Wednesday, 9 July 2014

If I were doing this again

Would not have cut out the borders individually. I would have cut one piece with an inch between each border. I am finding the thread gets caught round the borders.

I would also join the bias stems before stitching them, like I have done in the 2nd one up from the bottom. So much faster and neater. I found it really fiddly to hide the joins under the leaves.
And just for some fabric eye candy. I found some of the photos given to me by the V&A for their Quilt Exhibition a few years ago. Look how some of the fabrics are fussy cut and how lovely the prints are.

Is that a dragons head at the top left of this photo?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

I do have a valid excuse.

I have again not got much done but my excuse is reasonable. I had four teeth extracted on Monday. I am having implants inserted when all the prep work is done. Enough said.
I have made the rest of the hexagons for the borders.

I bought a jelly roll of Dutch Heritage fabrics from the Quilt Room when I was at Quilts UK. There were 20 different fabrics and these are one of each of them with the exclusion of one bright light blue which seemed to clash. I am thinking of either using these in the corners of this round of the quilt to replace the broderie perse or perhaps to even replace all of the broderie perse in this round.

The woodpeckers are still visiting but never four together any longer. Sibling rivalry means that they chase each other away. Occasionally I get one on each feeding station until one sees the other and then they have a mid air fight.

My raised bed is bringing much joy. It is starting to get established. I can sit on the sleepers (railway ties) and potter about.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

I am feeling a little overwhelmed by how little I have done.

A week since my last post and I have not even finished one border of the Di Ford Mystery Quilt.
And then there are all the UFOs.

There's this one,

and the low contrast one which is probably an abandoned one rather than a UFO or Work in Progress.
I should concentrate more.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

A little more done.

 I have done some more on the French General Hexagons whilst the Queens Tennis has been on.
 And I have been looking at what effect it would have if I appliqued some other fabric behind that central hole. I quite like it but might stick with adding more hexagons and fussy cutting them...
I love this bit where I can ponder to my hearts content.
 These are a couple of the hexagon rosettes for the Di Ford mystery quilt.
And this is what mine look like on the back. I trim my backs to a scant 1/4" but leave in the stitching even after I removed the papers.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Little itty bitty details

I know the stitches hardly show up, but I can see the darker thread on on the light half inch hexagons. So a new method had to be found.
So on this side I added the cream to the red with red thread  and then stitched the cream to cream afterwards with matching thread. I fully realise this is starting to become obsessive but why do it wrong when I can do it right? The unpicker is there for scale, I am not so obsessive to undo those already finished....
This is as far as I have got. I shall move over to doing the Di Ford Mystery quilt again... this one isn't going to go off the boil, I shall just leave it to simmer a while. I don't have a pattern, it is evolving. Lying in bed last night, I was wondering about making this the centre for a medallion quilt. Maybe...

On my bird feeding stations I have been lucky enough to be visited by woodpeckers. Sometimes there are four of them at a time. It is difficult to get photos as they dart about from one side of the feeder to the other and my camera just isn't fast enough.
Peonies are for sale in the supermarkets. They are glorious and make a good substitution until my plants grow big enough to flower in the garden.

Some things in the garden are coming out well, but others have been slow. We have warm days followed by quite chilly weather.