Sunday, June 28, 2015

and June is nearly gone.

Almost half way through the year. I'm convinced each year gets faster.
This week's Time-Warp Stars are with fabric called Fancy Machine Grounds. In other words it's all about the background and the small design that shows behind the main print. I'm finding out just how much I look, really look - or not, at a fabric when I buy it. I really like the two fabrics I have used this week but they have been in my stash for a while and remain unused although I may have a spot to use the top one.


and also for June, the next block for Under the Cherry Tree.
Wimbledon and the tennis for the next two weeks. I have prepared the next block to sew while I watch and will get on with my Mrs Millar's Journey block.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy with a finish.

I made this quilt last year, a block at a time. I saw the blocks  Here a couple of years ago and Meredithe  kindly draw up the measurements for me. It took me most of the year to make the blocks as there are 95 pieces in each one and I just love it. I got it back from being quilted and put the binding on this week.

This week's Time Warp Stars have used Blotch-Ground chintzes. Where the colour doesn't quite fill the space it's meant to.


The shortest day has passed and we are heading back to Summer and warm sunny days. Hopefully it will arrive early like this Winter did.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


In the last two weeks I have made Time Warp Stars with Neat Stripes and for this week, White Ground Chintzes. The red with the black stripe is a piece of antique fabric I bought a while ago and the 'pink' with the tulips is more of a peach colour. It was a 10" square of fabric that was never quite the right shade, that kept going back in the stash, but has now found a place of it's own.

This weeks two Stars are Chintzes, both polished and cotton. The star on the right has lost most of it's sheen because I washed the fabric.

and a change from the last blog. Three finished. They will surround the big red flowers but the baskets will be on the outside edge. The background fabric has a pattern so I have sewn the applique on to keep it running in the same direction after I sew the blocks together.

The weather has been rather chilly so it is lovely to stay in and stay warm and sew.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Two sewn and two to go.

I tend to spend a day getting the next block prepared in whatever is on the go and then I can just pick them up and sew a bit now and then. This is how the second block for the Mrs Millar's quilt got sewn, along with all the other bit and pieces. Yesterday was prep day so I have No3 ready to go and the next block for Under the Cherry Tree too.  

I can't resist these Stars. As soon as they arrive, in my emails, I'm off scrounging for the right fabric. This week is Eccentric prints. I think I should have made the first Star with the two fabrics around the other way. The background seems to dominate in the photo and I didn't notice that, when I had it in my hand.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

More of the Same

This week's fabric was Serpentine Stripes. The two that I chose were featured in the Time Warp Stars history lesson about these fabrics. They have both been in my stash for a while.

and this month's block for Under the Cherry Tree. The fabric for the bird in the centre had been too worn to show the colour on the original quilt so I decided to make it purple, and I also gave it a trimmer body.

I am still busily working away on Sue Spargo's wool BOM which has numerous bullions to be stitched etc and is keeping me totally, happily occupied. I think everyone will love this wallhanging when it is revealed at the end of the year.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Time Warp Stars

Continuing to make the Time Warp Stars. Last week's fabric was Conversational Shirtings.
I picked the orange and yellow designs because I had not used these two colours in my Stars so far, not knowing.......

........this week's fabric was going to be California Gold.
The right-hand fabric was mentioned in Barbara Brackman's blog and she described
the colour as Butterscotch. I also found a little floral among my fabrics that is the same,so I have used that for my second star to represent this week's colour.

I have a bookcase style of cupboard and my fabrics are stacked by colour,
so when I took out the bundle of yellow/gold I found a scrap of Jo Morton's, paisley shirting for my blocks in just the right colour and there was enough to make the two stars.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Reproduction Stars.

I decided to make two of each fabric for Barbara Brackman's Time-Warp Stars. I am now up to date for the sixteen fabric variations. I have managed to find all these fabrics in my stash except for the 'Ombres' . Karen of Somerset Patchwork kindly gave me a piece of blue and brown ombre for my two stars. The second pair of two greens I have used may not be exact but they both have a very definite yellow dye, over the green on the back of the fabric so I am using them to represent the ' overdyed greens' theme. The first set of green stars are Poison Greens.


The added bonus to searching through my FQ's to find what is needed for each week's requirement is the refolding I'm doing, resulting in a tidy tidier cupboard.