Sunday, 23 January 2011

Rocheberie schoolhouse quilters - mystery quilt day

I wish I had taken a photograph of the nine patch blocks I started out the day with, before slicing them in quarters as if to do disappearing nine patch but then sewing across diagonally with another square and ending up with triangles. We were asked to make 'butterflies' with them but somehow on the library floor my butterflies flew away and I was left with a snail.
When I got home I made another couple of blocks with the remainder of the patterned fabric and made an arrangement which left me with straight edges and a spiral on the diagonal instead of a spiral on the straight and needing triangles to fill in the gaps.
I am not sure which I prefer?
I think maybe the second, but I would like to find another blue fabric for borders as I have none of this left.
I still find the most tedius part is arranging blocks. I think I have got it laid out so no two colours are together but somehow when your back is turned they have moved!

I really enjoy my days at Rocheberie and would like to thank the members of the committee for all their hard work in arranging things for us.
I am looking forward to the next one to see the variety of completed quilts from this session.
Till next time

Monday, 3 January 2011

Inspiration - where do you find it?

I have been looking for inspiration, something to set me off with a plan for a challenge.
I thought it would be colour that would be the starting point, or a fabric, a word, a theme, but maybe not.
This caught my eye, I was immediately drawn to the shapes, it is interesting to me, perhaps because some of the shapes could be interpreted into continuous line quilting? I don't yet know but I had to share.

Actually I am chuffed I seem to have managed to post the link.
Enjoy browsing Liz

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year! is it?

New Years Day we had enjoyed the firework display put on by some of our neighbours and loved the many many chinese lanterns that floated over our house before going to bed.
When I woke up at about 8.30 the following morning I was a bit suprised to find the back door locked, but wide open and it was not untill much later I went in the sitting room to discover the TV was missing that I realised the back door being open was not just a oversight on our part but a bigger problem. I went and woke Mr Chaos and we then discovered the Land Rover had been taken too.
When two lots of police have been and told us no finger prints mean probably a professional job, Landy stolen to order probably for a ram raid job, the TV was just a bonus for them, we also discovered damage to the front door but unsucessful entry, and footprints in the garden where the car was parked was the only thing for identification .
Happy New Year! ........ not so much!
But I have to focus on the fact nobody was hurt, burglars came, took what they wanted and left hopefully never to return so..... moving on to quilty things.
This is what I have done this morning. I have unfortunately been awake since 2am mythering probably, so I have had plenty of time to complete these 40 blocks. I have made them from charm squares that were a gift from Rocheberie quilters last christmas and the plain fabric is a beautiful quality sheet which was from my Dads house, it shows no sign of wear and may even have been a wedding gift.
I just plonked them on the kitchen table to photograph them, they are not arranged at all. I am going to have to ask if there are any more of the charm packs available because I really want to make this quite a bit bigger. It needs a narrow cream border followed by a coloured one and then a wider cream one to finish. I see myself quilting simply in the small triangles and a feather in the larger one.
I have a sewing day at Rocheberie to prepare for and a challenge for BQL to plan so plenty to keep me busy. Till next time Liz