Saturday, August 1, 2009

Bits and Pieces

This has been a week of catching up. The first thing I did, of course, was to make the binding for AE and sew it on. I have the clips all on it, have packed up a little sewing kit, and am ready to hit the road in 8 days and finish the hand sewing. Next I attempted to put some order into the studio and even folded up and put away the left over batiks. Funny thing was that when I got it all back up on the shelf, it didn’t look like I had used any at all. LOL

Next I decided to start on a block swap I am doing with an embroidery site, Nita’s Place. This will be the third swap I have done with them. We make 12, or more, blocks with an embroidery placed in the middle of the blocks. The block we are using is Contrary Wife from Quilters Cache and our blocks are supposed to be in autumn colors with a cream center. And the embroidery design is supplied by Nita O’Keefe. Anyway, since I will be gone for a week I decided the best thing for me to do was to start now. I pulled out some 4” Thangles that I had been given and got all the half square triangles done and put the non-embroidered rows together.

And this is kind of what the block will look like: imagine an embroidery design in the middle.

After getting these blocks as far along as I could I remembered a BOM from last year that I didn’t quite finish. So I pulled it out and did the last block. This was a Thangles BOM that I found quite boring. Every month it was the same thing, do some half square triangles, cut some little squares and put them together: no challenge. You can tell this by this picture.

I had planned a couple of layouts for these little squares so I decided that my UFO for August is going to be getting these set and a top done.

I also started a new project but it is one of those that I can’t show until it is done and gifted. All the fabric is chosen and I did start the cutting. It will be pretty easy so I hope to have it done by the end of the month.


Gina said...

What a great idea to use a centre of a block for an embroidery.
I love the fabrics you chose for the BOM. I can understand your frustration at the blocks though.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

True Blue Nana said...

I can see that the blue and green might not be a challenge but it looks great laid out.

Barb on cape cod said...

Hi Gari, it may be boring to do, but not to look at! That is a gorgeous quilt, it looks like carribean water! Thanks for visiting, I love your blog too!

Judy said...

Hi Gari, I think your embroidered quilt is going to be fabulous. Is it a hand or machine embroidery? (I'm afraid to go look at her website because I have too much going on right now and it could be too tempting for me!)

I like your blue and green quilt. It does have that Caribbean feel to it!

Kare said...

WOW, you have been busy - are you on a caffeine binge?

belinda said... are a busy little bee...wish some of you would rub off on me!!!
I just love everytime your 'header' pops up...such wonderful quilty goodness!!

PamKittyMorning said...

Wow you were busy!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Your comment about re-folding the batiks and the neat stack looking like you didn't use any at all tickled me ~ I had the same reaction last time I folded and reorganized mine (and I'd just finished a couple of large lap quilts).