Tuesday, 20 October 2009

More curves

I had a lot of fun at Saturday's workshop with Barbara Chainey and Chris Franses but then again that is the joy of their workshops in that learning is made to be a great deal of fun, oh and did I mention the chocolate biscuits! It was a different take on curves than the log cabin, this time creating pinwheel blocks in the morning and then free-cut nine patch blocks in the afternoon.  I got all my morning blocks done but had to finish my nine patch blocks as 'homework'. Can't believe how quickly 32 blocks came together. I decided to set my pinwheels on point and add a wonky square border as the start to a full size quilt.

I'm sort of making decisions as I go along so watch this space...

The free-cut nine patches have ended up like this

They are going to be re-cut and re-sewn (what is it about quilters wanting to cut up and re-sew fabric!) and will be used in the quilt although just how I am not sure.

I have got myself organised into doing machining during the day and handwork at nights and, to assist with keeping things together and not placing pins where either the cat or I can sit on them, I made myself a sewing thing to go over the arm of the settee. The pattern is courtesy of Amy and can be found here. She has a lovely blog which is well worth a visit. I decided to be very lazy and just use the fabric as it was rather than piece it.

Very handy as it has pockets on either side as well as the pincushion on top.

My current hand sewing is embroidering the free designs from the Gum tree blog. I have done the first two but they are yet to be added to anything. Yet more UFOs

Very nice little projects for what are becoming quite cold nights. I think that winter may be ushering autumn out. Hopefully I will be able to get some embellished or woven backgrounds done for some hand stitching soon.

I have also been reorganising my workroom which was beginning to look as though a bomb had hit it. I decided to invest in some 'Really Useful Boxes' and now, hopefully I can be a little more tidy and spend less time hunting for things. Having said that I have been searching for a pile of colour catchers that I have hidden away somewhere but can't find which box they are in! This is the 'after' photo. I suppose that I should have taken a 'before' one but I forgot.

Nothing else for now so happy stitching.



  1. Oh so tidy Maggi, it looks lovely. Unlike mine which has gone awry of late!!! I wonder why???
    lol Jan x

  2. Very cute arm for your chair. I like the curvy blocks too.

  3. I am impressed by the tidiness of your sewing room. Love the blocks you've been doing. I think "wonky" is my favourite style.

  4. The arm tidy is fantastic, just what every needlewoman needs

  5. Love your quilt and blocks.
    I try and machine in the day and hand sew in the evenings aswell but it rarely works out that way.

    What a great tidy work room. Do you want to come and do mine for me?

    Love and hugs Gina xxx

  6. Lovely tidy workroom Maggi, and never take a before photo!! I do like the colours you are using for your quilt and the handy sewing pockets for the arm of your settee are a great idea. Happy sewing.

  7. Your wonky pinwheels promis to be the center of a very exciting new quilt, Maggi. Your room looks very tidy, and so full of space that I will try to tidy mine tomorrow!
    Thank you for sharing the pictures.

  8. Your quilt is going to be a beauty...the black background is so effective.
    Love your Christmas pudding too!

  9. I love your wonky quilt too, Maggi.I love to do hand work at night as well. Hugs Donna

  10. Love your blocks and the stitching. I like the roses very much. so, much to look at - I'll be making a pincushion next (thank you for the link) as with the darker evenings it's perfect to sit and sew.

  11. That quilt at the top is stunning. Very dramatic.

  12. hello,
    I thank you for what you liked
    I see your blog compliments the workshop are beautiful curved cuts, I felt I liked,
    then also nice blog!


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