24 June 2014

Work the visitors

Time is a little tight at the moment. My SIL and BIL were staying with us last weekend and we have friends arriving today for a few days.  This means not much time is available for blogging or sewing, but my sister in law (not Bridget, the sewing one, this is a different one, more of a knitter!) did offer to help with anything she could.  So I pulled out my unfinished knits.   I like knitting, but hate the sewing up  bit, hence they never get done and there was a small pile waiting for attention.

She got this finished - all it needed was sewing together, and I added the buttons.

It's a bit on the big side under the arms, but I think it looks pretty good, just feels a bit odd.. The pattern is No 5658  from Wendy  and for once in my life I used the correct wool, Supreme Cotton Chunky.  However, I knew it was going to be too big as I knit it, because I needed another ball to finish.  So all you would be/novice knitter - DO THE TENSION SQUARE!  I'm also very pleased to knock another WIP on the head for the Q2 FAL.  It's probably the last, but I have had a very good quarter!

Linda also sewed this together
and this
and both are now waiting for me to crochet the neckband, and knit the front band respectively.
I also managed to finish this one myself.  It had been sitting around for about 2 years waiting for buttons to be added!
And she also help me baste this
Having someone help you baste makes it so much easier, and gets a much better job done too.  I know there are wrinkles, but I'm hoping these will disappear when it's washed.

Just in case you're thinking I worked her to death, we did a lot of relaxing around the pool too! I think that's a fair payment,don't you?


11 June 2014

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 
Like most of central Europe, we're having a mini heatwave here, with temperatures in the low 30's.  It's much to hot for me to do anything much.  Certainly not basting the Diamond Falls quilt which now has a back


The diamonds are twice the size of those on the front.  I got the idea from Elizabeth Hartmann's quilts in her book Modern Patchwork,    but I'm not sure if it works so well here.  Oh well, I had to do something as I didn't have enough of the patterned fabric, and  I'm sure it'll grow on me!  My sister-in-law will be here for a few days, and the weather should cool down a bit, so I'll get her to help me baste it.  Two pairs of hands make lighter basting!

In the meatime, I've made some more of these blocks
And now there are 12, enough for a baby quilt I think!
 But I'm unsure whether to do the sashing in grey
 or white?
I think maybe white sashing would lose the impact of the white strips in the block. So maybe a skinny strip around each block in grey, then white sashing.  What do you think?  Oh and I need a name for it too, please!

Linking up with Lee at WIP Wednesday, if you want to see what everyone else is up to


02 June 2014

Quilty Stitches

Little Miss Shabby
A few weeks ago, just before I went to my sisters, I was looking for a little hand sewing or knitting project.  I happened across this cross stitch sampler along (that runs off the tongue nicely, doesn't it) over with Little Miss Shabby.  It's a cross stitch sampler, using many of the blocks we regularly use when making quilts.   I chose to use a pallet of sea greens and blues, with a splash of pink.  I must admit, I stole this off was inspired by the colours  Helen's Sew Euro-bee-an quilt. Here's my pick of colours


I've been meaning to buy one of these thread organisers for ages, and joining this stitch along prompted me to do it.  My threads looked so untidy compared to everyone else's!

And progress so far


 These blocks take a surprisingly long time - well, they do me anyway!  Especially the second one.  It's been a while since I last did any cross stitch and I didn't realise just how much my eyesight has deteriorated!  Also, that diagonal thread at the top is an aide-memoire as to which way the first stitch should go, as I kept getting it wrong.  So anyway, the first three blocks are not the finest examples of stitchery, but now not only do I have my aide memoire, I also I have also had my eyes tested , and a new pair of glasses especially for close up work, and I hope the next few blocks will be better.

There are some  lovely samplers being made - you can see them either on Instagram  (hashtag - which my czech laptop doesn't have) quiltystiches or on flickr.