Friday, 17 August 2012
Remember this time last year we had snow? well, it was pretty grey yesterday when I walked from the office along Jackson Street to the Post Office - and on the way saw this as a huge burst of colour. And I swear it wasn't there two days ago - so spring, perhaps a trifle waterlogged, but spring nevertheless is on the way!
Some time ago I showed my ikat top that I made when I was stitching with a group over in Whitby.
I enjoyed our weekly sessions, though for a while we seemed to be doing very little stitching, so one day I got out a favourite basket and put into it a blue and gold batik type fabric. Then I took out from my stash every fabric I thought would go with it and gradually over the week filled the basket.
When I got to the meeting I plonked it in the middle of the floor and asked for help to decide what block I should use for a quilt - we had such fun. Magazines and books appeared, and paper & pencil while we discussed ways and means.
I didn't actually use the suggested block, but a while later Capital Quilters had a weekend of classes so I went along with my basket of fabric and joined the Zig Zag quilt class.
I got this far in the class -
So I finished it at home - it's a bit large for my design wall -
Here's a close up of the bottom border which shows the fabric I started with -
Then, all the bits left over were joined together for the back -
Now it has joined the pile of flimsies waiting to be quilted........
I've been having a bit of a play with an old pattern, I think it was a block of the month for one of the clubs,
Then I played around with different sizes, I think it has possibilities - maybe could be used instead of a plain square in a nine or four patch, then I played a litte more and put the spokes going in the other direction and used two fabrics for them, and then doubled up on one 'arm' -
My quote today is, "The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards." Arthur Koestler
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