1st SAL.....Peg, Dale and I committed to stitching Anni Downs - A Gardener's Journal in March. I blogged about this on my blog thinking maybe one or 2 others may join us and lots of girls indicated an interest so I decided to start this blog where we can all encourage each other to meet the goals set along the way....March 2010 -March 2011...........
2nd SAL ......well so many of the girls wanted to continue on with another project and some new girls joined us and now approx 91 girls are stitching Natalie Bird's Tis the Season. March to Sept 2011...............
3rd SAL....many girls want to stick with the SAL so now we have moved onto Anni Downs Some Kind of Wonderful - My Favourite Things Quilt.......Oct 2011-Oct 2012.........
Where are we now.....
4th SAL 2013...is numerous smaller projects from the previous 2 books Tis the Season and Some Kind of Wonderful plus some projects from Red Home by Natalie Bird approx 60 ladies stitching together.........
2014 we had the year off..............
5th SAL 2015..........inspired to continue we are doing another quilt project.....Anni Downs newest quilt Natures Journey.....
6th SAL 2017.............A Holly Cottage Christmas by Michelle Ridgway.......once again the pattern is in an affordable book so it is easy for everyone to join in...........and you can raid your stash for the fabrics........or lash out and buy a the whole lot........this SAL will be run by Fiona aka Bubz Rugz and Raewyn........
Chookyblue........

Monday, November 21, 2011

Welcome to my pity party!

Well, I have been watching and enjoying all the progress that everyone is making.  But that is just about it!  I have had a sick little girl for the last couple of weeks and before that I was unwell, so there has been very little stitching going on since my first burst of activity.  What I have done though is not exactly going perfectly well...

...starting with the teacup. I had started sewing it on but then stopped as  I'm not happy with the handle, and I REALLY need to change that brown fabric!

...then the jeans.  I really do love, love, love these jeans, but....  For all of the background I am using the cream fabric from my Fat Quarter Shop BOM  as it also Moda so the weave is the same, and because I have run out of funds to purchase any more material (boo hoo!). But I don't have any pieces big enough for the jeans block.  Can you tell me if it is okay to have the fabric facing different directions?  I mean will it pull in a different direction and be obvious?  Does that make sense?

...then the umbrella.  It was the first piece I made, then once I had done the cup and the cupcakes I realised there was too much red in that corner.  So I then made another one using different fabric, only I didn't pay enough attention to the pattern, and now I dont' like the blob of white on one side.  So I have to make another one!


...finally the cupcakes.  I am happy with this block (what a relief you say!).  The cakes are sewn on apart from the cherries ..I have to redo them as they have little points all over them.  But I started on the backstitch last night, and I just can't make it look good.   I chucked it down in disgust and that is where I left it.


So there you go. I'm feeling a little sorry for myself but I'm sure most of it is because of lack of sleep and lack of time.  This will only improve now that Little Miss is on antibiotics, and I will be back to my old self and loving every minute of this project.  Apart from the backstitch....grrrrh!!!!

By the way here is a photo of the fabric I'm using.  It's Sophie by Moda.  I really love it.


Back later
Helen B

11 comments:

Annette B said...

I think they all look lovely. I was also worried about my cherries and they looked so out of shape before I sewed them on, but they turned out alright. Glad you are feeling much better.

suzitee said...

LOL Helen...you are certainly having some issues! LOVE your fabrics, so bright and cheery (and I LOVE bright!) Hope you get some momentum happening soon :)

Ghislaine said...

Hi! I live in France and I like these blocks ! sorry for my "english" !

Vickie said...

love your colours Helen, and I think your blocks look great..umm I don't know about the fabric going the other way so can't advise,cheers Vickie

Susan said...

OF gosh - you seem to be having a hiccup or two - but those fabrics are so gorgeous. Maybe a solid brown for the "tea" part - and maybe for the jeans block you could piece strips to make the block big enough and them make sure you do a pieced block in each row to make it look like it was always meant to be - that daisy block will possibly cause you problems too so that would be a great one to piece. (And you dont have to put the block in the same order as the pattern so you can mix up where the pieced one goes). Anyway just a thought.

Susan said...

PS - I like that red umbrella - and you can balance out the colurs with the squares between each block.

Quilt Kitty said...

Don't be hard on yourself, your choices are looking great. Once altogether you won't be looking at every block so close up either but if not happy redo as it will continue to bug you until you do. Remember the pattern is a suggestion, not necessarily the rule. Change it to suit your tastes & fabric on hand. Join fabrics to make the jeans block. If it's normal quality quilting fabric I don't know of any reason you can't use it in any direction. If I am wrong hopefully someone will say. I love your jeans fabric. Hope little one & yourself are feeling better too. Tracee xx

FloS said...

Your fabrics are great !!! fresh and joyful !!
Your quilt will be splendid ! don't be too hard with you... it must be a pleasure until the end !!
Florence

Love Bears All Things said...

First of all your fabric is lovely and I'm glad you're all better and so is little miss....
You could make your jeans shorter and then just adjust the next block or the patchwork to make it come out correctly....As for the umbrella: I like the red and I would go with it..but then red is my favorite color...
The tea cup looks great just the way it is...
I find that if I do the bit of stitchery before the applique it works better for me because I use a hoop...
I'm sure others will have tips as well...
Happy stitching...just quit obsessing about it...LOL
Mama Bear

Elisa said...

I was stressing over my own appliqué and then a friend gave me great advice... She said that nobody will be sitting next to me with the book and say, "but it supposed to look like this!"

Quick question... Are you using glue stick appliqué? Are your seams already turned under?

Chookyblue...... said...

Hi Helen.......first up I love the fabrics you have chosen.........I think the teacup is fine.........not sure about the fix for the jeans block.......so long as the fabric is running vertical and/or horizontal it should be ok.........
practise your backstitch on a little scrap and see how it goes there........get into a rhythm......