Saturday, 23 April 2011

A well overdue catch-up post coming up.
I am feeling so much better due to a combination of decent painkillers and physiotherapy - can't wait to get proper back to normal. I have actually managed to get some quilting done but first want to re-cap over my other stuff that I have done whilst my back/leg was really bad.

First up a little knitting. Couple of baby cardigans and a hat for DD Jess's boyfriends new little brother due to be born tomorrow ( Easter Sunday )

This is a really pretty lilac cotton yarn ( not photographed terribly well ) This went to my friend Julies new grand-daughter ( Amber Lily - who I made the little wall quilt for )

A crochet UFO that had been hanging around for a while with about a half-hours work left on it. DD Jess is now the owner of this.

A new crochet project started - this was one I could do when I was flat out on my back. The instructions for this came from Attic24 blog. Not sure of the exact address as it's on my other pc but you will find it if you google it. She has some lovely tutorials on here and it is the only crochet blog ( amongst hundreds of quilting ones ) that I read.

Just using up some odds and ends of a cheapie acrylic yarn for this. I would love to do it again some time with some soft cotton. But haven't got too far with this yet. Think I have 35 hexies done. I will know how big this will finish when I run out of yarn - lol ! Haven't worked on this for a while but feel in the mood to do a few more since I pulled it out of the bag to take a photo.

What's next ???? Oh yes...

Bought a new metal tumbler template to try out and was very brave and decided to cut into my precious Japanese fabrics.

Only a small quilt this - doll size. Really enjoyed it as I had not done sewing on my machine for a while.

Pressed seams open for a change and they lay lovely and flat.

Trimmed and bordered..

This has been hand quilted now - I will show you soon.

A forgotten about cat block was dug out and had the stitching finished off. A couple of little borders added and this is ready for quilting. Might layer this up later and have it ready to take to my Quilt Group.

And lastly for now - you may know that applique is not my friend. I love the look of it but am not too good at it. This year I want to do more using different methods to see what I like the best. I don't mind machine applique but really want to do more hand work. So I made a few basket blocks using a freezer paper method. They came out ok but after 14 blocks I'd had enough. These will NOT become a big quilt - lol ! Maybe a bag or wall-hanging !

Well I've run out of time and I wanted to tell you about a little swap I've been involved in and a giveaway I've won but that will have to wait.

Hope you all have a great Easter - we have a busy couple of days ahead but I'm hoping to find a bit of stitchy-time here and there...

Take care xx


O'Quilts said...

Wow, I am very impressed with all the UFO/WIPs finished! The lilac sweater is beautiful and the tumbler blocks are darling, but it is the DONE part that is most impressive. I have been where you are physically and it is not nice at all. Hang in there, feeling better is such a wonderful gift after so much pain.

Ali Honey said...

Lovely Little knitting. I think because the garments are small and cute they give a great deal of satisfaction. Lucky babies.
Happy Easter.

sewkalico said...

Gosh you are a Jack of all trades!!! Well done on getting so much done under your pain circumstances. That kitty stitchery is very cute. I amy have to try one...
Hope you continue to feel better!

Chris H said...

Where on earth do you find the time to do all that???????
I am still in awe of you mate.

I tried your version of QAYG last night... and while it worked just fine I decided to double the widths of the sashings as I wanted them wider...AND IT WORKED just fine!
Very happy about that I am.


Isabella said...

Soo glad to hear you are feeling a bit better now and what a lot of lovely goodies you have managed to churn out.

Floss said...

I love the pink crochet jacket. I really like the look of crochet and have tried it a couple of times but without any luck.
I also think the cat stichery is very cute and the basket would make a lovely wall hanging. It nice to see how much you manage to get down while being layed up.
Hope you had a great Easter.

solomi558 said...

Hi I,m cottonreel .Chris H told me to pop over and look at your blog . I love your little jackets and those crochet hexies are very nice .. It seems you spread yourself over the craft scene as I do myself .
Sorry you have not been well --cottonreel

searchfamilies said...

Love the cardigans & the quilts i am just found you & now a follower
Hugs Janice

Guðrún said...

You have been busy although you have been in a lot of pain. I am glad you are feeling a little better.

Anonymous said...

wow, you really got a lot done. The hour glass quilt looks really cute. Glad you area feeling better.

Sewfine Quilts said...

I think the sweaters are gorgeous. Do you have the names of the patterns? I especially like the pink sweater.
Great job!

Sylvia said...

OMG that strawberry fabric is super cute!

Lynda said...

You have been so busy! I love the little tumbler quilt - always fascinated to see quilts before and after bordering - they look so different!