Monday, February 23, 2015

Anyone still there?

Despite all my best intentions, I seem to have developed a very strong streak of procrastination.  And guess what?  I'm really good at it. 

I have managed to get my quilting done on my girl quilt, and have one more short side to handstitch on the binding... but really, this should have been finished last week.

I do love the way the simple straight line quilting echoing either side of the seam lines gives it so much texture.

It's also been time for a new quilt on the bed.  Remember my Playground quilt using Sweetwaters Reunion fabric line?  Amazingly, even though this one has been finished for ages... it's never actually made it onto the bed! 

Although I say that everyone is my favourite, there is just something I love about the simple patterns and shapes in this quilt - both the fabric and block design.  I also love the simple petal shape quilted through the centre of each square, which has no relation to the arrangement of the blocks. 

And even though I angsted (shh, I don't think that's a word) over the charm squares that blended into the background and wondered whether to leave them out of the mix... I love the way those shapes blend into the background and give the quilt just that much more interest.

 Now, back to that pesky binding...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Perfect for a Baby Girl

After 7 or so weeks of school holiday time at and around home, I realized that while love may make the world go around, clean washing comes a close second :o)

Returning to work and school routines is of course on the one hand a blessing, on the other a blinking nuisance.  With the kids returning to school on different days, and me having a couple of sneaky free days up my sleeve, I treated myself to a new hairdo and a wonderfully relaxing facial and back massage.  All up - I probably feel as well rested as I have ever felt since having children!  Now that's a long time.

With the routines back to normal, I've been sneaking in a bit of sewing in the afternoons, and have managed to get my second baby quilt top (the little girl version) finished.

I had all sorts of plans for this charm bundle... but in the end I liked having the fabrics separated by the white, and cutting them into triangles made it just that much more interesting than a plain square patchwork.  This is another simple design that just suits these fabrics so well.

I chose a couple of blending fabrics for the narrow borders, which brings it up in size to 40"x48" - a good cot size.  I have plans for straight line quilting either side of the horizontal and vertical seams.  We'll see how that goes.