Mum has been up visiting, which is why I've been a little quieter than usual. We had the BEST time, really, I cant tell you how much fun it was having someone to sew with, someone who gets as excited as I do about fabrics and all the things you can do with them... Not to mention how absolutely bloody wonderful it was to be looked after!! (I know, it was her holiday, I am awful...)
I'm going to save the big photos for when I've managed to finish things, so in the mean time, here are some hints of what we were playing with....
|3 different fabric selections, and a pile of removed selvedges... there's been a whole lotta cutting done here!|
That rather wonderful pile of selvedges is part of my sewing resolutions. You see, I do have some nice fabric. The thing is though, I get so convinced that I'll have to have every scrap of it intact in order to make anything, that it ends up sitting untouched and I have nothing nice to use for fun little projects. Well, I've been sitting looking at it all and daydreaming about it all for long enough. It was driving me mad that I had nice "quilt bundles" and no energy to make quilts fast enough, and boring scraps when sometimes all I feel like doing is something quick, easy and wee. Enter mum and a rotary cutter...
|my scrap boxes, now with some decent scraps in 'em!|
Mum trimmed a nice 5" strip off most of my stash. She cut me two charms from every print, and the remainder went into my scrap boxes. Et voila! A much more respectable, interesting, and usable scrap stash! Wouldnt you say?
Also, I got my January bee blocks done - so lovely to have sent them on time for a change... It was the wonderful Judith's month as queen bee, and she requested 2 denim framed log cabins of some kind. We were to pick a fabric of our own for the centre that would represent us.
|Oz block on left, second block on right.|
For my first block the centre fabric is from my Dorothy (rainbow) quilt and I started thinking OZ... the stripes reminded me of the dead wicked witches feet sticking out under the house (black and white stripey socks!) the dog would be Toto of course, and there wasnt blue gingham but blue polka dot would be next best thing for a dorothy dress...
I had embroidered a rainbow in the centre, and I was about to embroider "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too" around the centre... Then I remembered I was doing a bee block for someone who quite possibly wasnt an Oz fan so I unpicked and restrained myself....
For the second block the centre piece is fabric I bought and hand dyed for my own bee quilt, and I did a hexagonal log cabin around it. I was quite pleased with this one, very neat for my standards!
Mum wasnt sitting idle either, she made 2 blocks for Judith's charity bee, Bee Blessed. The requirements were for sampler style blocks from any book of your choice. Mum spotted my 99 Modern Blocks book and was raring to go!
|Mums blocks, taken from 99 modern blocks|
We had a very amusing Foundation piecing day.... After sitting there tutting at me and giving me lots of "sarah..."s with the disappointed tone mum very soon did me proud and almost out swore me by the end of it... talk about turning the air blue, it was everything from aqua to indigo.... Ah happy happy happy days!
|three foundation pieced blocks with a kind of spiralling triangles theme|
The bottom left Ash one is mine. Mum did the other two in the time it took me to make mine (and nap).... You might notice that on the block we've each done, our triangles are spinning in opposite directions. That'd be because I started sewing on the wrong side of my foundation paper... I have been wondering though if it might be an idea for my For the love of Solids swap, so I might be doing it again soon...
I have been challenged to make that complicated lookin one on the left too.... Now I've got some decent scraps, it should be fun!