And so begins the task of turning small blocks into larger blocks - it's an on-going cycle of block-making in my house - small scraps become small blocks, which added to other small pieces (or sometimes larger ones) become full-size blocks, which get sewn together into tops and bordered - and the offcuts from the borders go into the scrap basket to start it all again!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
This is a top which I gave away a while back when I was having a clear out. Dolores and her quilting friends enlarged it a little, added some borders and quilted it up; they will now donate it as a fundraiser for the church which one of them attends. Isn't it nice to see things finished and going to good homes!
...and look - they've even given me a credit on the label!
A previous post shows the progress of the top, for those interested...
Sunday, March 22, 2015
...and here's the other of the two simple charm quilts, with a stripy border. This is the one which is a little less girly. Not that I am really into gender stereotypes, but you gotta group fabric together somehow... Maybe I should just have said pink/less pink!
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
All of these cards are ones where I was the middle player - so you can see all three steps - the finished product, what it looked like to start with, and what it looked like after my addition to it. I always think these are the most fun to look at...
(how it started)
(I added some themed sequins)
The finished product...
how it started...
I added some large medallions.
how it started...
I added the washi tape across teh top and a black decal.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
One quilt with binding one - only two more to go. Plus a couple of small ones hanging about! This one has an intended purpose, though - a wedding present for an upcoming wedding - so it's good that it's done...
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Not a lot of progress this week, as you can see, although I have begun to work my way into the second quarter - however, I did manage to get a quilt binding done (photos tomorrow), so that should count for something. I'll work on this one again next week as I haven't really done much with it this week...
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
...but not bought - these two patterns were among those being given away by my friend Julie , so they've come to my stash totally free... I have all I need to stitch up the cow, except possibly the right colour fabric, so I might do it soon (or not); the other one needs some variegated threads, so I'll have to have a look through my collection and see what I have that would suit - I don't have anything in the brand mentioned, nor does my friendly UK supplier. Still, there are lots of other hand-dyes which might work...
Monday, March 16, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Three sets of ATC Round Robins on which I was the third (and last) player - I added some butterflies and flowers to these blue butterfly cards,
I added a fish to these fishy cards
and I added a partridge to this pear tree set (luckily I had a partridge in a pear tree stamp from a set of Christmas stamps)...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Pulled this one out to work on again - it was something I started a long time ago - in the summer last time we went to the US, so that's 2013... I didn't do a lot with it when I was there, and so it's been languishing in an unfinished state at the bottom of my cross-stitch basket. I didn't get a lot of work done on it this week as I have also been stitching down binding part of the time, but a little progress is still progress. Next week, back to the Thirteen Colonies (and binding stitching, too).
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Here are the more girly charms (or at least, the less boyish ones), put in with some pink squares - the pinks were from a couple of larger (but still quite small) pieces. Again, this will be the centre of a top, which will then get a border of some sort around it...
Monday, March 09, 2015
Sunday, March 08, 2015
So, I finally got my act together and put binding on not one, not two, but three quilts - this means all the quilts I have which are quilted, now have binding attached. It's not stitched down yet, but it will be before long. The green one will be first, as that's the one which is the gift for the upcoming wedding. I also have two small quilts which have binding on, waiting to be finished off. Guess I should do them as well. I might make a resolution to stitch binding for half an hour every evening before doing any cross stitch. Or I might not!
Saturday, March 07, 2015
Decided that now that I'd put together all those block sets into tops, it was time to have a look at them, and my stash of suitable border prints, and match some up so that it's easy to put borders on when I have time to do it. So here are all the tops on the floor, for me to have a look at...
And here's a nice couple of neat stacks of tops with coordinating prints.... There were some where I didn't really have suitable prints, so I've put those back for later consideration - they will either be donated without borders or will wait until I have suitable fabric, like the next time I visit a quilt show and hit the bargain sections.