Monday, November 16, 2015

Second rail fence top

...and as promised, here's the second (smaller) top made with those rail fence variation blocks. Of course, both will need borders now...

Sunday, November 15, 2015

First rail fence top

Some more blocks together - this is only half of this set, which means they'll soon be followed by a second variation on this theme...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Block Set Update

It's been a little while since I updated the status of my basket of block sets - a few additions, but more removals, which is good!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Finished ATCs for Friday

Some more round robin cards which have made their way home to me...  and what they looked like when they left home, for comparison.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Scrappy double four patch centre

Another set of scrappy blocks, together and ready for a border. Moving it from the block basket to the border basket is not quite as satisfying as moving it to the "waiting to go to Linus" basket, but it's a start.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

Finished off this Three Little Words piece, which is remarkable, really, given how busy I've been in the evenings lately - the next week will be even worse!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Another strippy, now bordered

This border works even better than the black one, I think - though it does end up quite busy. 

Monday, November 09, 2015

That crazy totem pole border, again

More of the totem pole fabric as a border. It really works well, despite the unlikelihood!

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Some transport novelties

Another set of blocks together and out of the block basket (and into the basket of cetres waiting for borders!). I do have some fabric for this one to be bordered with, though, so perhaps it won't sit there for too long.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Strippy floral

Another top centre, which has now had a border added. This is another of the group of quilts for Project Linus, which use fabric which I've had from the Linus stash, for the border. I think the scraps in the strippy centre are probably all from my stash, though there may be a few bits and pieces left over from previous Linus borders. Hard to remember!

Friday, November 06, 2015

ATC Friday

Another set of ATCs - these are all ones where I was the second person to work on the cards, so I am able to show all three stages - what they looked like when I got them, after I added something and the finished product - that's my favourite to show (though not necessarily to work on).

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Purple strings

Another set of blocks which was hanging around, now made into the centre of a top. I used purple strips down the centre of these string blocks to provide a little unity, which I don't always do with strings, but it's fun when it happens. Of course, I like string blocks the other way (completely scrappy) as well...

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

Finished the second part of this mystery, and decided to put it away until next autumn. I'll stitch a few small things I'm partly finished with, and then I think it may be time for the other Seasonal things (yes, those ones)...

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

A few goodies

Last week when I visited Liz, the Project Linus Coordinator, I popped into the local high street (Carshalton Village) to grab a few bits and pieces, and right next to the ATM off the main street, I found a craft shop. Of course I had to go in, as it was obviously fate that led me there (I only went to that cash point, tucked back by the post office because the one in the high street was out of order...).  And even better, everything in the shop was 50 per cent off, as she's closing down her retail premises and going entirely online. Bonus!

Monday, November 02, 2015

Black and pink...the leftovers

I don't know why I'm always surprised at the scrap bag/basket growing so much and needing to be thinned out - every time I do any sort of project, I get scraps generated - like above...

Of course the upside of that is that I get a nice stack of blocks to go along with my scraps:

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Black and Pink

Felt like doing some block making today - having spent some time over the half term holiday putting together block sets and bordering centres, I was ready to go back to my first love - making blocks! With these I pulled out some girly novelties and some pink and black prints to border them. There are more combinations than what are shown, but it gives you the general idea. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Linus "Shopping"

Yesterday, I had a trip down to see my local Project Linus Coordinator, Liz, who sometimes runs Linus days which I've been to, but of course also coordinates other Project Linus efforts in my area. One of the things she does is provide a home for various donated fabric, e.g. when someone is getting rid of their stash for whatever reason. Consequently, she has quite a big stash of fabric for Linus projects. Last time we had a "day" at her house, she let me take away some pieces suitable for bodering my scrappy tops, and I've now used most of that fabric up.  I took her a big stack of tops, and also took a few which I didn't have suitable borders for, in the hopes we could match them up with something in her Linus stash.  And so, four more top centres which now have border prints waiting. 

I also brought away these prints for future possible borders, 

and these two fabrics of a slightly lesser quality, which will make excellent foundations for string blocks.  I love when fabric shopping doesn't cost me anything. And I got a cup of tea and some nice conversation out of it as well!

Friday, October 30, 2015

ATC Friday

Another group of finished Round Robin cards - again, with all these cards I was the third person to add something.

These are my favourite of the group - really sweet cards!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ben's Shirts Quilts: Step 1

A little while back I mentioned that I'd agreed to make some quilts for a friend from her late husband's shirts, for her two sons. Finally, I've had a chance to sort through the clothes a bit and think about where to start.  There are loads of shirts (and one pair of trousers - perhaps pyjama bottoms), so it will be interesting to see what I can do with them... First step, though, was to sort out those with a specific, large pattern/logo and deal with them: 

So that's what I did. These have large logos/pictures, so I've used some interfacing to stabilise them and made them into large squares or rectangles to allow the maximum use of the designs. 

Next step: buy more interfacing!  Most of the shirts are t-shirts, so are quite soft & flexible - great on your body, not so great when quilting.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

A little bit of progress this week, down the right hand side.  Slowly but surely!