Thursday, 12 October 2006

Catching up

I've been very lax in updating this blog lately. In my defence I have been really busy. I finished MY quilt. It's the first one I've made for me. I love the way it looks but what the pictures can't convey is the feel of it. It's made on flannel and backed with fleece so it's heavy and really cuddly. There are a few threads to clip and then it needs washing. It's been dragged round by kids and dogs and then folded up small and crammed into a bag for nearly 6 months... and you can tell.

I've also been playing with patterns for a quilt for my brother and sister in law. I really liked this block so I made one up to see how it worked out. It's made up of 2 inch squares and the block finishes at 16 inches so it;'s slightly fiddly but not too bad. Their bedroom is dark green but I don't really fancy making the quilt in that colour. Any suggestions for a colour scheme?

I also found my Curvemaster presser foot. I'd bought one and got it home, only to put it down 'somewhere' in the chaos that is our house... never to be seen again. It finally turned up in a bag in the back of one of the kitchen drawers. No idea at all as to why it would have been put there but it meant that I could try again with the Strips and Curves templates. The MIL had bought me Louisa L Smith's book (Strips n Curves) and the templates to go with it and I proved very quickly that sewing curves was not to be my strong suit, hence the Curvemaster. This go went a little better. The two big blocks went together really well and lie flat. The small curves are going to need a lot more practice though. They are a bit wonky and there was about 1/2 inch extra on the top piece when I got to the end of the seam. Even these junky tries look pretty though, so I think I'll persevere.

As a bit of light relief I also made a pile of string blocks with all the strips I cut last week.

I also did lots of cooking and had a girly night out with Ally. We went to see 'The Devil wears Prada' which I surprised myself by enjoying and then ate too much pasta in Ask.


  1. Hi, Dormouse,

    The blue and green quilt is really nice...thanks for posting the pic. Was it difficul working with the fleece backing? I've been a little afraid of that, because I thought it would be too stretchy.

    Also loved the 16-inch block with all HSTs...should make a beautiful quilt.

    Really enjoy your blog!

  2. Hi Dianne. The fleece was horrible to work with. It stretched dreadfully so some of the squares are a little puffier that I'd have liked. It was such a struggle that I put it on one side for ages and only felt up to facing it again after I backed my son's quilt with fleece and it didn't seem anywhere near as bad. The purple was as bad as I remembered it so I think it's just a nasty kind of fleece.

  3. I love the colours on the quilt you made for yourself. Very cheerful!

    I always think mid yellow goes with green. We have dark green chairs in the sitting room, with brick red and cream/white for the other main colours. It is a bit "gentlemen's club", but they do go nicely together.

  4. Oooo I like the idea of brick red and cream. I'm thinking that if I do that pattern then the background could be cream, the main square dark green and the star and interlaced square could be brick red. That works for me. :)

  5. Dark green, lilac and cream go really well together - basically lots of things look good with dark green especially if you use the green as the only slightly used accent - think of all those flowers with dark green foliage - sounds really nice might be tempted to have a go at something with a little dark green in for accent too - so many quilts, so little time.... sighhhh!!!

  6. Hi there Dormouse, I saw your post on Tonya's blog, and liked your picture, so thought I'd come and see you!
    I love the blocks you've been working on, those curved blocks look very adventurous! I saw the Devil Wears Prada recently too, and I really liked it.
    I'll be back to visit again soon!

  7. your quilt looks great to cuddle up in and so wonderfully bright and cheerful. marvelous.