Friday, 30 September 2011

Oh dear

I recently posted a photo of this beautiful quilt and broke one of the most important rules of blogging. I didn't manage to find out whose image it was (it came to me in a link, and believe me, I tried to find its origin but failed and soon gave up) so posted it anyway. In my defence, all I can say is that it was so delectable, and inspiring, I couldn't resist, but I know that's no excuse for bad manners. So all I can do now is apologise and try my best to right the wrong. It was made by the talented Mama Spark and you can see all her quilts here. Please visit and help me to salve my conscience!

And here is my completed top waiting patiently in my UFO drawer for layering.

Monday, 19 September 2011

The ultimate accolade

I have got back to my Bonnie Hunter 'Kiss in the Corner' and it's now a top! I want to get it finished for our local group's forthcoming exhibition, so need to layer it up asap.

I'm really pleased with it, and love the way the Friendship Stars show up so well. Mind you, in traditional manner, a few of those little star points jumped around before I had chance to sew them, and have turned into Friendship Splats! I was going to undo them, but in the end (in true Master of Patience? fashion!) I have left them in. I'm sure you can pick them out, but in case you can't, here's one.

This has given me a name for the quilt - 'Nobody's Perfect'! I took it to my Tuesday group, and people were very kind, and made lots of positive comments about the quilt. All except June, who stood for a moment gazing at it, before she said, 'I just want to eat it!' I would say that was the ultimate accolade. Thanks, June!

Monday, 12 September 2011

I can quilt a rainbow!

Lots of fun over the weekend playing around with scraps of every colour (except brown!). I have made enough blocks for a nice Linus quilt, and will join them together tomorrow.

My problem was that there aren't enough colours in the rainbow to make a big enough quilt - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet is only 7 rows, and I don't think even my extensive stash will have the required number of indigo and violet scraps! So I decided to make blue/green (alias turquoise) and blue as two rows, which should be OK. I've made 8 blocks of each colour, so the quilt will finish up bigger than this. Very keen to see how it turns out!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Still no master of patience!

If I had a pound for every person who said they'd love to make a quilt but 'they hadn't got the patience', it'd keep me in fabric for years! (Well, weeks!) I have the attention span of a goldfish, but manage to get quilts finished eventually.

I am more than halfway through assembling Bonnie Hunter's 'Kiss in the Corner', and it's looking good, but when I was sent a link to this quilt

I just had to start making some blocks! I love Mile a Minute, and the idea of making a sets of monochrome ones really appeals. So no more kisses for me just now,

I'm making a rainbow!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Back now

Two weeks ago we went to Edinburgh to perform our version of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. We had a fabulous time, and I have been waiting for Dawn (our own resident David Bailey) to upload her hundreds of photos so I could share them. Apparently, Picassa has been playing her up, as it doesn't like more than 1,000 photos in one file (yes, she has more than that!) so they aren't available yet. So, on with the quilty news.

I have now finished all my Carolina Lily blocks for the challenge group, and I think that although they aren't all very accurate, they will be fine once they are joined to other blocks. Then I had to find another block to do. (We have decided that one block every two months won't get the quilt finished for years, so have chosen to make two blocks instead!) Since my quilt is an homage to the Sundial Quilt in the V&A, I looked to see if there was a block there I fancied. I came up with this simple square in a square, but with a fussy cut centre.

I had some blue toile which lent itself to the centres, and the blocks went together quite quickly.

Although, I'm not quite sure what is happening in this scene. Is this lady sitting with a crocodile at her feet or is it a rather excessive ruffle on her dress? Any ideas?