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Friday, November 12, 2010

I’ve been a Busy Bee

I’ve made time for stitching over the last few days and have been as busy as a bee.  First job was to get my light box out and do some tracing.  I love my Slimline light box which we ordered  from Australia, luckily it arrived safe and sound and is a good size to use.  Whipped up a padded and quilted cover to keep it safe when it is packed away.  So what was I tracing?  Something for a “secret squirrel” Christmas gift, so can’t show that just yet.  And I was one short on the redwork blocks which I am working on.
DSCF4665 Redwork stitchery traced off
The ladies in my friendship group is are all taking part in a pincushion swap for our last meeting of the year in early December.  Yesterday I finished stitching my little pin cushion, after some unpicking because I had put it together wrong!  How can such a little item take so long to put together, I wonder?  Today I will stuff it and sew up the opening.  Phew – I’ll be pleased when the little finicky thing is finished.  I hope to take photos of all the pincushions at our next meeting.  Then I stitched up very easy “block of the month” organised by my quilt club, Pinestream Quilting.  This is designed to be used as a border and we were asked to make it in Christmas red prints and cream.  Made with rectangles and flip and sew corners it was very simple to put together.  It will be nice to see them all up on the design wall together at our next meeting, and one lucky quilter will get to take them all home, to use as a border in a Christmas project.
DSCF4666 Candy-cane border blocks in Christmas red prints
I was gifted some yummy 30s fabrics from my Birmingham pen friend when we were on our UK trip two years ago. They languished lost and lonely for some time then at last I had a brainwave, and sliced them up with my rotary cutter, adding two other prints which I thought went quite nicely with them.  What do you think of these Cobblestone blocks?  I have enough blocks to make a lovely cot quilt.  Perhaps sashed in cream and with a simple border.  With a 21 year old grand-daughter, I could well become a great-granny one day.
DSCF4667 1930s cobblestone blocks for a cot quilt
So that’s what I have been doing over the last couple of days.  What about you?  And don’t forget, there is still time to enter the give-away, if you haven’t already done so.

1 comment:

Maria said...

You have been busy Jenny. Love the candy border and the soft colours in your cobblestone blocks too.Will make a very sweet baby quilt.