Waiting In The Wings

Friday, December 21, 2018

Mardi Gras - a smaller version

Mardi Gras is now a flimsy albeit considerably smaller than
the original which had 36 blocks.
The pattern is in the book
Sunday Morning Quilts
by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkinson.

My last post showed 17 blocks up on my design wall, why I had decided
to make another 72" quilt right now I really don't know, I decided to come
to a stop after making another three blocks.

Size of 48" x 60",  a reasonable size to use for throwing
over the legs on a cold day.
Not a quilt made of precisely cut strips, most are a little
wonky and pulled from my clean-up cut basket.
Even some of the blocks are wonky although they do measure 12" square.
In this photo the quilt looks darker at the bottom, it isn't, it's the time
of day when taking the shot.

Only four more 'sleeps' now until Christmas Day, so our two smallest
grandchildren tell me.
I won't post again until after Christmas, by which time I hope to have had
some time to myself to plan quilts for next year. Problem is 
deciding which, so many ideas are buzzing around in my head.

I'm signing off on this post with a close-up of a
pink lily from my birthday bouquet earlier in the year
and wishing everyone a very
Happy Christmas


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Snippets on Sunday

We're creeping ever closer to Christmas, how could the past 12 months have
moved along so very quickly!

First up before quilty photos see below. On the grocery shopping list 
was a bottle of a good, rich red wine for my pasta dish for the evening meal.
As soon as I spotted this one on the shelf,  I knew it had to come home with me!
A welcome addition to our meal.

I've been able to spend some time this week on my quilting,
first on my list was checking for stray threads
on two quilts ready to be sent off next week
for quilting.

First, with borders added, is Memory Quilt and you can see it was
a windy day. The story behind this quilt I will share in the New Year
when it's been quilted.

 A blip with the watermark, a practically non-existent 'z'.

Second quilt was made quite some time ago, around three years I think, from 
 Quilts in Morocco by Kaffe Fassett.

Blue Heaven

I thought the hydrangeas were a good match. 

A little more progress made with Mardi Gras

just pinned on the wall at the moment, 19 more blocks to make. I'll try different
settings when they're all finished. I'm loving playing
with strips and strings and as I have heaps I can see more string/strip quilts
in my future.

Something new now - I'm cutting solid 9" squares, 
the pattern is inspired by Sujata Shah and her
superb book Cultural Fusion Quilts. 
More squares to be cut this week. This is another in the
Memory Quilt category.

Time to go, a little time to spend on a few hexies and then
our two eldest grandchildren are coming for a meal with us.
Beatrice is the eldest at 19yrs and Charlie 17yrs.
Bea is training at a hair salon and Charlie heading off to
University in the New Year.
Doesn 't seem so long ago that we were sitting reading nursery rhymes
with them!!

Enjoy the coming week and hopefully not be too stressed
with preparations for Christmas.