Sunday, 4 April 2010

the week in pictures

I've been quite busy soldiering away this week. Some progress has been made on the favour for a friend quilt. Not much, it's true, but some. I'll take some pics next week of the blocks so far.

After finishing off the dresden plate, and whilst I wait for the lovely Christine to work her magic on it quilting wise (she is off to the US for some classes and things in a week or so, so she asked if she could hang on until she got back to start it. In case she learned some amazing new thing that would be perfect for my quilt) I've been at a bit of a loss whilst watching TV at night. A couple of secret things have been finished, but I can't show you them just yet. My hands like to keep busy on the sofa, so I needed a new hand sewing project to keep me sane.

The Hexy MF (remember the song by Prince? Singing it makes hand sewing fly by, it really does)



I've made a start, but I have a long way to go and I'm not entirely sure what I want for borders. I've ordered some grey cross weave but a pin dot might be nice. Maybe in brown. Or black. Or something. I'll decide when I get these flowers sewn together. I'm not doing the traditional 'path', I want a busy flowerbed, full of these bright Anna Maria Horner flowers. I'm using little folks voiles (the dots for the centre are so textural, really lovely to touch), some good folks and a little bit of bohemian. It's a festival of Anna Maria Horner!

Speaking of which....



After spotting the single most amazing pin cushion in the world on flickr and coveting it for a little while (those tiny hexes actually give me goosebumps). I thought I'd give one a go, although my hexes are much bigger. Hers are like fairy hexes. And the needle book? Gaspity gasp. I think I'm in love. Actually, click on the link and check out all of her pictures, it's a full on goosebump festival. I'm working up to the tiny fairy hexes. Or down? Either way, I'll get there, just not quite yet. They scare me a little bit, my fingers aren't nimble enough.

Whilst I'm in the mood for getting things done I thought it was high time I cut out the templates for the single girl quilt by Denyse Schmidt. I'll never get round to making it if I have to cut out templates too, will I? I will admit, I cheated a little and copied the pattern so I could glue the shapes onto card stock and cut it out that way. The tracing was making me queasy, especially as my lightbox is my dining room window, and having to have my arms up for any more than a few seconds makes me feel very tired. Upper body strength is not my forte. I am more of a champion sitting in one place for hours at a time kind of girl.



All in all, I feel like a successful week was had this week. And the Easter holidays started too, which means I should have both monkey children running about. In reality, the oldest has disappeared to her best friend's house (where she even has her own bed and 'stuff') and I am unlikely to see her unless I go visit. And even then, she might only peer down the stairs, say hello and disappear back upstairs again. I wonder what on earth they have to talk about for so long. Apparently it's just 'random stuff'.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter, and that the Easter Bunny brings you lots of eggs. It's actually sunshiney here in the usually wet and windy Yorkshire. Result!!!!

17 comments:

Beth said...

KATY!!!!!! Amazing pin cushions!! Really clever!

Seems you have been busy!

Lorraine said...

Such industry & it all looks excellent .
Loving the fairy hexes
I do understand about the arms raised tracing position
.... it kills !!

Jackie said...

Wonderful inspiration in this post! The dresden plates came out BEAUTIFULLY!

pincushions, photostream, Single Girl....all just wonderful!

LJ said...

This are just beaufiul them pincushions! Happy Easter!!

Trash said...

My eyes are going a bit boss-eyed trying to figure out all those teenyweeny hexies.

Am a bit excited about that first quilt you mentioned. How are the Kaffes' tolerating the granny florals?

Poppyprint said...

Well done, then! I spotted those gorgeous hexes on Flickr and your pin cushions are to pretty to poke with pins! Happy Easter.

Griffin said...

Those flowers are lovely... actually they'd make great fabric brooches too.

"I am more of a champion sitting in one place for hours at a time kind of girl." Maybe you were a cat in a past life. Try meowing and if you get fed then you were definitely a cat in a past life. If I try meowing, I just get strange looks... and they keep the cat flap shut too... sigh!

Andi said...

Love the AMH hex's.
Love the pin cushion.
Love your work!!!

joanie said...

Oh how I love hexagons, pretty, pretty pincushions. I can't wait to see how your new quilt project unfolds. See what I did there? Unfolds, he-he, it' late my jokes resemble my 8 year olds.
Happy Easter, hope that bunny brings you lots of good chocolate :)

sewkatiedid said...

Oh that single girl quilt makes me so happy, but I only made it though one. Had to say no to the busy bee since I am behind already on 10x10.

Come over for a beer will you and bring me one of those lovely pin cushions!

Sarah said...

Wow, you have had a great week! I love the pincushions, but I'm absolutely crazy about hexagons at the moment, so I LOVE your "flowers". Why don't you join Texas Freckles' Hexagon charm quilt piece along? I would love to follow your hexagon progress! There is a button on my blog, or you can just find it on flickr. Cheers, Sarah

comfortstitching said...

Please don't get your single quilt pattern out!!!....you know what'll happen, I will start dreaming about one two...............and it won't do us any good as we are both married and should be making double wedding ring quilts anyhow............

Beth said...

oh my, Katy your pincushions are so sweet! I am loving those hex's too, I always feel like I have to be doing something in front of the tv too so I dont feel to unproductive! Hope you have a happy easter!

amy smart said...

What lovely things you are doing! Those pincushions are so pretty and adorable.

I can't wait to see your Single Girl quilt. I know it's going to be amazing.

Enjoy that sunshine!

Solidia said...

Nice work! I love Prince and singing along to him while sewing. Only when the girlies aren't around though.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

You are one hexy MF!!! I love that Prince song.

handmade charlotte said...

i had a great time at the heather ross... denise schmidt sewing class in vermont!!! amazing! coolest people ever!

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