Mountains 4 May

I’m so lazy sometimes….

I can’t believe that apart from my In flight Quilt a Long blocks I haven’t shown you any crafting.  Although this year is a slower one due to other commitments I have still been doing as much work as I can. I just haven’t blogged about it.

This year for me is all about helping a friend on her Cancer journey, so lots of hospital appointments and being there for her.  But I still get plenty of days to quilt ;-)  At the moment anyway.  We have to just take each day as it comes as plans change depending on the response to each treatment.

Want to see the quilts I’ve made this year?

I made and ANZAC quilt. This is now a wall hanging at my house.  I didn’t have any relatives at ANZAC, but my Great, great-grandfather was at Ypres and Paschendale during WWI.

Anzac quilt 17 April

A Batman quilt for a customer.

Batman 17 March

A crosses queen size quilt that was sent to Australia, surprisingly only $5 more to send to Australia than to the South Island of NZ.

Crosses 28 Feb

A quick strip quilt for a wee girls bedroom, the fabric matches an earlier cot quilt the customer bought.

Fort Firefly Strips 13 March

This was a special quilt, for my best friend, to keep her warm during all her hospital treatments and recovery.

Hearts 11 Feb

A quilt for an Au Pair, a gift from the employer.  Favourite colour blue, The mountains of NZ.

Mountains 4 May

Pretty scrap quilt, it feels good to use every last little bit sometimes.

Scrappy baby 19 Feb

Double-sided Out to Sea quilt, a match for the one I made Cameron a few years ago, which went with this one down to the South Island (we have so many quilts, Cameron was happy to give this one a new home, I’ve promised a Darth Vader quilt for his bed instead).

Waves back 6 March

Waves front 6 March

Today I’m just about to start a custom quilt. It will be a present for an 80th birthday.  I made my MIL one for her 80th a few years back, she loves it.  A good idea for someone who probably has everything.

I have another block done for the quilt a long, so I’ll post that later.

In flight QAL – #6 Swallow

Well, I decided to go with the 24 inch block for this one (all the rest I’ve done so far are 12 inch blocks).  I thought I was doing fine until I was ironing it at the finish, and then discovered that I had missed a small piece.  It’s not enough to make me undo it and add it in, but just enough to disappoint me :-(

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I missed out the Curlew in favour of the 2nd Seagull block, so might go and do that now to cheer me up.

In flight QAL – # 4 Seagull

There are 2 Seagulls, this is the 2nd one.  Could be my favourite block so far.

I’ve made a decision about the colours I’m going to use for the rest of the blocks.  I was going to do various rainbow solids, but have decided to go with different shades of teal on the navy background for all the blocks.

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Challenging myself.

I have a serious lack of goals this year.  Not that I don’t have any ambition or list of things I’d like to achieve, but most have been put into the too hard basket. So I’ve decided to give myself a bit of a challenge, working on one of the skills that I need to improve on.

Paper piecing, my nemesis.  I guess doing paper piecing is a bit like backing a car with a trailer on the back, all that back to front thing, I’m not good at that kind of logic. I usually end up with a lot of unpicking and frustration when paper piecing as I often don’t judge the size of my piece of fabric correctly (always too small) or it not in quite the right position.  I have done paper piecing a few times, so I know the basics, now it’s time to get really comfortable with it.

A few weeks ago I stumbled across the In Flight pattern bundle by Tartan Kiwi. I have been a fan of Juliet’s patterns for a while, but hesitant to give them a go.  All the birds can be purchased individually, or you can buy the whole bundle. I splashed out and got the whole bundle so I can make a quilt.  If you’d like to join in Juliet is running a quilt-a-long for making the birds over on her blog.

Last night, after procrastinating for a few weeks I finally did the first block.  It turned out okay, not perfect, I need to watch the tutorials for tips on sewing the papers together, as mine are not quite right in one intersection.  So here is my Swan.  I’ve decided to do all my blocks in a navy background and various solid colours for the birds.

Swan 16 Feb

Today I’m going to have a go at the Swift.