Sunday, 27 November 2011

The best laid plans...

Now my SSCS is off on it's long journey ( 3 days before the deadline I'll have you know - lol ) I cast my eyes around my sewing area in search of something to do. Remember those half square triangles from last but one post ?

I have been working on those and decided to make 35 blocks for a 5 by 7 setting.  I did not have enough little units for these so have spent quite a bit of time making more.  Added some side strips and here are 2 blocks.

Was going great guns when I realised I had mis-calculated and only made 34 blocks.  Decided to call it a day and make the last block the next morning before sewing them altogether. However next morning I was checking my blog list and came across this tutorial....What fun this looked - haha

Casting my mind around I remembered a pile of fabrics I had put together when I was unable to sew due to my back injury.  These were all fabrics that I loved but would they actually go together ?  I think my painkillers were at work when I put these together in a basket as there was quite a lot of clashing - lol !  Oh well - I would either love it or hate it and so off I went.

I have spent a very enjoyable Saturday afternoon making my blocks and have 12 all ready to go.  Funny thing - I showed Jason a few together and his very words were " It's a bit busy love "  haha - great fun this quilting business.

See you soon xx

Friday, 18 November 2011

IF . . .

If I were a more organised person....

If I didn't leave things until last minute...

If I didn't change my mind at the drop of a hat....

...... I would now be busy cutting and sewing quarter square little-bitty blocks for Bonnies new mystery quilt - Orca Bay...

Instead I am stitching my fingers to the bone finishing my SSCS gifts for my partner.  I can hear Chooky cracking her whip.  I have never been late for a swap before and don't intend to start now.  I'm sooo nearly there....just a bit more to go and then - the mystery beckons - lol !!

Hope you all have a nice weekend.  Any more SSCS participants doing the last minute thing ??

Monday, 14 November 2011

A special quilt.

Here is some of my secret sewing which a secret no more.  Let me show you what I used some of my precious stash of Bliss fabric for.

I have been blogging for 6 years or so and in that time have made lots of wonderful friendships - they may be with people I have yet to meet - someday - but are none the less special for that.  One of these has been with Karol-Ann and over the years we have swapped many emails along with fabric, gifts for each other and our children and so on.  We have nearly got to meet several times but not quite managed it - I'm sure we'll get there in the end - lol !  Anyway Karol-Ann was recently very clever and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl ( actually on my birthday ) and so I wanted to make a quilt for her.  Karol-Ann and I both share a love of hexagons ( her rose hexagon quilt is stunning ) and so it was the obvious choice.  Here it is

and a close-up.

Hand and machine pieced and mainly hand quilted - the border was machine quilted though as I ran out of time and we all know babies wait for no-one !! 

I had the most lovely thankyou email which I have saved.  Karol-Ann has posted pictures on her blog of the little lady herself wrapped in my quilt which made it all worthwhile.  What a little beauty she is - bless.

More secret sewing has been going on but this I can't reveal yet as it it for my SSCS - almost done which is a good thing as mailing time is almost here.

My latest project is going to involve a bag of leftover half square triangles which yesterday looked like this

stay tuned for this - I have a plan.

And also today I bumped into my oldest friend ( we met on the first day of school when we were 4 years old )  She had a baby girl last year - also coincidentally born on my birthday - whose name is Charlotte.  She was born when my back pain was really bad and so I never got around to making her anything.  Obviously that will have to be rectified too - best get busy.

Take care xx