Sunday, September 20, 2009

Silver Linings

You know to every cloud there's usually a little bit of a silver lining if you search hard enough

This time last week, whilst I was keeping Nick company in hospital, in between playing games of scrabble and gleaning as much information as I could from the staff I used the time productively

There are countless leaves and berries to be stitched onto the outer border of Batik Baskets

With the unexpected time out of the usual hustle and bustle that is generally family life I have managed to get just over an eighth of the border completed - still a way to go but I keep chipping away at it, half watching Casino Royale on the tv last night gave me chance to add a few more

As for the Soft and Gentle quilt - this one really does need a better work in progress title - I've added the next round ready for more applique but have stalled at getting the bias tubing cut, stitched and pressed ready to start the handwork

The 6" corner blocks went together like a dream - all that jewel box and plaid quilt practicing obviously sharpened up my piecing skills - well something definitely needed to! :o)))

23 comments:

marigold jam said...

Glad you found a silver lining to Nick's stay in hospital! Love the corners of your quilt. Might be something I could do - just the corner you understand. For some quilting pics you might like to visit my post just done today as I have some taken at an exhibition I wnet to in France.

Love

Jane

Chookyblue...... said...

definitely the silver lining and your projects are looking beautiful........

paula, the quilter said...

Do you remember the old children's rhyme about Ring Around the Rosey? That is what your Soft and Gentle quilt reminded me of so call quilt:
Ring Around the Posey
Glad things are settling down a bit.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Oh my goodness - just look at all those itty bitty little berries! How big are they? That's a very pretty quilt! I hope that Nick has settled into a routine with everything he needs to do.

Juliann said...

Oh my - those vines are lovely and the colors just sing. Well done. I did a lot of stitching sitting bedside with my mom last spring. Good to look for those silver linings.

sewprimitive karen said...

Hi, Anne, I think I was reading your previous post about Nick at work and the system wouldn't let me comment, so glad you got him home onward and upward. And I LOVE that quilt with all the outer applique!

loulee said...

I think it actually suits the name Soft and Gentle.

Gina said...

the quilts look great. I'm so glad you found a bright spot in the last few weeks.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Your applique looks wonderful! I bet all that stitching was a stress buster too. Glad you found a silver lining ;o)

Libby said...

Thank goodness for the silver lining - and handwork *s* I always find a needle and thread in my hands to be settling.
Hope all is going well.

Clare said...

Every Mum needs to have a silver lining. Glad you have found yours and the household seems to be returning to normal (I can tell that by the look of Anne's Patchwork Patio LOL).

sewkalico said...

I'm sure all that stitching kept you sane!!!

Kim said...

Gorgeous quilts!

AnnieO said...

Spending time with needle and thread calms the mind and soothes the worries--maybe you can get Nick to take it up too? Oh, but wait, HE was the calm one!

Love the quilts, very pretty. I agree with a new name for the pastel quilt--Soft and Gentle sounds like toilet paper!

Meggie said...

Your Soft & Gentle is looking lovely. "Softly softly"?
Love your progress.XX

Suzie Sews said...

sending you hugs

kwilta said...

Beautiful work as always, know how time time consuming making all those berries can be but worth every stitch.

All the best, hugs Irene (vernie)

Cascade Lily said...

Therapy for Anne! I'm sure your piecing is just wonderful - you make such lovely quilts Anne :)

YankeeQuilter said...

Both of these quilts are coming along nicely! Glad you were able to find a way to stay "distracted" while at the hospital.

julieQ said...

I am glad your Nick is OK, and that you had some time to quilt.

Tanya said...

You have used your time well! The quilts are beautiful! I sometimes wonder if I have anything that could be taken to a sitting room just on the spur...

Rose Marie said...

These are coming along so nicely and how wonderful they both look!

Suzie Sews said...

all quite here...are you ok?