Monthly Archives: February 2017

Did you do it too?

Like many patchworkers, I like to have a go at the newest craze that comes along. Sometimes I will go with it, sometimes I will abandon it.

Did you try out the ‘woven quilt blocks’ years ago? It was around the same time as the Simplicity bias machine was launched – yes had to have that latest gadget too! Remember the pattern books – they were all written in … not English, never the less, still had a go.

DH obligingly made up a large padded board so I could make a big woven block – and that’s where it stopped.

Why did I abandon that craze? Very time consuming to make the bias – even with the machine and fiddly weaving – until the routine and pattern emerged.

Yes it makes for a lovely intricate 16″ block – but not for a whole quilt! So that craze became an abandoned project. Until now.

This year’s ‘Finish UFO’s and I don’t start anything new unless something for it is in the stash’ sent me hunting first for whatever UFO was small and quick to finish. Buried in the pile is this one, it just needed some binding – yay!

DH’s comment “Pity you didn’t make it into a cushion to sit on in the Golf’ was received with a silent smile. Oh dear – I suppose I could have done that. Hang on a minute – it’s my patchwork, and I just wanted to finish it!

'Hidden Creatures' by RobynsPatch

‘Hidden Creatures’ by RobynsPatch

The luminescent tiny insects pop out from behind a woven strip – hence the name. 

At the Guild: Until… when?

At the P’s & Q’s Guild, there were the beginnings of an underground movement, muttered words included ‘finish, UFO, never done Show & Tell before’, which became a common theme.

Here’s me thinking I had a corner of the ‘this year I’m going to …’, instead I’m becoming a groupie!

My ‘no matter how small or large, old or new’ improving my UFO finish rate and not starting anything new (unless something was already in my stash- that’s the quilter’s out clause!), was quickly old hat – at least until my resolve was challenged by a “I’ll give you until June!”

Yay! Another UFO done, but DH sprukes ‘When it’s finished, find somewhere else for it – not here.

'Checkerboard Blues' by RobynsPatch

‘Checkerboard Blues’ by RobynsPatch

This UFO was an ‘ugly’ piece of fabric where I experimented with fussy ‘kaleidoscope’ piecing, whilst at an early step along the patchwork path. The fabric background had a checkerboard pattern – that does not line up when rejoined, so a bit of appliqué helped cover some of it over. All that needed doing was the binding. So another ‘sunscreen’ quilt for the car!

Meanwhile amongst the PP’s

Pascoe Patchers

Yummy Banana and Blueberry cake Sue C brought to share with PP’s.

Sue L was knot happy!

Sue L was knot happy!

Pauline now has time to hand piece!

Pauline now has time to hand piece!

Carolyn's expertise with silk thread showed as she added to her cross stitch with subtlety shaded silk thread.

Carolyn’s expertise showed as she added to her cross stitch with subtlety shaded silk thread.

Sue C - our stitchery expert - shows how it's done with another completed block.

Sue C – our stitchery expert – shows how it’s done with another completed block.

And I’m still working on that UFO … ‘Affairs of the Heart’, adding the embroidery while at Guild meetings – and no, it will not get finished this year!

Another of the blocks of the 'Affairs of the Heart' quilt stitched by RobynsPatch

Another of the blocks of the ‘Affairs of the Heart’ quilt stitched by RobynsPatch

But that’s another story.

Happy stitching …