Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Surfers, squares and Shut-ins
Phil put this on his Facebook page with the message that he had been out hunting sunsets on the Wainui coast the previous evening when the sun disappeared behind a big dark cloud - but the locals didn't seem to care!
Here are another two quilts made by Desdemona - well they are tops as yet but I showed them to a recent meeting, took the photos so I can give one to her. The first one is a pattern she saw in one of the magazines we take in, it was shown as a wall hanging so she adapted it -
Very pretty and spring like, don't you think? The second one is not yet complete, it will be larger but shows how she is prepared to try different patterns.
The block from my class I want to talk about is the square in a square, a tried and true favourite in many disguises; using five inch squares, it can come out like this
Then I came across a rather odd technique to make a unit for use in several different blocks; take two squares at four and a half inches and sew them together, right sides facing, round all four sides -
The instructions said to then slit one of the squares - well, I couldn't do that with any accuracy, so I cut the square diagonally into four, as you can see from the photo, pinned them together and then sewed around the outer edge.
When opened out it looks like this -
Next you need to take two four and a half inch squares, cut once each on the diagonal and join around the outside.
No, that's not a mistake - cutting off the corners of the first square I mean - can you see the faint chalk lines? well the whole purpose is to cut the whole thing in four for this unit -
That's just folded in half to show what it would look like -oops, it has to be folded again - no photo, but I'm sure you get the general idea! and as yet I've not made a quilt using this technique.........
I'm having problems with another top - remember the bright and white strippy?
Today has been another glorious Spring? day, clear, calm - and bitterly cold! very much like the day when Phil took these photos of Oriental Bay; I have shown you the ones of the old Band Rotunda taken actually on it, well here are two from the beach, the first from one side -
The setting sun and St Gerard's Monastery on top of the hill - great city I think.
Thanks for stopping by, no words of wisdom today - just, Go Team New Zealand!!!