Saturday, 28 May 2011

My weekend!

This weekend is taken up with working and going to fetch SofM back from university.

I should have gone yesterday but a work colleague is poorly, in hospital, so I am covering some of her hours she should have worked this weekend. I put my trip off until tomorrow, I am going to work in the morning and then I 'll drive up the motorway as soon as I leave work.

SofM is at university in Edinburgh which is a lovely place to go for part of a Bank Holiday weekend. It is a 4-5 hour drive from Cheshire but hopefully the traffic won't be too bad. The Oh! Bearded One is not going with me as he is in Wales on a Scouting weekend.

I will be taking my sock with me. I've actually turned the heel on this so I am now knitting the instep. I've still got to graft the toes on another pair as well.

See you Tuesday. Hope you have a good weekend.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Christmas square within a square quilt

I didn't think I would get to do any more machine quilting until after our holiday but I managed to cut the rest of the fabric I needed and then made up the blocks this afternoon.They went together easily and quickly. They are now ready for me to put together into the top after my holiday. I think I am going to put the top out for quilting because I would like the quilting to be Christmasy and I'm not beyond the straight line and meandering stage.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

New starts!

A couple of weeks ago I was a naughty girl and started a new cross stitch! I just couldn't resist!

 This sampler is called Heart Pot and it from the Heritage Sampler company. It was featured in a UK cross stitching magazine. I can't remember for the life of me which one it was and the chart isn't near me at present.

I just had to start it straight away. I have a lot of cross stitch supplies from when I regularly cross stitched so I had everything I needed.

I made another new start on Monday. This square within a square quilt made with last Christmas's Basic Grey range, Fruitcake. I am using a charm pack and yardage - very simple but hopefully, beautiful! There won't be any more machine quilting for a couple of weeks because of work, going up to Edinburgh on Sunday to fetch SofM back for the summer and my summer holiday to Normandy in France the week after next. So it will be knitting and working on my hexis.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Quilts for Twins

As you may have read recently I have a work colleague who is having twins. They are due in November. I had already decided to make her a baby quilt and had chosen which one I was going to make.

I had chosen one from this book. I am using a Moda Lily & Will jelly roll so when I cut out the one I wanted to make I cut out another one at the same time, knowing it would come in. Well! it has now.

This one is called 'Building Blocks'

 This one is 'Stepping Stones'

The basic block is the same for both quilts, a 9 patch with surrounding strips of the same design.

One quilt needs 13 blocks and the other needs 12. I cut the quilts out back in the middle of April and I made the blocks up last week. I am probably now going to leave the blocks for a while, until I am on holiday later in the year. I'll have time to make up the quilt tops and quilt them. I've bought the batting too. I don't want to make them up completely until she is further on in the pregnancy. I am not particularly superstitious but I would like her to be further on before I finish the quilts.

The colours are quite pale but they look more washed out on this photo than they actually are. 

I won't be knitting as well for these babies becuase her Mum has already started.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Baby quilts

Do you remember these?

This is a jelly roll cut up into 2 quilts from Pam & Nicky Lintott's book ' Two from One Jelly Roll Quilts' from a Lil & Will jelly roll. I had cut one of these quilts for a collegue at work who is expecting a baby in November and I thought the other quilt will come in for another baby some other time. Well! she found out she is expecting twins! so i need to get on and make both quilts!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Checking in!

Just to let you know I've not disappeared, just in the middle of a heavy working perion so no quilting going on. I've been doing a bit of sock knitting and I was very naughty earlier in the week and started a new cross stitch sampler but the last few evenings I've been too tired to cross stitch.

I'll be back soon.