Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!


One of my collection of pincushions, not exactly practical for size and I'm constantly jittery in case it gets knocked off the table so it's more or less an ornament but attractive to be the header on my blog for this new year, 2013 - wow!  Remember all the fuss about the year two thousand? which surely was only a year or two ago.....

Once more I shared the evening with my family, great BBQ and salads but eaten indoors.  Windy Wellington lived up to its name, the proposed fireworks display was cancelled because of the wind and the fear that people could be harmed.


We enjoyed a film, Anonymous, which had me furiously wracking my brains to remember English history and marvelling that anyone survived the conditions of the days of the first Queen Elizabeth.  It's the story of William Shakespeare sort of, did he really write everything? and what about the great power of the monarchy and the ministers.  Echos there in the present day of various countries.....


And now, back to quilting and the one I want to share with you today is the one I referred to as The Marriage Quilt - here it is with the border on  correctly.  All the blocks were made from various vintage fabrics where the actual pattern was in stripes.

When it was finished - and I will be making the setting triangles smaller when I bind it - when?,,,,,
I found I had several blocks that didn't make it into this top, probably because I just went ahead cutting and piecing various sizes, so I started putting them together -


The sun on the design board means it's about 4.30 in the afternoon......


Decided on a bit of order in diagonal lines - and of course there had to be one with a patterned setting..


There had to be uniformity of a sort, at least as far as size is concerned.  I did enjoy myself digging through the scrap baskets to find something that spoke to me.....



And here it is all sewn together, and here's a couple of close-ups showing one square that was the standard size



And this one with a border made from a favourite blouse I bought when I was in Picton about forty five years ago, I needed a long sleeve blouse to protect me from the sandflies!

I had such fun making these two tops and if I have made any new year resolution it would be to concentrate on the positive; no beating myself up about making another top before I have made them all into quilts.  It gives me pleasure and harms no-one...

And wow, the quote for today is, "Whatever you are by nature, keep to it never desert your line of talent.  Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed." by Sydney Smith

Thank you for your comments, they mean a great deal to me.
Talk again soon
June


8 comments:

Philippa said...

Hi June

Happy new year. Nice to see you back on the blogs. Like how you've used those stripes and spare blocks. Nothing wrong at all with making more tops - you go for it! See you soon

Nancy J said...

Lovely blocks June, and again I do like your free standing Design Wall!! Maybe one for me this year.... Your quote, so fitting for each one of us. Happy New Year, I hope you are well and continue to be so. Greetings from Jean.

MrsC (Maryanne) said...

They are gorgeous! And really, a top could be backed and bound with a few tacks here and there to make a light comforter or throw, no quilting needed, if one found one really was overrun by tops! ;-)

Linda said...

Your quilts are always so interesting June. Scrappy delights! Happy New Year and Happy Stitching in 2013!

Karen Jones said...

Beautiful quilts June. I love the way you've framed those orphan blocks.

Yvonne said...

Again good to read your blog and I do love the blocks, somehow you always manage to make the most interesting quilts from such an eclectic range of fabrics.

Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing many more interesting scrap quilts in 2013

Yvonne

*-* said...

Love the stripes June, both very pretty quilt tops.

Happy New year to you. We had six guest for dinner & we waited to see the fireworks. We were busy with laughter & chatting, didn't think to check news to see if it had been cancelled.

I agree, do what makes you happy. I love making the tops, as a hand quilter, it would be a long time between tops for me. :)
Kay.

Dont Wait to Create said...

June - you inspire us :0
Happy New Year
Shirls