Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Pink Fairy has her quilt.

I managed to get my granny squares quilt finished this week.

This 'pink fairy' is the super cute recipient of the quilt.  She is my 'step granddaughter to be'!!! which is such a mouthful so herinafter will be referred to as my granddaughter (as that is how we think of her already).  It is to go on her bed which is pink.  I gave it to her this weekend after we went to watch her in her first ballet show.......adorable.  Not having daughters ourselves, this was something we missed out on. It was a real joy to watch.  We were not the only ones to think so judging by the collective 'aaaaah' when a troop of 4 year old little girls, and one brave little boy, came on stage.

I quilted it with a pattern called 'apple a day' and I used a red Moda spot to bind it.

This weekend was a holiday weekend and most people would be taking things easy and relaxing in the garden....I was making and icing 150 cupcakes for the wedding of a good friends daughter!  Actually, it was an honour to do that for her and the wedding itself was lovely.  It is always a joy to see two people in love preparing to spend the rest of their lives together.

I even managed to dance the night away despite my poorly ankle - although I must admit is it a little sore today but life is for living and I certainly wasn't going to sit on the sidelines like a wallflower!!

Back to work today.


Friday, 10 May 2013

Having to sit down has its advantages

Thank you for all your well wishes and sympathetic posts about my ankle. It is getting better and the bruising is rather spectacular!!  My pride is healing too and I'm sure before long I will be donning the lycra and running shoes and going out in public again!!

Not being able to stand for long periods of time due to my poorly ankle has meant that I have been able to do some piecing without feeling guilty for not working.   I have finished the blocks for my 'granny squares quilt'.  I have just put them up on the design wall to have a look at.  Thank you all for your input about whether or not to sash them.  I have decided on a compromise.  I am going to sash them in white but use a very narrow one, only 1/2 inch finished.  This is because I don't like the area where the points meet without sashing.  It makes a bulky point and my heart is in my mouth each time I hear my trusty Gammill go 'clunk' over those seams.  This way there will be a gap so no 'clunk' (she hopes!)

(I wish I was better a taking photos - this picture looks really washed out but the colours are really bright in real life..My phone did an update and now I can't find all my edit buttons to tweak the colour.  I'm useless with technology so apologies for the wishy washy photos)

I think I will quilt it with an allover large daisy.  I don't want it too heavily quilted.  As it will be for my granddaughters first big bed, (which is pink!!) I am wondering whether to try and get some flannel fabric for the back so it will be ultra snuggley.  I'll have to wait a few more days till I can drive again to go hunting for backing.  I am going to use the red spot that I have to make the binding.  I will post some pictures of it once it is finished and quilted.

Have a good weekend.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Feeling foolish (and a little bit sore)!!

Yesterday was a beautiful day so went out for a run.  I was nearly home when I stepped off the pavement to go past an elderly gentleman walking his dog.  The road had just been recently resurfaced and there were lots of loose chippings at the side.  I skidded on them like they were marbles (although an awful lot sharper!!) and landed flat on my face - much to the amusement of a group of teenagers on their way to school.  The old gentleman helped me up but I realised that apart from managing to 'pebble dash' my hands and knees, I had hurt more than my pride - I had twisted my ankle badly.  I hobbled home and sat with a bag of frozen peas on it and now it looks like this.... (sorry if I put anyone off their breakfast with this photo!!) 

Sometimes I wonder whether it is worth all the effort trying to ward off 'middle age spread' and just order those elasticated waist trousers now!!!

As I cannot walk on it, I have decided to post some pictures of quilts that I have been working on over the last couple of weeks.  I know I'm not very good and sitting down and posting on my blog so having an enforced 'sit down' had made me do it. Enjoy.

Just scrolling down the photo's I realise there are some great quilters out there and I thank you all for the chance to work on your quilts - I never cease to be inspired.