Saturday, June 06, 2009

Today's bag of allsorts

You know Mother Nature can always teach us a thing or two about colour combinations - just look at these rhododendrons in rich buttery cream and regal purple combined with the lovely green grass - a great starting point for a quilt. Stourhead in Wiltshire was an absolute delight last week with the variety of rhododendron colours in the gardens - pricey but well worth a visit

And talking about three colour quilts - here's where I've got to with the Batik Baskets
Still valiantly appliqueing away with the rest of the sashings to go round the edges

I've still been carrying on with some piecing too

Quite a while ago I received a Moda charm pack from another blogger - some of the charms had children and toys on them which weren't totally my scene but I passed them onto a dear friend who loved the 'Dick and Jane' fabrics and I knew she'd make excellent use of these which were similar

However I hung onto those charms from the pack that I especially liked but never found a suitable project for them. Then seeing the occasional hourglass quilt on various blogs thought that as I'd developed a newfound reasonable competence (tongue firmly in cheek there) for piecing I'd give it a go

Here we are so far - good fun but possibly not something I'd like to make every day - there should be just enough squares along with some border fabric to make a cot quilt

Finally I've been participating (I use the term loosely) in the Birthday Block swap that Kate's been running - unfortunately I've lost my way somewhat since about January - probably because I really couldn't apply myself to much stitching over that period.

Now we've got to June - the last month, and Kate's turn to receive blocks - and I've set myself the target to get all outstanding blocks out to their various recipients by the end of the month

Here's one of the RW&B Mariners Compass blocks that a fellow blogger made for me

And finally the two circle February blocks just awaiting trimming and posting out.
Keep stitching and smiling :o)


Anonymous said...

The batik baskets quilt is beautiful, and of course i love the applique!

Nancy said...

The baskets are coming along so beautifully. And the circles are AWESOME!

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, the batik baskets quilt is so pretty. Wow, how do you do such good applique??

sewkalico said...

Allsorts of wonderful! So many nice projects that you have on the go. I am doing allsorts of not much LOL. I keep unearthing half started bags and bits and need to finish them before I start anything new!

ROZ said...

Wonderful flowers in the UK. And super job on the lovely quilt.

Fiona said...

Love how the batik baskets is coming along - I would never have thought of putting those colours together but they look perfect.

loulee said...

Your baskets look great.
I'm sure whoever ends up sleeping under the hourglass blocks will love them.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

You've got lots going on there! The first quilt is stunning. I love the colour combo...very pretty.

It's interesting that your eye has taken to the hourglass quilts. My DD2 has made the calculation that her older sister has one more quilt than she does and I've been told I need to make things even...and hour glass quilt was one I was looking at too...though I'm not sure how to incorporating the princess panel she's selected from my stash!...might have to stick that in the centre.

Clare said...

We used to fly hot air balloons with the Hoare family - second eldest son and his American wife, but sadly never got to see Stourhead. I drove past it so many times too.

I love the Mariner's Compass. Far too complicated for me to make, but I love looking at them.

Your circle blocks are gorgeous.

AnnieO said...

Wow, allsorts is right! We went to a wedding yesterday that had that same color combo in hydrangeas and a variety of purple flowers including hyacinth, tulips, orchids, and pink peonies. Gorgeous! The batik baskets are great--I swear I am going to make a project including some great looking appliqued vines like that soon. Thanks for sharing all the great quilty things!

Cascade Lily said...

Wow Anne what an eclectic mix! Your basket quilt is a stunner. Well done.

Libby said...

Oh that applique is perfect *s*

McIrish Annie said...

don't know how you find the time but the basket blocks are fabulous!

meggie said...

Lots of interesting items in this post.
I have your Strawberries & Cream on my wall, & I think of you every day! I love it, just as much as the day it arrived.

secondofwett said...

The batik baskets quilt is quite lovely...I just had to come to your commented about eyebrow hairs on another blog and I looked twice when I saw your name because I have a friend that goes to my church here in Canada that has the same name!