I had great plans to stay completely focused on Can Can/Poinsettia and was making progress. I really did. But there was a new Inklingo collection for a block called Starry Path that was seemingly destined to throw me off course. There … Continue reading
Years ago (and I’m not sure quite how many years that may have been, but I think it’s at least eight), I bought a half yard of this fabric. I fell in love with it at the store the second … Continue reading
Odd title, isn’t it? That’s what Mr. Q.O. named the quilt that was finished late last week and delivered on Friday afternoon to the mum-to-be. Now I can write about and show it. I couldn’t before as I was a bit … Continue reading
I know that’s an odd blog post title – no, wait a minute! If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I love working with pink. I have a fair bit to show and there’s lots of pink … Continue reading
I really, really needed a break from the grey and white Feathered Stars! The second one is complete and I’ll show an unexpected design element that has happened with them this week.
So I finished yet another Yin Yang block and now have an even dozen more completed.
And I absolutely cannot pick favourites out of these.
Because I like every single one.
They all have something about them I love.
Be it my favourite shabby chic fabrics.
Or some pink.
Or a batik.
Or a favourite green.
Or a pretty cream print.
Or a pink and greens together with a cream.
Or just because it’s all that wonderful curved piecing!
I think my favourite part of making these blocks is pressing them. I know, i know – that sounds odd. But it’s so wonderful to see how perfectly they press and lie flat. Thanks, of course, to the perfect stitching lines and matching points in the Inklingo Yin Yang Collection. I tried to make one of these blocks before the Inklingo collection came out and it wasn’t pretty. It was really a volcano in the centre that I couldn’t press out, no matter how hard I tried. So I was ever so grateful when an Inklingo collection for the Yin Yang blocks did come out – it meant I could stitch these blocks as much as I wanted. And I expect I’ll make quite a few more of these shabby chic ones as they could become quite a wonderful bed runner.
And now I shall go back to the grey and white Feathered Stars and get the third one started. But I know I’ll need another break for some colour before I start the fourth.
“Yin Yang Magic”
They’re not quite curled up together, but this is about as close as these two get. And they are doing this more and more often.
I have been doing some piecing, although not a lot, while I’ve been mostly missing from the blog. The projects I chose to work on were projects for which I already had lots of shapes printed and were ready, waiting for me … Continue reading
This was the last project I unearthed on the weekend. The shabby chic yin yang blocks. These are larger blocks though – 6″ ones, to be exact. Which makes these huge blocks in comparison to the little Drunkard’s Path and … Continue reading
It was a glorious day yesterday. The gardeners had been and cut the grass, so it was the perfect time to take some of the tops I finished over the fall/winter/early spring out to the roof garden for a photo shoot.
We finally have a picture of the Case of the Secret Garden that shows the true colours of the fabrics I used. I’m still dithering over a border treatment for this one. I think perhaps something plain to frame it rather than a pieced one as I’d rather keep the focus on the centre of the quilt than distract from it with a more involved pieced border.
Memories of Smudge also needed to be photographed outdoors. Now I’m sure what I want to do with borders for this little quilt top.
And finally, the Tiffany Lamp New York Beauty. There are a lot of metallic fabrics in this top. They were reflecting the sunlight rather intensely in some spots.
On Monday, the crab apple tree blossoms were barely buds. Yesterday they were beautiful delicate pink blossoms. We’re supposed to have rain and storms today, so I’m glad we got this photo yesterday.
While we were out on the roof garden, the cardinals were going from tree to tree. What a treat it is to see and listen to them. The male is just barely visible in this shot. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see the little splash of red there.
It’s a kitty picnic!
Baxter still hasn’t spotted the cardinals, although he has been watching the sparrows rather intently. So intently that he just had to have a nap!
The main body of the tumbling blocks mug rug for one of the Grow Your Blog giveaway prizes is done. Now all I need to do is to print the shapes for the outer edges and stitch them on, which … Continue reading
The shabby chic Yin Yang project came out of its project box on the weekend and one block was made. While I’m still undecided about the borders for the Memories of Smudge Yin Yang quilt top, I want to get … Continue reading