Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Steady progress (187)

I've not been signing in all that often recently - life has been pretty hectic combined with a period of poor health, so I've been resting as much as I can. I've just realised that it's exactly a year (well, all but a day) since my first blog, on 10th March 2008. I've met so many lovely people and learnt such a lot about quilting, and about other areas of the world. So, it's time for a giveaway - but not quite yet! I'll soon be coming up to 200 posts, and if I combine this with something else that - fingers crossed - will be happening in the next week or so, I can see a really special giveaway coming up.
From March 2009

Meantime, I've been making steady progress on my spring quilt - no exciting name for it yet I fear - and have finished the applique. I've also stitched the flying geese borders but not yet attached them. I'm trying to decide what to do in the corners - whether to settle for straightforward squares (I'm trying one out in this picture) or to be a little bolder and make some star blocks for the corners. Any suggestions.
From March 2009

And then I went and forgot my sister-in-law's birthday, so put this little wall hanging together rather quickly. I'd just finished the mini cross stitch sampler and had a fancy for some prairie points in the border - very fiddly, using one-and-three-quarter inch squares, but worth it.
From March 2009

15 comments:

Gretchen said...

I think star blocks would be lovely in the corners. The quilt is great--the colors are so light and fresh and springy. The little sampler is too cute. Love the little black kitty in the center :)

Lynn said...

How pretty your spring quilt is turning out. The mariners compass is terrific. I think I may leave the corner squares solid. I might not want to detract from that wonderful middle block or the beautiful applique that you have done.

Linda said...

Happy Blogversary!! And wow... almost 200 posts!
Your spring quilt is so beautiful and the fabrics leave me hoping and wishing for spring! The applique is so flitty (is that a word?) and wandering it just brings a happy smile to my face! Silly thing - ya know, like a bee's trail..?! The wall hanging is just too cute! Love the fabrics!

craftydiane said...

The wall hanging for your sister-in-law is very lovely! What a good idea for a cross stitch piece. I have a few pieces I did years ago and have never done anything with. This gives me ideas! I love the quilt you are working on. While the plain squares in the corners are lovely, I think it calls for something a little more dramatic.
Have a Blessed Day,
Diane

Kay said...

I'll bet everybody wants to be your relative or friend so they might have a chance to get one of your presents. These wall-hangings are gorgeous. OK...OK... you're slowly getting me motivated...

Anita said...

Amanda you do such pretty quilts. I hope you are feeling better now and spring is on it's way there.

Gina said...

I love the quilt when the star blocks are in the corners. They really set the centre off. the applique looks fabulous with it aswell. Is it your own design

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Becky said...

Congratulations on one year of blogging and 200 posts! I've just passed my one year anniversary, but don't have as many posts as you. I'm aiming for 200. Sorry that you are not feeling well. Lots of sick people here, too. Your new project looks great. What about a small applique flower in the corners with a green background? Just a thought. I dont' have any strong "suggestion." Take care! Hope that you are feeling better each day.

scraphappy said...

1 year and 200 posts. Congratulations! I'm guessing your fingers are crossed for good news on the house front. I hope it all turns out well.
Your spring quilt is just fabulous. The Mariners compass in the middle is terrific. I've always wanted to try one, but get stuck about what to put around it. Your applique flowers set it off quite well. You could put a flower in your corner squares to tie it all together. Happy quilting.

Amelia said...

Oh Amanda that quilt is looking great....and the colors just scream spring. Your work looks perfect.

Take care and enjoy yourself.

Rhonda said...

Lovely colors!

Tracey said...

I do hope you are feeling much better soon, Take care,

Im loving this quilt you are making, very much spring colours, very wonderful,
Your sister in law will love the x-stitch sampler,

Take care
Tracey
xx

Candace said...

I see all your classes represented, how about "Continuing Education", especially since you are a teacher. Congratulations on 1 year of blogging, great job. I'll bet your SIL loves her little cross stitch sampler wallhanging, it's very charming.

Carol in Sweden said...

These are so beautiful!

I love the fresh spring colors!

Good luck on your move...will check in to the new blogspot to follow you about over there!

Thanks for all your comments on my blog! I really appreciate your positive support!

liz said...

Your spring quilt is just so beautiful and so is the little hanging, not bad for a quick project.