Wednesday 6 September 2017

Is there anyone there?

I've not been here to do much sewing this week, in fact I'm not here at all..................... Spooky!  But no, the wonders of modern technology has allowed me to schedule this post so I'm writing this before I go away.

Want to see my next Gypsy block?  Sorry, no choice, you are getting it anyway,

this is it, the name is Star Block, pretty boring name isn't it?  Especially after Crazy Anne and oh I must tell you, it seems I have been calling one block by the wrong name.  The second block I introduced as Perishing is actually Pershing.  Just to set the record straight.  Back to Star Block, no it's not as bright and colourful as some of the others, but I think it will add more contrast.  If all the blocks end up super bright the quilt will be overpowering with little balance, so I am adding some cooler and darker shades.  That's how I'm thinking anyway.

This is the updated pic to illustrate what I mean.  I have looked at so many Gypsy versions, and each one is wonderful and unique, some are monotone, some are completely saturated with colour, some have multicoloured strips and some have neutral strips to show off the blocks more, such as two tone creams, or black and white, such variety.  Mine will have multicoloured strips, like the original pattern, so it will live up to the original design.  If all those strips were bright you would need sunglasses to look at it, that's why I'm adding the cooler and neutral shades.

I did get a little more quilting done on circles before I got away, I got nearly half the quilting done in the coloured circles.  I had a big think about it first, hang on I'll show you..........

Now you can see, circles, or pebbles as they are known.  Pebbles best describe mine too as they are not all circular, AND they overlap quite a bit, far from perfect in fact.  Do I care?  Not on your nellie, I decided to do pebbles as my control needs a lot of improvement yet and I still struggle with manipulating a larger quilt (ok not that large but it is for me).  If I had tried to do something fancy like orange peels, which would have been perfect, it would have been disastrous, so I chose pebbles and if you stand back and screw your eyes up they look great, so I'm happy.  I had a variegated thread so I'm using that, hope I don't run out, I've had it for ages, but it's a King Tut so I'm hoping it will still be available if I need it.  Fingers crossed.

Thinking of Gypsy recently I also started thinking of the quilting, some quilters machine quilt and some hand quilt, that got me thinking of the baby quilt I made for my youngest granddaughter Emily.  It was just a panel with borders but it matched the theme of her bedroom.

This is the only pic I have as I forgot to take one before I gave it to her Mum and I pinched this from Facebook.  Yes, her bedroom has a jungle theme.  I had bought this panel years beforehand and some yardage of the matching print too.  I think I should have added a border between the flowers and the small print in hindsight (which is as always a wonderful thing), but I didn't and it can't be changed now.  I had to juggle the yardage as I had a limited amount but I did have enough to make it all face the same way, don't ask me why I decided to do it like that I can't remember.   I added cornerstones in orange, which I also used for the binding.  As a point of  interest I have been using some of the  leftover orange scraps  recently to make the noses on my snowman cushions.  Waste not want not.

Unfortunately when I zoomed in the quality wasn't good enough to allow you to see the hand quilting, so I will just have to tell you about it.  I hand stitched around all the animals and some of the detail on them as well as some of the leaves, butterflies, rainbow etc..  I even quilted around the small animals in the border.  It took me ages, good job I started early.  Emily now uses it in the camper van, she is going on five so the design is still fine for now.  However I believe there are plans afoot to turn her bedroom from a jungle into a bedroom fit for a little girl, so a new quilt may be in the offing before long.

If you have left a comment since Saturday I won't have read it or answered it yet, as I said last week I don't have wifi, a phone signal, or tv this week.  I have taken a little hand sewing, though not much, and a couple of books too,

these are they, World Without End and Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett.  I have read them before but I don't have copies so I treat myself as I won't be spending anything much at all when I'm away.  I didn't mind buying these as I know I will reread them in the future, also after many years a third book will make them a trilogy next month and I have had it on preorder for ages so this is the right time to read them again.  I don't think I will get them both finished in time though, these take some reading.  It's the kind of books I like, no three to four hundred pages for me, there just isn't enough words for a good complicated story to develop.

So, that's all for today, no linking up, unless you are reading through Mean Queen, she has my blog on her sidebar.  If you haven't read it take a look, she is indeed the queen of frugal living in the UK.  The posts vary a lot, sometimes she just shows some pics, other times she talks about her crafting, sometimes she talks about how she has been saving money or her opinions of life, and some of the posts can stir up a real hornets nest.  Do make sure you read the poem on the sidebar one of the readers wrote, it sums her up brilliantly.   It's a great blog, but don't just judge it on one post, have a good look around while you are there.  There is also a monthly update on the quest to walk a thousand miles a year and lots of people add their totals in the comments.  Do you know it's not as difficult as you think?  All you have to do is about three miles a day.  Amazing, I never thought of it like that.

See you again next week and I will tell you where I have been and what I have been doing, but don't hold your breath, it won't be THAT exciting.

With smiles from,
Kate x


  1. Your pebbles are great -- they shouldn't be uniform anyway, right? Pebble quilting looks wonderful but it takes a long time and sometimes I get bored of it. :-)
    I cannot believe how much you read. Ken Follett's books are too long for me! Hope you have a great time on your vacation Kate.

  2. I love to see your progress on Gypsy Wife; using that coloring page is brilliant! I think you're pebbles are wonderful. I need to try them on a practice piece of fabric sometime! Looking forward to you being back and finding out what you've been up to!

  3. Very nice points on your Star Block! Sharp and crisp. And I think your pebbles look great! Organic and interesting, just like real pebbles. Circles is getting all textured and yummy.

    I think I have that same jungle panel in my stash. Or maybe they all have the same animals and it just looks familiar to me? It's very cute and I'm impressed that you hand quilted it! I've never done any hand work at all and it seems quite daunting to me.

    I hope you're having a nice holiday!

  4. gypsy block looks good and good to see the plan of the other blocks still a long way to go. Really liking your pebbles look very good to me, wish I cold FMQ with different shapes just a squiggle is all I manage.
    What a lovely animal quilt so much to see in the fabric.

  5. your quilting on Circles is brilliant! And your Gypsy Wife will be gorgeous! I've loved every one I've seen! Hope you're having a wonderful time. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it!

  6. Hello. Love your Star Block and the way your whole quilt is coming together. I thought I'd share with you one of the greatest trilogy's I've read in the last few years. Books by Deborah Harkness. I bought them on my Kindle (which I truly couldn't live without). First is "A Discovery of Witches", second is "Shadow of Night" and third is "Book of Life". Also a huge fan of Kate Emerson and her books about Tudor England.

  7. I am really enjoying your Gypsy quilt. My book should be arriving by the end of next week. Then I just have to find time to work on it. I plan to use you as part of my inspiration.

    Love your quilting and your attitude about the circles quilt.

    I hope you are enjoying your time away and I look forward to hearing about how you relaxed. You are doing some relaxing, aren't you?

  8. I'm here! Sorta, kinda. I'm feeling very discombobulated with all the unpacking to do and missing my BOQF. :) Loving your Gypsy Wife so much, I can't wait to see the rest of it!

  9. Your Gypsy Wife is going to be amazing! Always nice to see an update on circles. And I love that jungle quilt of Emily's! Hope you enjoy your reading!

  10. The Gypsy Wife blocks are looking great! Hope you enjoy your away time.

  11. You're the master of pebbles and the circles . Your circles are so , well circles . Mine are always lumpy and bumpy . I too reread favourite books , the length of the ken Follets always put me off. I think you should rename your block perishing Pershing !

  12. Who needs a whole quilt for a blogpost, when you can make every block a celebration? Of course there will be a big celebration when the flimsy is done and oh my goodness, there will much jubilation when the quilting process begins. Now, I am out of breath :-)
    Since I do not FMQ, I am in awe of the pebbles, circles, ovals, nellies and all :-p

  13. You will need some blocks with milder colors to break up the bright ones just to keep it all from blending all together and getting muddy. Hope you're having a lovely restful vacation!


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