Friday, 7 November 2014

crazy stitching and spiders quilt

I am going to attempt a blog from the new lap top,  A friend`s son very kindly came and got it going for me and transferred things from the old one onto an external hard drive however since then  what trouble it has been,  caught loads of viruses but the shop got me to download malwarebytes and that has sorted all but one problem.  I seem to have a problem with adobe,  down load files and put them on the desktop but when I transfer them to my documents they become thumbs.db whatever that may be and do not open so all my bom`s seem lost for now.  Any advice gratefully received!   I also installed the malware onto the old computer and did a scan and it found loads of errors which Mcafee never found. It is going to my daughter and granddaughter as a back up if needed.

Not much stitching done this week,  I did my block for Bee Blessed   will post it off to Ireland next week



I also rescued the spiders web and botched it together, not sure what happened because it did not fit once I had cut the curves and added the black pieces,   as you can see here.


I decided to keep going and added black between each triangle piece and joined them all together,  it would not lie flat but as there was a big central hole with the aid of the iron I sort of pressed it and hid all the excess under a black circle of fabric,  I then quilted it on the machine,  just a squiggly stitch on all the black fabrics and bound it with black,    lesson learnt take more care next time.


I will have another attempt at getting it right and Pat Broe that shared the instructions has now done one larger which looks very impressive

I have also done my crazy block for november   only one to go and then I will make it into a hanging for Helen



Oh yes I nearly forgot I signed up for a crazy lesson with Kathy Shaw,  you do a basic class and can then move on if you want.  I have not finished my piece as I need some 7mm silk ribbon and cannot buy it in Leeds but the Harrogate K & S show starts on 20th and Crafty Ribbons will be there so I will get my ribbon then.  We had to make the block using templates and stitch the seams as instructed so this is as far as I have go so far. I have not done silk ribbon work before so I will see how I get on with it



I have realised that my blocks I have been working on all year need more stitching   I think next year if I decided to do the challenge I will do it with creams and white and stick to all pastels

46 comments:

crafty cat corner said...

Love, love the spiders web, maybe because I love black and colours together.
Briony
x

Gaia said...

You have been busy.., love to see how the spider's web quilt going to be. And, the crazy block is pretty- is that a ladybird?

Podunk Pretties said...

LOVE the spider web!

Nana said...

Wow, I really, really love the spider web, it looks so fantastic.

Nana

Séverine said...

your crazy are beautiful, specially the cram and white. I love your spider web.

Bev said...

You are so smart! I love that you took care of the spider web block and it actually looks better with your fix! I'm checking your new BOM's (like I don't have enough to do!

SewLittleToSay said...

The spider web quilt is stunning. I have the Women of the Bible BOMs saved if you are missing those. If you can bring the laptop to Leeds MQG I can try to see what has gone on with the PDF and db files.

deanna7trees said...

you did a great job rescuing that spider. it looks good to me. hard to give computer advice long distance. i would question google and see what advice you get there.

Mary Ellen said...

Well, that's a great save on the spider web block. If you hadn't mentioned all the stumbling blocks you had, I would never have known. The crazy stitching is lovely. I think you will enjoy working with silk ribbon. It gives a lovely effect for simple stitches.

Lorna McMahon said...

You have sure been a busy stitcher, Margaret. Love all your blocks. And that spider web is really cute!

Jillian said...

I really like rescues - it shows our creativity and adaptability. You did a great job. It is a nifty idea. Your crazy block is, as always, just lovely and full of interest.

Vicki Miller said...

I love the spider's web! And your crazy quilt will be gorgeous. I am still trying to catch up, but I will finish them this year I hope!

Monica said...

I love cream crazy quilts, so I think that is a great idea! And I think your spider web turned out well in the end. Wedges can be a real challenge, but you solved the problem creatively! Great work all around. :D

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hello
A new lap top how exciting!
You will love ribbon embroidery. It covers areas really quickly - always the short cut kid, I like that..
Think you spider web is great,

Jane Galley said...

It may not have been as intended, but the spiders web has turned out well. Love the crazy blocks, can't believe you've almost got another quilt done, where has the year gone!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

What a lots of lovely stuff! My first thought about the web was that it needed "spokes" - that was before I noticed the missing section! Serendipity eh!

Pippas quilts said...

What a fabulous spidersweb I to realise that I needed to do more to my crazy quilts when I did the course. Well done.

motidana said...

The Spiders web quilt is awesome . . Pretty pink crazy quilt block is a true stunner and I loved the dainty embroidery in the white Cq block too

Mosaic Magpie said...

I am not sure where to begin...so much beautiful stitching! The spider web is really stunning and looks so very complicated!
Your crazy quilt work on the pink and cream blocks is very pretty. I too have done very little silk ribbon work...I am afraid of using such expensive ribbons!!! But, I guess I must to learn how to use it properly.
xo,
Deb

Anneliese said...

Margaret, your spider web is very beautiful -I never saw it like that. The black strips are very good and you found a good solution for the middle. I like also the crazy block, very elegant. People like your posts! So many comments!

Anita said...

Both CQ and spider's web looks beautiful,you've done an amazing job to fix the spider's web.love the inch tape print fabric on the bee block.

Radka said...

You are busy :-) Well done on your spider's web.
Oh dear, computers, they are wonderful - when they work well, but such a pain when they don't!
xx

Cattinka said...

I am glad you found a way to finish that spider web, I really like the way it turned out.
KATRIN W.

Rose said...

Love your spider web. I think it turned out great! And you certainly keep yourself busy. Love all of your blocks.

Suztats said...

Oooh, that spider web quilt is smashing! The colours pop against the black --stunning. Both your Cq blocks are lovely. Nice soft colours in your DD's and a nice beginning in the class one.

Dianne said...

It might have its little secrets but I adore your spider web. Very striking. Your crazy for Helen is going to be beautiful, a real treasure for her to keep. You will love doing the ribbon embroidery.

Dianne said...

It might have its little secrets but I adore your spider web. Very striking. Your crazy for Helen is going to be beautiful, a real treasure for her to keep. You will love doing the ribbon embroidery.

Patricia Lines said...

Your CQ stitching looks so good. One hint on future projects like your spider web, which turned out well. If you square up the individual pieces with the 45 degree lines on your ruler then join the pairs and check the 90 degree angle it helps especially if you are dealing with bias edges.

Annet said...

I'm sure you will enjoy silk ribbon embroidery, it's not difficult.

KaHolly said...

What a delightful post. I loved seeing your work. I'm sorry about your computer challenges. I'm about to go through similar, as I've babied mine along almost as far as it will go. Love,love, love your crazy quilt blocks.

desertskyquilts said...

Lots of good things in your post! I like both your CQ blocks. It isn't necessarily true that you need more stitching. It depends on what you like. People like Sharon Boggon do encrusted CQ, and there's LOTS of stitching and doodads. I don't care for that on my own work, so mine is a lot less fussy. If you like what you did before, it has enough stitching. =) Think of silk ribbon the same as thread embroidery. There are very few differences, and anything you can do with thread, you can do with silk ribbon. Except maybe buillion stitches. I never tried those in ribbon. =)

The Inside Stori said...

Talk about a busy week.....just sorting out computer issues could put me in bed for a week......I have NO patiences for all this techy stuff and am soooo appalled that folks who have such good computer skills would use them for nasty purposes.

Despite your issues with the spider web block....you wouldn't know it by looking...it's great.

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Impressive spider block. Good luck with the new laptop.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So love the spider quilt. You are really working hard.

Jane in Wales said...

I think your spider's web looks like an improved version! ;o)

Createology said...

Fabulous Spider Web quilt. I really admire these as they look so intricate. I am loving your CQ projects. Your idea of whites and creams with pastels will be very calming throughout a new year. Computers are so bitter-sweet!

Susan Hook said...

I love the spiders web and your crazy blocks are full of interest, I hope that you enjoy your new course. I am affraid I am no use with computers either, I have just signed up for a computer course two days a week.

A Nudge said...

Love these blocks, but especially the crazy quilt blocks - so gentle and feminine. I invite you to link this post to Hexie Weekend. It has so much to offer readers.

Lilian said...

Your blocks are lovely. I'm thinking of trying my first crazy block for a cushion cover. The spiders web looks great too. Dodgy measurements are exactly the sort of thing that I would do!
Wish i could help with yr laptop woes but i'm better when things are in front of me. Hope you get it sorted.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Always so much beautiful stitching going on here! Love the spider web piece. Sorry I haven't been keeping up with blogs very well. Glad I didn't miss this!

Marianne Jeffrey said...

That spider web looks terrific good job!!!!!

Raewyn said...

Great to see what you are up to Margaret - I love the spider web block, in spite of all your trials, it looks great! Good luck with your new laptop too, I always find it feels like having to learn everything all over again when I buy a new device (which isn't very often!) PS your crazy blocks also look awesome :-)

Agnė said...

You made so many great quilts. I like them very much. But the spider web is such a great idea. I liked it the most.

shirley said...

I do like the spiders web quilt a lot. It is so unusual and the extra black strips make it stand out.
Your crazy quilt blocks are quite beautiful and so delicate..

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Fabulous *pieces* ~ but that spider web … so, so cool!

Ivory Spring said...

Margie,

Oh my goodness! Your spider web quilt is beautiful! And your crazy quilt blocks are just as brilliantly done as well.

Happy Christmas!