Thursday, 17 December 2015

A finish in time for Christmas

Sisters Square Dance, about 100 x 100".   Quilted in the ditch, with an hand quilted cross in the centre of each block- pattern and setting inspiration  from Bonnie Hunter.  Phew! The recipients are not expecting it!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Allietare week three

A quick post for the Allietare linky party on Bonnie' blog this week: I am about half way through the four patches. 

Still working on finishing two doubles for Christmas, so a little behind.

Monday, 7 December 2015



 I just had to try some parts for Bonnie Hunter's Allietare Mystery  part two.

 There was a bit of fiddling to get my seams accurate, as I am using a fine Aurfil thread, not my usual all purpose cream cotton. 

I have gone for sea themed blues instead of red, from light to mid blue. They go with the grey constant. As this grey constant is quite light, I have kept my neutrals light. 

My blacks are grey-black and I have chosen mid- yellows.
I may take some of the lighter ones out. 
Last night I got most of the way round the binding on Sisters Square Dance: I had to unpick and re-attach in a couple of places as the backing was caught up.
I have to hide all the ends from ditch quilting and hand-quilt a small motif in the centre of each star block to stabilise it.  It shouldn't take long, has to be done for Christmas.! (;@|

I'm also layering another quilt, more in the ditch sewing for speed, that has to be done by Christmas too!  Play was interrupted by the grand-pup at the weekend, he approved of the backing fabric, insisted on trying it out for comfort! 

 Link up here for Alletare part two, to see others progress.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

I won!

I have had a sumo contest with this beast and my 440, quilting in the ditch, 100  x 100".  Too big to do any free motion, so I had to go for stitching round the dark star borders in the ditch. Still hard work turning the quilt round!

Sisters Square Dance
Checking the back to see if I missed any ......all OK. 

I used this thread, it was very good, no breakages. 

One final round of ditch stitch on the border.......

Binding on. I feel a film coming on this afternoon.....

This is some of the work I have been doing in the last three months, in an effort to tidy and consolidate:
Enough of these for two king size projects, one of which will be combined with geese, all prepped and ready to go after Xmas.

170 scrappy Box Kite blocks, enough for two quilts. 

A few more of these to add to the stock

And a couple of hundred four patches  from a box of 2" random squares I found.

All the crumbs string pieced to make hexies, I have about two hundred to trim down.

Some random hexie and teeny diamond paper piecing whilst out and about 

Clue one of Bonnie Hunters mystery done,  'Allietare'. Cutting for clue two tomorrow. 

And I pieced the backing for nine quilt tops that are ready to go!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

It's been a while

I have been too busy sewing to bother with the blog, very remiss of me. 

'Sisters Square Dance' is under the needle this week, a Christmas gift, no pressure! it is over 100" square, so the only way to stitch it on my Bernina 440 is in the ditch, and that is a sumo match!  I will have to hand stitch a little in the centre of each star to stablise the whole thing. 

Back to work!


Two finishes this week!
Single, for a gift
Double, for a gift