Sunday, July 30, 2006

July's Ostrich effort



As I've been so busy over the last few weeks with 'Flightless Beauty' - my Ostrich Challenge' from last year -I've not had any time to dedicate to my current 'Ostrich'.

For those of you recent visitors an 'Ostrich' Challenge is like a round robin but flightless as you do all the work yourself and you have the chance to 'stick your head in the sand' and opt out of one month only if you so desire. This one is being run by a UK Yahoo quilting group I belong to and you have to post a photo each month to receive the following month's instructions

From previous posts you may recall I've foolishly decided to do two this year - one a sofa throw and the other a wall hanging. Last month the challenge was Quarter Square Triangles which I proudly posted my paltrey efforts. This month was stars.

As you can see from the above 'in progress' picture of the sofa throw I've managed to attach those four QST's at the corners - big deal - but for me it's a challenge as I hate piecing and particularly matching points! Not surprisingly I shall work some applique between them on the cream and grey backgrounds - this will most likely be Celtic Knotwork to tie in with the centre although I can't decide on a common colour for both and I haven't enough of the grey to do mirror images.

The single solitary uneven (deliberately) star will be joined by several cream mates dotted around the July round on the turquoise background.

These two rounds will most probably have one or more thin borders between them and the butterflies from further into the centre of the piece might just breed and dance a little further out into the quilt.

The little 4" blocks for the wallhanging are still in the planning stage - they may or may not be completed by the end of this month

It can hardly claim to be my finished July effort but as I've been so tied up with it's last year mate I think this month I should get away with completing it later - now I wonder what August's challenge will be.........

PS - I haven't forgotten to photograph the Flightless Beauty - I should get round to that this afternoon

7 comments:

Lily said...

Oooh the butterflies are such a lovely idea. They make a great contrast with the stern geometry of the rest of the top.

You are brave taking on so many projects at once. I don't dare!

jenclair said...

Love the variety in this quilt... the Celtic design, the butterflies, the flowers! Beautiful and full of movement.

Linda_J said...

I wonder too what you might be challenged to try next month. I am considering the one that Kim set up but wonder about the advisibility of that when I got one I have to pass that I should be doing. Maybe if I try it informally...........

Finn said...

'tis an ambitious challenge to take on two at the same time,*VBS*, but I'm confident you can do it! Now that the "brute" is finished, maybe there will be more time for catching up..*VBS* Hang in there, it's looking great.

quiltpixie said...

your colours in this quilt are beautiful together... to me patchwork is sooooo much easier than applique that I marvel over your work and laugh at your dislike of patchwork. Different things, different people ;-)

Susan said...

I'm amazed at your quilt. The applique will be lovely, and if you can do Celtic knot applique, why do a few matching corners matter?

Katie said...

Whow! How do you "see" what will be? Wish I could do that. I'm one of those poor people who have to do it to see it. I drove my husband crazy as I had to move the furniture to see how it would look.