Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Piecing Day

I enjoyed my first "Sit & Sew" day of the week, and got all the prepared units pieced:
Vivienne who runs the group set two challenges for us to complete during the year! That wasn't in my plans, as I intended concentrating on existing projects this year rather than starting any more. Now I'm trying to think of very small pieces I could make that would fulfil the requirements.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


I needed to take a break from quilting, so today did some simple piecing:
This is four of about a dozen units I made of Bonnie Hunter's "Carolina Chain" pattern. In the final quilt the units are assembled into blocks like this, then set on point. But I'm just making units, not blocks, at the moment.

In the coming week I have four "Sit & Sew" days! Four in one week is a bit much. They are all events that only happen once a month, but it would be better it they were spread out through the month. The first one (Tuesday) is at a venue where I can take my machine, so I cut all the components to make a bunch more of these chain units:
Now I need to find things to do on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

More Background

Finished quilting the background of another block:
The quilted shape is meant to be similar to the shape of the petals of those flowers.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Brom Flower

Beautiful flower opening on a bromeliad in the back yard.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Background Done

For this block, at least. There's plenty more background quilting to do, but I won't be doing any such time-consuming work on the other blocks. I used Lori Kennedy's Grid Pop design, but doing it around appliqué was slow work:
The top photo is with the flash, which flattens it out. Below without the flash:
A bit indistinct due to camera movement, but you can see the textural effect of the quilting. And you can also see that the foreground is going to need a bit of work.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Filling Spaces

Having outlined the appliqué I'm working on filling the background:
Once I finish this grid I'll be filling in some of it as well. It is slow going.

Because this is Esther Aliu's design, it seems appropriate to link it to her WIPs on Wednesday this week.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Garden Goodies

This bed has my dahlias, and a few other bits and pieces:
Including the one Mystic Star dahlia that made it here from my old garden:

Elsewhere in the garden are two small zinnia plants, each with one flower:
All that came up from a whole packet of seeds. And they are both the same colour!

Someone's been having fun with the welder, making a garden sculpture for me out of some of the left-over metal bits from various concreting jobs:
That won't be its permanent home, it was just put there so I could see it without going outside