This week I've been working on my new Bargello pattern. I decided that I needed to make a second sample so dived into my stash to pull fabrics. For any Bargello, color is an important subject as it can definitely make or break the design and pulling 10 fabrics in two colors can be quite a task but fortunately, I only need a small amount of each - just a strip or two.
What's under my needle this week? Well, this might be a familiar sight to many...
For this week's blog, I decided to play with EQ8 to design my own block. It's easy to start with a block and move some lines around however it is always best to start with the size you intend using so you don't get funky cutting instructions. For example, if you want a 12" finished block, don't play with a 5-patch block. On the other hand, a 6" block would be fine because you can double it to make 12".
I spent Christmas down on the farm at my daughter's place in North Canterbury. It's such a different lifestyle than the big city! It reminded me of my Country quilt I made a number of years ago "A Day in the Country" which is not only a BOM series but also an online workshop.
Today I've been taking some time to think about what 2020 will bring. The day had started out fill of interruptions which in turn brought distractions and other things to think about. Which door shall I open? There seem to be so many options. I'm certainly never short of a design or idea I want to create.
Oh, just a week before Christmas and I need one more gift. But I had the thought of looking through some of my unfinished (UFOs) quilts and perhaps find something to finish off for a gift. Among them, I find a Celtic design that I'd made years ago. I don't know where the design came from, I don't think it is one I made up, but probably one from a book or pattern I purchased in my early quilting days.
I know it is a bit late for thinking about making a Christmas quilt, but I figured if I started now, then I might have it done by 2020. You see, I just love Anita's Christmas quilt and the great thing about it is you can make blocks as you like then later put it all together. That's what I am planning on doing.
This week I've been doing something a little different, still in the sewing world but not so much in the patchwork/quilting world. I've been making toy foxes. Why? well, there is a lovely lady in Wellington that needed some help in her toy industry so I figured, why not?
Over the past few weeks, I've been giving suggestions on how to make some gifts to give. These included some of my applique designs - many of my applique blocks can be made into any of the ideas.
This week instead of hoops I'm going to use canvas blocks. You can do the same thing with stretcher bars if you prefer. The biggest thing with these is to allow enough background fabric to go around the sides and over at least a good inch onto the back. Anything smaller and you will need to add additional fabric as I did with my pepper block.