Saturday, 1 October 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

AHIQ - share your improv #13

I'm still fiddling around, making little pieces.  In the pictures below you might notice I've added a tiny strip across the bottom of of the block I have been working on.

I've also been making more little cross blocks, some more triangle strips and extra quarter circles.

I have obviously done some fiddling about trying to get a feel for what works, what I like but haven't settled on much.  I am wondering now if I want to try and make a few pieces somewhere between the tiny bits and the big quarter circles in size.  I am wondering about some medium-sized crosses maybe.  Not much harm in making a couple and having a look, I think.

In the meantime...

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Lots to do

Today's slow sewing is like a 'to do' chore list: lots of bits I should have got round to earlier.

First I need to patch these jeans.  Both the pairs I have mended previously are still holding up well, which is encouraging and makes the time spent on the mend seem worthwhile.  I am wondering, though, why it is always my right knee that wears through first.  I patched  my first knee in the spring of 2015 and its corresponding left leg still hasn't developed a hole.  I need to pay more attention to what I am doing when I crawl around on the floor.

Then I need to do some catching up on my 365 circles.  I am a full two weeks behind, and we are nearing the end of the month so I would like to be up-to-date by 30th.  At the moment last week's circles look like this.

Not very impressive!

Finally I want to keep quilting.  I have done 33 out of 49 squares on this.  Not quite enough to be able to say the end is in sight, but enough to make me want to push on.

I am hoping to have a quiet, peaceful stitching day today, so let's see where I can get to with all of this.

A quick reminder too -  Tuesday is AHIQ link up day again.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Another little step forward

I have rectified my piecing mistake, and everything is back the way it should be.

But looking at it again I didn't like these two strips next to each other.

I wondered about using more triangles to separate them, but the ones I had sitting around were a bit bigger than I wanted...

so I tried piecing little strips out of my scrap pile, like this.

I liked this better, so I kept going and ended up here.  

You'll see I've made another little quarter circle block too.

Linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Lets Bee Social.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Ninety degree turn

Well,  the first thing I did this morning was change my mind and decide that I liked the quarter circle piece I was working on last time better if I rotated it 90 degrees.

This led me to this, adding a second quarter circle plus little flags, which was almost as far as I got and I was pretty happy.

But then I stopped paying attention for a moment and joined the two bits the wrong way round.  See? I'm blogging this before I rectify it because I thought it was interesting: I don't like it nearly as much this way round.  I've been trying to work out why and I think it's a something to do with balance: because the two quarter circles are directly under each other, it creates a heavier feel,  somehow clunkier and less pleasing to the eye. 

I shall be unpicking next.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Maybe hitting my stride

Well this might be famous last words, but I think I'm starting to get into the swing of things here.  I made an extra curve block - these are smaller than the original 8 and don't have the diagonal stripe; I'm hoping to be able to squeeze several of these out of what I still have.  You can see from the piecing of the blue fabric that I am joining all my random pieces together, just so that I can cut them again.

I also added some more to the piece I was working on last time: there's an extra little row of crosses along the bottom.

I envisage all the bits might go together something like this.

It's not quite right yet, but something along these lines.