Tuesday 21 May 2013

International Matters

I think this might be quite a long post so I shall cut right to the chase. Lots of quilty stuff in the last week.
First up, I had a parcel from Rhonda who hails from Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Rhonda was the driving force behind the Finish A Long last year and has handed over the reins to Leanne for 2013. She did however, sponsor the first quarter of this year and my name got pulled out of the hat. And this is the pile of goodies that arrived - thanks again Rhonda for your generosity.
Talking of the FAL, my main project yet to be finished, is my Mod Pop quilt - since my regular classes have finished for summer, I seem to have got a bit of a wriggle on, and I have finished all the piecing. Now I am really at the coo's tail on this one as I think it was back in August or September that I joined in the sew a long on this one. I intended making a super king sized quilt but have limited it now to a queen which I think will still comfortably fit our bed. So I had one less strip of blocks to make but added in an extra row of patches on either side. I have photographed it on the bed but it is still in three sections as I plan to QAYG - I think I can achieve this without compromising the fabulous pattern.
I doubt I will finish before the quarter end as our holiday is looming but never say never.
As I was tidying up the leftovers I had a few pieced units, the curved ones, so played about for a wee while and have made this cushion front.
It still has that 60s feel for me and I am planning to quilt in a sort of squarish, roundish spiral. I have been reading a bit of The Quilting Edge and feeling inspired to try something a bit different for me.

I was tidying up after a recent EPP workshop and thought I might as well complete the two little rosettes I had used as samples. They were lying beside the pouch that I had made a while back and used to carry the hexies in. Small lightbulb moment and this is what happened.

Fast forwarding to last Thursday (sounds like time travel) and I had my Day Trip Round the Word workshop - been doing this one for a few years now but have been tickled by the interest in RTW blocks & quilts on blogland and am particularly keen to try a scrappy one someday. In the meantime, I contented myself by teaching the clever loopy technique and the ladies did me proud.
The big pic in the mosaic is the top made by Amanda, and featured Noteworthy by Sweetwater, another great fabric line. Have they ever produced a dud? I don't think so. 
Ever thrifty and resourceful - ha - I found some strips leftover from Mod Pop that I was able to use to demo the technique. I like to demo as well as show a finished article, think it helps.
So when I got home, I continued with my little piece and it became quilt number two for the Princess!
I tidied up my sewing room yesterday and found the makings of at least two more Princess quilts, think I might have slipped into a second childhood.
For those of you still with me on this world tour, I received a package this morning from Oregon, from AnnMarie, who blogs at Run and Sew Quilts.
I was lucky enough to win her giveaway last week in the mega SMS Giveaway Day. I won this charming little quilt, measures about 20" square and came ready to hang. The quilting on it is divine and it looks and feels like it has been washed and dried, all squishy, gorgeous. I think I have just the place to put it.
Thank you again, AnnMarie.
Now feeling a bit tired after all that travelling (or maybe it was just running about after a 1 yr old!) time for a restorative cuppa. I hope you are all having a good week.


  1. these are lovely parcels you got. Your mod is brilliant.

  2. I love the colours that your Mod Pop are done in. It will be beautiful when it is all finished with a matching pillow too. Good idea with the hexies being sewn on the pouch. You can never have too many pouches. Finally, you have had some great international post and winnings.di x

  3. Good grief, you have been busy!what fabulous projects

  4. Phew! I'm tired after reading all about your activities! Lovely mod pop quilt and cushion block! And the ladies have done brilliantly with their trip around the world quilts! What a fab teacher they have! Jxo

  5. Dunno about the coo's tail, I think you might be at the arse end of the field in the cowpats, but it's looking great!

    I think I can see why you're exhausted too...

  6. I love how that mod pop is turning out, and I am eager to see how the QAYG works on it. You have had great mail and I love the princess quilts, what fun.

  7. What can I say - a bumper packed post! Your Mod Pop is going to be beautiful and love the '60s cushion especially :)

  8. Lots of happy mail, happy pupils and no doubt a happy Princess! No wonder you are exhausted :)

  9. Oooh...I like the mod pop pattern. It's in my Craftsy pattern wish list of quilts to make :-)

  10. You've worn me out Sheila! Don't stay long at the coo's tail - could be dangerous if the coo decides to give you a pat on the back!

    Though you do deserve some sort of acclamation for all that work....

  11. And now I'm exhausted, too! I love how your Mod Pop is looking (fab!) and the cushion you made from the leftovers - what a great idea! The RTW tops look fabulous, as does the second princess quilt - I can't wait to see the next one! Enjoy your lovely prizes and (fingers crossed) some sunshine this weekend xx

  12. What a lovely lot of mail. Your mod pop is looking fabulous.



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