Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Benjamin Biggs and some instant gratification!

I have to say I can't think which number this block is off the top of my head but at least it's nearly done!!

I have still been having to grab stitching time where and when I can as Mum has still been needing quite a lot of hands on living assistence.  She has improved quite a bit but 5  months of inactivity has really taken its toll on her strength and energy so I am still very much her carer. I hope to get her to the Physiotherapist next week to devise some type of exercise regime that is designed for an elderly, much weakened woman in an effort to halt the loss of muscle and energy and hopefully start to regain some of both!!

However, back to sewing!! I have another 3 BB blocks in various stages of prep, 2 are almost ready to glue onto the background ready to machine applique.

I have still been doing a little bit here and there of my Whig's Rose blocks. A much slower project as it's all hand applique. While I do love the quick results of machine applique I still really enjoy the soothing and relaxing process of handwork.

Now, the instant gratification of the heading is a small idea that sprung forth after spying some Fig Tree Charm packs I've had in my fabric stash for a few years. I had a sudden uncontrollable urge to cut up and stitch together these pretty fabrics!! Here is the result of a couple of hours playing on Sunday night after dinner.

The colour hasn't come out as saturated as it is the the flesh unfortunately but it's so pretty I think I may make it bigger than I had intended.  I was going to make a table topper but I am now considering adding some applique on a border of natural quilters muslin and continue the borders to a lap or bed size quilt.

I have no idea why blogger has suddenly centred all my writing but I can't get it to align left now! If that's my biggest problem today I'm a lucky girl!!

Enjoy life and happy stitching,


  1. I don't use blogger so can't help you out there but want to say I love that applique block - so pretty. Hope your mum gets stronger - my mom needed a bit of help in her elderly years too, if you do not exercise you sure do loose your strength quickly

  2. What a sweet block! Love the way this one looks so vibrant. Instant gratification is always a nice change. It can really make our day.:)

  3. Totally loving your instant gratifications, and I'm in awe of the detail in your appliqué.

  4. I believe we have five blocks left on BB. Your blocks are just wonderful. The colors are so bright and cheerful.

  5. Love your BB block and the way you have fussy cut the red...reminds me I am behind and need to do another catchup! Good luck with your mum and have fun with the new quilt. I have that weird thing happen with Blogger sometimes too - it has a mind of its own.

  6. That is a pretty BB block. Hand applique is soothing, and hopefully comforts you in the stress of caring for your mother. Your design for the Fig Tree is really nice. I like the mixture of the small and the big HSTs and the sashing between them. Looks like tiles.

  7. Your Biggs block is very well done.

  8. Lovely blocks! The colors are so bright and cheerful. It looks vibrant.

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