Saturday, October 21, 2006

Ostrich progress

Wooohooo - not such a technophobe after all - well at least I managed to download some photos onto DH's laptop anyway!

The 'person' photo shows the determination of DD1 to continue using the computer despite being advised to elevate and ice her sprained ankle - would that I could get my leg up that high never mind use the computer :o(

Still it shows her determination - it seems to have paid off and she's almost back to normal again - she will have to take it steady at County training tomorrow and work with it well strapped but it appears she will be ok for the Talent Identification Day on Wednesday.

The other photos show all the work I've been merrily putting in on my group ostrich.

The initial row was 'Stars' which I've shown you before and needs to be completed by 1st November

Then after that I'm giving them 'Circles or any part thereof' - for this I did Jockey's Cap I think they're called.

I'm surrounding each row with 3/4" borders and then separating them with a 3" sand coloured strip with the heart, leaves and berries design you see just in the centre.

The third part will be 'Nine Patch or other squares' - for this I did nine patch with four patch in amongst

Then the fourth part will be 'Bias Strips' - they can choose to use these however they wish and a few of them want to learn Celtic knotwork - I felt that Celtic knotwork wouldn't really fit in with the overall theme of my quilt so plumped for using the bias strips as stems for my flowers

Out of the seven parts this one will be the middle one so I can allow it to be different from the other six which are made up of 7 x 6" blocks set in a line with 3/4" sashings between them

I have decided on themes for the other three months but I shall keep you in suspense until I've completed them

So far the quilt will be - from the top working down - stars, jockey's cap, nine patch, and applique flowers with bias stems

I'm a bit naughty working my way through ahead of everyone but I'm enjoying it so much I can't bear to put it down and of course my excuse is it's nice to have my part completed when I announce what the next part will be.

This of course is why I'm not fully assembling the thing as I go or else they'd get clues about the following part before their time :o)


Screen Door said...

I love her "studious" look. Your quilting is looking good. Love the blocks so far.

Carrie said...

Wow. What a gorgeous quilt that is going to be!!

I am just learning applique - and I have a question. Do you HAVE to turn the edges under when you applique?

I've had a couple people tell me you MUST (but that's really hard when you have curvy shapes to work with!!) but then I've had people tell me you don't have to, as long as you do the blanket stitch around the edges - which, by the way, I have to do by hand because my machine doesn't have that option.

Sorry for the long comment...I'm just confused! LOL

Have a great Saturday!

Jeanne said...

The ostrich sections are looking wonderful -- the colors are so cheerful!

Fiona said...

Love that ostrich - and the colours you are using, they work so well together.

DubiQuilts said...

Oh to be young again.

Your quilt is great! It is ok to be naughty once in a while.

Carrie said...

Thanks for all the helpful tips you left over on my blog. I am having the best time applique-ing. (is that a word? lol)

If I don't turn the edges under, will they eventually fray? I use double sided fusible web, but wasn't sure if that was enough to keep it from fraying - in the long run.

Hope you're having a great weekend!
God bless :)

Judy said...

You are such a master at applique!! I love your butterflies Bebbs! What do you make the bodies from? Is it thread or is it permanent marker? The parts are coming along splendidly, can't wait to see how it all works out!!

Patti said...

Love the ostrich - what a beautiful quilt. The colors are wonderful!

Hedgehog said...

Getting caught up. Hope your father is resting comfortably and that things are ok with your sister. Love these ostrich rows!!