Friday, 24 March 2017

March Quiltathon weekend Day 1

Yes it's Quiltathon weekend hosted by Judy at Patchwork Times.

I only managed to get a few hours of sewing in as to be honest I forgot about it. No panic though as I've changed my plans for the weekend and time in my sewing room has been scheduled.

So what sewing have I done I hear you ask.

Well, this

has become this.

 and a close up

I took advantage of a break in a breezy day to get some half decent pictures for a change.

This is my UFO for March and I'm now torn.

I also have this one as a nominated UFO for March and only one lot of wadding until late next week.

So which one do I sandwich up tomorrow and try and get finished by the end of the month.

Monday, 20 March 2017

A Day Late

Well it was National Quilting Day on Saturday and I did nothing. Ok I did pick up some wadding but I don't think that really counts. Sunday was different as I was home alone all day. So, albeit a day late, I celebrated National Quilting Day by chaining myself to my sewing machine.

First up I made the Bee blocks for this month.

Michelle asked for string blocks measuring 13". Her requests were no white and no large scale prints.  Here they are together.

Katrina wanted 16" Pineapple Blocks.

These were a challenge as I really do not like the Pineapple.

 She asked for low volume and pinks, yellows, teals, greens and reds.

And both together.

These have gone off in the mail and should be received soon.

Those kept me busy for the morning and after lunch I worked on this months UFO.

I turned the blocks from this post  into this.

This is the centre of the quilt. I've still the pieced borders to attach. I've actually made half of the borders and took a picture but I've managed to delete the pic somehow so you'll have to wait until they are attached.
The plan for the week is to finish piecing the quilt, sandwich it and start quilting. But first I have blogs and e mails to catch up on,

Bruges Lace Museum

Whilst in Bruges we visited the Lace Museum. To be honest I don't think the hubby was all that enthused to begin with but by the end he was really interested.
Bruges is a huge centre for Lace. there is actually a Lace School there where people all over the world can go and study.
I used to make lace many years ago and visiting the museum has made me itchy to restart. My only issue is what I would use it for as there's only so many book marks, hankerchief edgings you can use.

When you see the pics just bear in mind that it's all hand made and in many cases done by candle light.

The photo below has minute pearls sewn into the lace. They are practically invisible they are so small

This last pic was known as Witches Lace as at the time ( 18th century) it was thought that no human could make something so fine without the help of magic

I think I'm going to have to look up lace making kits as the more I look at the pics the more I want to restart.

Pictures of Bruges

Well I'm back after a great few days in Bruges. I've eaten my body weight in waffles and ice cream and walked miles over the cobbled streets.
I'll now bore you with just some of the many pics I took of one of my favourite cities.

We had a bit of excitement on the way home. We went on an organised coach trip there and back. On the quay side for the ferry back to the UK we had to stop to go through passport control. We all trooped off the bus, went through the building where we all checked out and went out the other door to await the coach. We waited, and waited. Next thing a man mountain came around the corner with the news that the gorgeous sniffer dog we had seen had sniffed out an illegal immigrant. Thay took ages to actually find him. In the end they had to take all the inspection panels/bodywork from the rear of the bus to find the poor man. He was sitting on the gearbox housing behind the engine block. They reckon he had been there over night as we'd been on the road for three hours. Think about it, three hours sitting next to a working engine. the heat must have been horrific. Another couple of 100 yards and he would have been on the ferry. We are amazed just how good those sniffer dogs are. To smell him out amongst all the other smells that must have been on the coach takes some skill.  Anyway the man was handed over to the French who arrested him. They would have given him a hot meal, a night in the cells and then send him off on his merry way to probably try again.  We got the next ferry ( we'd missed ours) and got safely home with no more drama.

Pics from Bruges Lace Museum in the next blog post.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Slow Progress is still Progress

Now I've time to get back in the sewing room this week I've been working on getting a UFO together.

Early last year I joined in on a mystery star BOM online. The blocks were free but for just the month they were published. The idea was to make a 12" and 6" version of each month's blocks.
Surprisingly for me I kept up and made all the blocks in the months they were due and then I ground to a halt.

This month is the month I get it finished though.

So far this week I've coloured in my quilt diagram.

 Bordered the 6" stars

Made all the setting units.

I'm now ready to construct the quilt.

As an added extra I made some more pinwheels. These I've sewn into two panels which I'll border, quilt and turn into two cushion covers.

I won't be sewing this weekend as we're away. Pictures of my trip to Belgium, which will include copious amounts of chocolate will appear next week.