Monday, 23 January 2017

3 finished quilts

Great news re Richard,   he had a defibulator fitted on fri.day had to go to another hspital for that where he stayed overnight before being transferrd back to Harrogate and may also have a stent fitted as he has a blocked artery at the back of his heart, they are not sure about that  though. He might be going home later this week.  He has a small amount of brain damage which hopefully will improve and cannot remember anything in the 2 weeks prior to the heart attack which is 9 weeks tomorrow. Is now eating proper food and able to walk slowly with 2 sticks so really does not need to be in hospital anymore as he has a wife to care for him at home,  the recovery when it came came so quickly and he is far better than the Doctors said he would be  they talked of him having to go into a home permanently   how wrong they were fortunately.

Sucess I have completed three quilts in the last few days,   one I made from scratch which I thought might be a comfort for Richard when he leaves hosiptal but having shown him a photo he said  "what would I do with that   well maybe Gill would like it"  so I said it was okay he did not need to have it,   I am certainly not giving it to his wife so it will stay with me for now.  I used up some largish scraps and made the churn dash blocks 15" so only needed 16 instead of 25 12" ones then made the border using left over scraps  and used blue as the main colour to tie it all together seeing as it was being made for a boy,  not a blue person really but as it was meant to be for a man. Not a very good picture but the best I could get.


this photo rather dark overall it measures 68" square



Loving the backing  it is a duvet cover from Asda  100% cotton in the sale for £8,  the back is a grey version that will be used as a backing for another quilt. Went back to get some more but they had all gone, cannot complain as I also got 2 super king sized ones again 100% cotton  in a pink paisley for £5 each and a couple of others but they were poly cotton.



This next quilt I think is my favourite of all those I have made so far probably it is because of the colors used. It is called Berry Cross and I am thrilled with it.


Part of the  blocks I quilted with a walking foot and used a hera marker then I did squiggly things in the yellow squares free style. Very free style no 2 blocks are the same.



My final completed quilt is the Urban neighbourhood one,  have done 2 of these this is the second one  the other still on the to do pile.  Helen called when I was handsewing the binding yesterday and said she liked it so it now has a home to go to,  she does not often say anything about what I am doing as she has no interest really so was delighted that she liked it. Placement was not to good here just randomly pulled the cut pieces out of a bag the pink that looks white on the photo though is not so stand out as it looks  here fortunately. Again it has been free motion quilted in the most random way,  I did get better at it but at the start the stitches are too long,  considering redoing some of it but think it can stay the way it is. I used a jelly roll for this and added the black.



I now have 4 more sandwiched waiting to be quilted and three with wadding and backings cut but they can wait aas they are very big and one that I think I am going to remove the border from as I do not like it. Plan to quilt the 4 before I start anything else!!  hopefully.

A couple of photos of Charlie and Teddy Helen`s new cats,  made a mistake last blog and both photos were of Teddy but don`t tell Charlie!
They seem to like the quilt I made for Helen a couple of years ago hiding under it and just having a peep out.

   This is Charlie

We laugh when we see this as it looks like Charlie has a monkey on his back!


here are the pair of them both wanting to be on Helen`s knee. Teddy has on white and one black ear and Charlie has a tiny heart shaped  black mark under his mouth. 


28 comments:

liniecat said...

Gosh you've been prolific, smashing quilts there and what great news that your brother is making progress!
Im sure it will be a slow process and later, he may well have had a different response to the quilt you made him, its early days still.
Cats clearly in command there LOL

Gaia said...

What a lot of quilting! I like the them all.

Marika said...

Hello Margret,

I am back. I no longer came before Facebook louder, to the blog. Now I deleted my Facebook account and I can once again on our beautiful blogs focus.
I like to say: thank you. You look always on my Blog.
All the best wishes for Richard.
I like your Quits, so lovely,great work. I love the colours and fabrics.
The cats, always helper, what is a life without cats :)

I wish you a lively new week😘 creative regards Marika

The Inside Stori said...

Good news on all accounts……..and special kuddos for your successful quilts!!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Good morning. Golly you have been busy! Glad to hear your brother is so much better.
Multiple quilts! All looking super.
New puss cat's very cute too.

Nana said...

Yeah, I can see the monkey, hahaha.

Boy, you were so busy and finished wonderful quilts. Good news about the rest!

Nana

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You have been so busy. Good news that Richard is doing better.

Monica said...

Those cats are pretty big, compared to poor Helen there! They look totally at home on the quilt. :D

You have certainly been very productive -- I'm so impressed!

Createology said...

Margaret your quilts are wonderful and you should be very proud of your sewing skills. Thankful Richard is doing so well. Love the kitties! JOYful January...

Queeniepatch said...

I am so glad to hear your of your brother's speedy recovery.
Your quilt making has been speedy work, too. I think the last one is my favorite but they are all lovely.

Pippas quilts said...

So pleased Richard is on the road to recovery. Brothers do not understand how much work you put into a quilt. All three look fabulous well done. Cats are obviously well at home. Pippa.

Anita said...

You have been productive, wonderful finishes!

Jillian said...

You are really rolling! I too like the Berry Cross - but Urban is pretty good too. So pleased Richard is making good progress.

Cattinka said...

Three finishes in one blogpost is great! And each one is beautiful!
Way to go
KATRIN W.

Mary Ellen said...

Beautiful cats, beautiful quilts, lovely Helen, and great news about Richard. All in all a very uplifting post.

Maria said...

That's wonderful news about Richard! Love the quilts that you've finished; they are just so beautiful! Great photos of the cats...and the 'monkey' markings are amazing 😉

J Honda said...

Wonderful news on the recovery of your dear brother! am praying for he and his wife! your quilts are beautiful Margaret - what an abundant creator you are :) hugs to the kitties and Helen, and you :)

tubakk said...

So fun quilts you've made. My favorite is the Berry Cross.

Jane Galley said...

that good news, hope he continues to improve. Well done on the quilt finishes, you've been busy, and they look so good

Séverine said...

Your quilts are wonderful!

Radka said...

Wow, you have been busy, Margaret! All wonderful work, well done
xx

Sarah said...

Excellent news about your brother! Your quilts are lovely. How funny is that monkey mark on the back of the cat, great photo!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Great news about Richard! The blue quilt is really lovely, it looks rectangular - is that an optical illusion?

Raewyn said...

Wonderful news about your brother Margaret!! Love the quilts you have finished, they are all lovely!! What a shame Richard didn't want his but I'm sure someone else will want to give it a home. Your daughter's cats are gorgeous - they look like a pair that could really get into trouble!

Sarah said...

Helen certainly has her hands full with those handsome boys!!! Congrats on all the finishes! I'm off today to get some backing fabrics myself...

PaulaB quilts said...

Love your quilts, especially the green and yellow one. The a Urban is a winner too. But the nicest pic is Helen with that sweet smile and her cuddly cats. She looks so happy. Sorry this post is so late, Margaret. Have a fun week!

Celtic Thistle said...

Great news about Richard Margaret, and it looks like you are getting to grips with tackling that pile of quilts waiting to be quilted too!
Your quilt from scratch is very impressive, what a quick turnaround you managed.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Wow! You've been a busy bee! Love all the quilts...So many good things about each one. If course my favorite your Berry Cross. ;-) Thank you so much for participating in the quilt along. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!