Sunday, 12 January 2014

economy blocks, Tula, Greek crosses

I am today posting the last 4 of the 100 blocks from the Tula Pink sampler.  I have still to do something with 75 of them and the 15 that I have sashed and joined together are no further on than having the batting and backing attached and tacked together.


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99


100   all done!!


This week I have made some economy blocks following a tutorial on Rita`s blog Red Pepper Quilts.  I was using up the few scraps I had that were big enough and ended up with 51    5.5" squares.  Think I will need to make at least 19 more but preferably another 49 before I can make it into a quilt so it is now on back burner till I have more fabric I can use.  I have enjoyed doing these as they are only simple and  only took a day and a half which is quick for me. One has not had its  photo taken as I found it on the floor later!





I follow Sarah at http://sewmeblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/bee-blessed-january-2014.html  hope I have the link right!  She was asking for some Greek cross blocks so thought I would have a go and made some which have found their way to Ireland.  


not sure what has happened here, there are only 5 blocks really but the collage has put the first one in twice.  I have sent 4 to Sarah and kept one as a reference for myself in case I want to do some more.
Sorry the link does not seem to have worked but I did try.

Being quite new to patchwork I was surprised how so many patchworkers did not seem to complete quilts but had so many UFO`s,   when I was just doing my hardanger and things I only worked on one project at a time usually and did not start another till the one I was doing was complete,     now I understand why patchworkers work  in a different way having 2 quilts waiting to be quilted and lots of assorted blocks which I keep in a large hat box. not sure what they are waiting for!




24 comments:

Margo Brooks said...

Wow! To cut out and sew together so many blocks at once seems like a heculain feat! And they are so beautiful together. It will be a gorgeous quilt when you are done.

Jules Woolford said...

Wow! What an achievement - well done! I especially like the economy blocks- they look so vibrant and colourful.x

Séverine said...

Your blocks are beautiful. You must have been working hard !!!

Nana said...

Those colours of the blocks are wonderful and I really like your work.

Nana

Gaia said...

You have been doing lots of sewing, I like the economy blocks. I also saw the crazy quilt that you have finished, it is beautiful.
Wish you a very happy 2014 !!

deanna7trees said...

wow...you certainly have been productive. i rarely make full quilts so i've always got lots of projects going at once. lots of ufos but i love going back and picking through the ufos to use in new projects. they give a nice jump start.

Monica said...

Your economy blocks look excellent, Margaret. 51! You are really getting up to speed with your patchwork. :)

Marianne Harmann said...

Du bist wirklich sehr fleißig. Du hast wunderschöne Stoffe ud Farben verwendet. Das gefällt mir sehr gut.
LG Marianne

Jillian said...

Congratulations on your Tula blocks - a big achievement. The economy blocks look great - fabulous colours. I also think the crosses are interesting.

Queeniepatch said...

You have a good show on display! Love the crosses.
I think the reason why quilts end up as UFOs is that there are so many different stages; piecing, assembling, sandwiching, basting, quilting and then binding. In between you have the measuring. There will always be one stage that you don't like, and put the quilt on the UFO shelf. I hope you will keep the 'Hardanger style' and work the quilt until it is completed! Good luck and have fun!

shirley said...

Happy New Year Margaret. I have just been browsing through your posts to catch up. You have certainly been busy and it is nice to see your finished projects. You should be so proud of all your wonderful work.
I was very impressed with your cutwork, something I have never been game to tackle.
Your quilting and patchwork pieces are amazing for being so new. You are very talented.

Susan In Texas said...

You're not a real quilter until you have some UFO's, Margie! I really like the way you are using up your scraps, that's a very good idea. And it's good that you are waiting for more scraps to develop naturally, instead of buying new fabric to finish enough blocks like this. You'll have plenty of scraps soon enough without buying more just for this quilt. :)

Take care,
Susan in Texas

Vicki Miller said...

Some UFOs is good, just not as many as I have! you have been busy as usual and the colours are glorious

Jane Galley said...

Well done on getting the 100 blocks done. Love the economy blocks. Think I may have to add those to the list to do

Wendy said...

wow, well done on completing all 100 blocks and making 51 economy blocks! I have tons of WIPs, not just quilting ones but needlework too!

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Susan Hook said...

Congratulations on completing all 100 blocks, I am sure that you will find something nice to make with them!

Jen said...

Hello Margaret ,You have been working heaps 100!! blocks ,they look lovely and your tutorial blocks are so colourful. I have 42 x 5.5" scrappy blocks I made after Christmas and will just make them into a tablecloth quilt with a border added.

Annet said...

Wow, 100 blocks, congrats! Love your economy block, they are great for scraps!

Starr White said...

You are such a hard worker, dear Margaret!! I am so impressed with your productivity and the beauty of what you have accomplished. Great job!

cottonreel said...

The blocks are looking good . Lovely colours

Kippy SoMature said...

Bravo! :) beautiful, Margaret! press on :)

Ivory Spring said...

Very nice, Margaret. Love the colors!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Margaret, I don't know how you do it! I love these blocks all together. You seem to be really enjoying these and make me want to try but I must resist. I feel so far behind with all the UFOs I have sitting out in my sewing room as a reminder to not get involved in anything new until these are completed.

Anneliese said...

You are the real master of blocks - I love the latest ones, the Greek ones (?). And the colours of the lititle blocks (Rita's) are so beautiful. It will look lovely on a wall.