Friday, 4 October 2013

A Fresh quilt and kind friends

I have been busy with some machine sewing in the last couple of weeks any chance I've had.  I bought Camille Roskelley's Simply Retro book a while back and her 'Fresh' quilt is the one I kept going back to look longingly at.  So I gave in to temptation and decided on a kind of controlled colour palette using all my Bonnie and Camille scraps and a new charm pack of their beautiful Scrumptious range.  This is going to be a big quilt, it was meant to be a 4x4 block layout which finishes at 96" x 96", but I've decided to trim one row off and will end up at 72 x 96, plenty big enough for a single bed.  I have never trimmed Half Square Triangles down to size before, and it is rather tedious, but boy does it make a big difference when sewing them together and matching seams etc, love this technique now!  So this picture is half the quilt top, I have one more row complete and I hope to finish the last three blocks tonight when I join in with lots of friends around the globe for Friday Night with Friends.... maybe you'd like to join in too and sign up over at Cherylls blog here.....

Earlier this week I got a lovely surprise in the mail from dear Deb, who after I mentioned in my last post my lack of hand stitching due to the state of my hands, went to the trouble of doing some research and found this wonderful Aromatherapy Co Hand Cream and sent it to me...... it smells divine, such a sweet citrus scent and it feels amazing, won't be long now and I'll be back with needle and thread in my hand, maybe over the weekend if I'm lucky...... thank you so much Deb, your kindness is so sweet and I have been smiling all week thinking about you and your lovely gift.

Finally I had just the one little OPAM finish for September which was this little mini quilt for friends who have recently built their first home.  They have little twin boys and so this was my loose interpretation of them with their little guys..... my first attempt at the sketchy raw edge applique, and as my friends favourite colour is pink, that's what I chose for the binding....(taken on my own ugly wallpaper, not their beautiful new wall colours...lol) I kind of wish I had done some quilting in the background but didn't know where to start!

Right, had better get myself organised for a quick and easy dinner tonight so I can get sewing like a madwoman once the dishes are done....... have a lovely weekend....... Nicky x 



24 comments:

Leeanne said...

Loving the quilt! fresh fun & funky even.
Glad your hands are on the mend.
Happy sewing this evening with your pals.

Deb said...

I absolutely adore your quilt Nicky and the wee "Home" gift for your friends is so cute. So pleased you like the hand cream, it was my pleasure to send it to you. I must admit I have popped down to the Garden Centre a few time since buying it just to smell all of the fragrances, lol

Christine said...

Your Fresh quilt looks great. I've been working on one too the last couple of weeks. Agree about the tediousness of all the trimming but LOVE the result.

Raewyn said...

I love how your big quilt is looking - and your little wallhanging gift - fabulous!!I bet they loved it. That handcream looks wonderful, very thoughtful of Deb. Have a fun time sewing tonight.

Deb R said...

You have been busy!!! See your tonight for FNWF!

Cardygirl said...

Great projects...love the mini quilt...super sweet!

Manuela said...

Beautiful quilt. I like the colours.

Greetings, Manuela

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your quilt top is lovley Nicky and so is that mini..

Susan said...

Love ow your new quilt is looking. And the mini is adorable, very sweet.

Schulz Family said...

I too have started a project where I am trimming half square triangles. I am much much happier with the seam joins etc. I do all the trimming in front of our tv programmes.

Annie said...

The Fresh Quilt is a beauty. I have no idea what trimming the 1/2 square triangles means, but glad you found a nifty trick!

How sweet to received a good hand cream. Hope it really works and I'll make note of the brand.

Love the sketchy applique. It's on my list to try at some point. Such a modern look.

Vickie said...

Oh your mini quilt is precious! Perfect!
Lovely Fresh Quilt.

Wendy said...

gorgeous quilt and gorgeous little mini! I never have the energy to sew on a Friday Night!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your quilt is looking beautiful and I love the mini quilt for your friends, so gorgeous! What a lovely gift, I can imagine how nice it was to get :)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Fresh, crisp and lovely just like Spring - a beautiful quilt Nicky!

A kind present for your friends and a perfect interpretation of their precious family.

hugs
Shane

Cottage Tails said...

Nicky I sure love the colours of your new quilt - hope you get lots of sewing done today.
Love Leanne

Helen said...

Your mini quilt is gorgeous and I love the colours in your new quilt :-)

Leanne said...

Hi Nicky
When your hands are better we can get back into our Wednesday night stitching, Your new quilt looks beautiful and the mini is adorable.

Fiona said...

lovely sewing Nicky... I have trimmed down lots of HST's too and it is laborious but as you say worth it...
such a sweet mini quilt... and how nice of Deb to send the special hand cream.
Hugz

Sharon said...

Just love those colours in your new quilt, great job with the mini quilt raw edge appliqué, quilting is fun just have a go and you will get better with practice. Hope fnwf was successful.

Sharon said...

Just love those colours in your new quilt, great job with the mini quilt raw edge appliqué, quilting is fun just have a go and you will get better with practice. Hope fnwf was successful.

Michelle said...

Wow love that fresh quilt! And that gift you made your friend is so cute-well done!
Michelle

Chookyblue...... said...

Deb is very thoughful............

Tatkis said...

Lovely quilt (I like these fresh colours!) and such a cute mini-quilt :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

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