Monday, January 31, 2011

Ticking along Nicely!

Block 5 – Kansas Troubles.

A block to piece carefully, but it turned out quite nice. Its fun to hook up on Sunday mornings and get the latest from Barbara Brackman’s Civil War blocks. Makes it a lot easier for me to keep up. ( At this stage anyway heehee)

Civil War Block 5

I’m managing to have quite a few sewing days at the moment, as we can’t go away on holiday. Planted some lettuce and perpetual spinach which is so great to grow. Just cut the leaves off as you want the spinach and the plant just keeps on reproducing more. I planted 6 plants last summer, and they kept going until I went away in September then because DH was in charge the garden went to weeds. :-(

We eat a lot of spinach – I wash it, chop it up, add no extra water, then cook until its wilted ( not long) then drain and add lots of chopped fresh garlic. I then pour over a couple of tablespoon of good Olive Oil and about half that quantity of a good vinegar. Balsamic usually, although any is fine.  Yummy!!

I have just finished two more NEARLY INSANE BLOCKS

Block 28Block 28 Nearly Insane

and Block 22Block 22 Nearly Insane

Oh No!!! I have just realised that my flying geese are going the wrong way on the sides. Oh well, too bad – I’m not redoing it. They’ll just have to stay that way.

Spot the difference in the outside fabric. As I said in my earlier post, I did what Salinda Rupp might have had to do, and make do. I ran out of the fabric I had done everywhere else and had to make about 7 of the outside of the geese in a different fabric.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Whew those Points!


My Barbara Brackman Civil War Blocks

After two shots at it I managed eventually to get the Seven Sisters Block to look O.K. Unfortunately I did what a beginner would maybe do, and I should have known better. I cut my background bigger – thats correct, but I forgot to mark where my 8” came to. Lucky for me my stars only just fit inside the 1/4” seam allowance.

Boy were those points hard work. I was determined not to machine applique, as to me it would be wrong for that era, But that’s only my opinion. Barbara Brackman Civil War - Seven Sisters

Next I managed without to much trouble to make Block 4


Barbara Brackman Civil War - Tears

Now looking forward to Block 5. 

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Two more Blocks…


Just now finished another Nearly Insane Block. # 21

Nearly Insane Blocks


I’ve also made the Block 2 in the Civil War Quilt.Civil War Quilts Its not too late to get yourself in on this quilt project.  Check out Barbara Brackman's blog.

Barbara Brackman Civil War Blocks

I’m on a roll now - Cheers Sue

A New Year Gift


I decided to make my SIL a New Year gift. Over the past 20 or so years I have made her 2 table runners, but after looking at them on Christmas Day, I realised how faded they were. IMG_1715 

I really enjoyed making this, and machine quilting it in the all over stipple. I’m improving my skills in stippling, but must get onto doing something a little more challenging.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

I’m So Glad…..

That I was browsing through some blogs the other day, Tazzie in particular, and found this new Barbara Brackman Civil War Quilts project. I got really excited about it, as I have so many reproduction fabrics to use. I have made Block 1 shown. Barbara Brackman Civil War Block 1

I see block 2 has been posted so I’m away to make that one. It’s not too late if you want to get involved.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Year!

I have been having a lovely few days sewing. Paper foundation piecing my Nearly Insane blocks. No phones in the office to worry about as we are closed until 25th January. We have been forced to stay at home these holidays, so DH can medicate one of our mares twice a day to keep her in foal. Fingers crossed that she is still in foal, – she is being scanned again tomorrow. We managed to transfer our air tickets to Brisbane to 11th March, which is the soonest we can go.

Here is a photo of block # 9. Nearly Insane 001  The corners look abit rounded, but they aren’t. I should have starched them straight before I took the photo.

Block 8 with the outside borders redone. I decided it was too light against the block next to it, so I undid the outside borders and remade them in different fabric.Nearly Insane 002

Also made block 15.Nearly Insane

I am really enjoying the PFP method, and have just gotten out of the box, a class I started about 10 years ago. I am very keen to finish it now. I am using paper from Carol Doak, and find it is really good.

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