Friday, 27 February 2009
Friday, 20 February 2009
The jelly roll only had 20 strips, but will make a very satisfactory lap quilt (if you like houses!). Please note, the quilt will not be leaning in this alarming manner - it must be the fact that I have one leg shorter than the other!
This is Big House. It finishes at 12"x10". You will need a whole strip for the background (well, 40") so I advise you to make these houses first. Cut background fabric 12 1/2", 2 1/2" x 4, 41/2" x 2 and 8 1/2". Cut the roof 12 1/2" (I suggest a dark roof for a light house, and a light roof for a dark house). Cut a door at 4 1/2", and windows 2 1/2" x 2 and 4 1/2". I used some light blue fabric from my stash for 'sky' and sashing. The sky pieces were 2 1/2" squares sewn across the corners, and the sashing was 1 1/2" wide. If you wanted to make two big windows on the house, you only need 38" of background, which probably leaves you enough fabric to cut a door for another house.
The small house finishes at 10"x10" and needs 33 1/2" of background, which leaves fabric for a roof for another house. Cut the background 10 1/2", 2 1/2" x 4 and 4 1/2" x 3. Door is 4 1/2" and windows 2 1/2" x 3. Roof is 10 1/2" and make the sky corners as before.
If you like a big upstairs window, you only need 31 1/2" of background, which could leave you enough for a roof for a Big House.
You can vary the windows and make the door on the left or right to make several variations. Since a jelly roll usually has 40 strips and my gift one had 20, you could make twice as many houses with your fabric! The quilt top (without borders) would measure 45"x 65", which will make a very decent single quilt when bordered. Let me know if you like my ideas - and they're FREE!
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Friday, 13 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
The house block is really easy, as it's only got a door and a roof, but it was fun selecting the people and animals (and one alien!) to stand in the doorways. It also gave me a chance to use up lots of bright fabrics and bargain pieces which had been lurking in my stash. I just need to finish slip-stitching the binding on this one and it's done.
And finally, some blocks I made for a 12 Days of Christmas quilt which was a pattern in Quiltmaker in 2004. They are too good to waste, but I'd be kidding myself if I thought I'd ever finish the whole quilt. In any event, I have used up nearly all of the beige fabric I've used for the background, which would make it look odd. How about this for a plan? I'll make the two remaining bird blocks (swan-a-swimming and goose-a-laying) and the remaining beige fabric and use the birds to put in the corners. The hens will easily go into a Linus quilt, and I can make some stars or some other blocks to fill in the gaps! In case, of course, you have a better idea........
Friday, 6 February 2009
Not quite my usual style, but very suitable for the colour scheme!
I couldn't believe it when I got up this morning to find more snow! We had a few inches on Tuesday, which resulted in a 'working from home' day for me. Wednesdays I don't work, so I was up ready for work on Thursday, to find about 6" of snow had fallen overnight. All my schools were closed, and I hadn't got any more work with me, so I had a snow day! I was planning to do some food shopping etc. today, but will wait till it stops snowing at least. This is the view from my front door.
(The thing on the right hand side which looks a bit like a cow's ear, is in fact a leaf on my bay tree!) And this is the view out of my bedroom window, over next door's garden and the fields.
For Middle England, this is serious snow! If you want to look at some decent photos of the snow (definitely no cow's ears etc) then Jane has some really lovely ones on her blog. Meanwhile, since I'm warm and snug, both DD and DS are safe and well, DH has a large heavy car and lots of common sense and I don't have any travel plans till Monday, I'm enjoying the view!
Monday, 2 February 2009
And to finish off with, some pictures of cold, miserable Brighton, and its famous pier. It was just starting to snow, and the wind was cutting through us like a knife.
Here are DD and DH strolling along the pier (they're the second group of people, not the ones with the blue hat and stick!) before we all had a nice hot cup of tea in a little cafe and then went home! I'm glad I manged to meet my deadline, as I've a feeling DD has been rather grateful for its warming properties!