Friday, October 5, 2012

I had to make a list...

I've just had so many things whirling around in my head at the moment - I needed to write it down (on an actual bit of paper) to keep track of it.  Once it had been written down - magically, I could start doing some of it!

First up was to piece and quilt my challenge wall hanging.  Binding all done.  Yay, one thing crossed off the list (although I do still need to sew on my label).


This quilting was really good practice for some of my other applique projects.  Doing this tight quilting was much harder than expected - and I knew that I was crap at echoing around the shapes.  More practice required!
Next I needed to put my attention to quilting a raffle quilt for the Kerikeri Guild.  Quilting polyester batting is never my favourite task - and even though it isn't the largest quilt in the world (smallish single or largish kids throw) and I did a fairly loose all over pattern, it blunted two needles!  Have you ever had problems with this?  Anyway, cross that off the list too.
This unisex quilt is bright and cheery - although it did do funny things to my eyes!
Next is Gail Pan's BOM Block 7 and 8.  Once I had Blocks 1 - 6 up on the design wall, I figured it was just as easy to start putting together the last two blocks together, instead of just concentrating on Block 7.  It's all about balance, as I decide where fabrics need to be repeated or avoided.  Progress is... slow but steady.  Once the backgrounds been decided I can add the details at my leisure - when I get sick of doing some of the other things I am in the middle of.



See there is progress - I've cut the background pieces!
 
No photo of the Circle blocks - but I've got 5 finished - so that means only four to go!  Over half way - then I can add sashing, and woot, just like that, it'll be finished.  Or added to the pile of other things to finish :0)

The other major project to rear it's ugly head so to speak - is my Buggy Barn cat quilt.  This one has been hanging around for several years now... yeah, it's one of those ones!  I finally finished getting it pieced last year and bought a brushed cotton as the backing fabric.  As I drove away from the shop, I knew I hadn't bought enough.  I washed and dried it - and put it all away.  Until yesterday, when I went a bit mental and pieced the backing, and crawled around like a lunatic doing the pin basting.  Then I left it (did some circles) and returned to it this morning, ready to put the hopping foot back on and start quilting the devil.  It's going to be a long job.



Another project that has sat on hold for a while is this one. 


It's so old it doesn't even have a name.  This started as a pattern I really liked in a American Patchwork magazine, but once I'd made the first block - I wasn't really interested in making any more, and wasn't sure what to do with it.  So it all sat in it's basket. 

Isn't this basket cute?

 Then I saw this book - which has 20" blocks, and since my lonely block is 25" I can easily scale it up to fit... now it all has a purpose and I just need to find the time to actually do it!




Just needs to be funked up with my funky fabric selection.

I am going to do this!  It is on my list!  Although I do need to give it a name... any suggestions?


And last of all, Nadia's had a bit of an image change with the appearance of a fringe!  No more hair in the eyes - and it does frame her face beautifully.


Whew, it's been a busy Week One of the holidays.  I wonder what is going to happen in Week Two??

5 comments:

  1. I'm a list writer from way back! There is something very satisfying about crossing all those jobs off! I love your un-named orphan block! It would make a lovely cushion if you didn't want to make more!? And the Gail Pan is nearly finished.....well, sort of!

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  2. You make me tired just to read through your blog with all your projects and sometimes I think I am crazy!! Nadia looks so much older with her new hairstyle ... love it.

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  3. I remember that block from waaaay back! And as for names - you've already named it - forgotten funky fabric flowers ;)

    And echoing what Kerryn says, your list makes me tired too (but then I'm tired to start with so you make me exhausted...).

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  4. 'A' for achievement - well done on getting through your list!!Love Charlotte's name for your block!! Happy weekend sewing!!

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  5. Nadia's fringe does look nice.
    Wow you are really getting some stuff done! I like the quilting on the challenge quilt....the Buggy barn cats looks great too.

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