"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Sunday, October 11, 2009

It was a productive weekend!

Yesterday's Craft Expo got me all fired up, although I paid the price today for being on my feet for so long. Aching lower back, and my left knee felt like it was tied in a knot! I was supposed to visit two friends today, but cancelled both because I just couldn't walk very far. Anyway, I got busy last night and today, and am very pleased with my accomplishments! My fifth patchwork block finished - 'Dresden Plate'. I love this design, but it is very fiddly to get right, and I don't know how people have the patience to make up a whole quilt in these!
I hope my friend Val is reading this. We started this project as an SAL but she finished way before me, and even worked on mine to help me get a move on. So I got stuck into it, and here it is - done!
These Xmas trees were part of a block on a bunch of patterns a friend lent me, and I made a template of just the trees, thinking of the variations one could make with them. Today I felt in the mood to do some applique, and couldn't resist playing with the templates and some scraps of fabric. When finished, this will be a fabric postcard for a future swap with either of my Stitchin Fingers or Yahoo groups.
Still feeling the urge to applique, I pulled out the templates for a pair of cupcake and teacup napkins I made earlier this year. Several friends said they wanted one, after they'd seen the original, so I decided to make a start today. Some months ago, I bought six plain pink and four plain yellow napkins at Savers for a few dollars, for the purpose of appliqueing things on them. I've put the cupcake in one corner and the teacup in the other, for this napkin. Now I have to embellish each to finish off. I think L. will like this!

3 comments:

Miss 376 said...

You have been busy. The patchwork block is amazing. I am sure those napkins will be most appreciated, very pretty

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I hope you will feel better on your feet soon. I love the dresdan plate pattern and you picked such pretty colors. Looks like you have very busy fingers! blessings,Kathleen

Judy S. said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Gina. I will have fun reading yours. I love your Dresden Plate; it's one of my favorite blocks. Our quilt group learned an easier way to do them; if you're interested, I'll email you. Have a great day! BTW my sister and her DH lived in Sydney for 3 years long ago, and their oldest child was born there.