Monday, 28 June 2010

Busy, busy, busy!

I have wanted to make a quilt for quite a while and having made patchwork and quilted tote bags I decided to try some thing bigger.
I have read books, I have books and belong to a forum all explaining how to, but I thought I can read for ever and listen to others on how to, but I really need to just have a go!
I bought a super Husquava machine four years ago, which can do all manner of things and have hardly used it... anyway here are my efforts. My triangle points don't quite meet but  I have tried!
I am delighted with my results albeit the fabric is very bright, but I love it and it is for our conservatory which is our sunny room and where we sit for our morning coffee and I sit and cross stitch some days, as the light is so bright! I should have sewn some darker fabric in the blocks of the quilt but I so loved the fabric I didn't really think, but the dark green sashing shows it off so I am happy with it.
I think I will make a wintery throw next and cushions to match, which will be more suited in the winter months.
Perhaps some christmassy fabric.. I don't think I could sew and bigger quilt at this stage of learning how to as I found the quilting daunting but did it, along the seams which is called 'in the ditch'. I loved seeing it grow so I think you could say I have the bug!

And I have some cross stitch to show as well.
The little Blackbird design is a pin cushion design, but I am framing it as it will go with a whole lot of smalls in my house in Essex. I needed something quick and easy after the angst of the Margaret Perry design!!
 I have also stitched one of my WIPs, my  'Summer'Celtic Lady and have stitched the next Stitch and Stash, RR which was Lynn's Butterflies, much easier than the Margaret Perry design.
I am going to do just a bit more on this and then back to my Golden Gate Bridge 'Houses.' Of course as well as all this stitching and sewing I have planted my summer pots and garden and written several short stories... And DH and I have decorated our hall, stairs and landing in a week. I must admit that we have both had some aches and pains after we had finished and were so glad to sit and relax last friday evening knowing we didn't have to pick up another paint brush the next day!!  LOL....how did I have time to go to work??
Happy stitching, gardening and whatever else you like to do.
PS. Like other bloggers I am suspicious of comments in Chinese but having translated them they are all harmless Chinese sayings, so I leave them...

14 comments:

Sue said...

Love the quilt and the cushions Chris and how you manage to do so much never ceases to amaze me. If ever you find a way to bottle your motivation, please send me some..........love Sue xx

政琦 said...

一棵樹除非在春天開了花,否則難望在秋天結果。.................................................................

Always smiling said...

Chinese comment translated:-
Unless a tree in spring bloom, or unlikely results in the fall..

Kathy A. said...

Well, no wonder you haven't been on the blogs. You have been incredibly busy.
I see the quilting bug has bitten you! What a lovely quilt and cushions. I love the way you have done it.
Nice BBD stitch.
Enjoy those lovely gardens and that lovely stitching corner.
Hugs

Parsley said...

Wow. It's really a beautiful quilt. And your stitching projects are just lovely.

Lesleyanne said...

Your quilt is lovely as is your stitching.

Karan said...

Well done on getting the decorating finished. WTG on your first quilting pieces - they both look fabulous. :0)

Angela said...

Well done on finally having a go at quilting, it looks very prety and ideal for a sunny conservatory.

Your Celtic Lady is coming along great. I hope I'll be picking mine up again soon, assuming my birthday present is what I think it is!!

Carolyn NC said...

Wow - you've been busy! Love the beautiful colors in your quilt and pillows - so pretty! And your stitching is beautiful, too. :)

Vonna said...

Your quilting is great! I love the colors :)
And your stitching WIP is just gorgeous....we're talking painting here and I'm thinking...OH NO....my back...

Linda said...

Love your quilt and pillow..the colors are lovely.

Sweet BBD finish, I think it's going be very sweet framed...hugs, Linda

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

You certainly have been busy and it all looks beautiful. A x

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Carol said...

What lovely creations!! I especially admire the BBD Pins and Needles. Have to put that on my "must stitch" list (along with way too many other pieces!!)...

Hope you're having a lovely weekend :)