Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wednesday is for progress.

Stargazing - for 4 x 5 Modern Quilt Bee Hive 1, 4th Quarter

I've been making this wonderful star blocks for the 4 x 5 Modern Quilt Bee. This block is called Stargazing from the Modern Blocks book (page 178) and was designed by Angela Pingel from Cut to Pieces. This one was the test block in my colours. These blocks are really fun to make!

Stargazing block for Annabella

This one is for Annabella, from Life's Rich Pattern. She asked for mulberry, orange and ash. Well, I checked out mulberry and I hope that various purples will do.

Stargazing block for Wendy - repaired
And this one is for Wendy. She asked for black, white and red, which to me is a grown-up sophisticated combination. I am hoping that the little elephant can sneak in anyway.

I have three more blocks to make and send them off before the January 15 deadline. By the way, sign ups are open in this bee for the next quarter, just saying.

Sewing the Binding

I am sewing the binding on the king size quilt for my bed, and all its details are set out for Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap's Finish-A-Long  in my blog post here - where you can also read about a bunch of my other long overdue work in progress. There is still time to join in the FAL fun for this quarter and I hope you will.

Sewing the Binding

I have two sides of the binding done, two to go. You can see the quilting a bit in this "artsy" shot, it is straight lines following the seams vertically. I decided that since the white on the front is Essex Linen, that the softness from less dense quilting was a good mix.

Fingerless gloves

And for those of you who knit (or would like to) I am going to start showing off some knitting here. I finished these fingerless gloves over the holidays.

Fingerless gloves

The yarn is Noro Silk Garden Lite and it is a dream to knit with. Noro is a colour wizard from Japan and his yarns are one of my favourites because they entertain you with their not-quite-regular colour changes and interesting fibre mixes as you go.  The pattern is my own. It is not that cold here yet, which is very unseasonal and these are perfect for driving and running about. I can still use my iphone while wearing them, which is so much nicer than my mittens.

I am linking to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and to my Canadian friends at the Needle and Thread Network. I hope you will go and check out the other projects at both, they are always wonderful. I have to get back to work so will be doing my reading tonight.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced




Best,

Leanne

31 comments:

Heather D. said...

Love it all, Leanne. The bee blocks are wonderful. I wish I had a quilt to bind at the moment, it's my favorite part! Also, the knitting looks great. :)

mindingmomma said...

I really want a pair of those fingerless mittens/wrist warmers. Love the star blocks too.

Susan said...

Your 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee Blocks are so cute! Impressed that you are moving right along with Rhonda's FAL...King size - that's big!

Kerstin said...

Star blocks are so much fun to make! Yours look great, I especially like the little fox!

Katie said...

I love the star blocks. The fingerless gloves are great too.

Flying Blind... said...

It's all good, very good!

Lee said...

Love those star blocks! I've made a few of those myself! And those fingerless gloves are so cute, we were just discussing those at an MQG meeting last night! Thanks for linking up!

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

going on my pinterest board for sure!@ they are lovely.

Judith, Belfast said...

Love your star blocks, esp. the fussy cutting! I've that pattern to make for a new bee I've recently joined! Love the fingerless gloves; beautiful colours! Jxo

Linz said...

A finish a long IS a great idea!! How fun!

Those star blocks are so pretty! And those gloves!!!!!!!

I love them!

The Thompsons said...

Those star blocks are seriously adorable!

Katy Cameron said...

Love the colour combos in those bee blocks. Good luck with the rest of that binding!

Sarah said...

Loads of great makes here! You sure have been busy

Rebecca said...

Love those stars. Been making a bunch myself!

Mary said...

Love the blocks...fun to see how t they look with different background colors. I enjoy adding the binding...it is a good way to spend an evening or two!!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

The blocks are gorgeous Leanne!! Busy bee!

Mrs.Pickles said...

love your blocks. They are a little out of my league, but I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Marci Girl said...

Everything is so beautiful, and you are right that yarn is gorgeous!

Patti said...

Love your stargazing blocks so much! Isnt it hard to believe fingerless mittens are perfect this year in our unusually mild winter!

felicity said...

Everything looks so great! I love your fingerless gloves and that stargazing block is gorgeous too.

quirky granola girl said...

gah! those bee blocks are awesome! i definitely have to try that one.

Dresden Quilter said...

I love the stars.

Marg said...

Love the star blocks and the binding on the king size quilt, it's perfect.

Judith said...

Oh those star blocks are so great. I love the tiny little ones best.

susan said...

Loving those stay blocks. Have you filled the places in the bee? I might be tempted if I can clear my plate of some other things.

├Žble said...

Lovely blocks, but the fabrics in that quilt are stunning! Do you mind sharing the name of them? That poppy fabric in the bottom corner has "buy me" written all over it.

Debbie said...

Oh so slow in catching up in my google reader....so I guess I missed your post about your 4x5 blocks. SO glad I am in your bee! ;-) Love your blocks!

My Sister Made Me Do It said...

Your Stars are incredible! Love the way you actually have a "star" like the fox and the bird and the elephants inside the middle of your stars.

Annabella said...

I received the book for Christmas and love this block! Thanks so much Leanne - I`ve been away for a few days and only just saw this. Your quilt looks amazing - so pretty! Good luck with the FAL. x

Ellen said...

Your star blocks look great! Your quilt looks fantastic - I love sewing the binding down...soon you will get to use your quilt.

**nicke... said...

i love the stars. wonky stars always make me so happy! i can't wait to finish the pile of quilts i have to do so i can plop my butt on the couch and bind them up! ;)