Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Time flies

Well I won't bore anyone with the problems life is throwing at me and my family so I'll just move on to the nice quilty stuff.
I have a few finishes to show because although I haven't been blogging I must have been sewing ( and knitting ) as things are d.o.n.e...


First up a quilt that I seriously could not have given away if it wasn't going to a special person.  My lovely sister was 50 last week and I worked my socks off to get this done for her.

 

This is English Paper pieced and then appliqued to a border strip. I would have loved to hand quilt this but time was not on my side so a machine stipple in a lovely variegated thread and a scrappy binding finished it off. I think it measures about 60 by 72 inches so a good snuggle size.
 
I also now have a new baby niece - born 2 weeks ago and so beautiful ( of course ) I will make her a quilt in time but in the meantime I have made her these.  Two little cardis in neutral colours as they were unable to tell her the sex of the baby due to the way she was lying. And also this really groovy crochet blanket that I had a lot of fun making.
 
I also made a quilt for my friends little girl Charlotte - this is not the best picture as I thought I had taken one before I gave it but apparently not. This came out well and I think little Charlotte liked it better than her mum - lol ! Not sure she quite "got it"...
 
I also made a Granny squares top simply because I had piles of browns and tan squares lying around. I liked it when it was done but had no use for it so sold it on ebay...
 
I have a few more finishes to show but will do them again. And just to let you know that I haven't been THAT good I have also started some new projects. I have wanted to do something from this book for a while.
And so on Saturday afternoons ( when I normally have a nice chunk of time ) I am making little paper pieced log cabin blocks.
Which when sewn together ( after having the paper removed ) look more like this..


 
And if you've stayed with me this far - thanks !   I am having a bit of a de-stash.  Tell me your favourite colour and I will have a little drawing in a week or so for 4 fat quarters ( random selection ) to the winner.
I hope blogger posts this  - it has taken a while as my photos were all over the place - lol. My pc sure could do with a sort out.  Take care xxx
 

23 comments:

Claire said...

I love those baby cardigans! Did you use a pattern? If so, what pattern did you use?

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's lovely to see you!! I love your log cabin houses - fab!

P.S. Aqua/turquoise/teal ;o)

Chookyblue...... said...

Andrea you have been very busy........lots of sewing.......I really want to make a granny squares quilt.........one day......

Deb said...

I was so happy when I saw you had a new post! I miss reading what you are working on but completely understand how life just gets in the way. So glad you are able to keep sewing and knitting. The cardi's are so cute and I just love all your quilts. You sure have been busy. I don't think I could have parted with that quilt for your sis. She is one lucky lady.

Jo said...

Those little sweaters are darling...and the houses...wow!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Nice to catch up on your news. I like your variation of the granny squares...very pretty... and the 2 quilts you made are sure to be well loved and used.

simplestitches said...

you have been busy! your log cabin houses are so cute...and love that granny square quilt too.

Gail said...

So glad to see you back! Sorry things have been "interesting" for you and your family. Everything you've finished just looks lovely! Lucky folks those who are gifted with one of your creations.

Libby said...

So great to see your finished projects! Love them all, but especially the log cabin houses.

Hope the problems blow over/get sorted out sooner rather than later! Be well!

loulee said...

It's good to hear from you. And good to know you're ok and have been so busy.
Love the stars. What a lovely gift for your sister.

Hmm? Blue!

Isabella said...

sorry life has handed you a curve ball love your paper piecing looks great

Pauline said...

Love your star quilt, I've been hand sticthing one in the evening for over a year now, you've inspired me to go a bit faster. Also, you log cabins are so unique. Your own design?
Favorite color right now is any purple/lavender shade.

A Time for Stitching said...

Lovely to hear from you again. You've got lots to show! I hope I get something as lovely as that star quilt for my 50th next year. If I do it certainly won't be from either of my sisters. I love the log cabin houses too.
Teresa x

sewkalico said...

Well you have not been idle! Wonderful show and tell! Love the star quilt!!
Hope to see you soon! You know i like most colours except yellow... and you?

gamawinkie said...

Andrea, you HAVE been busy. Good job. I hope you have more time to do more quilting. I am getting ready to attempt my first english paper piecing and a log cabin quilt as well. Wish me luck!

Btw, my favorite color combo is brown/pink.

Thanks.

anne bebbington said...

Lovely to see your efforts Andrea - hope that life's obstacles and troubles are diminishing - love those log cabin houses as for favourite colour mine has to be teal green/peacock blue type colours

Gloria said...

How lucky your sister is to have such a lovely birthday present!

I was looking through my fabrics, at the various colour groups and discovered that blue and green must be my favourite colours. Further noticed that orange is entirely absent!

We all seem to be drawn to different colours as one of my friends is known for her black and orange addiction.

Quilter Kathy said...

So happy to "see" you back in blogland!
My goodness but you have been so busy churning out creative projects! The quilt for your sister is amazing...well, everything is amazing!
The log cabin project will be so fun to sew!
My favorite colour??? Dots...any and all!

Lady of the Cloth said...

You have been a busy bee! Beautiful projects. I loce bright colors and today my favorite is red, tomorrow it may change. makenit a good day. Carline

Floss said...

I love the quilt you made for your sister, very nice.
Hope life is throwing too much your way.
I would tell you my fav colour but I already of too much of it in my stash LOL.

Guðrún said...

I love the log cabin houses, gorgeous. I really hope the mother of the lucky girl who got your quilt will "get it".

Elaine Humphreys said...

Hmm I thought all this looked very familiar. Did you know you've been mentioned in the latest P&Q Magazine? Elaine in Rhosesmor

Klarafina said...

The quilt for your sister is beautiful! I love the colours :)