Sunday, November 18, 2012

Oh Dear, Don't Look Now!

 I'm just back home after a lovely weekend with family in Melbourne and I didn't get a lot of time to stitch but I did get the chance to attend my Melbourne group's Sit and Sew. I seem to be working on many UFOs at once now and most of them are up to the quilting stage, or almost there. I am still piecing the vintage Sawtooth Stars but as I didn't take my sewing machine I also needed another hand piecing project. I'm up to hand stitching the Joseph's Coat blocks to the borders and also making the half square triangles for the outer border.
   I have been inspired to make a red and white quilt since I saw the Red and White quilt show that Linda recently held at Quilts in the Barn. I wanted to make a Pickle Dish quilt in red and white and started the piecing shown in the second photo. I realized that I can probably stitch that one on the sewing machine and I also wanted to work on the more intricate pattern by Chris Serong, shown in the first photo. This one uses diamond shapes and it will be much easier to make by hand-piecing. I couldn't help myself and just had to start piecing some of the arcs. It will be a long-term hand piecing project but I'm already loving the crisp white diamonds against the red of the arcs.
 As we arrived home, my paid work rang to ask if I could work an extra night shift tonight so I'm off to bed soon and the quilting will have to wait until I have some more awake hours. In the meantime I think I can work in some time for more hand piecing so check back to see my progress. I know I didn't need any more WIPs but I stitch for pleasure and I'm really enjoying the hand piecing projects I'm working on. Now I need to focus and not start any more new projects. lol!
Hugs, Jan Mac