Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Swaps

I have recently joined two swaps. The first is a vintage sheet swap run by Chaletgirl. I only had time to find two sheets and here they are, I really liked them both and I can't wait to see what I get back.

I have also joined with with Christine's Nine Patch swap in reproduction fabrics now how could I resist?

I thought I would use this Dear Jane FQ to make my first 12 blocks for this month. I didn't have enough of one background so I used two different backgrounds.




Only to find I only had enough for 11 blocks!!!!!!!! Oh well, back to the drawing board I guess.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mixed Bag

This past week so far has been a bit of everything. I couldn't seem to settle on one thing....until I got some new wool. I have been going a bit hexagon mad of late, well perhaps it's been a bit longer as I have been very interested in crocheted hexagons since I saw Julia's scarf.
I learnt to crochet when I was about 12 I think, Mum sent me to a lesson with a lady that taught in her house. I think I only had the one lesson and picked it up right away, my first finished item was a beret. I had been knitting for a few years by then as Mum could knit but not crochet hence the lessons.

Then recently I found Lucy's tutorial (which taught me to join the hexagons in a way I hadn't done before).......which in turn led me here.

I really love the rugs with lots of red and orange, they look very Kaffe Fassett but I also love the rugs with the white paths making them look like the patchwork Grandmothers Flower Garden. I think in the end I have to blame Lissa as I have been watching her work on her GMFG at the last three scquilters retreats, her quilt is featured on her header then she gave me a little pattern pack with little hexagons.
Whatever the cause I have succumbed. I even went ahead and ordered a pack of 1 1/4" hexagon papers and the no11 paper pack at Patchwork with Busyfingers to start the Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses quilt.
Just a small aside- Sue Daley(Patchwork with busyfingers) is an old friend, she taught me needleturn applique and I did the Piecemaker Times and Seasons houses (1997)quilt with her as a BOM at the LQS over 13 months, starting in 1999 when she lived in Victoria. This one is for Lurline.

Then I found these which I had started making a few years ago and sewed a few together. I think I made about 60 when I started and haven't touched them since...another thing I will have to work on. I think I worked out I would need around 1,000 for a quilt but I do love yoyo quilts and the best thing is you can use any old fabric and I did use some old ones here.

I did finish the Feather and Fan scarf done in Noro Silk Garden. It turned out quite expensive using four balls of wool as I like my scarves quite long but the colours are beautiful and it is lovely and soft not at all prickly!



I have also been working away on the Liberty Stars quilt for the bushfire quilts and I now have 18 blocks done so only 7 to go!! I am really loving this quilt and I will be sorry to see it go when it's done but go it must on it's way to Jan Mac to distribute to the people affected by the bushfires.



There's two more things I finished today but I can't tell yet!