Monday, 27 February 2012

Star and stitching

Botch-up duly repaired!  I have started on the straight line machine quilting, and am trying to remember whether the binding is in one of my containers - otherwise I am sure I can find something suitable.

Tuesday is the day I get together with some friends to stitch - and talk, drink coffee, laugh and share ideas - you know, the usual thing we quilters do.  I went to a class, I think at the Picton mini symposium, where the Bernina lady, Diana, taught us how to make a bag from felt, lined and quilted and decorated with felted things.  Through no fault of Diana's, mine has languished until I showed my friends last week, Jan and Jann helped me find some bits and pieces and then Jan took it home looking like this -

She returned it a week later, looking like this  on the back -

And this is the front -

Complete with beads and stitching and beautifully sewn together with variegated thread.  Aren't friends marvellous!?

I have stitched more blocks of the four patch and plaids

I was auditioning fabric to use for the half block where it steps down, then when I had sewn enough for another row I started thinking about possible borders -

I removed one row and put a strip of calico with strips of the plaids in horizontal rows, then in vertical rows, then I tried out staggering them like piano keys......

You can see that some of the blocks have a distinctly creamy look.

I also put out lots of pieces of plaid and ikat fabrics, all with glorious colours and left them up until my friends came over.

It was then unanimously decided that no border was needed.  I have removed the ikat and put in alternatives using spare plaid squares - and I like that much better.

I will leave this on the design wall until I have finished quilting the baby quilt, then I can start putting it together.

Rain was promised today and it has certainly been much cooler but no rain, so I have watered the garden and found this glorious patch of colour.

Tomorrow would be a good time to do some gardening, but best before I get my nails done........

I have a new App for my phone, quotations - and today's is "I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult".  Rita Rudner - well it beats the Girl Guides diary!

Nice chatting with you, thanks for stopping by


Diana and LaDonna said...

You do have marvelous friends...that bag is stunning! Love the plaids! What a beautiful little flower...don't you love little gems like that?!


Jan said...

June it was a pleasure to finish your bag and I did enjoy doing it.