Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Stitchy Stuff!

It's about time I had something of a stitchy nature to show here!!

Last Saturday was my monthly quilting club meeting which was in a lovely new (to us) hall. We've been struggling for a few months in a room that was much too small to spread out our work properly and without decent facilites, so this was a welcome change. This is a sneaky pic I took of the beautiful quilt the lady next to me was hand quilting. I'm looking forward to getting mine to this stage.
This is what I was working on. The final block for my quilt-as-you-go quilt at last. Also here is a pile of all my blocks so far, quilted and unquilted, ready to lay out to try and work out in what order they are going to be put together.
And here they are laid out. This is the final layout after 6 or 7 people had an input into how they should be arranged!! To tell you the truth, I wasn't too bothered whether 2 curved blocks or blocks with the same fabric were next to eachother because the whole style of this piece, to me, is scrappy and random. I'm not saying I won't make more structured pieces in the future but this one is more pot luck. The bottom of this layout will be the top of the quilt.
Here is the view from the side. There's one empty gap because I left one patch that's partially quilted at home. When enough have been quilted, I'm going to add a light coloured sashing and start joining them together using the method we were shown on Saturday. It's taken well over a year to get to this stage and I'm anticipating it will take just as long again to get it finished, especially as we'll be doing other things at club sessions now.
I had a little time on Sunday for stitching too so Cushion No 2 was finished for the porch bench. This is a bit of a random design. I stitched together a selection of squares and then kept cutting and restitching until the desired size was reached. I'm not so sure I like this one so much but I'm sure it'll look fine when I've finished all 4.
This weekend coming is our village Music Festival so it is very, very, very unlikely that any stitching will be done. Hopefully it's going to be a fantastic weekend as it has been evey other year. We have tickets for Saturday and Sunday nights at the Beaufort and I will be going to the Community Service in the morning (where we are singing 2 pieces as the Saturday Singers) and up to the Castle with a picnic (weather permitting) to see the Male Voice Choir Sunday afternoon. Apart from that we'll just be wandering around the village, enjoying the atmosphere and listening to whatever takes our fancy. I'm really looking forward to it, but I'm going to be shattered come Monday morning.
Bye for now
Teresa x


Lis said...

I love your sampler quilt-as-you-go and it's good to have input from others - makes for some interesting discussions! I had a lady with a very forceful opinion about the 9 patch wiggle quilt I started at the workshop last Friday, I just agreed with her and then did what I wanted to do!! I have three more blocks to do for my Lynne Edwards sampler and then I have to think about quilting - would you recommend quilt as you go?

Little Green Doll said...

I think it's very beautiful your quilt-as-you-go, I like the colours you have chosen a lot!

Vintage Girl/Marivel said...

hello: good luck with your quilt.I like your quilt colors.
Happy day.

Monica said...

I love that quilt!!

mary said...

I would love to be part of a quilt group but the ones near me either meet on a day I am working or have huge waiting lists to join.
I like the different variety you have in the blocks.

wayside wanderer said...

Beautiful quilt! I'm glad you got to spend some time sewing. I hope you enjoy the music festival.