The Loyal Union Sampler Block 8/121

Hi everyone,

Just popping in to share the latest block of my Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. It’s called Best Friend. This was a tough one to make with some pieces the size of my thumb nail. I took my time and got it right first time. The hours simply disappeared. I didn’t realise how many pieces it had until I counted them in the finished block. 57 pieces in a six inch finished square! Madness!!

Best FriendHere is the virtual quilt so far.

LUS 8 Blocks I hope you’ve found something crafty to get totally absorbed by this week 🙂

The Loyal Union Sampler Block 7/121

Hello everyone,

Here is block 7 from my blue and white version of the Loyal Union Sampler. There are a total of 121 blocks shown in the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. This block is called Beacon Lights. It was easy to make compared to the last one. It has 29 pieces and finishes at 6 inches square.

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Here’s the virtual quilt so far.

LUS 7 Blocks Next up is Best Friend.

Some Very Special F2F Blocks

Hello everyone,

Regular readers will know that I’m taking part in the Foot Square Freestyle block swap organised by Kate and Sue.

It has been decided to bring forward the making of Pat’s blocks and quilt. She was originally due to receive them in May, but after hearing the news that she is now very poorly with ovarian cancer, we all agreed it would be a great idea to see if we could try to get her quilt finished and sent to her as soon as possible. We’ve pulled out all the stops and the blocks are all on their way to Sue who has agreed to sew them together. Her son is very kindly going to do the quilting for us.

Here are the blocks I made at lightening speed.

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Kate collected all of the photos of everyone’s blocks and sent them to me so I could put them into a virtual quilt which means Pat can at least see the quilt we are planning for her. Kate decided on the placement of the blocks and I think she did a fabulous job. I understand Sue has moved a couple of them around because she can see what they look like in real life and that can make a difference. Now, it’s down to the postal services around the world as well as Sue and her son to work their magic and make this quilt a reality.

Pat's Virtual Quilt I’m sure Pat will love her quilt and I know she wants to spread the word about the symptoms of ovarian cancer so that others may take early action if necessary. Please visit Pat’s blog and the Ovarian Cancer quilt Project’s Facebook page to find out more.

The Loyal Union Sampler Block 6/121

Hi everyone,

It’s been a long time since this project rose to the top of my works in progress. I can now share block 6 of my Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. This one is called Augusta and it’s got 33 tiny pieces. The pointy bits are very skinny and the whole block will finish at 6 inches. I had great fun making it.

AugustaI’ve found that, for me, the best way to do this project is to have a series of strips accurately cut to different widths and then to slice off the bit I need for a square, rectangle, triangle or whatever. All of my strips are labelled with the width. This way, I don’t have any nasty scraps leftover. Scraps are not allowed in my sewing room if I can help it 😉

LUS Organisation (2) Here’s what my virtual LUS looks like now.

LUS 6 Blocks Hopefully, it won’t be long before I get to block 7!

F2F Blocks for Miss January

Hi everyone,

Emmely, who is Miss January in the F2F block swap, has confirmed that she has now received the blocks I made for her. That means I can share photos with you.

The swap is being organised by Kate and Sue and Emmely’s name was chosen from the hat to receive her blocks this month. Emmely wanted blocks made with green fabrics. Hurray, at last I could get away from grey for a change. It was so refreshing to work with a colour I love, even though my stash of green fabric is very limited. After looking through Emmely’s blog for inspiration it was fairly easy to decide what to make for her. She loves the improvisational modern style which isn’t my favourite to look at but I did enjoy trying some of the techniques. So thank you to Emmely for dragging me out of my traditional, symmetrical rut. I had lots of fun making these and I hope Emmely likes them. The first two are a lot brighter green in real life.

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Now, it’s time to get on with Claire’s blocks next 🙂

Happy New Year!

Good morning everyone,

I’m just popping in to share a round up of the projects that I finished during 2015. Unfortunately, work got in the way of crafting for most of the year so the number of finishes is limited. I’ve added the F2F blocks to pad it out a bit and make it look like I was really busy crafting. I suppose each month’s blocks are a finish in a way, that is if I’m allowed to stretch the definition of a finish just this once. In a nutshell, I managed to finish one cushion, two quilts and a lot of swap blocks. There are some other finishes over on my other blog Sewing Beside the Sea if you are interested. If you want to read more about the projects you see below, go to my Finished 2015 page.

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Hopefully, next year will be a super crafty year for all of us 🙂 I’m determined to sew more in 2016. Happy New Year!

F2F Parcel 10

Hi everyone,

I can now share photos of parcel number 10 from my lovely blogging friend Annett. We are taking part in the Foot Square Freestyle bock swap organised by Kate and Sue and November was my turn to receive blocks from the other 11 participants.

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In no particular order and with piecing perfection, a lovely twirling leafy design.

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Secondly, this little beauty. Don’t you just love these fabrics together?

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Thirdly, this is the only Dresden plate I have. Annett has done some gorgeous hand piecing on this one and she even fussy cut the centre.

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Once again, I’m such a lucky girl. Thank you so much for taking the time to make these gorgeous blocks for me Annett. I really do love and appreciate them 🙂

I have also received parcel number 11, the final group of blocks for my project(s), but I’ve decided to show those when I know exactly what I’m doing with them all. There are a few plans brewing 😉

F2F parcels 6, 7, 8 and 9

Hi everyone,

I have more quilt blocks eye candy to share with you today. Three parcels arrived together a couple of days ago. Can you imagine the scene? It was like Christmas in here! Then another parcel arrived this morning.

If you have read my previous F2F posts you’ll know that I’m taking part in a block swap organised by Kate and Sue. Please visit their blogs for more information or scroll down and read some more.

In no particular order, the first three are from Christina who doesn’t have a blog so I can’t link to her here. The purple fabric in the final block is totally scrumptious and I will definitely buy some if I can find out its name. Aren’t they wonderful?

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IMG_20151209_113624259The following set is from Susan. The first two blocks are the same design which I didn’t spot when I first looked at them. The colour placement makes all the difference. This is a block I want to try myself as I think it will challenge my accuracy.

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IMG_20151209_113414303_HDR The final three are from Nanette and they arrived this morning. The colours are rich and vibrant which I love. The first one is another one of my all time favourite designs so Nanette has really made me smile today 🙂

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IMG_20151209_115729044_HDR So, that’s it so far. Thank you to everyone for sending parcels of beauty through my letter box. I’ve now got a really good idea of how I want my final project(s) to look 🙂 If you want to see more photos of previous swapper’s blocks, pop along to Kate’s or Sue’s blog (links above) and you will see the complete gallery. I’ll let you see the rest of the blocks as they arrive. Watch this space.

Avis x

F2F Parcels 3, 4 and 5

Hi everyone,

My letterbox has been very busy over the last few days. I’ve received another three parcels, each containing three lovely blocks.

I’m taking part in a block swap organised by Kate and Sue. Twelve patchworkers from all over the globe are making three blocks for each of the other eleven participants. I’m Miss November so my blocks are now rolling in 🙂

Parcel 3 came from Esther. Aren’t they fabulous? Esther loves foundation paper piecing and she’s designed some beautiful intricate blocks for me.

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Next, I received Sue’s blocks. The purple in the first block and the blue in the last one are such gorgeous rich shades. I’m definitely going to try to make the first block myself. I love this pattern.

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Last but not least, Claire’s blocks arrived this morning. The first one is a combination of two of my favourite blocks, the pinwheel and flying geese 🙂 Lovely blocks and colours too!

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If you saw my previous post showing Parcels 1 and 2, you’ll be getting a good idea of how all the blocks are blending together. So far, so good. I’m tempted to start my own blocks even more now that a few parcels have arrived. I do have a vision of the final project(s) but I’m resisting the temptation. The next parcel may send me off into a completely different direction. Who knows? That’s the fun of this swap. Thank you very much ladies 🙂

I hope you are finding time to sew this weekend 🙂

Avis x

These are a few of my favourite things…

Hello everyone,

Are you singing the song from The Sound of Music?

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens,
Brown paper packages tied up with string,
These are a few of my favourite things.

I’m so excited because it’s November and that means it’s my turn to receive my little packages of quilt blocks made by all the other participants in the Foot²Freestyle block swap organised by Kate and Sue. I’ve chosen to receive blocks in bright blues and purples. Just in case my fellow swappers are still looking for inspiration, I’m showing a selection of some of my favourite things that I’ve made over the last couple of years in those colours.

I love traditional, symmetrical blocks, and although I like lots of different types of fabrics, my favourites are blenders, marbles, batiks and solids. This is probably my most favourite of all the quilts I’ve made. It’s huge and it’s bright. Click here to see the original post which has more photos.

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Next up is a very simple tote bag which now has a large purple button for the fastening instead of a pin. I went through a bit of a bag making phase. Click here to see the original post.

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Finally, a little bag which features some of my late Aunt Edith’s lace from her craft box. There’s a link to a really good tutorial that I used here. If you want to read my original post, click here.

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I had thought about making my own three blocks a while ago but decided it might be better for me to wait until I’ve seen what the other ladies send me first. There are eleven other crafters taking part, so I’ll receive 33 blocks and then make 3 of my own.

I wonder whose blocks will drop on the doormat first. I promise to show them here as soon as they arrive. However, you may prefer to have a sneak preview. Kate and Sue’s blogs (links above) will be showing all the blocks that have been posted to me so far. I won’t be looking so please don’t tell me what you see. I’m waiting for the postie to call with my surprises 🙂

This month, I’m going to try to get ahead and make the blocks for Miss December. I’m off to have a look around her blog to see what kind of blocks she likes best before I get started.

Happy crafting!

Avis x

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