Yesterday I finished making this mini quilt/table runner. I got the urge to make something on Wednesday, while Joe was quietly settled on the sofa with his nose in a new book, and the top came together remarkably quickly, probably because I already had it in mind to make a quilt like this and knew which fabrics I wanted to use so there wasn't too much faffing around, making choices. It's based on the Mod Log Cabin quilt in the Pretty in Patchwork Dollquilts book. I didn't follow the pattern exactly - I didn't embroider the central section as per the book, but fussy cut a square from a piece of fabric I've been hoarding for quite some time. Although I realised that I really could have embroidered over the printed design to add some extra detail, but I was so carried away with making the thing that it slipped my mind until the quilt was almost finished! I have quite a collection of red and grey fabrics now - greys I have been rather obsessed with since I started collecting them for the Heathers quilt, but the reds are a bit of a puzzle as I never wear red and there is no red in the house either!
Until now of course. This quilt is now gracing our dining room table, and very happy it is making me too!
This morning I made these three teeny tiny blocks. They are just 3.5" square and I am intending to turn them into something for the FQ retreat sample swap, probably pin cushions. The idea is that, at the retreat, we will be placed into groups of 5, and then we all give our group buddies a little handmade something. Now, my maths is not that bad - I know that I need to make 4 things and there are only three up there, but this is as far as I have got! I decided to use a different design for each one, and I can't decide what to do for the last one - ideas please! Bear in mind that the central square is only 1.5" so nothing too fiddly!
Many of you know my good friend Rhonda, who is running the Finish-Along this year. I wasn't organised enough to join in the first quarter, but I am hoping to get cracking on a couple of things that have been sitting for far too long in this second quarter, as she has some fabulous prizes on offer! First up is another quilt for William, which I started I don't know how long ago (I'm too lazy to look it up, but I'm guessing at least a year).
Apologies for the crappy photo!! We decided to go with this very simple design, but I think I just fell out of love with it, as I thought it was too simple. However, I'm now back to the stage where I think it will look pretty cool with some intensive quilting (and, let's face it, it's for a 14 year old boy who really isn't that bothered about fancy patterns!) I have just ordered the batting and just need to find some backing fabric, then I should be good to go.
And if I do manage to get that finished, then I also have these blocks to finish up too:
I have 9 blocks, and was intending to make a lap quilt - I have some sashing fabric ready but that's as far as I got. I'm not holding out too much hope of finishing this one as well, but thought I would include it anyway, just in case!
I am starting to feel the itch to get back to some sewing now - I have a couple of ideas for the things I need to make for the FQ retreat, and joining in this finish along will hopefully give me some much needed motivation too. Wish me luck!
Yesterday, J and I made some chocolate rice crispy cakes - just equal quantities of milk and dark chocolate melted with a spoonful of golden syrup and then mixed with loads of puffed rice cereal and topped with a mini egg. Yum.
I still haven't really found time for any sewing, but I am starting to think about it more and more (and even treated myself to a little new fabric the other day too) so, hopefully, it won't be long before I can get back in the saddle. I have some things I need to make for the Fat Quarterly retreat in June and I want to make some more blocks for my scrappy quilt project too, so I am hoping that I may be able to find a little time next week. Watch this space...
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