Saturday, 29 March 2014

APQ Tone it Down quilt - blocks 15 and 16 - hooray!

Only four left to make!  I've started to put up some of the sashing that I originally cut up.

That blue sashing at the top right might have to go.

Even after I make the last four blocks, I've still go heaps of little nine patches to make - there's only one up so far, but it is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I think this will be a very pretty quilt.  Not sure if I should give it away or keep it for myself.

Hexagons so far for my not GMFG really quilt.  These finish with one inch sides.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

APQ tone it down blocks 13 & 14 WIP

I've snuck in a bit of sewing during the week and this WIP is for two blocks for the tone it down quilt, not for the quilt itself :-(

Block 13 has two seams left to sew. I knew this one would be problematic, as the fabric for the centre of the block is a bit light in value. I had to try and use low value fabrics that wouldn't compete with the main colour. I think it's turned out alright.

For block 14, all the little bits are sewn together, but there's still a fair bit of sewing to do. It's not ready to go on the design wall. I've also made and connected another 5 hexi flowers for my other quilt, but no photo of the new flowers yet.


Linking up to Lee at freshly pieced for WIP Wednesday.


Sunday, 23 March 2014

APQ Tone it Down - blocks eleven and twelve

I had a big sewing session last night and this morning.  Blocks eleven and twelve are now done - It takes about four solid hours of sewing to complete two blocks - that is with most of the pieces already cut.

Blocks so far...

I've also completed a few more flowers for my hexi quilt.  I only make these on the train, down at the dog park and at night time if I watch a bit of telly.  These hexis have one inch sides, excluding the seam allowance, and I've been sewing them together with a running stitch.  This is more my style - lots of loud colour.

I'm still painting our little sitting room - it is bright yellow.  So, lots of things in progress.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Lab it up

on Christmas day, I promised my sister's husband a quilt. I finished the flimsy a couple of weeks, or maybe a month, ago and finally got it out and basted, quilted and bound last weekend.
He just phoned to let me know it had arrived and couldn't remember that I had told him I'd make one for him. It is a lap quilt, measuring 69 x 52 inches and depicts their dog, Fred and the kangaroos he used to want to chase.
I'm a bit embarrassed that the colour scheme is not very soothing, but the thought is still there. As usual, I quilted the label information into the border, rather than attaching a label. You need a mirror to read it from the back.

Linking up to TGIFF at

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Oh no! Not another!

I have too many WIPs. Last week I finished two flimsies and still haven't basted them, never mind quilted them. No progress on the tone it down QAL. But..... I have started a new quilt.


Hexis. One inch hexis, sewn with a running stitch, as EPP does not appeal to me. I've started with a central fussy cut single petal flower and each centre expands to become the petals of the next flower. There will be approximately 365 flowers and I only have enough different fabrics for about 175 flowers. Looks like I'm going to have to have repeats. There is no way I can afford fabric for another 180 different flowers.

Linking up with:

Saturday, 8 March 2014

TGIFF flimsy

I'm not sure if it counts as a finish, but the lap sized flimsy for my sister's husband is done.  Have to baste it and quilt it now.  Fred is still watching those kangaroos.

I've also started to sew together my unsuccessful low volume quilt that has no purpose.  Four seams left to sew and then I might get around to quilting it.

No progress on the APQ Tone it down QAL, as I need to finish these first.

I've crocheted another floor rug, but no pics here.

Now that I have nothing left to do on the train, I've started hand sewing another hexi quilt.  This time, I'm using 1 inch hexagons and creating single flowers which will butt up against each other.  There will be a few fussy cut flowers, but not too many to overwhelm the other flowers.

I'm not sure if this will become a queen size or double, but I plan for it to take a long time.

I hope I like this one when its done, as I don't really like the last few quilts I've worked on.  This one is more my style.

Linking up to TGIFF

Saturday, 1 March 2014

APQ QAL Tone it down - blocks nine and ten!

Halfway there!  (excluding the sashing and nine patch cornerstones).

Blocks 8 and 9

Ten down and ten to go