Saturday, January 31, 2015

Katy Catching Up 2.0

I am slowly ticking off every line on my sewing to-do list!!

First, I finished Claire's framed pinwheel block, which I am delighted with. My new machine seems to be better at keeping things in line, so my points are FINALLY lining up... I put the extra HSTs in the card and will mail it this aft!

Then I tackled Donna Jo's flying geese. The turquoise solid is quite bright in real life but appears more navy blue in the picture (I'm just using my phone camera...) I love love love the floral print fabric, which is a Liberty of London print that my mom bought in London back when she was doing a sabbatical at Oxford with my dad and was pregnant with me (that was in 1974!)... it is beautiful...I'd like to make a blouse with it for this upcoming summer....

Then I started to go through my other piles to find out what else I need to do to complete the 2014 projects!

I need to make 2 more of my own stacked book block and will piece this together for a baby quilt for my brother and his wife who are due in June!

I also need to finish 2 more blocks for our 2014 Charity Quilt...I think I will end up top-stitching it with my own machine...hoping to get that done before spring is here... I am not sure who sent me the block with the little Holly Hobby girl, but the size is a bit off...I think I can salvage it by undoing the seams on the edges...we'll see! I ADORE how this pattern looks in bright colours of various shades with the fussy cut centres! I can't choose a favourite!
And quilt from is Almost finished. I just need to finish the top stitching and sew up the edges. I think I'm going to use the 'fold over' method with the backing material.... I have promised this quilt to my mom for her birthday (in 2013...) so I'm way late. She bought me my new sewing machine for my birthday/Christmas and said very sweetly 'maybe now you can finish my quilt?!' soooo...this is first on the to-do list after I polish off Jennifer's January block!'s cold and sunny here with a new blanket of snow on the ground, just the way I like a winter weekend. I'm off to cross-country ski with some girlfriends for a day/night away, and boy do I need it. I started a new job in January and it is leaving me a little bit fried by the weekend...

love to you all,

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Katy Catching Up

I'm sorry for the silence and the late arrival of my blocks from the end of 2014... My sewing machine went on the fritz, and then life got extraordinarily busy, and I lost my sewing mojo...but in December I got a new machine (yay) and I cleared my sewing space and mental headspace, and I'm slowly tackling all of my late blocks... here they are, all put in the mail over the past few days!

Much love and happy new year to you... Looking forward to the new bimonthly schedule this year! Just what I need to keep me motivated and inspired by all of you and your artistic visions.

 Micaela's Blocked in Block in pink, my favourite colour...
 Jamie's stacked books block...I chose these fabrics as a children's book theme...
And a solid bear claw block for Pam...I'm so excited to see a picture of the final quilts.

More on their way!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Catching up...again! Blocks for Micaela and Donna Jo

Thank you Micaela and Donna Jo for the easy directions that you posted for your blocks. I loved working with the bright colors from my scrap pile. I put them in the mail yesterday!

For Micaela: I think our group will recognize most (if not all) of these fabrics from blocks I have made for them over the past three years!

For Donna Jo: What a great idea for a baby quilt! It was fun to experiment with different ways to arrange the flying geese.

Happy Holidays everyone!


Monday, December 22, 2014

Flying Geese block from Claire


Here is my block for December. I managed to complete it before the children broke up for the holidays last Friday so feeling happy about that - just need to get it posted. I loved the simplicity of this block - the instructions were really clear. I hope the block looks good with the rest Donna Jo. (I have a new computer and couldn't quite manage to get rid of all the floor on my photo!) Merry Christmas! Claire

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Anthea's Flying Geese for Donna Jo

I know orange is not a primary colour, but I went with your use of "primary-ish" to describe your preference Donna Jo. I like the contrast between the blue and orange but I hope the navy background is not too dark for you.
Despite the simplicity of flying geese I still found things warped a little despite my careful sewing and pressing, pressing, pressing. Perhaps I should have got out that spray on starch!
Have a lovely Christmas everyone and I wish you all the best for a safe and joyful 2015.
Anthea xx

Friday, November 28, 2014

Claire's block for Micaela

Here is my block. It is also a green block - I hope you get enough of the other colours! It was very nearly a red one but green won. It was so simple to make, yet looks so effective. This quilt is going to be lovely.
I am trying to get on top of things ahead of Christmas - my son has just 2 weeks of school left before his Christmas holidays!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

One weekend, three blocks

I'm feeling pretty impressed with myself to have completed these little projects.  I am rather pleased with how they turned out and I hope you lovely recipients like them.

Pam's block:

I knew I wanted to do some kind of rainbow for you Pam. I was thinking of some kind of star block, but a suitable background other than white was not leaping out at me.  Then I found this design while searching for ideas on the web (apologies to the designer - I've lost where I've been so I can't give you the appropriate acknowledgements).  I like how I could still have a rainbow with the warm colours surrounded by the greens and blues.  Misses 9 & 11 both prefer the left hand arrangement, but I think I like the drama of the right hand one. Anyhoo, I will send you both Pam.

Claire's block:

I rarely use pink and yet it was such fun choosing fabrics for this Claire.  I was a bit worried that I'd ended up with too many dot/circle prints, but I compared my photo with yours and Amy's and it looks like they tie in.  I think the resulting quilt will be delightfully charming.

Micaela's block:

I started out trying to create you a yellow block Micaela.  But it kept ending up with too many other colours in it - sort of a sunset rather than a rainbow!!  So I went with my  It is quite amazing how many bright lime and apple greens I have in my stash.  This block makes me smile - I think I may have to make a twin...and then a quilt....not enough hours in the day.

Best wishes everyone
Anthea xx