Thursday, March 22, 2012

Well, finally got that centre piece sewn in, so now it's on to sewing the little red triangles and diamonds around the outside edge.

I really like the red between the more pastel colours.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A very busy Friday Night Sew In resulted in some much needed stitching around here.
I finished the 15 1/2" Feathered Star Star block for my Red and White quilt.

It needs a good press and trim, but it's not too bad!

I have been watching the weekly blog postings from the Temecula Quilt Co blog.  They are celebrating 5 years in business this year and have a weekly mystery basket block presented on their blog for March.  The very cute little 4 1/2" blocks will then go into making a small quilt with some plain fabric squares in between the baskets. 
I was waiting for their fabric kit to arrive in the post, and finally  on Thursday it found its way here.
A really lovely group of fabrics from Old Savannah by Paula Barnes. 

And yet again, as I look at the photo, I see a mistake.   The bottom basket block should have a plain triangle at the base of the basket.  I'm soooo observant!  LOL.
To round out the  night, I finished stitching my Pom Pom hexagon quilt centre together- well the hexagons anyway, I still have to make up my mind about the feature fabric in the centre.

Can't wait to stitch the centre into place so that I can take out some of the paper pieces and make the centre a little softer to sew.
Don't you love it when you're in the mood to sew, and the planets align (the kids leave you alone!) so that plenty of sewing can happen.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Well, I'm still a little behind this week for my Just Takes 2 blocks.
I've finished the last fortnight, now I have until the 15th of this month to get the next blocks done.  Thankfully there are only 2 blocks in the next part.

From a distance, the applique looks OK!
I think after the next blocks, we get  to sew the first section of blocks together.  That will be interesting, to see how this quilt is starting to take shape.
I'm very thankful to the Just Takes 2 ladies for going to all this trouble for our benefit, with no cost involved.
A lot of these blocks are paper foundation pieced.  I really dislike foundation piecing, however, I'm choosing to make this a learning experience.  LOL.  By the end of this quilt, I'll either like this form of piecing, or I'll never do it again!

My Summer School quilt is slowly taking shape.  The centre hexagon flowers are now being sewn together.

I still need to decide on something to go in the centre.
The glue stick method of baste-ing the small red shapes is fantastic.  No fiddling with needle and thread, no hours of sewing.  Just a very quick pin shape into place, cut around, then glue.  I'm best friends with my Sewline glue pen at the moment.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A busy week in the house this week.
I really feel like I haven't accomplished much, but I have found a little time here and there thank goodness.

 I finished my February small quilt for Jo's  Quiltalong with plenty of time to spare, but I've just decided to handquilt it.  I found some fabric with plums (what was I thinking?) on it, perfect backing I thought.  So, I've cut batting and backing for my 2 small quilts and 2 other little quilts and I'm good to go.  Mind you, they'll take me months- I'm realistic! 
I really like hand quilting, but I'm very slow.

I've also been working on my Just Takes 2  blocks for this fortnight.  The latest blocks came out on March 1, but now I'm only one block behind.
Finished this last night- please don't look too close at the applique.

I must admit to really loving this quilt-along.  There is something very "clean" looking about a two colour quilt, and I love red and white together. 

Lastly, I'm back doing a little stitching on my "Princess Feather" border.

I'm stitching one block then one border at a time.  I've recently seen another Kim McLean quilt in the works that I love, need to finish this one first.
Variety is the spice of life, isn't it?  LOL.