Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Hearts a-flutter.....

Wow....time flies so they say, and boy, they weren't kidding!

I have been working studiously on my APQ UFO challenge this past week, trying to get it finished in time for the end of February, but even with an extra day thrown in, I didn't quite make it!
Once I'd put it all together, I noticed I needed 3 more blocks, so I appliqued a heart on the bottom corner block, and drew two other blocks up to match....one a snow hearts label and one other snowheart.
But once I've finished those two stitcheries, I might add a couple of borders on, then it's time to quilt.....so much further along than I was at the beginning of the month, so even though I'm not finished completely, I'm entirely happy with where I'm at with it. (you'll notice, the date on the label???.....2011......so this has been resting for a looooong time!)


I've also made a start on my 2016 Homespun BOM, a design by one of my favourite designers, Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse....another great Aussie designer. (Queenslander!)  This one's called "Foxley Village and with it, I'm rediscovering my love for needleturn (and Tilda *swoon*)


It's funny, I don't know about you, but needleturn was one of those techniques that never really 'grabbed' me....that was a style that 'other' quilters used, not me!  But over the course of the past year or two, the slow stitching and 'preciseness' of it all has really drawn me to it...need I say it makes my heart flutter?   Have you found there's one style you swore off for life, only to find it's one of your favourites now?  I can't say it's my absolute favourite, I love all kinds, needleturn, raw edge, hand applique, machine applique, not to mention piecing and stitchery....I just love it ALL!
And I've made a start on the Splendid Sampler....are you doing it too?  It's hosted by Pat Sloan and our very own Jane Shallala-Davidson and incorporates 100 blocks from over 80 designers from around the world...I'm sure you'd have heard of it?  There's over 16000 people signed up to participate and well, I'm just a little slow off the mark.....there's two blocks per week and I've started with number 3 block and that's all I've done so far....we're up to number 5!  Ho hum....nothing like starting behind the 8-ball!   So here's my progress....

with all the tools I really,  reeeeeeally needed to make this block!  
Needless to say, I didn't have any complete finishes for OPAM for February, however I'm sure March is going to be a whopper!
xox Sugary hugs :o)

9 comments:

edith csokmay said...

I'm thrilled to be able to read a blog post !!! I have missed seeing what you are up to (even though FB has been busy). LOVE all your projects. Looking forward to Splended Sampler myself, although I haven't started it yet :)

xoxoxo

Maria said...

You have been busy working on your UFO .. You'll get it finished for next month...
Was very tempted to join in the new BOM but I have sew many projects still tucked away to work on..
Lovely SS blocks...

Lin said...

Great work on the UFO Wendy - the top is looking gorgeous and I love the fabrics you chose for your Hearts a Flutter block. xx

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Lots of lovely stitching here Wendy-girl! x

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Go girl with those UFOs looking fantastic xxx Loving you splendid sampler xx

Carla Eldridge said...

So much going on! I agree, you will have some finishes in March for sure, cannot wait to see them!

Clare said...

Your blocks are lovely.So looking forward to my `Homespun` magazine coming. Tends to come a month later :( but at least it comes. Gives me time to catch up on things like `Splendid Sampler` blocks :) Happy Stitching.

AGEN KLG said...

Thank you for sharing in this article
I can learn a lot and could also be a reference
I hope to read the next your article updates

[-] KLG

Kaisievic said...

These look like three great projects, Wendy. Looking forward to FNSI tonight.