Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Despite the pile of tops waiting to be layered and quilted, I felt the need to start something new.  Very bad.  But on the good side, I looked in my UFO drawer to see what I could use up.  I found a bag which contained the samples from a sew-a-row- class I taught a while ago.  I started by making the rows with the students (Seminole and some Anita Grossman Solomon blocks) but soon realised that it wasn't necessary, so only made a couple of each block.  I got these out, added a few other blue orphans and this house block, and started to play.
Here's the work in progress.  The house will obviously go in the middle, to make a medallion, and the Seminole is just long enough to go on the top and bottom.  The row of Anita Grossman Solomon blocks will be unpicked and shared out.  The yellow star and the spool blocks will have to wait for another day - they don't quite match.

And here is the arrangement so far.  Just got to add to the corner circle blocks and join the sides.

I think a red narrow border and then a wider blue.  Nothing better than a quilt from ready made blocks!

Friday, 18 April 2014


As ever, I have been sewing, but not on much very interesting.  I've been trying to chip away at the boxful of Linus tops which need layering and quilting, and have completed my aim for this month of layering and quilting one a week - sounds a lot, but they're only small and don't take long.  I've also been sewing together some blocks made by the Hinckley U3A Craft Group, which are one of
 Bonnie Hunter's designs, 'Starstruck'.  Here it is in green and red.   

A green final border will finish it off nicely.  So after all that work, I needed a bit of play.  I've fancied making some of the dollies from Kathy Doughty's 'Burbs' quilt for ages, so had a go.  They are just strips and bits, so ideal for using up Linus scraps.  I decided my dollies would be multicultural and holding hands.
They were great fun to do.  If you fancy them, the details are in 'Material Obsession 1'.

I included hats for some, and had fun last night embroidering some as well.

DS was concerned at this dolly's mottled skin.  'Has she got leprosy?' he rudely asked.  I thought it was realistic!

This one, despite her fair skin tone, reminds me of an African lady with her big head dress!  A nice border round these should make a lovely girly quilt.  DH is going to the football this afternoon so three guesses what I'll be doing!