Saturday, 9 February 2013

What I am doing now - Feb

I had a free weekend last weekend..........and used it wisely; well it was Groundhog Day and I was kind of hoping that would mean I would be very productive if I spent the day sewing and had to relive the day over and over again!
I managed to make a few more scrappytripalong blocks in my red and white fabrics. I'm just making them as and when. Here are the first four
As I make more I am realising that whilst I thought it would be quite clever to restrict my fabric palette to red and white fabrics, it is also quite limiting and a little bit of me wishes I had continued with making a totally scrappy one like this.

I'll keep persevering with the red and whities for now though.

I've been doing a bit of quilting this week on my Kaleidoscope quilt. As this isn't a traditional quilt, each stage of the quilting needs a bit of thinking and every now and then I hit a bit of a brick wall, but then it's a fantastic feeling when I break through that wall. I'm quilting some parallel lines for some background quilting at the moment.

The other thing I have been working on the last week or so is a red and white challenge quilt that my mother has issued to my sister and me: to make a quilt 1m square using a bag of red and white fabrics she gave us at Christmas. My first reaction was "oh". I was already making a New York Beauty style red and white quilt, had started the red and white scrappytripalong and really didn't want to make another red and white quilt. Plus I don't have much time for making quilts for me so any time taken out making this challenge quilt was going to be time taken away from my own quilting. So I have compromised, kind of. I've made something quickly by machine but will probably hand quilt it.
It echoes a modern minimalist phase that I am going through at the moment.

I foundation pieced the fabric strips to ensure they were accurate and straight. Each one is 3/4" wide. They would have been all over the place if I had just pieced them by machine!
I'm thinking about quilting it with cross hatching, possibly in red and white threads. Might experiment with doing the cross hatching vertically in one colour and horizontally in the other.

Seeing as I was working with my red and white prints I made a start on the next block for my NYB quilt, really want to crack on with this now!
Linking up with Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day post and Small Blog Meet
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  1. Love the red and white scrappytripalong block and am very intrigued by your kaleidescope quilt. Thanks for visiting my blog too Joanna. Look forwar to having a browse through your blog.

  2. I really like the challenge quilt. Looking forward to seeing how you quilt it.

  3. I really like your red and white trip along. I would have thought you could use your mom's fabrics to continue doing that--wouldn't that have counted, if you made it to the right size? However, the quilt you came up with, though simple, is quite striking. I would love to see it after you quilt it. Good luck!

  4. Love red and white,your scrappy trip along block is gorgeous!!

  5. Thanks for your lovely comments. I haven't done much more since though #busyweek