Monday, 2 May 2016

On a roll! Turning out the blocks

It's the start of May already. Here in the UK it is May Bank Holiday and it's wet and horrid.
I feel sorry for the folk who work and this is the day they were hoping to go out for the day, spend time gardening etc. As my husband and I are retired we don't usually make plans for Bank Holidays.

However, I have been very busy over the weekend churning out blocks to make into QAYG blocks for Nicky's Block Drive for Siblings Together. (Siblings Together Quilt Group post from Thursday 28 April 2016).

Here they are, spread on my bedroom carpet:

All bright and colourful - they are so much fun to make and it is good to see partly used FQs and scraps being used up for a good reason.

I have definitely got the bug for making these blocks and whilst I was on a roll I made 10 blocks! 

Then I had to ferret through my stash looking for low volume fabrics for the backings and also batting scraps.  It's surprising how much fabric and batting pieces I have used up in order to create 22" squares. Nicky said we could piece batting and also backing scraps which I have done for several of the blocks.

But I am now completely out of batting  apart from one large piece I am keeping on one side to use on the April Wee Bees Quilt I will be putting together later this week. A shame because I just have 2 more QAYG blocks to assemble.  Never mind, these two will have to wait until my next visit to a Quilt Shop. Not sure when that might be, perhaps mid June when my Patchwork Group usually has an outing.  Otherwise I hope there might be a little left over from the Wee Bees April Quilt so they can be finished sooner.

I have started to machine quilt the other 8, two finished and this one had its ends sewn in whilst I was watching television yesterday evening.

The blue & lilac flowered fabric which looks like 1970's bed sheets is  actually from a pack of (very) roughly cut 10" squares of fabrics I have had in my stash for several years. I picked them up at my NZ Patchwork Group when one of the members was getting rid of unwanted scraps and stash.
These QAYG blocks seemed as good a project as any to start to use them up.  I have used quite a few: pink & lilac and yellow & pale orange ones too.
Off to machine quilt the rest of the blocks.
Happy sewing!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Pink, purple and orange, coming together nicely

Today I have spent a little while sewing together the Pink, purple and orange blocks to make another quilt for Siblings Together.

I decided to use these 12 blocks for the quilt:


and to leave the 13th block for making a QAYG block for the Soy Amado Project:

And here's the quilt top I created from those Swap blocks, scraps and stash:

I had already added 5 hearts to the block in the centre of the bottom row which I will hand sew on with blanket stitch this evening.
However I think the block which is on the left of the 3rd row looks very pale compered to the other blocks so I am going to add some royal purple shapes to the two wide pale lilac borders.
I am trying to decide whether they should be triangles to reflect the flowered windmill featured in the block or some purple flowers with pink centres to reflect the border fabric which butts up to this block.  Have to think about that one a bit more.

Turning hoarded UFO blocks into quilts is so satisfying!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

No more hoarding or procrastinating!

I was so pleased with the Lucky Stars Quilt I created from a set of blocks received in a swap at the beginning of 2012 I decided to delve into my box of UFOs once more.

This time out came a set of 13 blocks which I collected during a Flickr Swap during April and May 2011!

Here are two of them.  I have added hearts to both blocks because they had a lot of solid fabric in them compared to the other blocks I received.

I am using a Kona white for sashing the blocks, with 3" cornerstones found in my 3" squares stash.
I have had great fun this afternoon sewing the sashing strips onto the individual blocks and am now halfway through sewing the sashed blocks into rows.
Watch this space as another quilt comes together which again I will be donating to
Siblings Together.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Lucky Stars Quilt ready for donation

I have had such fun making my Lucky Stars Quilt.

I enjoyed turning a pile of 9 star blocks ( all different in every way which I had collected in a Block Swap over four years ago) into a pretty quilt.

Each block contained lots of white solid fabric which needed softening somehow so I added rows of hand quilting using variegated Perle threads: blue, pink, yellow, purple and green threads.
Again I am pleased with the result.

Now, a photo of the finished quilt:
It measures 55" square and I am thrilled with it!  I am sending it off to Siblings Together later today and I hope it makes one little girl very happy, that every time she snuggles under it she will remember her time at Summer Camp.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Arrival of more Wee Bees blocks

I do love receiving post and when it contains two more Star blocks from the Wee Bees Group it's even better!

Tanya sent these blocks:

Thank you, Tanya!
A red and a pink, using a great selection of fabrics. Funnily enough the Chicken fabric Tanya used in the red block is the same fabric as one of the squares in my blue block. I also have this fabric in yellow, which may be used if the third block I make needs to be yellow. That colour choice will depend on which colours the fourth member of the Wee Bees chooses for her blocks.
I am so looking forward to putting these blocks together into a quilt for the Siblings Together Project.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Addicted! More QAYG for the Block Drive

I love making QAYG blocks and over the past few years I have many various ones for different charities.

Earlier this week I made 2 blocks for the Siblings Together Block Drive being run by
Nicky (

I so enjoyed making them I have made another three blocks which I'll post to Nicky today.
Definitely addicted!

Here they are:


I so enjoyed searching through my stash for suitable fabrics to put together for the blocks.
In some cases I absolutely finished larger scraps of fabric that have been tucked away, ready for a project such as this. 

Don't forget, if you have scraps you could cut 4.5" squares from, you could enjoy making a QAYG block too. Give it a try!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Block Drive for Siblings Together

A few days ago I read Nicky's blog post requesting QAYG blocks so she could make them into quilts for Siblings Together.  I enjoy making QAYG blocks and her tutorial was very clear and straightforward.  I made two blocks very quickly and enjoyed machine quilting each block.



The blocks are made from 4.5" strips so they come together quickly to make a 20.5" block so only 9 blocks are required for a quilt. I enjoyed looking through my stash to find some co-ordinating fabrics to make the blocks.

If you would like to make some blocks then have a look at Nicky's blog post:

Block Drive for Siblings Together