Four more blocks completed and on the line – not far behind the rest of the group considering I started in August and not January. It was quite breezy but I managed to get a few shots in between gusts
I returned to the Whirling Geese block and used darker blues, as my mid-blue version was a bit too light. I used the inner block from the orange month to do a second mid-blue block too which is a Twirling Four Patch. It’s more like a pinwheel than the block that is called a pinwheel!
I finished the yellows too. Monkey Wrench is in the original list, however, the second paler block should have been Air Castle but I substituted this block whose name escapes me.
As you can see it is another lovely sunny day which is a welcome return after the last few days which have been cold and grey
Next job on the list was chain piecing the squares I had prepared earlier in the week for the alternate blocks
All the indigo, pink, red, yellow and orange are now in little four or two patches. The good thing about all this piecing is the amount of tumblers that were sewn together too. All are at the very least paired up and about half of those are now in fours. It’s surprising how quickly this Leaders and Enders project is going. It may even be finished at the same time as the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! Now all I need to do is keep up with the Quilting From Little Things and they will all be wrapped up by the end of the year – nearly forgot the Global Quilting Project! Just waiting for one more block and then assembly can begin. Perhaps I will have three full-sized quilts for New Year
What does; Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain and Every hunter Wishes To Know Where The Pheasant Sits have in common?
They are both mnemonics to remember the order of the colours of the rainbow using the capital letter of each word. For English speakers this is; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet (ROY GB IV is another way to remember)
For Russian speakers this is; red, orange, yellow, green, SKY BLUE, BLUE, violet
In Russian sky blue or light blue is perceived as a separate colour from blue, which seems odd to us but then we have a colour pink – which is really a tint of red. A tint is made when you add white to a colour (light blue is a tint too) A shade is made by adding black
Just to shake up the rainbow even more, when Sir Isaac Newton used a prism to break up white light he added indigo for occult reasons and it is a shade of blue. That is why modern renditions of the rainbow – including the Gay Pride Banner and Dark Side of the Moon album cover for Pink Floyd – have only six colours.
I am very honoured to accept this award – don’t worry no long speeches!
I was recently kindly nominated for a Leibster Blog Award by Eleonora from Coastal Crochet. It’s a lovely idea to nominate blogs you enjoy that have a small readership as they may have only been blogging a short time (me!) or have a niche topic.
The idea is to answer between 5 and 10 questions about yourself so others can get to know you and to nominate 5 or more other blogs that you enjoy
1 What is you favourite crafting tool?
I was tempted to say my brain ha ha but I think it is my sewing machine although I do love to sew by hand too. I have two machines; a Pfaff Ambition 1.0 and a Britannia Instyle16
2 What is your favourite craft book?
Difficult to answer but Quilting From Little Things by Sarah Fielke inspired me to challenge myself to make a quilt or a dolly quilt from each chapter in her book, which is why this blog started – to chart my progress and keep a record. It’s a lovely book and teaches a different technique each chapter. I only have three left to make
3 Do you have a project you have made time and time again?
No as I have too many ideas in my head to repeat things, although lap quilts are probably the size I make most. I like to crochet which I learnt about a year ago; knit which I learnt from my Mum about 40+ years ago, she also taught me embroidery. Plus I paint and draw too. In the past I have made jewellery and I would like to learn etching or lino print making but not in this room as they are too messy!
4 Where do you get your best ideas?
Anywhere really, which is why I always try to remember to take a notebook out with me. I should keep one next to the bed as I often wake up at night with ideas – which can be a bit inconvenient to say the least!
5 Where do you sit to do your creating? Is it possible to share a photo?
I have a sewing cupboard room upstairs. It is about a eighth of the size I had in Australia but at least I still have one. I have taken over an Ikea bookcase in the hall to use as a cutting table as there isn’t enough room in here and the light is better too. I am thinking of getting locking castors to make it a bit higher.
The three dolly quilts on the wall are all from Sarah’s book, the cats are a present from my youngest from a school trip to China, the dog and purple pot are from charity shops, the wizard and dragon bookends are a present from my best friend Julie who sadly passed away from a brain tumour last year (I still think about her everyday as she was such a big part of my life for more than thirty years)
I have squeezed in various drawers and little shelves to keep track of the many WIPS I have
I have actually finished the star and the purse – it pays to be organised! That partly answers the next question
6 How do you store your WIPs and what do you take projects out in?
I also have a bigger set of plastic drawers for bigger projects in my (mainly) sewing room and I take EPP projects out in an old iPad cover in zip lock bags. My crochet and knitting live downstairs in a free bag that came with a magazine and an old wicker picnic basket from a bootsale.
Don’t forget to visit Coastal Crochet too! Thank you for nominating me and happy blog hopping to you all.
Questions and instructions for nominees
What is your favourite crafting tool?
What is your favourite craft book
What is your all time favourite yarn, thread or silks.
Do you have a project that you have made time and time again?
Are you hoping to make gifts for Christmas this year and if so approximately how many?
What is your favourite handmade gift that you have received from somebody else?
Where do you get your best ideas?
Where do you sit to do your creating? If possible could you share a photo?
Have your creative hobbies changed over the years or do you stick to the same ones?
How do you store your WIPs and what do you take out projects in?
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Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.
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Answer the questions put to you by the person who nominated you. This is a great way to get to know the people behind the blogs. The number of questions have vary from 5 to 11 depending on who is asking.
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These two flowers have travelled round a bit – in and out of a zip lock bag getting a bit wrinkled on the way but now they are finished
They are larger than the previously completed flowers; adding the diamonds gives more design possibilities the idea for which came from ‘Quilting on the Go!’ by Jessica Alexandrakis. This is a very good book for people new to EPP (English paper piecing) or if you have experience, full of good ideas and design projects big and small.
I particularly like the leaves. The stripy material is one that I had doubts about when I bought it; was the colour too acidic? But I love it as the leaves because they set the pink off so well
A very busy day on Friday. Finished four more blocks for the RSC15 and cut squares for the alternate blocks in yellow, orange and red. Posted my two tulip blocks for the Block Lotto and tidied the sewing room. Got a phone call to say that I am through to the second round of interviews for a job at Little Havens charity shop – fingers crossed!
My sewing room is too small so I am spreading out into the hall. It should be a bit more thread free as I made another fabric pot on Friday too, for all those little threads and clippings – my other one lives in the hall on an Ikea bookcase which has become my cutting table. It’s a bit low but I think adding castors (the locking kind) will raise it up high enough to save my back.
It might be October but the weather has been wonderful; warm and sunny with a slight mist this morning just to remind you that it is Autumn.
I made two blocks for my first lotto – purple and mauve tulips that are now on their way to America, I hope that the recipient of my blocks likes them
The mauve block isn’t wonky – I just took the photo at an angle!
The block for October is a monochromatic Twinkle Star. I have seen this block recently as one of the participants in the RSC15 is making them. I thought it was a lovely block and one for the future – didn’t think I would be making one so soon but it seems the future is here now!
This time the blocks are on black which will make for a striking quilt and one I would love to win. So I must get on with making new blocks – got to be in it, to win it