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William’s quilt

Making progress on William’s quilt the top is finished and I’m now thinking about the back.

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Wanted to add Williams name and found these paper pieced alphabet blocks  at Marcia’s blog here just needed to enlarge slightly.

 

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Marked the area I wanted green and cut the strips of fabric.

 

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Only had to unpick a couple of times!!  My brain has real problems with paper piecing but I got there in the end.

 

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Now just have to design the rest of the back!!!

Happy stitching and enjoy the bank holiday weekend

Daisy Do rows

Advances are being made on the Daisy Do quilt and there are now 4 rows joined length ways. Will join all the rows length ways before joining them across and then there is the border to think about!

Quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell

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Do you ever listen to podcasts ? I’m addicted to quilt programmes on iTunes and listen while sewing.

This week on “Quilt your heart out “there was an interesting discussion on templates and after my problems with Daisy Do templates ! my ears pricked up. They were also talking to Gerald Roy about his quilt exhibition. You can listen to his lecture on YouTube ” Quilts and Color / The Pilgrim ” talking about his quilt collection  and the use of colour, I found it really interesting.

http://quiltyourheartout.com/

Going back now to sewing those flowers !

Happy Stitching everybody

 

 

Back Home

We are back from our break in Portugal and I have managed to pick up a cough and cold, so feeling a bit under the weather.

Not felt much like sewing but there was one job that needed doing, sorting the scrap boxes!!!

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How to sort ?

Ended up sorting one box suitable for Circa 2016

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The larger pieces went into a bag and the smaller will be used to make the 120 half square triangles that will be needed.

The other box contains the rest of the scraps!!

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I wonder what project these will be used on?

Then we are left with the recycling bag

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It was so difficult to throw these out but at least with recycling they are not wasted.
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Now my work table is all clear and far too tidy.

Hope you are able to get some stitching done this week.

I’m listening to an audio book The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi  Cavavan . Have ten more hours to go after that I should be ready to pick up my needle and thread.

Happy stitching

 

 

Portugal

We are spending a few days at the house in Portugal. We have had 4 days of sunshine but today the rain arrived and looks like it will be here for the rest of the week.

Took some photos yesterday of the lemon tree it’s laden with fruit.

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Finding a use for them ! will take some home to make marmalade or lemon curd but while we’re here it’s cupcakes.

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A good book ,The Time Traveler’s wife by Audrey Niffenegger, a mug of tea and a cupcake or two. That’s how I will spend a wet afternoon.

Hope things are sunny where you are

Happy stitching

A quilt for William

A new project for our grandson, a quilt, he will be two years old in June.

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Riley Blake dinosaur fabric for the blocks and 3 plain fabrics for the sashing.

 

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Cut plain fabric into 21/2 inch squares

 

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I had some yellow check fabric in my stash so added that for the corners.

 

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The dinosaur fabric was fussy cut and border added.

 

This week there should be time to sew on the rest of the sashing. Not sure if there will be a border. That decision can be put off for a few days!

Want to keep this quilt light so thinking of using a polyester batting. Never used polyester before so will need to do some research .

Have a great weekend and happy stitching

Mystery quilt

 

Circa 2016

Time to catch up on the last couple of weeks for the mystery quilt before this weeks pattern arrives.

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The yellow art nouveau fabric is left over scraps from a fat quarter bundle purchased in Calgary about 10 years ago. I have been hanging on to them just because I loved the fabric. The fat quarter bundle was turned into a bed runner which is still on my bed. Funny how you can love a fabric so much that you don’t want to use it.
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Not so sure this block is a favourite , will just have to wait and see where it fits in.

With doing the photographic course I tried using a dark and light background . Think I like the dark as it seems to make the blocks stand out and gives extra texture.

Happy stitching

 

Daisy Do update

Still busy  cutting out and adding the joining pieces . A little slower than I would have liked, never mind!

 

 

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Had to take the two completed rows outside to get them all in. Only trouble being it was very windy.

The piecing is going well , better than expected with such small pieces. Just  need to take care in cutting  the joining pieces . Had a few problems in cutting out the template small enough on those skinny points. The card used tended to twist so Hubby cut me out some plastic templates. The little wheel for the 1/4 inch tends to slip off the edge. Perseverance is needed!

Happy stitching