Sunday 18 January 2015

Mile a minute scrappy sewing.

I had a lovely day out yesterday, the grands were on fine form and had a selection of toys out ready for some serious playtime. The day started very cold with a thin layer of frozen snow everywhere, it was a bit dicey underfoot when Ben had his first walk.
I did not go fabric shopping after all, I had a look round the sewing room and found this.

A fat quarter collection from Kate Spain, I won it about 2 years ago and have been hoarding it for something special. There are 17 patterns here and I need 21 for the Snapshot quilt so added some from the stash.

These 4 will blend in nicely so all I need to buy is a white on white for the background, a solid for block frames and binding and possibly a polka dot for sashing and borders.
I am going to make the monthly blocks twice, once in this collection and once in random fabrics from the stash. That will give me a quilt to keep and one to give.
I have plenty of wadding and will be piecing the backs to use all the leftover fabrics from the fronts. The only thing that I will have to buy is thread, I am romping through it at the moment.

 This is the first block, let them eat cake, sounds good to me. I look forward to seeing how it turns out in my different colour palette.

I have made a good start on the mile a minute sewing, it is good seeing the scrap mountain dwindle as I sew.

Here is my work so far, about 30 small blocks. I want to end up with 30 x 12 1/2" blocks, that will make a good double quilt with sashing and borders.

I am getting through the orphan block pile as well and using lots of pretty scraps.

These little owls popped up a few times and there is even a little bit of Christmas in there.
I am just mixing colour at random while trying to keep a reasonably balanced layout. I do have one or two places where the same pattern touches but do not mind at all.
As the blocks grow I will be sewing them together before cutting into the block size that I want.
It is very relaxed sewing and just the ticket for a lazy weekend. I was given a box of Asparagus yesterday so that will feature every day this week, I have shared it out with my neighbours and had a lovely bunch of roses in return from one of them.
I have not bid a welcome to all my new followers, I grovel before you and say welcome aboard, enjoy the trip. Feel free to leave a comment or a question as and how the moment takes you.
Dinner is simple roast chicken with a cauliflower and leek gratin, Asparagus and roast potatoes, and if we have room there is sticky toffee pudding and if not some fresh strawberries, a little gift from James. I do have some extra thick cream to go with either pudding.
I will give some of my freebies to Maggie later, there is plenty to go round.
Now I am back to my sewing and pressing. Not forgetting the tea of course.
I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend as much as I am. I have 2 loads of washing on the whirligig, in full sunshine. Lovely.
                      TTFN                                             Pam


  1. Love all the bright and beautiful colours in your fabrics, just what you need on a dull January weekend. Your dinner sounds divine, we have roast beef cooked by hubby here.

    1. Roast beef mmmmm, lets face it just about any dinner is mmm to me. The bright colours are very cheerful spread around the room.

  2. Very pretty colours and patterns!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

    1. I love working with lots of colour and pattern but like to add some solids for balance and to give the eyes somewhere to rest.

  3. A beautiful mix of colours and designs. It will be interesting to see the two quilts in the same design but different patterns.

    1. I hope to make my 2 blocks by the weekend, my scrappy stuff is all out at the moment.

  4. It's so interesting to see how your creative process works with the quilts. How satisfying it must be to be able to use so much of your stash! I have a huge stash of fabrics in very small amounts, and I'd like to try an EPP hexie quilt sometime. Your quilting is very inspiring. x

    1. Oops, I have one of those in the WIP mountain, they are great for using small scraps. It is wonderful seeing the scrap boxes shrinking and my "new fabric" growing, not long before I will be cutting it up!

  5. I am so incredibly slow and inept with my quilts - life keeps getting in the way and I can't spare enough time to just sit and sew and the moment (running a small business), but it's lovely watching what you make. Lovely colours you're using - just what we need on a dull January day.

    1. When I worked full time it was a struggle to find quilting time, now I struggle to make time for the necessary housework. Mind you once the weather turns I will be out in the garden with no problem in finding time for that. You are right we need blasts of colour when it is grey outside.


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