Tuesday, 18 March 2014

CQJP march, aiming for accuracy quilt, sewing for pleasure Birmingham

I suddenly remembered I had not shown my crazy quilting block for march so here it is




I am struggling with these blocks,  I expect partly as I do not like the colours chosen by Helen.  We decided it needs more colour so she said to put a bit of yellow and orange in too hence the yellow tatted butterfly, have also put some yellow french knots in the centre of the pale pink crocheted flower in the bottom right hand corner.  Oh well only 9 more to go!!

One of my goals for 2014 was to attempt the aiming for accuracy quilt of Michele Foster`s, this was done as a BOM last year but I bought the pattern this year and on friday plucked up courage to start it,  I had picked lots of fabrics from my collection,  of course some greens and tans/orange shades then threw in a few pinky ones and a bit of red.    Well I have been very busy and have now got the main part assembled,  it needs a one and a half inch sashing around it then I will add some colour in the next sashing followed by a wider border in the brown. Not sure about the coloured sashing, on the pattern it is little squares but think I might use longer pieces of fabric that have been used in the quilt.  It is now on hold for a week or two.  It was not such a problem as I thought it would be, needed a bit of tugging in places. What appealed to me about this quilt was the blocks being different sizes etc.  No clue what sort of quilting I will do on it yet or whether it ill be hand or machine quilting.



Sorry the photo is sideways,  do not know how to flip it.   I planned to photo it on the washing line but it is so very windy today so had to put it on the bed instead, you can see how big it is.

On thursday I am off to the Sewing for pleasure show in Birmingham at the NEC.   I will be staying with friends who I used to work for at the shows in Buckingham which will be great fun and come home saturday evening. Also will be seeing Cheryl my good friend from London who is coming up for the day on friday, so looking forward to seeing her.
Not sure what I will be tempted to buy but I am sure some fabric will find its way home with me and I would also like to find Anni Downs angels quilt pattern if possible.  Jennie Rayment will be there doing a workshop and that is also on my list to do     I am getting so excited thinking about it.

37 comments:

Renata's arts and crafts said...

Well... I think your blocks this year have a totally different color scheme than last year. I love reds and pinks and warm color but I have to say I was speechless with your green quilt from last year COJP2013. You are doing a double great job because you don't like the colors.

Séverine said...

Your crazy is beautiful and I like the way you add new colors , the yelllow butterfly is cute and your quilt is wonderful.

Wendy said...

the CQ block is pretty, I like the scallops with flower sequins on the left. Did you tat the butterfly yourself? The quilt looks great well done! You can't flip photos in Blogger, you need to do it before you upload them.

Margo Brooks said...

I adore you pink blocks despite the fact that I am not a fan of pink. I still love the colors you chose. I really LOVE the flower patch on this block! I also love the quilt colors. I am a big fn of pinwheels

Susan In Texas said...

Your aiming for accuracy quilt top is spectacular! Very very nice. I love the colors you have chosen.

Have fun at the show!
Susan in Texas

Nana said...

No matter how you will decide, the quilt will surely look great!

Nana

Bev said...

Beautiful work! I love your color choices! Have fun at the show! Cheery wave!

Anneliese said...

I like the March block and your quilt is beautiful. It is looking so untraditional and modern. I like it.

Podunk Pretties said...

I love your block, I crazy for pink and the yellow butterfly is so cute! I's sure whichever quilting you choose on your quilt it'll be lovely, it already is!

Jillian said...

Your struggle with the blocks is paying off because it looks great - I love the stitching which is so well matched to the fabric and colours. The quilt is fabulous - really striking and harmonious. Enjoy the time away.

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Your block looks super and your stitching is wonderful.. Enjoy your time at the show. Hugs judy

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love your crazy block and the quilt looks excellent and is almost finished. Just in time to start the Gypsy Wife....Grin.

Faye Cook said...

Love the crazy block and love the new colours your using ,makes it brighter .And your quilt top is stunning ……go girl

Jane Galley said...

Like the way the quilt is coming together. Have a lovely couple of days

SewLittleToSay said...

Enjoy the S4P show - look forward to seeing what you find there.

Susan Hook said...

The little block is lovely and you have done a great job with the quilt it is absolutely lovely, you must be very proud of what you have made!

Celtic Thistle said...

Have never tried crazy quilting but could be tempted by your block I love all the extras you have added.

Enjoy the show.

Kippy SoMature said...

Have a lovely time! I like the block very much - remember it is a gift, and though not your favorite colours (I like these colours very much) it is a challenge and a delight to make for your dd! the little cats are cute :)

Wonderful quilt ! I really like the orange that is arranged in it - it looks beautiful!

Gaia said...

Another pretty block, I love the butterfly; how I wish spring to be here already. Hope you will have a great time at the show.

desertskyquilts said...

I do like your sequined arches very much! Enjoy your show in Birmingham!

Vicki Miller said...

Great CQ block! And the quilt looks wonderful. I wish I could go to the NEC show - one day, but of course I am going to the australian show in a few weeks and that will be wonderful

Createology said...

Your CQ block is lovely. I understand how you are not in love with the extra colors. Is your tatted butterfly done with shuttle or needle? Lovely quilt you have stitched. Enjoy your trip...

motidana said...

Loved the CQ piece especially the tiny beaded flowers and the pale pink flower. The quilt is very vibrant in its colors and will look lovely . Enjoy the show , and have a lovely time with your friends .....:)

Radka said...

The quilt top looks fabulous!
I hope you are having a great weekend!
xx

deanna7trees said...

well, i did miss seeing this post. love that yellow tatted butterfly and your quilt is so wonderfully vibrant. Jenny Rayment is lots of fun. i have taken a class with her and also saw her 'perform' at a Houston quilt show some years ago. her talks are always a bit like a performance. enjoy your time away.

Susan In Texas said...

Hi Margie, I'm sure you could do the Dear Jane blocks, but you really need the software more than the book. I print out the paper piecing or applique templates from the software and it makes doing the blocks SO much easier! It's easy software to use too.

Take care,
Susan in Texas

Lorna McMahon said...

You did a fantastic job on the Aiming for Accuracy top, Margaret! Wow! It looks fantastic! Hope you had a fun time at the show and visiting with friends. Did you buy any fabric?

Raewyn said...

I hope you had a great time away Margaret - yes, I will be wondering what you bought too!! Your Aiming for Accuracy is gorgeous!! Your colours work well :-) Your crazy-block is nice too - I always like to see what people come up with on these type of blocks!

shirley said...

Your crazy quilt block is lovely I always like unusual combinations of colours. your quilt is amazing and I agree that you are getting wonderful results with your modern colours.

Susan In Texas said...

Hi Margie, thanks for your kind words on my blog. I hope you do start paper-piecing; I think you'll love it!

Quilty hugs,
Susan in Texas

Susan In Texas said...

Hi Margie, I had a test post up on and off last night as I tried to add the facebook share button. Boy! Did that ever give me trouble. I finally got it working, but it doesn't give a picture from the post, just some random picture from the blog. I see by your buttons that I should have just asked you. lol

Thanks,
Susan

cottonreel said...

Your crazy block is great .
I think your sampler is one of the nices I have looked at.
Enjoy, enjoy your day at Birmingham

cottonreel said...

Sorry about the T missing off nicest .
My laptop has a wobbly sometimes

The Inside Stori said...

Your crazy quilt block is so lovely!!! Glad you remembered to share it!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your March block looks great and I especially like the tatted butterfly. Wow - your quilt top is looking fantastic!!! Hope you had a super time at the Sewing for Pleasure show and had a lovely time with friends :)

quiltswithpersonality said...

Love you accuracy quilt Margaret! Looks fabulous. Enjoy the show! Marie x (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

Leelagovind said...

hi magaret
wow i like the diff colors,tatted butterfly,crochet flower,embroidery and everything after all i love quilts too much..this one impressed me a lot..but unfortunately i dont know how to make quilts..i have decided to learn when i go to US next time..:)