Friday, 21 September 2007

Mile a minute anon

I am thinking of setting up a support group for those in the grip of Mile a Minute blocks. They are very addictive, and once you start making them, you can't stop till you have enough for a quilt. I'm thinking of calling it MaMA or Mile a Minute Anonymous. If you would like to join, please let me know. (LOL) Last week I had a coffee with my friend Jackie, and showed her my Mile a Minute quilt top. Jackie is a very talented quilter, but a perfectionist, and has lots of UFOs which she thinks aren't perfect enough to finish yet. However, in less than a week she had not only tried a new restricted colour version of the block, but actually finished a top! Here she is, peeping over it (sorry Jackie, I did say I wouldn't get you in the photo, but I'm not very good at keeping still when I click!). The consensus of our quilting group is that it should be called Liquorice Allsorts (after the famous sweets). Doesn't it look fantastic!
Here is a photo of an applique block I have recently finished for a challenge I have taken with a group in Rugby It's taken from 'Quilting the Garden' by Barb Adams, Alma Allen and Ricki Creamer and adapted slightly. The challenge is to make blocks month by month with certain features, such as house, stars, flying etc. and July's challenge was circles, as you can see (they are supposed to be circles, honest!). I still have a block with half or quarter square triangles to go, (and the quilt to assemble, of course) and the show and tell of completed quilts is tomorrow! Don't think I'll be quite ready. Jane has finished her quilt - well, she would have, wouldn't she, as she's organising the challenge! Don't worry, Jane, I'll get there eventually!

11 comments:

anne bebbington said...

Liquorice allsorts is the perfect name for it - lovely!

Karol-Ann said...

Both very nice! I can see a few circles :O) and I can definitely see Liquorice allsorts!!

blackbearcabin said...

Definately like the Good N Plenty quilt!!! :) heheheh
great colors...can you tell me where you got that pattern? Love the applique block you did too! It looks like a lot of hard work went into that one! You have been very busy! :)
cheers!
lisajo

blackbearcabin said...

thanks for the link...cant wait to try that out with some of my scraps! hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Andrea said...

Fantastic applique block - love the background colour ! The mam addiction keps growing - this one is great. Well done to Jackie..

YankeeQuilter said...

The fabrics in the Liquorice quilt are wonderful. Your applique looks great too. My mile a minute has turned more into a country road ramble...slow and a bit lost!

Patti said...

That is the perfect name! I remember those candies, and this quilt looks exactly like them.

I think maybe I need to join your new group for MAM quilters - I've made 1016 blocks! I think that's enought for 8-10 quilts. The sad thing is that I still have twice as many strips and crumbs left as went into these blocks.

loulee1 said...

Liquorice all sorts is the perfect name for the MAM quilt.

Your applique looks great.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Hi Lynda, thanks for visiting my blog - pleased to meet a namesake! Wow! you certainly have been zooming along with your quilts! I'm a real slowcoach! I love the MAMs and i'm going to make one - one day!

jovaliquilts said...

That must be a British candy -- it looks like Good N Plenty to an American like me! Very nice. I love the coordinated pink and black look. :)

And MaMA is a great name, too. Has the added benefit of sounding like a cry to Mama for help in stopping!

Posted a link on my blog to your happy houses, which are wonderful.

C.Jenkins said...

I particularly like the composition of abstracted forms within a regimented grid ( a bit like all those Liquorice Allsorts in the fresh bag! ). It would be nice to see some of these supposed 'unfinished' works also, its not good being a perfectionist if no-one ever gets to see the results!