Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I've been busy.

With a combination of cold, damp weather and a sore elbow that has clipped my wings somewhat, I have had lots of sewing time this week. :)

I have finally started my Roseville Album quilt!!! Yay!!

I started by making about 16 yards (14 metres) of 1/4" bias tape for the stems and about 50 circles. (thank you Karen for the circles tutorial)

I have chosen 2 or 3 favouite fabrics on which to base the colours for my quilt. I am a bit afraid that when I lift that freezer paper my block may look like an explosion in a paint factory! There is lots of colour there! This may just be version 1.0. lol

I have used reverse applique on the vase and I plan to use reverse applique again on 2 of the flowers.

I have the rest of the elements for the block cut out. I plan to have more to show later in the week.

Does anyone remember Cheddar Cheese and Crackers from Lori's blog? Weeeelll...I started quilting mine last year. I was not happy with how it was turning out, so I unpicked everything and replaced the batting with something a little thicker than I had been using. I am much happier this time.This hand quilting has kept me occupied late at night while watching Le Tour De France on TV.

I am about half way through and Le Tour finishes on Saturday!!

I spent yesterday trying to catch up with my Barbara Brackman civil war blocks. Here are the six I managed to finished. Only one more to go....that last one wasn't cooperating yesterday! lol

Lastly, a bit more hand stitching. I have completed making the triangle borders for my Morrell Quilt.

...and a little retail therapy...

This is a chintz centre  panel from here and a fat quarter bundle of coordinating prints.
This won't happen for a while (I think I might just have enough to go on with for the time being! lol), but I plan to make a small medallion quilt of my own design.

So, it has been a week of starting something new, working on a continuing project and slowly progressing on finally getting some older projects finished.....and always planning the next project!

Have a lovely week and I hope all of you find some sewing time. :)


  1. You have been very busy (or you accomplish a lot more than I can). It looks like you are off to a great start on the Roseville. I always have a hard time trying to balance all the fabris on it, but it seems that once you put a few wild blocks together, it just magically works out. I look forward to seeing your blocks!

  2. I see we have the same taste in quilts. Im still doing the Roseville off and on when i feel like it. Have done 8 blocks so far, so nice to work with bright fabric. The Morell quilt well i have some blocks done and must go and look for them. And that Chintz fat quarter is a must have for me im thinking of doing Di Fords Burnt Quilt and that would make a great centre. I just ordered it ;) looking forward to seeing the next instalment of your blog.


  3. It all looks beautiful. You have been busy. Can't wait to see how your RA quilt turns out.

  4. Lots of pretties but that Morrell quilt is stunning! As you are cold we are dying of heat! Feel better.

  5. You are busy. We seem to have similar projects! I have the panels and have started gathering fabrics and ideas - no cutting yet. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a perfectly lovely time you're having, a bit of everything. I'm enjoying the stormy cold weather, it seems to be just right for sewing.

  7. Goodness you have been VERY busy!! I'm sorry you hurt your elbow and hope that it gets better very quickly :0)


  8. My land, how do you get so much done? I struggle to get just one block finished...

  9. sorry about your elbow. hope it feels better soon.
    i can't wait to see the flowers. exciting!

  10. Well, haven't you been getting lots accomplished?? Very good job!

    I love your panel for a future medallion quilt. I also have a medallion that I want to use. It is crying out to be a patriotic quilt or wall hanging.

    Your cheddar quilt is darling. I made one, too, but haven't the foggiest idea of when I will ever quilt mine!

    Happy quilting!