Thursday, March 26, 2015

QST centres in blacks and neutrals

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!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

String and Stripes

Another of the tops made from various string blocks I had before - you've seen the centre, but here it is with a border on it...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

String Squares - small to larger

All those little string squares made from short strings have now been joined to make larger string square blocks.... Just waiting to be joined up completely, and then bordered.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Log Cabin Redux

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

Simple Charm Quilt II

...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

Simple Charm Quilt I

Here's one of the two simple charm (5" square) quilts, with a border on it. This is the one which is more girly.

Friday, March 20, 2015

ATC Friday

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.

Finished product...

how it started...

I added the washi tape across teh top and a black decal.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easy being green

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

Cross Stitch Update

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

Cross Stitch Patterns In

...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

Using up all those string blocks

I think this might be the end of them... Another top for the Linus pile.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Scrappy Strings with Leaf Border

Another little Linus top - some more of the scrappy string blocks, with a leaf print border. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Scrappy Tumblers, bordered

Another little top which now has a border and can go in the Linus pile - this one came out really well, I think. I will definitely do some more scrappy tumblers, some day...

Friday, March 13, 2015

ATC Friday

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

String squares with a flower border

As I said before, once the block sets are all together, the task of sewing some borders on begins... Here's one of them...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cross-stitch update

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

Novelties II

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

Novelties I

Another exercise in getting rid of some charm squares - I removed all the novelties and used the more boyish ones with some hand-dyes to create this top centre.  Tomorrow, the more girly ones...

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Binding on!

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

All the charity quilt tops...

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.