Thursday, May 10, 2012

A bit of this and a bit of that

Quilting

The best is first - I was quilting my quilt made with the Summer's Blush pattern. I love the quilting part and this is how I ended my day yesterday.

FQ Retreat - sorting out what to bring

Earlier I had started to gather the supplies that I need to take to the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London. I realized that my supplies need accessories. The cutter needs a zakka pencil case bag made slightly bigger, the ipad needs a case, the moleskin notebook needs a cover. Luckily the rest of the small bits will fit in that wonderful bag that Catherine made for me along with my name tag. And I have a few presents to finish up to take along. Oh, and I need to pick fabric for the classes. A lot of bits and choices to make, I was totally unfocused and worried. Thus, I turned to the quilting mentioned above.

Potholders for me from Jodie

My evening started with wonderful mail. Those pot holders, pins and magnet came to me from Jodie (who is simplykidsocala on flickr and who blogs at You Quilt Girl). I asked for blue, yellow and white and she made these lovelies! Thank you Jodie!

Echo Stained

Earlier this week, I finished piecing the Echo Stained. I am making this quilt using Sarah from Narcoleptic in a Cupboard's pattern as part of her Quilt-a-long. I love this pattern and it works so nicely with the Echo fabrics by Lotta Jansdotter. I think I will add some 5 or 6" borders in the Kona Charcoal that I used for the skinny sashing to make it a bit bigger. Right now it is about  44" square.

4 x 5 Modern Quilt Bee - Hive 1 Q 1 blocks received

And these are the blocks that I received this round in the 5 x 4 Modern Blocks Bee all together. My group - Hive 1 - this round did a great job.

4 x 5 Modern Quilt Bee - Blocks received Q 3, 4 and 1

In fact all of my groups have been wonderful, look at the whole lot so far. I want to do one more round and then finish the quilt. This upcoming round will be accelerated so we have the summer off, so I am going to need to make my blocks right away as I am going to be in London for 10 days.

Finally, I have to make a pincushion for my secret partner in the Fab Little Pincushion Swap. I  am really not sure what to make. Tonight I will see what I can manage, maybe just making some things will break the pincushion block. Any other thoughts on how to do that are most welcome.

Off to the work that pays for the fabric, enjoy your day.

Best,

Leanne


22 comments:

Amy said...

Wow everything looks so brilliant! I wonder if I will be in your group for the FQ swapsies :) I've started gathering all teh bits too - I'm not sure how I will travel on the tube with it all!!??

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Debbie said...

wow - lots going on & plenty more on the list! Getting ready for London sounds fun! And love your 4x5 blocks!

Judith, Belfast said...

Loving your bee sampler blocks L! They are forming a superb quilt! How about some crazy patchwork for a pincushion! So much fun! Jxo

susan said...

I cannot believe how much you have to do! I'm tired just reading your post. Bring on your holiday and face to face meeting.

Sarah said...

Oooh so much to do... you and me both! Love love love your stained :-) And your bee blocks! Wow. Really love them. Wait till you see mine ;-) Hoping to take it to FQR.

Heather D. said...

Love the progress on your stained quilt. What a great use of that fabric.

Flying Blind... said...

I am going to packing right up til midnight on the friday - so I feel your panic xxx

Kelly said...

Echo stained looks fab! I really need to decide on what fabric to take to the retreat.

Catherine said...

love your stained and those bee blocks! Good luck with all your makery and packing. Where are you visiting whilst you are over here (apart from London!!)

Patchwork and Play said...

Love the stained top! I haven't cut into mine yet, but i think I have now settled on an idea! The pot holders are very pretty! Good luck getting all those preparations sorted!

Annabella said...

Such lovely stuff I don`t know where to start! Your 4x5 blocks look amazing together, and your stained quilt is just beautiful. Great to see Catherine`s pouch and tag are there and ready to go.

Katy Cameron said...

Heh, I've had a slight accessorising freak out lately for the retreat...

Still, fab happy mail there, and love your Stained Echo :o)

MariQuilts said...

Alright...now I'm getting seriously jealous.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It all looks awesome! I love your Stained :)

Mary Menzer said...

Your list of things to do made me tired just reading it! You have been busy! What a wonderful week you've had of receiving and sewing.

Deborah said...

You are amazing!!! Lots of lovely goodness! You have a great eye for color!!

Sew Quine said...

what a lot of wonderful stuff, love the echo quilt top :)

Shevvy said...

It all looks wonderful. You will have fab things for your sewing bits at the retreat, I'll be using old toiletry bags!

diane said...

Wow! I have seen lot of stained quilts and your in Echo is really stunning

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love everything in this post - it's all stunning!

QuiltyGirl said...

Do you quilt on a Horizon, too? :)
I love the quilting part as well, although I also enjoy basting! Weird, I know. :)