Sunday, 9 March 2014

Scrappy Trips, Spiderwebs and Swoon

Another month has come and gone, and for a change there has been some action in the sewing department.  I finally attached the red spotty binding to my Scrappy Trip quilt that Linda quilted for me when I won a very generous giveaway on her blog.... the hand stitching is about halfway done now......  

Last weekend I attended a fabulous retreat with the quilting group I joined last year, so much sewing time, lovely ladies, fabulous food  and lots of laughs..... before I went I started a new scrappy project to work on at retreat.  I've been fascinated with spiderweb blocks for a long time, but all the foundation paper pieced patterns I'd seen had scared me off.... until I found this wonderful tutorial where your plain fabric is used as the foundation.  The blocks are a great way to use scraps, they are slow to piece but I am so pleased I persevered as I love the overall effect.


My finished spiderweb top.....


Once my spiderweb was finished it was time to start a Swoon at retreat, I've been planning this for a while to use a lovely bundle of Hope Valley fabrics I'd been saving for just the right quilt.  These blocks are massive - 24" square, but fun to put together!


Other than retreat there has been lots of these to work with..........




 ..... and a few of these..... the two calves our girls hand-reared two years ago, Ash & Donny......


I hope to catch up on some blog reading in the next few days, I managed to get myself very behind while I was away at retreat and since then....... catch you soon....... Nicky x

31 comments:

Schulz Family said...

Sounds like you had a great time.

Cardygirl said...

Love your spiderweb...just spectacular! Swoon looks great too....your animals look great.

Susan said...

Love your spiderweb quilt. Great fabrics and design.

shirley flavell said...

Spiderweb quilt looks great, it will look terrific once quilted Nicky. Great to see you back. Such a nice photo of the animals. Have you just had a cold snap in the last few days?Drought++ up here in the Waikato. Brown and brittle. Shirley

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Stunning quilt....

Blu said...

Love the spiderweb quilt. Not being a quilter I'm always amazed at how the pattern in the block translates into the whole quilt: From having the star as the focus to having the rings as the focus.

Raewyn said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed retreat and got some fabulous sewing time in!! Your projects are lovely - the spiderweb has turned out beautiful and I can see that your Swoon blocks will be delightful as well. Looks like the autumn is going well down on the farm, you are nice and green :-)

Michelle said...

I really love the spider web quilt! It looks gorgeous! Have wanted to do a swoon quilt also, love yours! You look to still have some green stuff down your way? Retreats are great for getting things done.
Michelle

Leeanne said...

Cute spotty binding. I really like spiderweb quilts too, I have a pattern for the same method you have used. looks very pretty. Your swoons are coming along nicely, you do well to get this all done with your busy life on the farm. Still a retreat is a great place to get so much done, ours is coming up soon , I can't wait!

Heather said...

Love the quilt, gorgeous colours. Lots of great blocks as well.

Sharon said...

Wow I love your spiderweb quilt. I have one of these planned, The swoon blocks are going to be lovely. Glad you enjoyed the retreat it is always fun to get things finished.

Sharon said...

Wow I love your spiderweb quilt. I have one of these planned, The swoon blocks are going to be lovely. Glad you enjoyed the retreat it is always fun to get things finished.

Helen said...

Love your spiderweb quilt well done. !!!

Cheryl said...

Love your spiderweb quilt Nicky

Vickie said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilts. Love the farm pictures you shared.

Anthea said...

Wow Nicky! I totally love your SpiderWebs... it looks like a lot of sewing, but boy is it spectacular!!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...
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Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hi Nicky

Lovely to see you back!

Your spiderwebs look a-ma-zing. I'm swooning over your swoon block.

I am just making my first swoon block.I'm enjoying the process.

Jeanette said...

love your spiderweb. Very stunning. Beautiful swoon block. Hugs,xx

Jody Herbert said...

Some loving sewing! I love the red spot binding on your quilt and the spiderweb quilt looks fantastic! Sounds like you had a wonderful time on your retreat too.

Annie said...

Super quilt! Interesting way of piecing. You seem to be able to master anything!

Always love to see those animals gathering together en masse!

Christine M said...

Your spiderweb quilt looks fantastic Nicky. I'm looking forward to seeing your scrappy trip quilt all finished. Your Swoon block looks great too. Hugs, Christine xx

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

Wow! Stunning work there, well done. Still a little bit of green at your place, it's getting rather brown up here in the Waikato. Hope we get some rain soon! We had a crafty weekend in the barn and I didn't take any photo's, what a slacker, but we are having Thursday crafts in the barn whilst the weather holds, so I shall make up for my slackness.

Sue W said...

Your Spiders Web quilt is fabulous! I swooned when I saw these lovely fabrics together :-)
Lucky you, spending time with friends at Retreat.

Chookyblue...... said...

glad you had a great time at retreat........love the spider web quilt........

yippee sheep work.......nice and green.....

Lynda said...

I love your spiderweb and so looking forward to seeing your trip around the world.

Aunty Bee said...

Love the sheep and cattle photos. Both quilts are lovely, but particularly love the dash of red.

Bev C said...

Hello Nicky,

Now that is the best looking Spiderweb I have seen. Lovely shots of the farm too. Have fun with your projects.

Happy days.
Bev.

Andrea said...

Fabulous quilts.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your weekend sounds lovely and your spiderweb quilt is beautiful. Pretty fabrics. Hugs Wendy

Maria said...

Your work is so beautiful Nicky - and I LOVE the farm photo's.

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