Thursday, 1 June 2017

And here I go again

I got a really nice email the other week. It was so nice I can't remember the name of the person who sent it but it was alone the lines of 'I just discovered your blog, haven't slept for a week as I devoured each and every word, savouring the wordsmithiness of them all and please don't stop'.

Or words to that effect.

So dear emailer, I hope the words in this post will suffice because I've set myself a time limit of one hour to write this post.

We'll start again with Soy Amado quilts. I do have quite a pile waiting to be delivered to their next destination of which I know not. The person I co-ordinate with to get the quilts to their end destination is sampling the delights of northern Spain until the end of next month so I'll hopefully have something to share then.

Not too many more in the last five weeks. Another one sent from @grannyjack123 on Instagram.

Soy Amado No.118

I'll be honest. These quilts are so beautiful and she has been so generous in not only sending me these whole quilts but extra quilt blocks too, that it sends me spinning into a short-lived frenzy of productive guilt and I knock one off within days.

So this is Soy Amado No.119, most of the blocks coming from the maker above anyway.

I finally, FINALLY finished one of my greatest quilt labours of love - the You Little Beauty Quilt which is a pattern by Chris Jurd I modified.

Herewith follows some gratuitous pics. All machine foundation paper pieced. Main body of the quilt was hand quilted and I machine quilted the wavy border.

When I started piecing it a year ago I had less than 10 spotty and striped fabrics in my healthy fabric stash. I asked on Instagram for people to swap with and I was blown away by people who not only sent me spots and stripes but didn't want anything in return. Someone in the US even screen printed me my own selection of spots and stripes for nothing.

The inspiration for the fabrics came from Jason Woodside.

I thought I would like to enter it into a show or two but I have an issue with some of the thicker threads I used on the border when I machine quilted it, showing through on the back. I need to sort that out before I attempt to give it a public airing otherwise The Quilt Police will be on to me like a shot.

I cut my binding on the bias to help with easing round the gentle curves I made on the edge of the border.

I'm not even going to pretend to be all self-deprecating and modest about this quilt because I can't.

It is nothing short of the dog's b*llocks.

There was more knitting.

I finished my Spring Fever Scarf.

Brilliant, mindless TV knitting in a selection of colours, mainly Primo yarns from The Plucky Knitter

I also finished my Colo(u)r Affection Shawl which was knitted in three colours of Malabrigo Lace.

Yes, it was/is that bright.

I've also started a Raiun Cardigan with The Most Gorgeous purple yarn from Dark Harbour Yarn

Back on the quilting front, I finished my Anna Marie Horner Takes A Drunkard Trip Around The World quilt, the top of which I finished piecing in November of last year.

And I'm still plugging away at my Pickled Fish quilt which is another Chris Jurd pattern

Here's a couple of the latest blocks - just four more left to go and then the border.

Consider yourself officially brought up to date on all things crafty. 😍


  1. Your "you little beauty" quilt is an absolute stunner. I love all the gorgeous clashiness of those spots and stripes and colour.

  2. Thanks for the post. I enjoyed looking at all of it. All of your quilts are outstanding. You really had an eye for color when you put that spots and stripes together. That was a large undertaking. Congratulations on the finish.

  3. Still here, still looking forward to your posts, still loving your work. It's worth the wait. You have a real talent for colour and placement, and I love the exuberance and confidence of your quilts.

  4. I'm always so drawn to the fabrics you tend to use in yours quilts! Really fun to get caught up here once again!

  5. That quilt is amazing! (The one you are currently working on is awesome, too!) Mostly, however, I wanted to thank you for your generosity in constructing and distributing all those Soy Amado quilts. So much time and effort on your part and I wanted to personally thank you! Wishing you all the best!

  6. That first quilt is stupendous - it would be a crime not to enter it in a show just so that more people can see it. Your skill with colours is also nothing short of the dogs' b**locks. The Pickled Fish is going to be another stunner, I am in awe of the way you mix those patterns and colours together to such good effect - it inspires me to be more bold in my colour choices.

  7. I always get excited when your site pops up on my Bloglovin' feed. For good reason, because you always show exciting things. The new Soy Amados are lovely but your Little Beauty is stunning and I think Pickled Fish isn't going to be far behind. Just love what you do!!

  8. FABULOUS eye candy here, thank you! And scenery! My friend Pat put me onto your blog and I've spent a lovely many minutes (not as much as the one who emailed you, wink) reading through various posts and pages.Love the Anna Maria Horner quilt--I spy Paradiso and a purple Tula in there, both of which I own and love, so this quilt is one I will try to copy (not to sell don't worry) as I love the colours you've used. Oh you've inspired me to pull out my years-old New York Beauty with your Little Beauty finish - incredible! Thanks for sharing all this lusciousness. :-)

  9. What beautities. I wondered about the dots and stripe quilt you were working on. What a beauty with all of that yummy color. That AMH Drunkard World Trip quilt really belongs with me. Right??? It is a beauty.

  10. Your productivity is amazing. As always, I admire all the work you do with the Soy Amado quilts as well as your own. The My Little Beauty quilt turned out beautifully, and then there is the knitting. I think you must be a type A person who is always working on something.


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