Thursday, 25 March 2010

Wednesdays Round Robin

Spring is well and truly here. Colour is appearing. The tulips and daffs add some lovely brightness to this corner of my dining room.

We decided some weeks ago that we were up for another challenge. Great idea again Wendy. This time we have had to make a block, any size, any patchwork type and then it will be passed on to the next person for them to add their bit to it. We have vowed to remain friends!!! Mine is the pink applique flower with the blue button. It has gone home with Wendy. Kate made the mini 7 sisters block but missed out the middle star as each one is meant to represent one of each of our group and in our favourite colours. It went home with Margaret. Wendy made the lovely little stitchery block which went home with Rosemary. Margaret made the elaborate tumbling blocks, Pat was terrified to take it home. Rosemary made the lovely snail trail block which has gone home with Kate. Game on girls.

I have Pat's lovely block. It has been paper pieced and I love the colour so I am sure I shall be able to find something in my stash that will co-ordinate nicely. We have 2 weeks to do it and will swap again at the next Wednesday meet.

Rosemary has been diligently hand quilting this beauty. Many a week I try to sneak it home with me. I just love the colours. It is nearly there with the quilting. Well done Rosemary. Keep up the good work.

I now have all 6 large beach birds done. I love their simplicity. Next is 12 x 9" blocks.

I am in a dilemma with these baskets. Making 300 seemed really daunting and so I drew myself another design using less blocks. The only problem is I love them when they are set out like this. Maybe I need to make some more to see that it will work ok with less blocks. Hmmmm!!

This is the very last scrap of what has been my favourite fabric. It was a beautiful batik and had such lovely shades of pinks/oranges/reds and purples and went with a lot of things. This piece literally is only a few inches. I am sad. Maybe I will get lucky and find someone with a bit left at The South West Quilt Show, Westpoint, on Sunday.

My daughter Rachel took part in the Sport's Relief Run a Mile Charity on Sunday. She did very well and did 6 miles instead. I am very proud of her for having a go and supporting a worthwhile cause. As you can see she didn't want the publicity. There was one guy running in a suit of armour!!! when he passed the barrier he clanged into the gate, just as well it wasn't magnetised or he would still be there.

Happy Stitching.

Love Shirl.x


  1. What a fantastic idea with the challenge blocks. It is going to be fun watching how they all turn out. Love Rosemary's quilt, the beach birds and your baskets (300 baskets is less than 500 klosjes?) and that pink batik fabric is beautiful, no wonder you are wanting to find more.

    Congratulations to your daughter on such a fine effort and I love your tulips in the top photo, the colours are amazing!

  2. Hi Shirley! What a cute little heart quilt! And What a fun idea to do with your friends, I am really looking forward to see what becomes of them. I love your scrap (it truly is a lovely colour), and will keep my fingers crossed for you to find some more.
    Your birdies are looking so graceful... and Congratulations to your Daughter!
    :) did I miss anything... Oh, Yes: Your baskets are really cute and I am sure you will find the perfect setting for them!

  3. I especially love your heart quilt on the wall, so simple, neutral & wonderful ! What size is it, please ?

  4. How appealing those sea birds are - highly covetable! Good luck with the Round Robins.

  5. I love your daffs and Tulips. I could not even contemplate making 300 baskets. I am still loving your birds.

  6. Those bird blocks are wonderful. Your challenge idea is a really good one.

  7. Everything looks so wonderful. I'd be very afraid to join in a group project like that but I'm sure they'll all turn out great.

  8. What is it about certain fabrics which just hit the spot? I too have 'the last piece' of loved fabrics, which I can hardly bring myself to use! Oh why didn't I buy the bolt at the time?!

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