The top item on my new FAL list and the project to which I am dedicating all of my 'sewing machine' time (that's any time I'm awake and in the house on an afternoon) and a lot of my 'something to do while I watch telly in the evening' time (I pin blocks/rows while I'm watching telly and then sew when I'm next able to use my sewing machine) is the blue and white nine patch/snowball quilt, started (oh, the shame) in March 2012. Mam and I hatched the plan (the quilt is for her spare bed) over one of our 'I need a sit down, a pot of tea and a scone' breaks during a visit to Harrogate Quilt Show in September 2011 and most of the fabrics were bought then or spirited from my stash/scrap boxes soon afterwards. To my shame, this quilt still isn't finished but I'm (finally) getting there!
Since I last blogged about this project (almost a year ago!), I've managed to keep the project just about ticking over (have I mentioned that it's really boring and tedious to pin and piece?!) and have pieced four sections in 5x5 block 'bites' which have been/will be pieced together to form larger sections of the quilt:
*All 255 blocks (yes, 255!) were pieced before I started piecing the sections so I've not necessarily made as much progress as I've made it appear!!!*
|My apologies, the photo is awful - the camera couldn't cope with the combination of colours. Or something . Whatever the problem, this was the best of a bad bunch!|
|You can see why I don't blog about this very often, all the photos look the same!|
|This is the bottom left-hand section of the top - essentially, it's more of the same!|
I had a great plan to lay all the pieced sections on the floor and take a progress photo so you could see how it all tied together and how much progress I've made but it was too bloomin' big! The blocks are 6" (finished), so the top section alone measures 90" x 42" - too big for my front room floor. Until I've completed the top and can take a 'put the quilt on the lawn and then lean out of an upstairs window' photo, this is the best I can do:
|It's an atrocious mosaic but it'll hopefully give you an idea of what's left to do!|
In between naps (although I'm not convinced that sleeping for three or four hours almost every afternoon still qualifies as 'napping'), I've managed to plant some of my new plants. Mainly in the bed under the front window:
|Eventually there'll be a box 'cone' in the centre back but it's currently refusing to leave its pot. I have the bruises to prove it!|
There's been one new addition to the back garden (the hole was already there from a plant which upped and died a few weeks after planting, so all the hard work had been done!) - a Physocarpus 'Amber Jubilee' which I bought with some Thompson and Morgan vouchers I won in a Twitter giveaway, with a couple of Virginia Creepers planted behind it to cover the fence (and, more specifically, the change in colour between the old and new planks!):
My 'to be planted' queue is still substantial, however, as I find it nigh on impossible to walk away from a cheap but good plant!
|Most of these are going in the new raised bed (when it's built) but some are going in the ground or in the existing beds, when I get round to it/work out exactly where I want them.|
The planted parts of the garden continue to please me (and I continue to ignore the gaps where plants used to be/should be/want to be):
|Ignore the abandoned box in the mucky pot - it's staying there until it agrees to leave the pot and live out the front!|
|What do you think you're playing at, sneaking in for a cuppa when there's tidying up to be done? Now get to it or you'll feel my |
Thanks for popping in!