Wednesday, 26 August 2015

quilted shopper, cat wall hanging.cozy afternoon

I have a few things to share today, seem to be rather lazy in writing my blog but not in keeping up with the ones I follow.

I made this shopper to take to the quilt show as it is very roomy!  I used some of a jelly roll I got as a gift from Popular patchwork magazine,  not my fabric choice but it works well on the bag.

  


All 8 cat blocks are now done, corner blocks added and the sashing done,  now to decide on the 4" borders,  was thinking a darker orange but now not so sure,  will take it to my local shop today and pick there brains and see what they suggest. Back from the shop and have a bright green for the 4" border,  trust it works okay  maybe will get it done today though I need to get out and find backing for 4 flimsies,  need sheeting really so far not tracked any down as I do not want to piece the backing   far too complicated 






I have also done 4 cozy afternoon blocks so now caught up with the BOM,  quite   well no very pleased with how these have worked,  the last one was difficult to do but oh so worth it.  There is one more block to do which should be out next week




I even managed to make a paper foundation block,  used rubbish fabric as did not know what I was doing,  took me ages and still not really understanding how to do it but    well I have done a block,   pat on the back for me.






This blog was started 2 days ago but could not upload photos till today   lap top seems to be playing up since the windows 10 upgrade.

Will post the quilt show photos tomorrow if lap top allows.

29 comments:

Anneliese said...

Hello Margaret, did you really finish the cat quilt, with all the embroidery!? You seem to work day and night. The cozy afternoon blocks look like having a nice cup of tea would be wonderful. Paper piecing - ha, English method. I think you did it well. Same for me: I am starting things without knowing what to do with it later on.

Anneliese said...

Ah yes, and there is the big shopper, but this is wonderful and practical. You will not use it only for workshops ... And even if the colours are not your choice - they are quite ok!

QuiltSue said...

I like the bag, it looks like it would hold lots of lovely quilt shop purchases. Lots of other great work there, and well done on having a go at paper piecing. For myself, I love doing it for a change as the accuracy can be so great, but I could only do small quilts, I wouldn't do a bed quilt cos of all the paper removing that would be needed!

Harrysmum said...

Lovely work as usual Margaret. Well done for trying paper piecing. I love the results bit it does rattle the brain cells getting there!

SewLittleToSay said...

I'm still not sure about foundation paper piecing, but I think it does get easier and some patterns are more straight forward than others.

Anita said...

Great shopper, and I adore the cat quilt; such detailed embroidery/stitching!
Your other blocks look terrific!

crafty cat corner said...

Love the cat quilt, did you embroider all of those cats?
Briony
x

Mary Ellen said...

Love the cats! The bag looks useful. I don't make them anymore as I have a closetful already. Paper piecing does get easier with practice. I taught myself from a book by Carol Doak. Today you can watch a video. Keep practicing!

Pippas quilts said...

Was the shopper big enough for the Quilt show, I would probably need one twice the size then could not carry it. Great cats. I think foundation paper piecing is great for getting sharp points.

Nana said...

What a lovely top this is!!!!!

Nana

Annet said...

You've been a very busy girl again! Sorry to hear you have problems with windows 10, I'm so glad I didn't upgrade my computer. I'm still using windows 7.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Great looking roomy shopper bag. All of the bags you make look terrific. The cat wall hanging looks super and I like the corner block fabric you chose too. You certainly are getting a lot of beautiful sewing and stitching accomplished. A big pat on the back for yourself for sure. :)

Gaia said...

Cat quilt look so pretty, wonderful embroidery work. I also like the the cozy tea themed blocks.

Séverine said...

Your cat quilt is beautiful, I love your embroideries and your bag will be very useful to the quiltshow.

Radka said...

Very smart bag :-) and lovely wall hanging.
I am keeping well away from Windows10 for now, there seem to be quite a few problems, as usual, when they launch anything new.
xx

Maria said...

I love all the projects that you have been doing. The cat quilt is gorgeous...so much work; a real credit to you! That block in your photo looks so effective...but challenging. And good on you for trying paper piecing...the house block looks great. I still avoid paper piecing, so maybe I should give it a go too :-)

Jillian said...

You have been so productive and creative. I love the vibrant colours in the BOM, the bag is a great size and the cats have such detailed interest. Well done you on all of it - especially the experimentation.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You've really been busy making wonderful blocks and a lovely tote.

motidana said...

Love the shopper bag ! The cat quilt is so cute . Did you embroider the blocks?

Jane Galley said...

Looking forward to seeing the next border on the quilt, I imagine it would bring everything together

Sarah said...

I picked up your blog via Katy's and have enjoyed reading it. Your comment that we don't have any learning TV channels is so true but I do watch create and craft on a Sunday morning at 8 am where they have a patchwork workshop and you can get some ideas! Happy stitching x

Chyfey said...

You have been busy my love,LOVE your cosy afternoon blocks and well done getting the cats under control.Computer trouble must be going around ,so hang in there

Susan Hook said...

Your bag looks a nice size, I am sure that you will find it very handy. Your cat quilt is lovely, I think the green will be nice as it will tie in nicely with the colour of the cat embroidery

Raewyn said...

You are keeping busy Margaret... your cats look great - I finished the 8th one of mine last night, now to put it together - your's is a good idea with the cat print fabric. Your bag looks perfect for the show, hope it was nice and full :-) I have saved the Cozy Afternoon patterns but not sure when I will get to stitch them. Good on you with the foundation piecing, it does make more sense the more you do!

Anita said...

lovely tote bag! The cat quilt is beautiful. You've managed to do lots of embroidery and quilting in very limited time,congratulations Margaret!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Great big bag - So useful for shopping! The cats and the other blocks are all looking great, well done x

Celtic Thistle said...

You were much more organised than me Margaret! I bought a bag at the show but it is nowhere near as nice as yours :)

Mama Spark said...

That cat stitchery quilt is amazing. So cute !

Mama Spark said...

That cat stitchery quilt is amazing. So cute !