Sunday, January 25, 2015

Big Brown O's

After making some of these O blocks (in a different colourway) for the December Block Lotto, I knew they'd be a good way of destashing a little bit of my overabundance of brown fabrics, so I pulled out a load of brown fabrics (ok, I confess, 40 or so different ones - told you I had an overabundance) and some suitable backgrounds, and made up some O blocks. Not sure how many I ended up with - I went until I ran out of light brown for the backgrounds...  They'll join the stack of block sets waiting to be made up into quilt tops. But I'm making a mini-resolution: no more new block sets until I get rid of at least three sets from my current stash of sets (I think there are about a dozen). Watch this space.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Red Border no 3

And here's the last of the little tops with red Hawaiian borders. There may be a bit of this fabric in my scrap baskets, but there's certainly not much left now.  Which is, of course, the way I want it!

Friday, January 23, 2015

ATC Friday

Some round robin cards - these are ones on which I was the second player, so I have scans off all three stages of the cards. On these, I added the brown paper with the stamp of a tree and the cat.  They came back with a star stamped, and some detail around the border - perfect. 

These came to me a little plainer than the crow cards above; I added a transparency with part of a sunflower on it (amazing what you have knocking around from previous swaps, which can be put to use). A yellow butterfly and some detail stickers by player 3  to finish!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Red Border no 2

Here's the second instance of the red fabric being used as a border - there are red cornerstones in the interior of this very busy piece, as well as some cat fabric used as sashing. No idea why I had so many miscellaneous bits of cat fabric as it's not something I ever buy, really!  Funny how fabric does that...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

As I am now tired of my Christmas stitching until much later in the year, I went back to pull out this piece, which I stopped working on in early December, I think. Made good progress on it this week, though there are still a few borders to come (and two alphabets at the bottom) - won't be long, though, especially if I get another week where I get as much done as this week...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

First of the Red Borders

Using up a piece of red border fabric - It's like a Hawaiian shirt print, with surfboards and palm trees and whatnot. I had enough to border three small quilt tops, so here's the first of the lot, I didn't manage to make it to the Farnham Maltings Quilt Show and Fabric Sale this year, which is where I usually buy a lot of sale priced fabric to use as quilt borders for charity quilts (and backings for my own quilts), so 2015 will be a very good exercise in using up what I've bought previously!

Monday, January 19, 2015

A little taupe top

A good use for this border fabric - I used it in a piece I made for my mother quite a few years ago now, and it's actually kind of hard to use. The neutral blocks within the centre of the quilt were some fabric donated to me by someone who knows I quilt (as so often happens) - not stuff I'd probably use myself, so they seemed a good addition to the charity top stash...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Floral border

Not quite sure about this one, as it's a little wonky (intentionally and unintentionally). But perhaps someone will love it for its very wonkiness!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Black and white block lotto

Only one block made for the blocklotto this month - I had considered doing more, but actually, almost all the black and white prints I have are unsuitable - they either contain a little of some other colour or they are so evenly split between black and white that they don't really look black or white, which makes them hard to use in this situation. And as I am trying to buy very little new fabric in general, I decided that one was actually enough!

ATC Friday

Some more cards which I was given the task of finishing off. True to form, I looked to words to do this - at least partly. For these cards with stamps of explorers (which are great, aren't they?) I added a small piece of map, and the word "explore" - I am running out of small letters though - I had to use three different fonts - really must get some more.

For these cards of a little girl, which were fairly busy already, I added a small colourful cat and added a nice sentiment.

And for these celebratory cards, I just added a word and some more, different silver stars. I think all three came out pretty well.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Black & Neutral Rail Fence

Another small top - not yet bordered - using up some of the blocks I have stashed away. Not sure how many of these black and neutral blocks are left, but I think there's at least one quilt's worth.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

Here's the final picture of the angels before I put it away for the year. I did do a little more on it, though not a huge amount. I finished the feet of the green angel, which is nice - it was a little weird that she didn't have any feet. And I carried the border on around the outside to meet up with the other side. Next year, I will have the right colour red for the inside of the border so hopefully I can make really good headway with that.

I did also spent a little time stitching this small piece - it's nearly done (the picture) - just some detail on the angels - and then there are the words, which say "Angels we have heard on high" - it will be a sweet addition to the Christmas Cross Stitches. But I'm tired of Christmas now, and am going to put these (and the other one with the elves) away until next year.  I think I have a non-seasonal piece half finished, so it will be back to that, and something else - perhaps another little Sheep.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Scrappy with coffee, part 3

...and here are the blocks joined together into a small top. The border still needs to be attached, but that's a job for another day!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Scrappy with Coffee, Part 2

The next step was to use the two coordinating fabrics as borders for the remaining scrappy blocks - easily accomplished.  Now it's just to join them together, then use the coffee print as a border for the small top.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Nearing the end of the Scrappy Log Cabins

I've been making lots of block sets and tops using up some scrappy log cabin blocks I had - bordering them in other fabrics or joining them with sashing between, etc. I'm down to the very last handful of them now (though some are still lurking as block sets waiting to be put together). I decided to do something coordinating with these, so grabbed a fabric from my stash of prints to use as borders (the coffee pots), and then pulled out two smaller pieces of fabric which coordinate with the border, to use as outsides for these last few log cabin blocks. Haven't stitched them yet, but they are there waiting, all nicely coordinated!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A little (or not so little) talk about quilts...

My local library has a monthly craft feature, run by the Friends of the Library - sometimes it's a practical thing, sometimes it's just a talk, and the co-ordinator, whom I have known for years as our kids went to school together, asked me ages ago if I'd be willing to do a quilt talk (not a how-to, more of a trunk show).  Well, I'm pretty good at talking, and I have a lot of quilts I can show, so I said ok - today was the day. I took a big pile (several, really) of quilts, and kind of made it up as I went along. I showed a few to start, then we looked at some simple patchwork blocks and talked about construction and the stages of that. Luckily, I happened to have things in all stage of construction lying around the house - who'd have guessed!

Not many photos, unfortunately - we just put a table in the middle with some chairs around in a circle and I'd laid all the quilts out, sort of in a sensible order, on the table, and I peeled them back as I went.  The smaller art quilts, etc.  I sort of had out to the side, and we talked about those too and  about different kinds of community quilting (especially online, virtual stuff), like Block of the Month projects, Online Bees and Challenges, The Block Lotto, Quilt Swaps, Round Robins, and so on. It was really good fun, and I think the ladies who came (there were about a dozen - and yes, they were all ladies) - enjoyed it - I hope so!  Although it wasn't a practical session, one lady did bring along a hexagon piece she'd been working on for many years, with scraps of kids' clothes and other meaningful things, so we did have a quick chat at the end about what she might do to kind of finish it up  - I think it was a bit of a Topsy patchwork - it just grew!

I'm going to go back at some point later in the year to talk about ATCs - that will be a little show and tell, but also we'll do some practical stuff - probably do some round robins because that's sort of easier, and more social. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

ATC Friday

Some more round robins, which have come back to me, finished. These are all ones which I started, so you get to see the final card and the starter, but not the middle stage.  This Key card started very simply: 

This one was a bit more busy, with a ticket themed backing paper as well as an old bus ticket. 

And this one had some vintage feel paper, and a small picture, but got several other interesting things along the way - very happy with all three!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Blue Trio

These blocks don't constitute  "using up" my stash of blocks, but they are a way of turning smaller blocks into something a little more substantial, and of course, of using up some smaller pieces of blue fabric. I can't remember offhand  how many of each there were - possibly only four - but it will still make a sweet small kids' quilt for Project Linus...

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

Another week of Christmas stitching - I was hoping to finish this one before I got tired of Christmas, but somehow, I don't think it's going to happen. There's not a huge amount more to stitch, but...

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Rainbow PAT swap

This ATC swap is a Pick-a-theme swap - the sort where, instead of everyone making cards to a given theme (e.g. birds, 60s TV shows, Famous Quotes) and the hostess gathering them all and then sending them back out to the players, each player specifies a theme for what they would like to receive. I was in a group specialising in Altered Playing Cards (APCs) - I asked for cards with a bird theme (the whole swap also had a rainbow theme to it). The themes in my group were John Cusack, Audrey Hepburn, Alice in Wonderland and dogs. The butterfly card at the top is for a different group - there were only two of us in that group and it wasn't a playing card group...