Sunday, June 22, 2014

She Quilts therefore She Lives

A bit of a longer break than normal... not to say that I haven't been quilting, just that it's been rather monotonous... and combined with rather bleak weather conditions over the past couple of weeks, and a rather unhealthy looking pile of washing - blogging has just taken a bit of a back seat.  But I'm back :0)

First up, big news, I've finished quilting the Tokyo Subway!  Woohoo.

I rather lost interest in the quilting pattern somewhere between square 1 - 100. 

Of course, there were 1600 squares that needed to be filled, with exactly the same pattern.  I've discovered that it is not only poor posture that makes your shoulders ache while quilting - when you are doing really repetitive stuff, there is not enough variation in your movements... and you just sort of seize up.

I've also cut my binding strips - and look forward to attaching these next week.

 My Amy Gibson Sugar Club blocks have been winking at me...

 and the leftover Japanese Lady Quilt fabric (a variety of Bonnie & Camille fabrics)... were just itching to be cut up and started.  Did I mention that I am officially off the new fabric/new projects diet?  Luckily it finishes at the end of the month anyway.  I think this is going to be really pretty.

The Supernova blocks just keep growing... on the design wall at least. 

It has been a real challenge to get the leftover squares from the Tokyo Subway to fit into the colour scheme that I had chosen.  It would have been easier if there were more orange squares left... but with this combination, and stretching the colour scheme guidelines, it should work out fine.  Now I just need to finish cutting up a few more triangles, decide on a background colour (one vote so far for light... any other suggestions?), and actually start sewing all these little bits together.

Cuddling up in front of the fire has been conducive to getting some stitchery blocks finished.  I know, it's hard to believe I've left these unloved for so long... they really weren't that bad.

Block 6

Block 7

The first part of Block 8

That just leaves Block 8 Part Two and Block 9.  Then the construction can start.  No-one will be in the least surprised that I'm thinking about putting it together a bit different from the instructions.  However my hopes to do some designing in EQ7 have been dashed as I am having difficulties in getting the programme to run on my computer.  It has been a most frustrating weekend.

Although I did get new slippers...

... which are nice and warm and just a wee bit whimsical.

Well, that's me for the week... what is everyone else up to?


  1. You do seem to have a case of quilter's ADHD! So much happening Suz! I look forward to seeing the Tokyo Subway finished! I off to check out the London Tube so no sewing for me!

  2. Gee I love you new slippers! I got some new ones today, nothing as nice as your though.
    Well great finish on the quilting. I hear what you are saying about the repetitive quilting, it does get to your body AND your mind!
    Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing how you put your Country Yard mystery stitchery together. Remember I quilted 3 of those & all the same.

  3. You certainly have been busy. Love the Tokyo Subway quilt. How frustrating about related issues are just no fun!

  4. Aye... The Tokyo Subway is looking great - love your quilting (but then I always seem to do). I'm contemplating how I can lure you to the northern hemisphere and quilt all my quilts :)

  5. Congratulations on the Subway finish - although tedious, the quilting looks just right on it! More fun projects on the go I see, and woohoo the diet is over!! Such a shame about the eq7 - have you contacted tech support etc. I found them helpful in the past.

  6. Might have been tedious, but it looks awesome, and like all 'labours' the memories of the pain will fade a little as time passes. It'll look fab when the binding is on.
    Goodbye diet! Just be careful not to rebound splurge!
    Love the slippers. I've got my new ones on too, but they are boring brown sheepskin...