Two Down, Two to Go

I have appliqued the centre of two of the fans and have two more plus the centre to finish. I hope I will finish in time for One Monthly Goal for October.

Fanfare applique

The lefthand semicircle looks almost black but all the background pieces are shades of purple.

I would get on faster if I didn’t get sidetracked by other projects, both quilting and drawing

More hexie lozenges

Hexagon Lozenge BlueHexagon Lozenge Pink

Not sure about the blue one, it looks a bit dull, maybe it will improve with the third round of hexagons

A coyote jaw bone for a free course run by Newcastle University, Australia in natural history illustration

Sketch Coyote jaw

Now to check out the rest of the projects for Slow Sunday Stitching on Kathy’s Quilts

Round Three

I am continuing to work on the hexagon lozenges and have added a third row to one of them. I love the blue and red together

Hexie lozenge EPP

This is the maximum size and as you can see from the ruler it is quite large. I only need to make 29 more

I have completed a lot of hand stitched projects this year for the City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting and now have my certificate!

I thought I would share a few of the samples; some I liked and some I will never do again! Folded patchwork and cathedral windows take up far to much fabric and although they do look good, I shan’t be making any more

Hawaiian Quilting
Hawaiian Quilting
Folded Patchwork
Folded Patchwork Star
Cathedral windows
Cathedral Windows
Bias binding applique
Bias Binding Applique

I will post more another day including the two main pieces – the quilt and the wall hanging, but now I am going to view the work for Slow Sunday Stitching on Kathy’s Quilts. Why not take a look too

Hexagon Go-Slow Sunday Stitching

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I think I have taken Slow Sunday Stitching to the extreme with these flower pots, but I have an excuse as the last picture will reveal!

They are to be appliqued to a background rather than finish the quilt entirely in hexagons

 

…and the reason they have taken so long? See below!

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The flower on the left is made from ‘normal’ sized hexagons  of 1 1/2 inches. Can you guess the size of the others?

If you would like to see more slow stitching posts why not pop over to Kathy’s Quilts where you can see what more sensible people make on Sunday. You can find the link here

Happy stitching everyone!

At the End of a Long Week

It has been a long week at work as I have been covering for the manager and there has been a lot to do, add to that, the absence of a couple of volunteers and I am exhausted. However there has still been time for a little sewing, on three projects no less; the RSC16, Fanfare and another star flower for grandmother’s flower garden. sometimes it is better to relax by ‘doing’ not just ‘sitting’

Looking a bit wonky on the inside of the fanfare block but now it’s time to stitch the centre and cover it up!

I wonder how busy everyone has been over at Kathy’s Quilts? Time to pop over and have a look

Spring flower

Spring seems a long way off with the weather being so cold and icy even here in the South. We went for a bracing walk along the front at Walton-on-the-Naze, far too fast to spot any fossils or sharks teeth along the shore or to take photos. Even with gloves on my hands were cold!

Still it was nice as the sun was out, but it is nicer sitting by the fire and sewing another flower for my GFG (Grandmother’s Flower Garden)

Star flower red

I think this garden will take years to grow as it keeps getting pushed back in favour of machine projects. I must renovate the little sewing box I bought in the Summer and keep it by my chair. I’m sure I will think of it more and do more if it is right beside me, otherwise it will end up being a great-grandmother’s flower garden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all the terrible events that have been happening around the world in Paris, Beirut and Syria to name a few, I didn’t feel like posting anything about patchwork squares or crotchet as it seemed so trivial. So many lives lost and so many lives altered forever. But then I thought back to a few decades ago when the IRA had ceased bombing mainland Britain for a while so I booked and paid for a theatre trip for a large group of family and friends in London. Then the bombing started again. I thought nobody would want to go and phoned everyone. Not a single person refused to go.

The comments were along the lines of; ‘Hitler never stopped us by bombing ‘ (from someone who survived the Blitz), ‘When your times up, your times up wherever you are’, ‘Nobody is telling me what to do’ ‘Don’t let them win’ and so on. Nearly everyone had worked in London during other bombing campaigns so this was no different.

The moral really is ‘Keep calm and carry on’ (WWII poster). The objective of terrorism is to stop you living a normal life. The French Tricolour is flying at half-mast on our town hall to show solidarity with Paris and in honour of Nick Alexander a resident of Colchester who died in the Bataclan attack. Remember the dead and  those affected by these terrible events.

But do not tar everyone with the same brush. Nobody attacked me as a catholic when the IRA killed innocent civilians and nobody should attack Muslims for this atrocity. That is what Daesh want, don’t play into their hands.

To carry on as normal then; swamp angel star completed

Swamp Angel Star

A few more alternative blocks and the top will be complete.

The applique fans are also nearly ready – just the inner circles to add once I have decided on the layout. For now I have been playing around with the composition, but might stick to the one in the ‘Quilting From Little Things’

The tumbler quilt top is nearly complete but still waiting for one more block for The Global Quilting Project. Four projects are nearing completion and my thoughts are already turning to the RSC16. What are you working on?

 

 

‘Pottering About’

A few more photos from the trip to Lacock Abbey used in the filming of Harry Potter. We were there at Halloween and lots of children were following the Potter Trail and trying out games inspired by the book. The very last room on the tour is actually the entrance but the best is kept til last.

Entrance Hall Lacock Abbey

It is one of the strangest rooms I have ever been in and is decorated with terracotta figures of wizards, knights and skeletons. The meaning of them isn’t known but the children are all convinced that one of the sculptures is Dumbledore – for obvious reasons!

The sugar cube was put on the goats nose in 1919 by an American student and as the owner, Matilda Talbot, found it amusing it has been replaced ever since!

I managed to prepare a few fans for applique while I was away and finished them when I got back home. Not many left to do now

Four Fans

Now I am getting a good idea of what it will look like when finished. The sewing machine wasn’t neglected either as I made the penultimate block for the RSC15 sampler quilt AND finished putting all my tumblers into strips ready to put the rows together. I was chuffed to see how the colours are working out together as they were ironed ready for the next stage. They were a mixed bunch of fabrics; some I wasn’t keen on, others that were odd colours put in fat quarter bundles and others that didn’t seem to go with anything else – yet here they are, all together and I love it!

It certainly is a mixed bag colour-wise but some key fabrics, like the blue and orange flowers, and a rainbow stripe (not shown) seem to pull all the others together.

Time to post to Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts, why not take a look too and see what everyone else is working on