I couldn't be the only person who didn't show a photo of the snow - and it truly is snow, here in Petone. Or rather was, but there was great excitement for a short while!! There's my lonely little anemone in the succulent pot probably regretting that it didn't keep its head down a couple of weeks ago and the basket of seedlings was given to me by the ladies of a Waiwhetu Church group after I had given them a talk on the Shut-in Stitchers of Arohata Prison. Must put my wellies on and dash down the garden to plant them one day soon, though it is a bit of a bog at the moment - they are probably happier where they are.....
I really enjoy teaching my class on getting the best out of five inch squares, when I had no access to my main stash and was forced to use the squares - or stop quilting but that wasn't really an option - I often found myself looking at blocks and thinking, there must be an easier way! And it wasn't just speed but often the blocks turned out to be more accurate - like this first one I want to share with you; Puss in the Corner.
I am sure you know the one I mean
Now you slice it in four, it doesn't matter which you do first but I find to cut straight down through the centre block is shortest and easiest
One of the Shut-in Stitchers had made several quilts, all from squares - set as a love ring - and refused to try anything else - until I showed her this and she was amazed to discover that all the seams met!
My sample top is called Bright Eyed Baby, let's just say it is not a restful piece!
I have been tempted by the quilt Floribunda on Bonnie Hunter's blog and here I am making half square triangles using a tool I had forgotten all about and making four patch blocks from long strips. http://quiltville.blogspot.com/
Yes well, the blog address should not have gone there - still lots to learn!!
And here are a few of the blocks, using all sorts of plainish yellows and big vintage flowers,
Change of subject, can't think of a link except that I love quilting and also words and cryptic crossword puzzles - and in particular those compiled by Donald Harrison, an Aussie [which it helps to remember with some of the clues] and I couldn't help but think of the wide range of the clues he uses. There was one, Tyrone might? and the answer was, Power. How many people nowadays remember the old heartthrobs? I must check him out on YouTube - and the other clue was "Single seed holder in new music player? Answer IPod.
My thought for the day is "Go out on a limb - that's where the fruit is". Will Rogers
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