Saturday 30 August 2014

Clam happy

A good while ago I bought a Sizzix die to cut clamshells from a charm square sized piece of fabric.  

I tried a few out, you know, just to see if the die worked, though on a strict no new project diet!

But good girl that I was I did no more then!

We went to Spain for a week and the prospect of not being able to stitch anything worried me.  So I gathered up all the clamshells I had cut and took them with me.  And soon finished this panel...

And when I got home I thought I'd do some more!

128 clamshells stitched together.

I might just have cut a few more...

Just in case I need to do a bit of handstitching...

Been a while...

It has been a while since I blogged and I'm sorry - I have sort of sold myself to IG (nickyeglinton) which is quicker to post on but I had intended doing better than this on my blog!

Well I have been busy stitching - did you expect anything else?  And I have sort of got carried away by a few new projects...nothing new there!

The most delicious of which is my #nordikquilt!  I set a challenge to my Stingy Bees for August: to make Scandinavian inspired blocks in red and cream with touches of aqua and teal; and they have not disappointed, indeed they have blown me away with their talent and generosity!

Maybe the photos should speak for themselves!

From Sheila

who also sent two extra snowflakes she had cut with her Go! and I backed in some of my fabric!

From Janet

From Di 

And just today this gorgeous block arrived from Helen

But to appreciate the work involved in this one you do need a sense of scale....

And with a few of my own blocks this is how it looks at the moment

Monday 4 August 2014

Educational Quilting!

Oops this quilt top seems to have avoided every list so far but it is a Giant Star a la Jeni Baker @ In Color Order tutorial.

As it is a star I suddenly had the idea to quilt star related words round the diamonds!   I am using a dictionary as I have not heard of some of them but who says quilts cannot be educational!

Of course mixed in with the real stuff I have sneaked a few fictional items....time and relative dimensions in space (TARDIS), the final frontier!  

There will be more..... boldly go....fromTrudi
 ....beam me up Scottie ...
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away....
These are not the droids you are looking for
The Force is strong with this one
Don't Panic
Forty two!
So long and thanks for all the fish
A cup of tea would restore my normality
Oh no not again


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