Monday, February 14, 2011

More Civil War Blocks

I was reading a blog the other day ( sadly I can't remember whose) and this quilter was lamenting the fact that she'd been in a "I don't want to do anything " mood and had been for a couple of weeks....well me too!!  I don't know why and I don't know how it started, maybe it was the extreme heat we had.  My applique has been sitting looking at me, just begging to be picked up.  I have had blocks cut out and sitting in piles at my machine,  I even had a parcel arrive full of beautiful new fabric, usually a sure way to get me stitching or at least dreaming of the wonderful quilts I could be making!  None of it seemed to move me.  Then last night at around 11pm, don't ask me why, I suddenly got the spark back and made these two blocks for the Civil War quilt-along.  Yay!!!!!   I can't tell you how much better I feel.  I wasn't even interested in looking at quilting books and magazines, now that's serious!  So, here are the blocks that broke the drought.

This one is the Richmond block.  This was a bit tricky and is far from perfect, there was some fudging going on around midnight!  Once I finished this one I thought a Log Cabin would be a cinch.

I was so delighted with my night of sewing I even took a picture of my new blocks with the other Civil War blocks I've made so far.

The weather has cooled down to a more comfortable temperature and my ten year old son has gone back to school after two and a half years of home schooling, so I have no excuses to not be sewing and quilting.  

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.

Happy stitching,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Kansas Troubles Block

I finished this block tonight and it went together really well.  I'm pleased with the blues I have used.  This has been really good for me to make blocks I may not have chosen myself.

These are the blocks I've made that are pinned to my makeshift design wall.

The star block looks a bit odd because there is a ripple in it from the batting that is hung over a "design wall" !!

I still have a couple of borders to do before I finish the quilt on my longarm.  I  have had a bit of a disrupted routine as my Mum ended up back in hospital with her heart rhythm going haywire.  I spent many hours this week with her while they did tests and sorted out medication.  Fortunately the Doctors let her come home yesterday afternoon, her heart has settled back to a normal beat. Thank goodness.

However, we are so fortunate to be safe in our comfortable, dry home, when so many Australians have suffered such a beating from floods and now the cyclone.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Hope you are all well and having a great weekend.
Happy stitching,