Friday, September 26, 2014

Log cabins

I got a Jelly Roll in the mail one day after an  order went missing in the mail....I don't really buy jelly rolls but I thought it was probably the best time to try a basic Log cabin block.

Now again, I know some of you are saying 'um Erin we have seen these before,, didn't we?'  and 'Gosh do you not have anything new to show us?'  Well I'm sorry I don't but there were a good few quilts tops that needed to be finished as they are taking up too much precious room.  (Cora is really making her mark in the house)  I even had the binding done, why did it take me so long, I do not know.

So last week,  I pulled the backing out (after a trip to Ikea that day) and before I know it I had it on the machine and began to quilt it.  So each night when Cora went down to sleep I turned on the machine and got a bit more done, and with a little bit of handsewing the following nights, bit by bit I had it finished.

No real love for this quilt, and  think next time I will use log cabins I will try the wobbly look.
Its such a good feeling to get something crossed off the list.

But no rest, I have another ready to be tackled next week.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Another Swap

I signed up for The Big Stitch Swap that Sarah at Fairyface Designs and Cindy at Fluffy Sheep Quilting had organised.
As usual time has flown by and I haven't even written a post that I had joined.  (Sorry mystery partner) but I did get my mosaic up as soon as I could.

Now really I do not know why I joined up.  I don't like hand stitching at all. I don't even have time to get my bee blocks done let alone a swap, but I always find that I am thinking that I am going to miss out on something.  Sucker!

I had spotted something on my secret partners mosaic that I really liked and thought that I would try, so I bought the pattern and I stalled even starting it.  Maybe I stalled for a reason but I then saw another two doing the same pattern so I went back to the drawing board.

I had decided to make a tote for my partner but I needed to practise so out came some cardboard and I played around with a few ideas.  French knots are not my forte and I did try but I had to go back to just simple stitching.

Yes she doesn't like being left out of a photo.

In return my secret sender packed this little parcel up and it landed at my doorstep about a week ago.
I lovely canvas bag of her own pattern (which is what I like to see) and as my other bag from a swap has outgrown my bundles of wool and all the knitting needles I have accumulated in the past year.

And a little treat.  Thanks again Kirsti.  The bag has been filled already with my little knitting projects that I have to do are in the bag and awaiting my return.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Catching up on Bee blocks

Over the past month I have started some new projects (before others have been finished.) but have been very conscious that I needed to get back on track on making the bee blocks for the Irish Modern Bee.

Myself, I really do not mind when my blocks come in...I still have last years blocks sitting in my sewing room wondering when I will get to them. but I don't have the same relaxed attitude as my other bee ladies and know that they may be waiting with hesitation to start their own quilt top, so I got cracking on them.

May, June,  July, August, September.

One block to finish for Anna.

May off the list

Two blocks for Irina

June off the list.

Eight blocks for Fiona R

Yes there were 8 in the envelope

July off the list

Two blocks for Fiona L

August off the list

And four blocks for Helen

September off the list

Great now I am back on track.