Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year to everyone,    and belated Christmas wishes too.

I have been very neglectful with my blog,  it is over 3 months since I posted but have been following everyone else in my absence.

Will now try and add some photos of what I have been up to.     Success these photos look ages to add,  having problems as at the moment my lap top is not working with windows,  have been locked out somehow so now it is going very slow,  takes 30 mins to open a folder and the same to get onto google. Have spoken to Microsoft who say it is my problem and will have to pay a technician to sort it,  seems they are passing the book as when I went onto bing and put in what the computer says is the problems there are loads of people with the same problem.  Rant over.

This is my aiming for accuracy 11 quilt,  it was a block a month but I waited till I had them all then started it a week before Christmas and finished it Boxing day,   well to the flimsy stage so it now joins aiming for accuracy 1 on the flimsy pile.  It is one of Michele Foster`s of MiskhasPlayground.com  BOM`s.  I am thrilled with it, the triangles were a pain to do on the border and are not all they should be but I can live with them.

 These are  in another series with Michele,  she is sharing 6 mini quilts,  have now done the first 4 and waiting for the next 2 to be shared with us. They will be 24" square when completed. Thought this would be a good challenge as maybe just maybe I will not have too much of a problem trying to machine quilt it as there will not be a lot of weight to battle with,  I am living in hope anyway. The first 3 I made at the same time then the 4th when it was released. I arranged the first in a different way to the way we were shown and the second one I managed to get 2 pieces around the wrong way but what the heck I call in a personalised quilt. The 3rd and 4th are I think correct.
 

oh dear now I look at this the error is quite noticeable   maybe I will  no it will be too difficult to put right,  I will live with it


This is a BOM by Jacquelynne Steves,  we were able to either embroider, applique or use a fabric in the squares,  of course I opted for the embroidery version. It is the first quilt I have done on point and unfortunately is a little out of shape but hopefully when it finally gets off the flimsy pile the quilting might disguise the shape.  Jacquelynne has now joined up to work with Michele so I can see some amazing quilts being shared by them.  They are bring out some mini quilts soon with embroidery/applique on so will have a go at those too


Loving this next wall hanging  Home and Heart it is from Bird Brain designs and the same people who designed the cat one I did. I decided not to do it all in one colour but used a different perle cotton for each block Have now bought their latest design Stitchin`Wisdom Quilt which  I am looking forward to starting. Sorry the quality of the photo is poor think it is easier to see enlarged like this than smaller. I am hoping the hospice Helen is a nurse at is going to like it and maybe use in a raffle to raise money as they need every penny they can raise to keep the hospice running smoothly



Just a couple of pincushions I made   the owl was so quick to do, thought the little one was a little too little so enlarged the pattern, liking my pyramid one too,  have made quite a few cushions in this shape over the years  mostly embroidered  and bigger but not pin cushions.


These are the Christmas table pieces I made for Xmas 2015,  a table runner that goes down the centre of the table and, 4 place mats and 4 mug rugs. we used it on 24th when my 2 daughters and granddaughter came for the day for their Xmas meal,  Helen the hospice nurse was working on 25th she always volunteers to work on Christmas day as she has no children, so a quiet day I had on 25th and ate left overs and got on with the A4A11 quilt. They are now put away till next year, (the mats not my girls)    have had the Christmas fabric for years so glad to get something done with it at last



This is a small runner I made from some scraps Jennie Rayment gave me,  it fits on my horn cabinet which I have finally got downstairs and my benina Heidi is housed in it. I was so cheeky when the fire brigade came to fit new smoke detectors I asked them if they would bring the cabinet down for me and they agreed to.  Will post a photo of my set up next blog as have not taken one yet. Hopefully I will be less than 3 months next time it will be less than 3months next time. The fabric is rather Christmassy so think I will make another one for the rest of the year or maybe do a spring, summer and autumn one and ring the changes.


These are the last 3 blocks in the hexie BOM and all 12 laid out,  did wonder if I could join them all together and then attach them to some fabric but changed my mind at I am now in the process of sewing them on individual blocks which I will then join together with sashing,   not sure what colour I will use for that,  have 2 more to do then will decide.




This is a bit of fun fabric,  I could not resist when I saw it and bought a panel and have now made a holder for my fountain pens, roller ball pen, biros and propelling pencil. 

Think I have added enough   hope you enjoyed it all if you managed to last till the end of the posting

 I have Alfie Helen`s cat staying for a couple of days so not much stitching will be done as he demands attention!

40 comments:

margaret said...

sorry do not know why it has come out so mixed up maybe due to the windows problem have edited the origional and it looks as though it has been corrected but when I check the blog it is still wrong

Nana said...

Now I can comment.

So many lovely quilts and things to see here on your first post. I love it all,

Nana

Mary Ellen said...

My, you have been very busy! Glad to see your post as I wondered how you were doing. Do you think the computer problem is due to a virus?

Boud said...

Very good to see you back again! And with such an array of great quilting to enjoy! Yes, you're a faithful reader of blogs even when you're not writing your own but it's good to get a catch-up from you.

Podunk Pretties said...

My goodness you've been a busy gal, so many projects! Thanks for inspiring me to stay busy!

Anita said...

Happy new year Margaret! Beautiful quilts and lovely placemats as well.

crafty cat corner said...

Although I don't likt to know your're having problems with the computer I'm pleased at the same time. Mine is all over the place and i thought it was just because of Christmas with the kids at home on games.
I'll see how it goes when they all go back to school.
So annoying. Happy new year to you
Briony
x

Gaia said...

Happy new year Margaret!!
You have done so many projects. I love the wall hanging, and those pincushions are pretty.

Monica said...

I'm glad to catch up with all your stitching, Margaret! You have some beautiful work here. I really like your idea to use different colours of thread on the stitchery wall hanging -- it looks wonderful!

Don't let Alfie boss you around too much, and happy new year!

Anneliese said...

What a fantastic lot of work you did during the past year. I love the "A-block-a-month"-quilt, its colours and also the others are so accurately sewn. The table runner and the sets for the Christmas season will be very useful next year. And now you are having company with Alfie - he will like your quilts, too. Happy New Year to you! Stay creative!

Createology said...

So happy to see your post with so many wonderful projects you have worked on. Love your quilt to Hospice. How fun to make holders for your pens and pencils. 2016 will be an amazing year...

Jane Galley said...

oh wow! you've been busy, there are advantages to not being able to get online

Celtic Thistle said...

What a great haul of projects you have given us Margaret! Your crotchety quilt is lovely I hope it raises lots of money for the hospice. How smart of you to get those firemen to move your cabinet too :)

Séverine said...

Happy New Year Margaret! You have been so busy, your quilts are so beautiful, I can't say The one I prefer

Harrysmum said...

Wow Margaret you have been so busy lately! I'm so impressed by the work you v produce but especially struck you your use of colour. You're developing a real ale of your own and is nice to see it reflected in your work.
I love the series of mini quilts you've been working on, I did something similar a while ago when I made doll quilts, it was a great way too try a new block or technique without the commitment of a whole quilt!
I love the detail in the embroidered wall hanging, hope it raises lots of money for the hospice!

Harrysmum said...

That should have said "style" not "ale", blooming autocorrect!

Harrysmum said...

That should have said "style" not "ale", blooming autocorrect!

Harrysmum said...

Wow Margaret you have been so busy lately! I'm so impressed by the work you v produce but especially struck you your use of colour. You're developing a real ale of your own and is nice to see it reflected in your work.
I love the series of mini quilts you've been working on, I did something similar a while ago when I made doll quilts, it was a great way too try a new block or technique without the commitment of a whole quilt!
I love the detail in the embroidered wall hanging, hope it raises lots of money for the hospice!

Maria said...

You have been so busy Margaret; all your projects look wonderful. I love the way you are so wiling to try new projects with great success too by the look of all these photos.

Jen said...

Hello Margaret, I can see you have been busy ,everything looks wonderful .It will be lovely to have a few runners for decoration to choose from. I love your wall hanging, nice to see you on here. I seem to only make it on here around 2 weeks.

Jillian said...

Wow, Margaret, you've been so productive- all lovely work. I really like the hexie blocks and the owls are terrific - great idea. Happy New Year to you and your daughters.

A Nudge said...

My goodness, have you been busy and productive! That first one is amazing that you got done in so little time. Wow. Like them all. I'll have to go to Michele's website and check out those 24" toppers. By adding a 3" border they would make great preemie quilts. The owls are so adorable. Did you get that pattern from the NET? Thanks so much for sharing, Margaret. I invite you to link to WIPs Be Gone and the giveaway. So good to have you back in blogland.

Pippas quilts said...

Happy new year to you. what a lot you got done.I hope the quilt makes a lot of money for the hospice such a good cause. So please you all managed to get together over the festive season even if it was a day early.

Chyfey said...

You have been busy,love the colours your using.Happy New Year and stay safe

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

So many great projects! And I love the triangle border on your accuracy quilt. It looks amazing!

Lakshmi Sadala said...

Wish you Happy new Year Margaret..all lovely quilts..I loved the small runner with red and green..

SewLittleToSay said...

My, you have been busy and what helpful firemen you have! I love the Aiming for Accuracy quilt - the dark fabric in the blocks and the sashing really sets off the colours.

Susan Hook said...

You have done lots of beautiful quilts, my favourite is the wall hanging, the design is so different, you should be so proud of this one, you have done a brilliant job!
Happy new year to you and all the family
Susan x

Sarah said...

What a fabulous collection of projects - you certainly have been busy. Love the owl pincushion - is the pattern online somewhere? Can't wait to see what fabric you choose to back your hexie BOM.

Rebecca in AK said...

Wow! You have been busy! Sorry about the computer problems, what a headache. I am sure your quilt will raise many funds for the hospice. It is beautiful!

Anita said...

Happy New Year, Margaret! Lots of beautiful projects here!

Deepa said...

Happy New Year,Margaret!! Wish you luck with your laptop!!

Annet said...

Happy New Year!

PaulaB quilts said...

Wonderful things you have shown. The #11 one is full of bright and the dark accents really make it sparkle. Lots of work there. The different thread colors in the stitch panels look lovely. I just love the Owls with their button eyes. Do you have a pattern? It's something I would like to try. So glad to see all your latest again. Happy New Year.

J Honda said...

Happy new year Margaret! I have been neglectful too,but Oh! the work you have to show for these months! Beautiful! And the wall hanging is just such a labour of love and your gifted fingers :) what a blessing for the hospice!
My blog is now named skippyrabbitstudio

tubakk said...

Ahhh, I'm really impressed to see all your fantastic quilts. That first one must be my favorite. And your hexie quilt for sure. So sweet owls too. Have a nice weekend!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Oh my! Look at all that lovely work. I think I should try to finish something....grin. Happy New Year!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Oh my! Look at all that lovely work. I think I should try to finish something....grin. Happy New Year!!

Sarah said...

Wow, you have been so busy! Beautiful work!

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