Friday, 15 August 2008

At last, some pictures of sewing! (97)



I've finally got myself organised to take some photographs of a couple of things I've finished over the last few weeks - I've done more, like the bag for Linda's Bag and Bucket Swap (which obviously I can't show yet) and luggage tags for my son and his partner (which I posted before taking photographs). 

Well, here's a series of firsts. This is the first piece of paper piecing that I've done. I bought a book called 24 Blocks You Never Thought You Could Paper Piece and had a go at the Scrapbag Block. It was much more complicated than I expected, and I kept getting pieces back to front, but I'm pleased with the end result, the corners are pretty accurate. I think if I'd known it would turn out so well I might have used a different central square, but it looks okay. And it was the first time I'd tried mitreing the corners on the binding, so all in all I'm pretty pleased with this. 

I love the latest block from Lynette Anderson's Noah's Ark BOM, the french knots in Noah's beard look so cute. I really look forward to getting the next block each month.

















I've finished the bonus stitchery from Capricorn quilts. I've seen that some people have started to put borders round them, but I'm not sure what to do with them yet, so will probably wait a bit longer.

Today I hope to finish the hand quilting on my Strawberry Crush Plus One and continue with the stitcheries for the Simple Pleasures Quilt - I got the pattern for this with the Cyber Stitching Pack earlier this year.

Watching the Olympics is fun isn't it? I've seen sports I would never usually watch, such as badminton, boxing, weightlifting. Michael Phelps is amazing, and the Chinese gymnasts just so drilled. I'm really looking forward to seeing more cycling and to the athletics starting today.

Happy viewing everyone,

17 comments:

Gina said...

Love the little quilt. Well done on doing paper piecing. It's not as difficult as it sounds.

Love and hugs Gina xxxx

Chookyblue...... said...

love you blocks and the stitches........also enjoying watching the olympics....

Amelia said...

You tackled paper piecing..that is something I want to try in the near future. All of your items look great...you have been one busy woman.

Amelia - from far far away from you.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Amanda...you have been busy all your projects look fantastic...

Lynn said...

Your paper pieced block turned out very well. I'm doing a similar block using teeny pieces - maybe I'll have to try paper piecing soon. I like your new header!

scraphappy said...

I just love your paper pieced quilt. The corners did indeed turn out well. I always love the results of paper piecing. I keep thinking if I did it more often, I would enjoy it more and get better at it. Still, it is hard to switch gears from mindless chain piecing. The hand quilting is particularly nice, it always has such a soft look to it, doesn't it?

Terry said...

Your pieced block is beautiful! I think you did a wonderful job on it! And I love your giraffes too...I just downloaded the patterns for the first 6 months of the ark and now I need to get busy stitching! All in good time! :0)

Candace said...

I love your new header and the little quilt. All your stitchery is wonderful, and the fact that you get to enjoy the Olympics while you do it is just icing on the cake.

Catherine said...

Your little quilt is wonderful. The first time I tried paper piecing it was a real brain twister trying to get the pieces right!

tracey said...

Love the little quilt you have done, Your picture on your header looks great, love redwork stitching do that alot with x-stitch,
Have a great day
Tracey

Lori said...

I love the blocks, Amanda!You are amazing. Have a great weekend!

tracey said...

I love the circle afect on the quilt, great job. How did you cope with the pointed corners, i allways find them hard,
As you no i may be off line for a while, Hope to catch up with you soon

Tanya said...

Can you believe I've misplaced my giraffe block!? I didn't have any yellow so I put it aside and bought the floss and now I can't find my block! Dumb! And the ironing board is still missing too. I may need to have my brain checked out...

Kay said...

I'm so amazed at all you do. I'm having a hard time just finishing the curtains in our guest room. Sigh. Maybe once the Olympics are finished?
By the way I love your new blog header.

Kay said...

I'm so amazed at all you do. I'm having a hard time just finishing the curtains in our guest room. Sigh. Maybe once the Olympics are finished?
By the way I love your new blog header.

Brenda said...

You have done a splendid job on each of these projects. Glad that you are enjoying the Olympics!

Christine said...

It all looking lovely, isn't it a great feeling getting something done. I have been on a bit of a roll too.
Take care
Christine