Monday, June 23, 2014

Less stitching, more quilting.....

Hi everyone!  I know, it’s been a while.  I have to say that my stitching mojo has well and truly gone walkabout so if any of you find it….please send it back to me!!! Given that this is the first day of Wimbledon and I love this next fortnight – I turn into a complete couch potato watching tennis and usually have some stitching to hand – I am hoping that maybe that mojo will return, at least a little bit!!!!

So, here is my small amount of stitching since last time!!!  A little bit of progress on BBD’s Agnes Platt Strawberry Sampler.  

A few of the letters and a little bit more border.  Instead of doing the alphabet in eyelet stitch I decided to go with Smyrna.  I just prefer that overall when working on more than a couple of letters.

Other than that?  Well, yes, it’s fabric related!!!!!  Last time I blogged I was looking for suitable fabric to bind this quilt. 

As you’ll see, I ended up going with a yellow binding after a search for a stronger pink was unsuccessful.  The couple of pieces I bought just weren’t right and I grew to like the yellow more and am now glad that that is what I went with. It’s from Three Sisters as well but from their Avalon line.  With the dark pink flower bud I felt it brought some of the pink into it.

And then I started on another one!!!!  Again, this was a packet of 5” charm squares that I bought years ago (see how good I’m being about trying to use fabric I already have?!?!?!?). It’s Allspice Tapestry from Fig Tree Quilts so, of course, I ran into the same difficulty as the Three Sisters Faded Memories one – the fabric line was long gone.

Again, I started to look for something that would work from the same designer and, by complete chance, found some Fig and Plum, in a fabric shop here.  I added some Stof Quilter’s Shadow and that was the border sorted.  Rather than just do squares stitched together again I decided to be a little bit more adventurous – now, remember, I am still very much a novice quilter so, for me, cutting squares up and putting them back together and then getting them all to line up correctly isn’t as always as straightforward as others would find it!!!!  Plus, I know I'm far too self-critical as some of the square layout, seeing it finished, I would put in different spots!  But, it's all a learning curve, isn't it?! 

Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out.  Again, it’s more a lap quilt size and I now have it over the back of one of the settees in our living room.

And that’s about all that I have been up too lately!  Hope all is well with you and yours!  If you’re a tennis fan like me enjoy watching Wimbledon!

Until next time….