Friday, 27 February 2015

Soy Amado No. 57

The sun is shining and spring could well be in the air.

No. 57 gave me problems.

I sewed a row no problem.

Then a sewed another row.

And then I realised the person who provided the blocks for the second row had made them 12" and not 12 1/2" which left me with two rows to sew together which were clearly not going to meet where they should.

I contemplated undoing the first row and scaling the blocks down to 12" but I couldn't face that so I'm afraid I resorted to brutally cutting off the excess either end and to be honest, the quilt is none the wiser for it.

And while I was huffing and puffing that conundrum and cutting all the other blocks in this quilt down to 12",  I inadvertently sewed two blocks with the same colour next to each other and then one completely back to front which offends my colour placement aesthetics but I have got over it.

And the back with the one random rogue front block.

Now usually I would take the quilt for an outing for you but Dog Walking Friend and I decided to go incognito without the quilt and instead here are some lovely spring pictures for you sans aforementioned quilt.

There's 26 more of these here and they're all different and rather nice too.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Soy Amado No. 56

All the blocks for this quilt very kindly came from Ingrid (obsessivequilter on Instagram) so it was a pretty straightforward assembly from me.

We're out and about again as the weather is playing kinder today. In the background is Lihou island which is only reachable when the tide is out and you make your way across the makeshift causeway.

The one house you can see is the only house on the island and is owned by a trust who let people rent it out. It is used a lot by the schools here and both our daughters have had the childhood 'a night on Lihou' experience.

And hats off to the quilt holder upper who had just been picked up from the airport having flown from half way round the world, missing a night's sleep and been told they would be going home via somewhere so a picture of the quilt could be taken :-)

Friday, 6 February 2015

A bit of felty fun

I purchased the pattern for this cushion last year when I visited Material Obsession.

The patterns are put together by Wendy Williams.

You can buy completed kits here but I just bough the pattern, separately bought some felt and off I went.

I loosely followed the pattern sort of.

I'm not a natural when it comes to hand embroidery stitches and I do feel I may have invented some new ones as I went along.

So avant garde are they, I have cropped them out of the following image.

Wendy has you attaching the felt to the background fabric, backing that with a muslin fabric and then assembling into the cushion.

That felt (pun intended if you so wish) like following too many instructions so I attached it to the background fabric, added batting and backing and then quilted it.
A very successful look, particularly the bit top left in the below pic which I forgot to quilt.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed making the cushion.

And I would definitely do it again.

linking up to finish it up friday

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