Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Some mini-finishes (170)

It's been a hectic few days, with various odds and ends to keep us busy. On Saturday we went to visit number 2 son and his partner in Brighton. I took a picnic lunch with us to have in their flat - cheaper for us and definitely cheaper for them! It was good to catch up with them both.

On the sewing front I've been slaving away finishing all the blocks for my BOM that I started doing last year and gave up after about seven months. Quite a lot to do, as some months had more than one block, and there were filler blocks to do as well. I'm still not sure about it, the colours mostly, but it's growing on me. I've decided to quilt it in 4 quarters and then join them afterwards. Here's the first lump, layered up and pin basted  (the pale colours are a bit washed out in this photograph)-

I've decided to hand quilt this as I have no idea how to go about machine quilting it. I haven't any thoughts for hand quilting either, come to that! Any suggestions?

I've also finished a couple of stitcheries BOMs - Once Upon a Time (Capricorn Quilts) and Veranda Views (Willowberry Designs).

My Rapunzel has red hair, since I didn't have any yellow wool! I've made a couple of small things too - a water bottle cover,

a camera cover (sorry no picture, but it's the same design as the one I made on Boxing Day and in the same fabric as the water bottle cover). And on Saturday morning I was feeling a bit jittery before our journey and so launched into making this little bag to match the colours of the clothes I was wearing.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last posting, it was great to receive so much encouragement. I'm now off shopping to buy some ingredients to try out a few new recipes. Let's hope they work out, there've been too many less than average meals lately. Next time I'll show you a picture of my new 'granny trolley' that Christopher bought for me!


Amelia said...

"Granny trolley" those words have my interest...perhaps because I am a granny..however this is more in the teacart line than a grandmother play of words I think.

I will stay tuned for the continuation of this exciting story...


Gina said...

I love the bag you made.

Great stitcheries. I'm going to do Verandah Views aswell.

love and hugs Gina xxx

Isabella said...

I love the stitchery you have on your header did you do that ?or is it a pic, also love the way you just whip up a bag to match your outfit before you leave LOL

Gretchen said...

Very cute projects! I love the black & white & pink bag. Your stitcheries are wonderful!

Simone de Klerk said...

You made some very fine things, Amanda! I'm still working on the Willowberry BOM. It's beautiful, I think. I like your Rapunzel too. I'm sorry to read about you health problems in your earlier post!
Warm hugs, Simone

Anonymous said...

Amanda, you have been so busy since my last visit to you, i do love the basket design`s, there great,

Picnic at home sounds a great idea,

Take care,


Bea said...

Perhaps Rapunzel changes her hair while coloring??? Who knows! :-)))
Many girls does it! Why not Rapunzel! :-)))

liz said...

Hi Amanda,
You have been a very busy bee!!
Your quilt and stitcheries are lovely. Keep going at the quilt you will get there.
Kind regards from Liz