blocks made now, just getting good and started. It is great fun! Your fabrics are just perfect!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love your current quilt. It is lovely. And those hexes are to die for....really coming out nicely.

pascale said...

Love your blog, and you make lots, I'll be back.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh Andrea! I just love how this quilt turned out! Everything is just perfect! And your Sylvia's quilt is going to be wonderful in those fabrics!

Sarah said...

Oh Andrea! Your Jelly Roll quilt has turned out just fantastic! love that range too! The sashing just work perfectly with it!
x Sarah
PS: Hope your shoulder is on the mend... the thought of giving up something that you just love would be so heart breaking - so glad it has not come to that!