Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Crazy Quilt, Patchwork Silk

In another few days, my younger one will be leaving home to pursue the beginning of her dreams - she's heading for the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur where we have enrolled her for the South Australian Matriculation Program. Well, what better gift is there to go with her than a quilt made with warm loving tender care? It will definitely be a wonderful reminder of her home, a place where she knows she's loved - and a sanctuary she can ALWAYS return to whether she is 18 or 81 (LOL!!!)

Looks familiar? I actually made the quilt top some time ago but never got to do the backing - no excuses, I procrastinate on them all the time (LOL)! Usually I would start off on another quilt as soon as I finish piecing the blocks of the other - my weakness! Well, at least I got the backing for this one done :-)

Because of the weather here, I usually do not put in any batting. However, I did line this quilt with flannel since it is for use in an air-con room. I like the feel and weight of the finished piece and I think I will probably do the same for my other quilt tops.

For this crazy patchwork, I used the stack-and-slash technique on 7 different types of fabrics. I started out with 10" X 10" squares but these were later trimmed down to 8" X 8". The piecing-together was a breeze since no sashing was involved. The finished work measures 54" X 68" and is made up of 48 blocks (6 across and 8 down).

Well, I have certainly enjoyed making this quilt and now it's time for it to live up to its usefulness. So...
Crazy quilt patchwork silk
My Sleepy Princess
All tucked in, ready to rest
Keep her snug, keep her warm
Let God's sweet dreams form!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

A sneak preview

OK, you can have a peek at my progress on Roses & Romance. I finished making all 63 blocks this evening :-) and as expected, I just couldn't wait to piece them together so that kind of settled yesterday's dilemma - I left out the sashing. I also decided to do a 7 X 9 this round instead of the previous 6 X 8. That's because this one's for me, remember? (LOL!!!)

This is by far my most exciting piece and I should know cos I've been grinning from ear to ear the whole night. Yeap, I'm sure this quilt will bring the user endless sweet dreams :-) Talking of which, it's time to hit the sack. Good night all...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Roses & Romance

I'm in love with my new project! And this time, it's for ME (LOL)!!! I've even got a name for it - Roses & Romance :-)

I have had the rose print and eyelet fabric stashed away for quite a while (probably intended for a dress or a skirt) but I finally decided I could put them to better use in a quilt. So, out they came.....

Here are some blocks already made up. As you can see, I'm never tired of crazy patchwork.

For now, I've just laid the blocks next to each other (and I must say I love the effect) but I wonder if it would not be even better if I were to put in some sashing... Well, we'll see :-) Thanks for dropping by.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Progress on tatting

Like a toddler learning to walk, I am slowly making some headway. I know the tension is not quite right and I may even have added or minus a stitch somewhere but I'm determined to complete this bookmark... and I will post it when it's done - even though the end result has become a dirty grey (LOL!!!)

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Wet wet wet

YES! Tina's gift arrived yesterday and I just can't thank her enough for her generosity. She had these cross-stitch magazines that she wanted to give away and all we had to do was ask. Well, Tina not only sent me the mags I requested but also two more others. I was truly over the moon and would have put up this post earlier. However, I could only run through the magazines today as I had to give them time to "recuperate"! I'm not joking :-( See my pix and you will understand what I mean. The postman couldn't get the package into my letter box and so he conveniently just left it on top. The rain came and the rest was history! I know, I really felt like crying! I had to so gingerly separate the wet pages to dry. Thankfully, they didn't rip apart...

Twenty-four hours later... you can see they survived the mistreatment! Well, I have already picked out one or two patterns for myself. I will be sharing these treasures with the ladies in church and hope to encourage some of them to pick up cross-stitching again. Wouldn't it be nice to have some kindred spirits close at hand? :-) Thanks for the blessing, Tina {{{HUGS}}}

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