Sunday, April 28, 2013

Yet another Block of the Month

I still haven't finished the 2011 Block of the Month, but went with the Toes in the Sand block of the month. I signed up through my local quilt shop. I'm switching out some fabrics because it seems too blue. It uses a special ruler which works pretty well. I haven't used a triangle ruler before, so getting the little notches cut was a little weird.

I thought my seams matched up pretty well. This was my bulkiest seam and it came together pretty well for both blocks.

 Let's see if I can keep up with this one!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Slight miscalculation

The first week of the Spring Sampler came out and there were two eggs in a nest. I figured that since they were unhatched eggs, over the next 5 weeks the eggs would hatch. Well, this week's came out and there are no hatching eggs. Oops.

This has kind of messed up my plan, but I am going to go with it. See my plan was to have the egg hatching on the far right and to be the sort of 'anchor' to the rest of the craziness going on. I decided to stitch the other 4 images randomly without the prescribed frames. Well, sorta randomly. I did make sure that I would have enough space. The pattern called for an 11" square so I upgraded to 15". I also divided up the fabric into 5 rows to give a framework. It was a bit weird to just sew wherever and not have set intervals. I sewed little bits of every image so I wouldn't lose my nerve and want to space them out appropriately.

So for week 2, I am going to drop a teapot design and repeat the eggs from week 1. If week 3 doesn't have eggs, then I really am in trouble. The April angry bunny turned out well. I added a couple raindrops over his head where the antlers should have been. I think the Woodland Sampler is shaping up very nicely. February is my favourite.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Angry Bunny judges you!

The April Woodland creature is supposed to be a jackalope (I had to look it up), but there was some peer pressure to change it to just a rabbit.

The antlers didn't show very well anyway, so I ditched them. I had to smooth out its head a little bit. Now it look just like a plain bunny, albeit an angry, judging one. The back story is that he is mad he is out in the rain.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Remember when Kona Ash was all the rage?

That is one thing I don't care for with the blog/instagram/flickr world; there is a bit of herd mentality. We say modern quilting is about being unique, but there should be a statement about following trends.

Now let me show you my following with my 'so 2 years ago' cross cushion :) I stuffed it last night and did a wretched job of whip stitching the opening. I need to go back and fix it after the filling has settled a bit. I have a couch to watch TV, but I end up sitting on the floor with my back against the couch most of the time. I used the cushion watching the Call the Midwife marathon and season 2 premiere. If you haven't watched it you really should.

So my statement about Kona Ash comes from a cross stitch project. I signed up for the Springtime Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. My Woodland Sampler is going along well even though I refuse to put eyes on things that do not have eyes on them in real life. I decided to branch out and picked up very pretty gray 14 count aida for the Spring Sampler. I thought that the gray would represent the dullness of winter going away with the bright colours of spring. I had forgotten how much of a colour suck gray can be. I need to get some white. The floss colours are very pretty and very spring! I am getting together with church friends to sew tomorrow night so I will blog after that with pictures.