Monday, April 22, 2013

Long overdue update

Again I wish a day had more than 24 hours!
This morning I just decided to sit down doing this blog post, to share with you what I have been up to since I last posted. Tropical cyclone 'Imelda' kept us in suspense for some days before she decided to take an easterly direction and moved away from us. Instead, she hit our tenth district the island of Rodrigues. She did some damages like power cut etc - fortunate not a strong cyclone; gusts of about 75 miles/h / 120 km/h - enough to do some small damages. We got rain for some days and when it finally cleared up it was time for gardening!
... and of course I have been sewing! What else to do when it rains?! :)
I have finished a baby (crib) quilt I started earlier this year.
I have used scraps from pink pastels, white tone-on-tone and a Teddy Bear panel that was stored away I think for the last 4-5 years.
I think these Teddy Bear blocks are so cute! :)
Another one...
I'm working on a blue one too, using blocks from that Teddy Bear panel
... but again, this is what happened!
More is on its way from the US! :)
Yes, I HAVE been working on the UFO's from this post! :)
The PSQ... From the two jelly rolls I used, I was left with some already sewn together squares. As you may recall, I had in mind to add piano keys, but that again meant I had to buy more fabrics, which is not easy to get. Since I already had the squares, here's what I did... Good use of the jelly rolls; I'm left with 3-4 squares - only! :)
Next step is to add the last border and then its ready for sandwiching! Hurray!
I was hunting high and low for more of those fabrics, and ended up at a wonderful seller at eBay! :) The fabric has arrived, so hopefully I'll continue on this one this week...
#1 'Love is' quilt... This is the smallest one, a crib quilt size.
The binding is done, but I have some more quilting to do....
Some of you may say 'that's not possible'! LOL
Let me explain; when I quilted it, I wasn't sure what to do with the blocks (panels). When the quilting was done and binding attached, I saw the blocks 'puffed' too much, so I decided to outline part of each block. That was a lot of work! :) Now I'm left with the text (words) on each block, which has to be hand quilted....
How did it turn out that wonky on the photo?! It is straight! :)
#2 'Love is' - is also quilted and the binding is thread basted.
#1 'Love is' I quilted straight stitches, on this one I have FMQ (free motioned quilted).
On this one I have to outline some of the details on the small blocks (panels) too.
When looking for something, we always find something else, don't we?! :)
I found a rectangle where I had already added 2.5 inch squares together. Those squares are leftovers from Christmas/winter table runners / toppers I made 2 years ago!
I decided to make a pillow cover, which was needed for one of the pillows... I just added a small border around it to make it fit the pillow, and VOILA! New pillow cover! :)
It was not in the plans to finish this old UFO, but it was just a few hours work - and it's done! :)
Blue sky today and not too hot, so perhaps we'll go for a walk to a temple not that far from our house. The temple is situated in a hillside with stunning view over the town and surroundings.
Have a wonderful day everyone!


Oops-Lah said...

Good to hear that Imelda has spared you and you are now enjoying some nice weather.
You've been busy as usual. I love the teddy quilt. And yes, I often add quilting after I've put the binding on. I don't think it matters really, especially if there's already enough quilting to keep the layers together.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Glad no damage was done's amazing what can get done when there is wet weather and we get to stay indoors!

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

I love all the small squares you are using. I need to get back to the table runner that I started last week, I didn't touch it all weekend. I too am waiting for some thread to arrive.

Karen said...

It looks like you have been busy again. With all that rain it is good to be indoors and doing something you enjoy. Great projects.

Nat Palaskas said...

I'm glad you were okay from the cyclone. Good thing you have quilting to keep you busy. Love all of them. How cute!

Carrie P. said...

so glad to hear the cyclone didn't come your way.
You have been busy! Since you have to get your thread from the US have you tried The thread is inexpensive and I like it a lot.