Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Some Progress Made

Do you have weeks when you make a lot of progress and then a week when it is like sewing through treacle?  Well, that's what it feels like this week.

It's just been one of those weeks when everything seems to conspire to stop me sewing, and when I do sew I can't find what I want and it takes me ages to make very little progress.

It's been back to the circles, and I suppose I shouldn't expect to race ahead, after all I chose to appliqué them, and it was supposed to be a pick up and go project, but hey, I'm not always known for my patience.


So here is where I am now, from 16 completed blocks last week I now have 23 this week.  I have been struggling with colours, the original fabric pull didn't have enough variety for the pattern so I ordered a pack of Amish Jewels 10 inch squares.  While this has given me more variety it has also brightened it up.    This is not the layout by the way and I have more colours and shades to add.


I have another 26 all ready to appliqué onto the blocks.  I don't know what has happened to this pic, some of the colours are quite distorted, the beige is yellow, I think, it is definitely not beige anyway.

I have made two quarter circles in most colours, and three in about six or seven because I ran out of colours.  Well, I did have another three or four but they were too similar to what I already had.

So what do you think of it so far?    I think it needs another element, I have an idea but I will know better when I finish the blocks.

I also took two skirts up for my Mother in Law this week.  She just had her 90th birthday and has gone blind so she needs a bit of help with things.

I have been choosing fabrics this week though, no I'm not telling, it's a surprise.  I'm doing a guest post on Building Blocks Tuesday later this month, yes, really, you can believe it, I tell you true.  So I just thought, as I haven't done one before, I would do something different, a quilt on my wish list for ages, to celebrate.  And maybe I could have some cake...........

That's all my news for this week, except it is only 10 days until I go back to Higham Hall for another embroidery weekend.  Maybe it's time I did my homework.

Until next time
Smiles from
Kate


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17 comments:

  1. You do have patience to be doing those circles. Are they paper pieced? The extra Amish Jewels colors seem to be just the thing you needed to get excited about them again. Maybe you can channel your desire for speedy finishes into your secret project. Congrats on being a guest host, quite an honor! Good luck and HAVE FUN this week.

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  2. PS - A little late, but I have been meaning to tell you how much I love your little Project Linus quilt. So colorful. I need to find the pattern.

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  3. What do I think so far? I think it's a very HAPPY quilt! I love it! Your treacle comment made me laugh. I don't know what treacle is but I assumed it meant something slow and sticky. I looked it up. :D

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  4. Good job ! I like how you brightened it up.
    PS - For me, it's the brain that is working through treacle right now. Not much sewing then ;-)

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  5. Some Quilts just grow over time. They weren't meant to be a quick finish. They are the 'pick up/put down' projects that keep us busy inbetween life! And this one is a beauty! I love projects like that and this one might have to go on my list of someday quilts to make! Keep up the good work! XO

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  6. This is looking so good! You have made good progress and done a lot of planning and fabric coordinating too!!

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  7. I have a fondness for circle quilts and have made one for a baby, but a full sized quilt is a real commitment. I think the solid colours really sing!

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  8. I think it's lovely! I love the mix of colors on that background fabric. Good quilt to get you out of a quilty slowdown.

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  9. Love the way your circles are looking - isn't it funny how something you plan to be long term and slow can suddenly feel like you're not getting very far on? I think the jewel colours work well in it. I have never heard of Building Blocks Tuesday so will have to check it out!

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  10. Your progress looks great Kate. I can't think of anything else to add to this quilt. I like it as it is.

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  11. Looks fantastic.Well done!

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  12. This mix of colors is wonderful! But I know what you mean about not making progress. Ugh. I'm having a week like that as well.

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  13. Appliqueing circles is a slow way to go, but if you keep at it you will suddenly realise you're almost done.I love your colour mix, works beautifully for my taste.

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  14. Your circles are bright, beautiful -- vibrant! I'm looking forward to the other colors you add and for whatever it is you won't tell us about.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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  15. I'm loving your colour choices for this quilt! Sometimes you're your own worst critic. Or is that just me?

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  16. This is the sort of project that gets sort of boring because you need to repeat the process so many times. But it will be worth it. This is going to be such a cute quilt. Keep going!

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  17. I love the Amish jewel tone colors. I have not worked with many circles in my quilt designs especially curved piecing. Someday I will have attempt to work them again. Your blocks look lovely in the way they are laid out. I look forward to seeing your progress. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF last week.

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Kate