Wednesday 27 June 2018

Cake and Blocks

A nice simple 6 1/2" block from Kathryn Kerr for the Aves BOW (23) this time.   We have just passed the half way point of our 45 week programme.
 We are now a household with two teenagers!

One of whom will shortly be sporting pierced ears, hence my attempt to model an ear on this fruit cake.
 I didn't try any thing too ambitious on the following day for a three layer chocolate and vanilla cake!
 Other time has been spent deciding on the right fabrics to make a quilt that will tone with this bed linen.
Decision made - these three fabrics (you can't see the almost self -coloured white dots on the centre fabric) with the dark coral fabric to be used as a binding, matching the pillow case.  This one has a deadline (another 80th birthday present!) so I'll be trying to complete it before the school holidays start, which for us is on the 19th July.  I'd better get sewing!

Wednesday 20 June 2018

More Aves Quilt Blocks

 It took me a while, but I finally got the outer wheel (week 21) attached to the circling swallows (week 20).

This week's block, week 22, was much easier, although 64 pieces in a 6" block is a fair number!

The colours that I'm using still make my heart sing every time that I pick them up!

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Circling Swallows

The centre part of the fifth (and final) roundel in the Aves Quilt pattern.  I'm fairly pleased with my Circling Swallows.  It's not perfect by any means, but I managed to keep all the important points, I think!

This week I'll be making the final flying geese round border and attaching it to this.  The centre of this quilt is really coming together now!

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Order from Chaos

 I should have taken a photo of the snake pit of strips before I sorted them into colour families - that was true chaos!

I had quite a collection of 1 1/4" strips and 2 1/2" strips, it turned out.
 I'm carrying on working my way through them still.  These nine purple blocks look fab, don't they?  This heart shape is a happy accident.  I'll play around with the layout, but I like the idea of setting them within some plainer fabric pieces as a quilt top.
The way forward for these 14 pink pieces is less clear.  Obviously I still need to press and trim the blocks with the narrow strips, but after that I might mix them with another colour or two to get a reasonable size quilt.

I'm not sure whether I'll keep them all the same orientation in the final quilt or not.  Playing with scale, colour and orientation sounds like a big task, so I might limit one or two of those variables when I get to it.

For the moment, though, I need to start work on my blue blocks!