Sunday, November 27, 2011

Some finishes this last week

Its time for the Softies for Mirabel appeal run by Pip from Meet Me At Mikes. Its the fifth year and my third year participating.
This year I chose a pattern from Retro Mama and what a great pattern it is! It came together so beautifully. Its a great 'go to' pattern. I highly recommend it.

Next up was Block 5 in the Fat Quarter Stars Quilt Along. I had been hunting through my stash for a specific green fabric and couldn't find it. But there was a reason as these 2 fabrics practically jumped out straight onto the cutting mat. It was a quick block and came together easily. I am loving this quilt along! Its especially enjoyable when one manages to stay on top of the block making.

Last up is some eye candy. One of my local quilt shops was having a sale and as luck would have it this fabric was spotted and I thought "that would make a great backing fabric for my fat quarter stars quilt along quilt". So metres  were cut and paid for. Its a beautiful aqua from the So St.Croix range by Jennifer Paganelli.  Of course none of this would have happened if the price hadn't been right and I just 'knew' I didn't have anything at home that would be suitable for the quilt back. Yeah right, nothing suitable. As if! Let's just notch it up to a 'must have'.

 Has anyone taken advantage of any of the sales going on over the weekend? I may have done a bit of damage at The Fat Quarter Shop. I am so happy my sister is also a quilter (lot's of fun can be had shopping for just the right present for her) and was able to get her an awesome present. Can't tell you though as she might be reading this. Let's just say it will be 'swooning' its way over to me.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I think I am out of practice

You won't believe how long it took me to make the last 3 blocks of the Fat Quarter Stars Quilt Along. I haven't been able to sew for some time and I think I definitely lost the flow. That being said I did get them done. Yeah! I am all caught up now.
Below is blocks two, three and four. Block three looked good before I cut the pieces and sewed them together. There just isn't enough contrast in the centre pinwheel for my liking. No unpicking will be occurring though. I am just going to see how it fits in the whole quilt when all the blocks are done.

I have taken a picture of all the blocks together. I am slightly in love with the Kona Maize solid I am using. I love it with all the colours I have picked so far.

Next up is something sort of special, sort of insane. I asked one of my sister-in-laws if she would like a quilt. She said yes and we bought some of French General's Rural Jardin. The pattern is called Delectable Mountains. I love how the first block turned out.  There is an insane amount of triangles for each block and they are on the smallish side. I have to make 30 blocks. Yes 30!!!!! I have no idea how I will stay motivated but motivated I must be. I don't have an official deadline but I am thinking I should set myself one just so I get it finished.
Anybody got any tips on keeping the motivation going?

I know I lost my mojo a bit because while cutting out my quilt along blocks I cut myself not once but twice with the rotary cutter. Smart eh? Geez Louise do they sting.  Lucky not too much damage to me or the rotary cutter.
Now I am off to do some cutting out of small triangles.
I will leave you with a very cute saying from my 6 year old son. We were out driving and were merging onto the highway where the speed limit is 110 km/h when this voice pipes up from the back of the car "Accelerate like you love it Dad!". Yeah he loves watching car racing.