Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winter break

A little trimming.

In between the several days of Christmas guests, I managed to sew a few blocks. These HSTs are made by sewing a big double X across two pieces of a layer cake turned right sides together and then cutting a + and then cutting an X. I will photograph it for you next time I make some more units. You get 8 HST units out of that process. Then I trimmed them to size - they are 4" squares.

A few more blocks - Summer's Blush quilt

Here are the 9 blocks I have finished so far. The pattern is called Summer's Blush by Roslyn at Bloom. I am using a Reunion layer cake (by Sweetwater). As I have said, this version is not very blushy but these colours bring out the bold geometric design. I am keen to get to the sashing, which makes the light grey corners into nine patches.

Making cranberry jelly

This is one of my favourite Christmas photos, I think. Making the cranberry jelly - the colours always just capture the holiday for me.

The FUNC is hanging out with the pretty wall quilts.

And an update for Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap, you can see the FUNC. He is hanging out with the pretty wall quilts in my sewing room. I will try to take him out to see the sights this weekend, as he is off on the road again on Tuesday for sure. These pretty quilts were made for me, the one on the right (the churn dashes - this is the back, I turn it over from time to time)  is from Karen who blogs at KarensCosmos for DQS 11 and the one on the left is from Shevvy who blogs at Shevvy, quilting in London for my pay it forward gift.

I hope you all have been enjoying the holidays, with family, friends and community. I have had the best time - the guests were wonderful, the gifts just right, the food yummy, and now I am enjoying the quiet lazy days at the very end of this year.

Best,

Leanne

22 comments:

Toni said...

That is an interesting way to make HST's! I'm all for speeding up production on those. Your quilt looks great so far, Leanne. And the cranberry photo is beautiful!

Katy Cameron said...

Love those blocks, and that reunion line. I'm hoping to be able to bring some home in February (having spent my Christmas money now lol)

Linz said...

Your posts always make me happy! LOVE those HST squares, and what a great way to make em!! Thanks for sharing!

Krista said...

Nice blocks! That method of hsts is intriguing, I'll have to try it sometime!

Quilter in The Gap aka Rhonda said...

I love that quilt...so graphic!!! Seriously beautiful!!!

Quilter in The Gap aka Rhonda said...

Hey....has anyone done a tutorial for that HST technique? If not maybe you could do that for your tutorial in March? Just sayin'....

Jenny said...

those blocks are so cool!

Debbie said...

What a nice post - love your new quilt blocks & telling us about your technique - cool. And I totally agree with "cranberry red!"

Karin said...

I love making cranberry jelly! Almost magical how those turn from hard red balls, pop open, and turn to jelly so quickly, isn't it?!!!

Emma said...

What a great way to spend the holidays. I love it when blocks drift into the sashing, I can't wait to see how it turns out.

**nicke... said...

i really enjoyed reading this post! i hope you have fun with the f.u.n.c.! i love the blocks you are making. i really love those flags with the reunion line.

susan said...

FUNC looks like it's having a wonderful time! Love your layer cake sewing hst idea. I just got a layer cake and am sitting here getting ideas! I think the sewing mojo is itching to get back out to play.

Flying Blind... said...

The FUNC must think it has been adopted, being able to hang out with the cool quilts - little does it know!!

Judith, Belfast said...

Lovely blocks, and great technique! Looking forward to seeing how you did it. Glad to hear you've had a lovely holiday. I wonder where FUNC is off to next! Jxo

Sheila said...

That's the way I do my HSTs, great to produce so many at one go! Great block.
Have a Happy New Year Leanne.

Sarah said...

Oh clever speedy way to HST! You'll need to show us now... lol Love the reunion, I was hoping to see some in a sale but its too new :-(

elle said...

Yes. please. More on making these HST's. Sounds fast and fun. Yay for cranberries. I do like those quilts but especially the churn dashes! Cool!

Michelle said...

Love those solids greys -- they're gorgeous!

Sarah said...

Those blocks are great. And how lucky are you to get that FUNC. I hope it gets to land in Cork on its travels at some point in 2012!

Sarah said...

Those blocks are great. And how lucky are you to get that FUNC. I hope it gets to land in Cork on its travels at some point in 2012!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Hehehehe I love that little FUNC! Those blocks look amazing, I look forward to seeing the sashing too. I really like that fabric line!

Marci Girl said...

Those blocks are just fabulous! I love, love, love them!