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Tuesday 27 March 2018

PYT Tuesday is here again!

Those two weeks zipped by!

Thank you Anthea for keeping me on my toes - pop over to Anthea's blog here to see progress on her lovely hexagon quilt and to see what other EPPers are up to.

I took my blue and yellow Grandmothers Flower Garden out of it's box again for a week and have made good progress.

Here it is when it first reappeared

I spent a couple of evenings basting yellow hexagons.

And then cracked on with my cloth.

It has all gone back in the box now until my next burst of enthusiasm! I have enough blue flowers to go all the way around again so another big push should see it finished.

Meanwhile another UFO has surfaced but I will save that for my next post.

It's raining again here - I am sure we must have had more than enough rain to make up for the dry summer we had last year!

Saturday 24 March 2018

March FNSI

Many thanks to Wendy of Sugarlane Designs for hosting us again for our Friday night get together - you can see what everyone was working on here

In 2015 I worked on a BOM - here are my twelve blocks laid out on some dark green fabric that I was thinking of using for sashing.

Well the twelve blocks have been languishing in a bag for the last two years so I thought that it was time to get them out again. As I really do not need another large quilt on my 'to quilt' pile I have decided to quilt each block separately and then join them together with the sashing. I still have that piece of dark green but am wondering if a softer mossy green would be better. Anyway, no need to decide just yet.

Friday was a horrible cold, damp day here and so it was lovely to start my FNSI in the afternoon, sitting by the fire while I started hand quilting the first of my blocks.

And then I got another one completed in the evening!

How satisfying was that! Only ten more to do.

I hope everyone else enjoyed their FNSI.

Friday 16 March 2018

Ripples and a Mystery quilt

Couldn't resist sharing this picture again!! There was a large quantity of yarn left over from making Lily Pond - just over 550g in fact. And as we were still in Spain and I needed something to do, I started crocheting ripples!

I used a pattern from Attic 24 - her lovely Woodland Ripple blanket pattern

And so it grew on the beach and on the roof - I was enjoying it so much.

And then we came home. But I couldn't put it down and after crocheting away in front of the TV and by the fire (what a change!) I soon had a lovely shawl.

I managed to nip outside between showers to get a few photographs - notice our lovely broad bean plants in the above photograph.

In this one you can see where I have been busy digging.....
....and here our lovely pink Japonica blossom.

A close up of the ripple and the picot border I added to the two long edges. I must say that I am very pleased with this bonus make.

My little patchwork group met on Wednesday afternoon - there are four of us. Towards the end of last year my three friends were all coming to the end of projects and wondering what to do next. One thought it would be nice to make a lap quilt and our newest member wanted to make a sampler quilt. So I suggested that we all make a sampler lap quilt and that I would design it as a mystery quilt. We included a member who now lives in UK and so in January we started our mystery with Pat's Star. Here are our five stars.

I do love this star. On Wednesday I showed them how to make tumbling blocks for our next block. You will have seen mine in my last post. Today I have been cutting out our next block - but I am not telling yet!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday 14 March 2018

EPP Tuesday

Well, it has been a while hasn't it!

Computer problems followed by a cold (which is still hanging around) have meant no posts from me. But, I am back and hopefully I can do a bit of catching up.

First of all though it is EPP Tuesday which means  Anthea's   Piece Yourself Together link.

While we were away I put together these 1 1/2" tumbling blocks for the Mystery Sampler Quilt I am working on with my patchwork group. I have used my hand dyed stash which really needs reducing!

I also made my swap hexie flower for February and sent it off.

These lovely flowers came in the post for me while I was away.

Ooops! That last one is a bit of a dodgy picture - sorry.

If you are working on some EPP why not pop over to Hibiscus Stitches and link up, we would love to see your work.

I have decided not to continue with the little tumbling blocks that I was doing for the RSC for a while. I love them but they are time consuming! Instead I have been putting together some simple blocks using the squares that I cut when I bought this book a couple of years back.

I have used many of the squares but there are still plenty left to chose from. So I have made one block for each month this year.

Blue for January
Purple for February
Green for March
And finally, before we get into the realms of total picture overload, the picture of my completed Lily Pond Cherry Blossom blanket that I could not load to my last blog post.

I shall be back soon with some pictures of our travels and more about the Mystery Quilt.