Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Stitchery Quilt

The break didn't last long!
I finished Johnny's birthday quilt last week (it will be revealed in a two weeks time) and when the last stitch was done and all the basting thread removed, I said to myself ; 'I need some days break from quilting'!

Did it last long?! NO! Not more than a couple of days! :) Guess what I did those two days?! I cut squares for the October PSQ charm swap! Once addicted - always addicted - lol!
After working almost every day since middle June on the BD quilt, I wanted to do something more relaxing. I have promised myself not to start any new projects until next year (I wonder how long I will be able to keep that promise?!)
Back in February I started working on a stitchery quilt. Some years ago I subscribed to a couple of Australian quilting magazines and when I saw the pattern for this quilt I knew I had to make it! I have worked on the blocks off and on, but not taken any photos. Here is the first block I did.

The quilt consists of 12 blocks, where 3 of them are duplicates. I didn't want the duplicates, so I found two patterns that suit the others and the third one I designed myself.

Here's the one I'm stitching today - isn't it cute?! :)

...and another one... The marks from the hoop will disappear after steam pressing.

The finished quilt measures about 51 x 63 inch (130 x 160cm), but I think I'm going to add sashing in between the blocks to make the quilt a bit bigger.

Such a sunny and blue sky this morning. I hope it lasts, because our garden needs attention.
See the bird in the filao? It's a Red Whiskered Bulbul

The locals say August is the month where it starts heating up again... I say NO WAY! To me August is always colder compared to July. We are living halfway on the plateau and we get the 'winter-rain' almost every night/morning... Yes, we are in the tropics - and I'm wearing wool socks and several layers of sweaters -  even a wool sweater - lol!
Minimum temperature here in town yesterday was +15C / 59F and max +23C / 73.4F. In addition to that; high humidity and southeasterly wind - BRRRR!

We always have to talk about the weather - don't we?!  
Now I'm off to make a mug of tea - warming me and my fingers! :)  


Karen said...

Congratulations on finishing the big quilt. Isn't it wonderful when that last stitch goes in?
The stitcheries are always enjoyable. And something easy to do. Have fun.
Good luck with all your cutting, too.
We almost matched you for temps yesterday. Keep warm!

Anonymous said...

Hi Astrid,
I love your embroidered squares. I've been embroidering squares also, and even made my daughter a birthday quilt with the fruits of the Spirit embroidered on some of the squares. Can't wait to see the finished quilts you are working on! Burrr...59f degrees sounds cold compared to our July 100+ temps. ♥♥♥

Elzaan said...

I agree on the weather. August always feels colder than June/July. To me it is in the wind.
Lovely stitcheries! I am sure they will make a lovely quilt.
Well done on finishing the BD quilt. Now you can relax knowing that it is done. (You can always finish those NYB blocks if you are looking for something to do :D)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I wonder how long you will last not starting a new quilt? Good luck :) looking forward to seeing Johnny's quilt.
I always picture your country as being warm and forget it can get chilly there also!

Rosemary Dickinson said...

It's been so very hot here this summer. I'm hoping for some cooler weather as we get closer to autumn. Isn't it great to get a quilt all done? Your embroidery is lovely!

Quiltefia said...

Hei! Takk for tips mht swap! Jeg prøver å komme med på swappen i oktober, men jeg bytter gjerne med deg også!! Hvilken str er vanligste? Jeg tror at litt størrelse er bra for meg!! Fortell meg reglene. Ikke noe stress, jeg har nok å gjøre akkurat nå. Hilsen Anne Kari:-)