Saturday, 21 January 2012

This and That

Yes I know it's about time I blogged - should try harder.  Been doing lots of stitching but have had no motivation to get on my computer and post.  This may be a long one - you have been warned......

I won't show you everything I've been doing - will save a bit for again.  But for now here goes

You may remember these

leftovers from a quilt top I made several years ago.

They turned into these

Which eventually ended up as this.

And a close-up.

There is a bit of a funny story about this.  My Mum had asked me to make a quilt for a Christmas gift for my Dad's sister and her husband,  I asked what sort of design and colours etc and Mum left it to me - the only info I got was that her living room ( as this is sofa size ) was quite neutral with creams, tans, browns etc.  So I got making this.  When finished I took it to Mum and she liked it so much she didn't want to give it away so ended up buying it for herself and getting my Auntie something else - lol !  Love it...

It was snowing the day we took it to Mums and I got a very rare snap of  DD Jess ( too cold to take her hat off ).

I have another couple of finishes for last year but have just realised I have no good photos of them yet.  Will do that next time.

Seeing as it is a New Year and all my UFO's are done ( lololol - I wish !!! ) Don't even want to count them.  Anyway when I saw this Quilt-a-long I knew I would have to join in.  I decided to try and tempt Karol-Ann into it and although she put up a token amount of resistence she quickly joined in.  Go see her lovely blocks.

Instead of going with my normal scrappy I decided to have a colour scheme going on with this and was inspired by a small bundle of FQ's I bought last year.  I am picking colours out from this fabric.

I have also had fun going through my stash and seeing what else "goes with "

Here are two

And two more with background fabric added.

I went to Abakhan Fabrics and bought a great piece of pale mustardy yellow to use as background but when it came down to it - it just seemed a bit flat.  I was just sorting through my neutrals to see what else I could use and this pinky/bluey mottled stuff was in the wrong drawer.  I took it out to put back with the pinks and just quickly placed a block next to it and whaddya know - a winner - lol !!

Last night I got a bit more prep done

should be good for the weekend.

I have had a lot of headaches this week so once I come off here I'm going to have a nice cup of tea and do some relaxing hand-sewing.  Should be filing our Tax Returns really but not much fun in that is there ?

Yesterday was so wet and dark that I decided I needed to brighten up my day a little and knocked up a couple of these - rainbow pincushions.

I did the ROYGBIV thing but needed 1 more colour to make up the 8 segments so added the pink.  These are BIG - about 7 inches across as that is just what I wanted.  Later tonight I will probably sort out my pins - flower head - applique - glass head etc and put them all in the different sections - yes I am that sad - haha ! Will be nice to have them all in one place.  I will give one to my friend on Tuesday at our sewing group.


Just one more photo for you cat-lovers.  A rare snap of all three of my babies altogether.  They all get on fine but tend to like their own space so I love this photo.


Have a nice weekend everyone xx

20 comments:

O'Quilts said...

OMG I do not know which I like better, the flying geese quilt, the pincushions or the cats on the quilt! They are all wonderful. Great post..you should do it more often:)

Gail said...

Love the new quilt on your header! Someday perhaps I'll have one on mine--oh wait, I'd have to finish one first! Lovely story about your Mum, it is a divine quilt! Your Jess is a beauty, takes after her Mum, eh? Love to see you blogging!

Diane-crewe said...

the story about your mum is soo funnyxx typical mothers !!I LOVE Abapingslokhan, I have not been yet this year...I think I have withdrawl!! The cats look as if they are keeping up with the stress of life xx

selfsewn@summerfete said...

Ooh hello love your flying geese ;0

Roseanne said...

Some lovely finishes love the flying geese quilt. The cats look like they love that quilt.

Belvie said...

I can see why your mom wanted to keep that flying geese quilt. It is beautiful!

I really like the rose star blocks too. Might have to consider that for a future project since all I can do right now is hand piecing.

Thanks for sharing.

sewkalico said...

Wonderful quilt! Super cool pincushions (I love the pin sorting - I do it LOL.) Cute kitties and loving your rose star blocks. Do you think we'll be done with them by the time we finally meet this year in Harrogate? ;)

Cath said...

just want to say how much I love the flying geese quilt...not suprised your mum wanted it for herself. Personally, I would have not wanted to give it away.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Your flying geese quilt is beautiful...I can see why your mom claimed it!

Great picture of the cats...each on their perch.

Rose Marie said...

Wow .... love your flying geese quilt!!!

Your new hand piecing project is tempting me to join, but I have too much on my plate right now. I sure am enjoying seeing your plates.

Getting all your cats on your quilt is sweet. Guess they have given their approval!

Rhonda said...

Whew! You have been very busy. I love the story about your mom taking the quilt. Got a chuckle out of that one.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Love the scrappy quilt (and the story about your mam!) and the rose star blocks are wonderful - good choice with the backing fabric! Oh, and I love the cat photo too - I like the way they all seem to be ignoring each other!

Floss said...

I love your mum's quite. I like how the flying geese going in the two diredtions give the quite movement. The pincushions are super cute. I love seeing all the cats together, can't remember the last time mine sat togher like that.

vtquilter said...

Too funny on the cats.... I swore mine never got along until I came home from work early one day and they were both curled up on the couch together! Love all the pictures and I may have to 'steal' the quilt idea. I've got lots of scrappy HST's from the star stuck quilt that need to turn into something.
Hope all is well with you and your family.

A Time for Stitching said...

I'd want to keep that quilt too - it's lovely! I can't imagine myself ever having enough blocks left over to make a whole quilt. Aren't the cats funny - all facing away from eachother!
Teresa x

Jenni said...

Love how your Mum snaffled the arrow quilt, good one! Oh and wonderful to have the UFOs finished too (ha ha ha). The pic of the cats is typical; we all like to think we are the only cat in the house.

Quilter Kathy said...

Lots of fun stitching going on at your house. Love the flying geese quilt...no wonder she couldn't give it away!

Lynda said...

Beautiful hexagon roses! I'm almost tempted - but resisting so far!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

LOve what you have been doing.... I am inspired.

Guðrún said...

I just love, love that quilt, wow, there is something that I just can´t describe. Your hexagon roses look great, it is a lot of work!