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….

14 comments:

Margaret said...

I love how you've taken charge with your quilting! Your work is lovely with lovely colors and fabrics. I think we all run into that problem of a fabric line being long gone -- it's very frustrating! But you did a great job subbing! Nice stitching too!

Jackie said...

You're doing great! You've made beautiful selections from today's fabrics to go with your stash fabric. Don't worry so much about block placement - you can drive yourself batty with that!

Blu said...

Your quilts are so pretty! I love the colours.

Brigitte said...

Your quilts look gorgeous. I should also finally start to use some of the charm packs and jelly rolls I have bought over the last couple of years during my travels. But in my case it's not important if the fabric line still exists. Even if it still existed I couldn't easily get some of the fabric because I'm very far away from shops that carry Moda fabrics. And even online it's not easy.

Mary said...

What fun to see you've rediscovered your quilting after it's been dormant for so long! Don't worry, the stitching mojo will wander back after it's taken a nice long vacation.

The little bit you've doine on Agnes Platt is beautiful.

Hilda said...

Dear Lois,
the "Strawberry Sampler" is one of the designs I want to stitch too one day. Nice to watch your progresses here!
And I LOVE the colors of your quilts. A wonderful combination. A perfectly sewed and finished!!!!

Hugs
Hilda

Carol said...

Hi Lois! I hope you're enjoying a lovely summer's day :) Rainy here today--we've had way too much this June...

Your quilt turned out beautifully and I think the border color you ended up using works perfectly. All of the colors in the quilt look so summery and pretty and I'm glad you're enjoying your quilting time. Pretty border on the Strawberry Sampler--hope you can get a bit done each week to finish it up :)

Enjoy your day, my friend!

Andrea said...

Beautiful quilts and some lovely stitching. I'm enjoying the start of Wimbledon too, so much better than the football!

Barb said...

Your quilt is just beautiful. The sampler is making me want that chart! so pretty!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Your Agnes makes me want to look for mine :-). The quilts are very nice and look perfect for lounging!

Sally said...

Wow your quilting is beautiful Lois!

Strawberry Sampler is looking so pretty.

There'll be a little something coming your way, hopefully next week, as just a little thank you for the book with Lo in it :)

Penny said...

What a beautiful quilt! Those 5" charm squares can be quite addicting to collect ~ I have a few packages of them waiting for the quilting bug to strike again. :) Your BBD piece is looking good! So nice to see a post from you! Enjoy Wimbledon. :)

Becca Cohn said...

I LOVE your Blog. I stumbled upon it by accident, and I am so glad I did. I also enjoy quilting and embroidery and your work is gorgeous. I will return frequently to see what new work you have posted.

Karoline said...

Your quilts are gorgeous & nice progress on Agnes