Saturday, 22 November 2014

It's in the hoop!

First two blocks quilted - only another 223 to go plus 56 plain triangles. So if I do one block a day I'll need 40 weeks or 10 months to get it finished. Hope my math is wrong...see you next September!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Triangles at the Ready

The colourwash effect is better when the triangles are added... I didn't plan the colours when piecing the blocks, as I just used any liberty fabric I could get my hands on, so I'm pleased that it's turned out so well. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Shoalwater and Sashings

Just returned from a busy committee retreat at beautiful shoalwater bay. It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend but I quickly focused on putting my DJ blocks together and sat sewing at every opportunity. It did feel a bit like a race to the finish as I knew that I had to knuckle down if I wanted to get it all together. Thankfully I managed to stitch the last seam just before our final lunch. I'm very happy with the way it has turned out and am looking forward to adding those pesky triangles...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Retreat Here I Come!

I'm one of those people who prepare a project to take away on a retreat or holiday, then get so enthusiastic about it that I work on it before I even set off!
My plan this time was to take all my Dear Jane blocks to an upcoming retreat in the hope that I would get the whole top put together. The blocks and triangles have been sitting around in my sewing room for ages waiting to be organised into a pleasing design but I've put it off because I was worried that the blocks would prove tricky to fit together. Even though I'd hand pieced them as carefully as possible, some blocks were a bit mis-shaped or slightly smaller than the required 4 & 1/2". So the prospect of working on them at the retreat nudged me to get them ready. Of course I had to do a few practice sections and that's when I got carried away...
The blocks looked so much better with the sashings attached that I couldn't stop and now have put almost half the blocks together...
Now I must be strong and leave everything alone till I get to Shoalwater!