Saturday, 17 November 2007

Choose Day Challenge

Cat over at Stone House Quilters has set up a challenge to make a small quilt each month based on a word that she will "choose" at random from a list. I seem to be in "sign up" mode at the moment so I have signed up, and hope to make several small pieces that will be added into a bigger project which plays with different techniques and styles.

The first month's word is... CONNECTION... I've been playing today and this is what I've come up withThe colours are not as bright as they look in the photo, and the blues and purples are bluer in real life. The CONNECTION is that this piece is meant to connect together the oranges and purples that I want to use together for the bigger project. It needs lots of quilting to add texture (I'm not sure whether I'll do that while it's small like this or once the various parts are together) and maybe I'll add some of the big copper coloured glass beads I bought at the Hamilton show.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Two sides of the same quilt

This is a baby quilt I made for a workmate for her new grand daughter. The pics are the front and back of the quilt respectively.

My quilting friends politely say that it is "over achieving" to piece both the back and the front but I have a good excuse. She was paying for the fabric, and I had seriously miscalculated the the amount of fabric I needed (I think I converted it from inches to metrics twice!!!) so piecing the back used it all up.

I have joined Tonya's winter/Christmas class to challenge myself to make a quilt without a pattern - I'm excited but apprehensive because I'm not exactly overflowing with ideas but I guess that is the point of taking the class. Right? You can check it out on her website.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

I Have Been Quilting

I've been looking at Bonnie's blog and feeling like I get no quilting done compared to her but I have done a few things lately.

The top picture is is Mystery Quilt 11 from the Quilt Mystery group, and will be my first Quilt of Valour once it is finished.

The sampler is the 2004 "Saturday Sampler" from the now closed Quilters Cabin. It has been a UFO for a long time because I have had trouble getting the right borders. The first borders were pieced and then sat for a year (or 2) before being taken off. Some of the fabric ended up on the border of Sam's birthday quilt, which you can see here.

Last is the red sampler made from blocks my friend Helen made a few years ago in the "Saturday Sampler" programme at the Cloth Shop. She hates them! I love them! Once DH has quilted it, we will choose a charity to give it to.

And now I should go and do some more quilting instead of sitting at this computer - I'm sure the computer is to blame for me not being able to keep up with Bonnie - VBG.

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