Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Well, in between doing 1001 little things in preparation for Christmas I  have managed to make another couple of blocks for my granddaughter's quilt. The first was paper pieced:
I quite like the precision of paper piecing as well as the challenge and sure enough, this block was a bit of a challenge!!! I think my triangles must have been a little smaller than those in the book with the result that my plain lime pieces needed to be a bit bigger. The pattern tells you what sizes to cut in advance and so these were a bit smaller than I would have liked. If I were to make this block again I would cut the fabric as and when I needed it rather than rely on the shape and size suggested.

The other block is made out of one of my favourites - halfsquare triangles:
 I was a bit worried that all those seams needed to be accurate so probably overcompensated and  so it is a bit over the 12 1/2 inches. I now need to decide which points will be noticed least if they are missing after I trim it but shhh, don't tell anyone!

As I am fairly new to quilting I still can't believe how quickly these blocks can be sewn. Over the years I have spent many hours crocheting blankets for myself, my children and my grandchildren and they take a long time, especially as the yarn is 4ply. The children love them as they are soft and cuddly.  I have just finished the latest one which is 7feet by 5feet ready for my 5yearold grandson
 The hexagons are easy to join together as you crochet and they give the blanket a lot of stability in that it doesn't stretch like squares would do.

Two grandchildren left to make a blanket for but hey, I think I may have said that once  before and more grandchildren came on the scene. I can but hope!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Well, having sorted out some of the teething problems in setting up my blog (and thanks for all the helpful comments which were gratefully received) I finally got round to some sewing.  At the last Quilt Fair I treated myself to Modern Blocks by Susanne Woods
 I knew I really had to make one of these striking  blocks when I realised just how many bookmarks I had in the book and here it is
 I really enjoyed sewing this but then came the inevitable question, "What shall I do with it". A bag. . maybe? I know, a quilt! So three more lovely patterns later and I havethe beginnings of  a very girlie quilt for my very girlie five-year old granddaughter

 Then I decided that I must be choosing the easy patterns so  decided on a paper-pieced block with triangles for a bit more of a challenge.  I drew the block on my computer and printed out four copies on really cheap photocopy paper ready  for sewing

 Added a few construction lines and and order number for sewing and hey presto. . . I'm ready to sew  the next block.

I must admit to already having a book on making  a sampler quilt together with a lovely selection of black, white, grey and red fabric but I just can't seem to start it. Mental block I suppose.  Oh well, maybe I'll end up with a thoroughly modern sampler quilt, lol.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Never again

Every time that I make a bed-sized quilt I say "Never again", mainly because of the weight of the quilt through the sewing machine when I am quilting. 

Well the time that I have spent (or should that say "wasted")  this week on trying to get my blog to work I could have made a quilt. Firstly the language is all new - I didn't know what a "follower" was, for instance, outside of the religious context, but all my new followers just disappeared into the ether as far as my blog was concerned as did  those sites that I wanted to follow myself.  I listed them sooooooo carefully, they appeared for the length of time I was looking at the page and then "Biff" they disappered with any refresh of the page never to be seen again. With the help of Lovely Daughter I discovered that I had set the security on my computer so well that any determined purveyor of malware, adverts, spam, phishing, hacking  or even ladies who sew would find it impossible to do anything except bounce off my hard-drive!!!!!  By enabling my popup menus and disabling my cookie blocker I was able at last to see my followers (oh dear, that sounds a bit egotistical to a lady of mature years like me. ..  . ) and also see the sites that I had found to follow. 

All is well now? Well, actually no.  I still can't leave a comment on Lovely Daughter's blog as any words I may wish to send her just disappear too, never even getting as far as flying through the ether at all.  It must be a glitch I haven't found in my blog as I have tried a different computer too so I am still cut off.  Is there anyone out there who can help. All suggestions will be gratefully received.

Meantime, if I ever mention setting up another blog, just remind me . . . Never Again!!!!!!