Saturday, November 5, 2016

November already.

This year has flown, the shops are full of Christmas already.
I often wonder if the biscuits and cakes, on sale now, will be
stale in eight weeks' time. November for me is Birthday time,
there are five in the family to celebrate before I think about
Christmas.

Meantime, I have been sewing. A new bag by Yoko Saito.
I bought her new book and there are several quilts and bags
I'd like to make.

I don't normally hand piece but as each block had curved pieces it was necessary this time. The first few blocks took quite a while to make until I work out the best way to join all of the block pieces together. Several of my Taupe fabrics frayed at the edges which did not help but by the last 5 blocks I was hand piecing the curves and sewing the straight seams on my sewing machine.
Here are photos of both sides.






Another project I've been working on is Lori's Madder Mystery quilt from Humble Quilts .
It has been a joy to make using my Madders both light and dark with Shirtings. I still have the half-square-triangle's border to attach around the outside.
Close ups of two of the blocks.





And the quilt itself.




11 comments:

Linda said...

What a great bag! I love your quilting project, too. You have such a great eye for picking fabrics and colors. We have several birthdays coming up in the next 2 months, too. Enjoy your family celebrations and the upcoming holiday season :)

Karen said...

The bag looks like the blocks were quite a challenge to do. Well done, Dorthy!

Barb said...

Hello - I'm new to your blog, I'm wondering about your header quilt. Is it based on antique quilt? I think I have the original in my scrap lecture. Anyway - it's a great quilt.

Liz D said...

Your bag is wonderful, beautiful block. I can see why it was challenging. And your madder small quilt is so pretty. But what about the new header quilt? Simple but complex, lovely.

David said...

Love both projects! Yoko Saito's book is gorgeous. I got my copy directly from her and I took a class with Yoko Saito to make this bag. Mine is not finished yet because I am currently working on finshing two other projects but we resume working on it soon. I have found these blocks difficult to piece even by hand but they are really gorgeous! Did you follow the book's instructions to complete the bag? Yoko Saito taught us another way to finish it and said it was our choice. Both ways have advantages and drawbacks.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

My, that bag looks ambitious. It surely is beautiful! Love the Madder quilt.

Pam said...

Your bag is stunning!

marian said...

Love your Quilters Madder quilt.. a lovely selection of madders & shirtings! What a fun quilt-along.. can't wait for the next one :))

Lori said...

Love your bag and the sewalong!!

Janet said...

What a fabulous bag! Wow!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Dorothy,
What beautiful work you do and I love all your project choices. Happy December!