Saturday, 1 August 2015

cats, hexies and flimsies


I have not managed to complete anything these past few weeks,  seem to have too many projects on the go at once,  I am sure most of you have the same problem!

The cat wall hanging is progressing   4 new blocks stitched,





I have used a different perle thread for each block,  some have worked better than others, hoping when completed it will be okay otherwise I will restitch some of them,  3 more to go and then the patchwork blocks to make sashing and borders to do   followed by the dreaded quilting!

I have also done the july hexie for the BOM
sorry not too good a photo,  thought I had taken one with the camera but can`t find it,  this is on the tablet and still learning with that but can at least email ti to myself to download to the blog   must be learning something.




I took part in the littlebunnyquilts blog row by row quilt,  I did not do it till this week,  prefer to collect the BOM posts and save till I have them all,  not sure about it,  the sashing and borders should be done in the background fabric which is a white on white but of course did not read the instructions fully when cutting out the blocks. They were all cut out together but the sashing and borders should have been cut first,  serves me right not enough fabric as you had to cut 2 76" lengths. I had to buy more and the shop had sold out so got a new roll but it is a different white to the first,  not to worry we decided on the bright pink instead, I think it works okay. It measures 54" x 76". The colours are brighter than they look here, think the second row is too wishy washy and noticed a mistake in it, not sure if I will correct it will decide later when I get around to quilting it.




Now here is the steps to the altar   also on a flimsy stage . It measures 56" x 70". I am not planning on a border   to be honest not planning to do anything with it for now,   dread layering it up and quilting it.  When I was doing embroidery I would complete each project before starting anything new   how times have changed.



I also did the scrap vortex quilt with crazymoms blog,  what a great way to use up scraps   now I need more. This is made up by adding scraps to. scraps until I got a block about 12.5", it measures 60" square   I loved doing this and can see me cutting fabric into scraps to do more



Off to Birmingham on friday for 2 days for the Festival of Quilts. Was not planning to go this year but had a change of heart,  wish I could have gone for the 4 days but too pricey,  no plans to buy any fabric but would like to get the loc bloc rulers,  HST and flying goose which also works on square in a square,  aparently it is much quicker using them and I do not enjoy trimming HST blocks I always cut mine a little bigger to allow for errors! .Last year I left it till the last day and they had sold out.  Hopefully we will soon have a supplier in this country that sells them rather than waiting till they come over form USA for the show.

I have 2 more sets of blocks waiting to be joined into 2 quilts,  one a square in a square project and the other a disappearing nine patch with a pinwheel in one corner of each block

38 comments:

Podunk Pretties said...

I looks so hard to find the mistake in the row along and could not. They say if you can't see it from a galloping horse don't worry about it leave it in the quilt! The last two quilts are amazing!

Jules Woolford said...

My goodness you are busy. I do love the scrap vortex quilt especially. Have a great time at the NEC!

Boud said...

Did you draw the cat designs? I love them. Also love your comment that you used up all the scraps and now need more! Impossible to find a stopping place. I hear you on all the projects going at once.

Mary Ellen said...

You have been very productive! Love the cats, but then I have three of my own.

Annet said...

This sounds so familiar! I'm working on so many things that I just don't do anything right now, only the items that have to be finished for swaps. Love the cat blocks!

Séverine said...

I love all your cats blocks and your quilts are beautiful.

Gaia said...

Cat blocks are so cute!! I also like the other quilting pieces you have done.

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

the Cats Are really cute, great embroidery! I'm loving the Hexies and well done in mastering the Technology!
I've checked that Row by row - and honestly can't see the error,: unless it really bugs you I'd leave it, it's gorgeous!
The flimseys are looking great! Enjoy FOQ, wish I was going too xx

Rebecca in AK said...

It looks like you have gotten a lot accomplished! I love those kitties. I think the row by row looks wonderful with the pink. Your Steps to the Alter and Scrap vortex are wonderful too. The hardest part for me is getting the tops layered and basted.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your kitties are so cute and fun.

Jill said...

I have the same problem of working on too many projects at once! Your kitties are looking so cute. I love the colors in your row quilt! Have fun at the show.

Susan In Texas said...

Hi Margie,

Your kitties are adorable! Your row quilt looks great as it is; I wouldn't change a thing. Your steps quilt is terrific too, but what I really love is your scrap quilt. I hope you are planning to quilt it yourself. Just my two cents, but I think a nice free-motion stipple would make it look awesome. If you do it with green thread, the greens will really pop (and I know how much you like green!)

You have been SEW busy. :) I am really impressed with all you have accomplished in July. I'm still plugging along, never finishing anything these days, just making "progress". lol

I really appreciate all your comments on my blog. I always look forward to what you have to say. You are my main encouragement!

Thanks,
Susan in Texas

Gina Smith said...

Your cats are adorable and I love the scrap vortex quilt. Enjoy the show. I'll be going on Sunday so don't buy up everything xx

Jillian said...
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Jillian said...

You might not have finished anything, but you've sure made progress! Amazing. I LIKE your "wishy-washy " row - and couldn't spot the mistake! Have a great time in Birmingham.

2 August 2015 at 01:21

Raewyn said...

I hope you have a great time at Birmingham Margaret; a friend of ours is getting a day in before she flies back to NZ :-) I have far too many projects on the go at once as well, but it does seem that you are making progress with yours!!

Wendy said...

You have been busy! I like the bright pink sashing on your row quilt. Are you going to fmq them all?

Pippas quilts said...

goodness me look how busy you have been the cat blocks are cute. loving the using up scraps will have to check out the blog enjoy birmingham I will get there on year.

Valerie Reynolds said...

I thought you said you hadn't got much done...LOL...all your WIP look fantastic! Enjoy the quilt show...they are always so inspiring and fun!

Radka said...

Yes, you are not on your own, the same here - too many projects on a go with a little chance of anything being finished any time soon!
Saying that, you have been busy, I like the the way you used your scraps :-)
Have fun at the show; not buying any fabric, did you say that ??? LOL
xx

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

The cat embroideries are darling and I love your steps to the alter flimsy. It's just stunning.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

You've been amazingly busy and productive! The cat wall hanging blocks are looking very nicely stitched and your July hexie, little bunnyquilt row by row quilt, steps to the altar and scrap vortex quilt all look really great Margaret!!! Way to go!

Celtic Thistle said...

The pink sashing on your row by row quilt sets off the rows beautifully and like everyone else I can't see any mistakes in that row :)
For someone who hasn't finished anything you have had a very productive month!

Pamela said...

Nice hexagon pattern! The fabrics go together well.

Julimond said...

Lovely stitcheries and the scrappy Quilts are wonderful. I love this.
to take photos with tablet, i also don`t know, how to blog them ;-))

Greetings from Germany
Iris

The Inside Stori said...

Talk about patience....your embroidery is beautiful!

Createology said...

I see you have been sewing with needle and thread to do these adorable cat blocks. Fun to sew scrappy quilts must be keeping you quite busy. Summer Smiles...

Mary said...

Margaret, what lovely projects you are working on.
I love your kitty blocks of embroidery. I keep thinking about doing the vortex with Crazy Mom, That is such a great way to use up the scraps. Good going. Would like to hear about the quilt show.

Susan Hook said...

Margaret you have made some beautiful quilts but my favourite ones are the cats, I love everything about them, the stitching is lovely and I can see a fantastic quilt in the making

Anita said...

oh dear! you have been very busy .. lovely quilts! I like the idea of using scraps for quilt top. Gorgeous kitty blocks !

Jane Galley said...

love those cats :) and you have a lot of quilting ahead of you. hope you enjoyed Birmingham

PaulaB quilts said...

Your cats are so cute, can't wait to see the entire set. The quilts are very impressive, especially the Steps to the Altar. I would never have the patience for that. Your scrap vortex is terrific, great mix of colors including some black, which adds a certain zing. Thanks for your loyal support for me.

Harrysmum said...

You've been very productive even if there are no finishes! I love your row by row and your scrappy quilts, hope you'll bring to our next show n tell!

Monica said...

Those cat stitcheries are so cute, Margaret! You have done a beautiful job with them. And I'm very impressed with your vortex!

Mama Spark said...

Those kitties are amazing! I love that you did them in green and white.
You are inspiring me to get busy on a scrap vortex quilt of my own. How did you find it to make? Easy?

SUSSEXMOUSE said...

We have four Cats. I love your Cat embroidery and the words next to them. Marion x

Jo said...

The cats are so cute. What size thread did you use. That VORTEX quilt is amazing

Valerie Reynolds said...

Thanks for rejuvenating your row by row...and other great projects...at Tuesday Archives this week!! (Have you got it quilted yet??)