Monday, 15 April 2013

This weekend

It's been an interesting few days. We had lots of exciting plans for the weekend that unfortunately had to be cancelled as a result of waking up last Thursday to discover Little Boy was covered in chicken pox! We're nearly over the worst of it now and thankfully he's been really good with it. Although we're now waiting for Littlest Boy to come out in spots too.....obviously, it would have been waaaaaayyyy to convenient for them both to have it at the same time. Much better to drag it out for a few weeks!

The weather was generally quite wet and miserable over the weekend which helped with the needing to stay in bit, and with some careful planning I was able to get quite a bit of sewing done.
Woven Star for Skill Builder BOM by fabricandflowersuk
First up was biting the bullet and making the woven star.  I have to confess that even after having chosen my fabrics I spent a couple of days just looking at it (I took a picture on my phone and every now and then would just pull it out for a quick peruse.....I know, I'm mad!): it was the coral background/big flower print that I was unsure about. So bold in colour and design in comparison to the others. It actually came with seven of the fabrics I'm using in a FQ bundle but just seems so different to the others. I decided to pair it with the architecture print and then two blender fabrics. And do you know what? It's really growing on me! I kind of like how it stands out and adds a bit of pizzazz. I'm not sure how many more blocks I'll be able to use it in as we're starting to get some quite fussy ones coming up (I've got to EPP around sixty hexagons for one of the blocks next month - eek!) but I'll fit it in where I can!

Woven Chevron for Skill Builder BOM by fabricandflowersuk

Next up was the Woven Chevron block: boy this took a lot of chopping and cutting and with all those quarter and half square triangles it was quite nerve racking sewing it all together....taking a deep breath before turning it over and hoping against hope that all of my points met. It's by no means perfect but I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.

And here's all the blocks's going to be a huge quilt when it's finished!!! I'm waiting on some wadding to be delivered and then I'll be able to start quilting each of the blocks
Skill Builder BOMs so far by fabricandflowersuk

I also spent a lot of time chopping up lots of background fabric - more brown, not really sure how that happened! It's for another quilt I want to start working on using the William Morris charms that I got  last September. I thought I'd try chopping everything to size before starting the sewing just to see how effective I can be!!!!

So there we go - a weekend of sewing preparation and relaxing. I hope you all had a lovely weekend,

See you soon,

S x

Todays sky ● blue sky with some clouds. Lovely!


made by ChrissieD said...

I'm loving them Sonia and that large print coral works so well and lifts the whole quilt and gives it focus. Funny I had the exact same thought when I laid the 6 blocks out together - this is going to be a humungous quilt!!! I took the time and cut out all the border strips last month and it saved me loads of time this time round so this month I prepped all my batting squares for the whole quilt too. I guess I could cut all my backing fabrics to size this month ...

Hope your little family are all well very again soon and you have a great week :)

Lynne said...

Argh to the chicken pox, hope he's ok. I didn't get the chickenpox until I was 19! Your quilting blocks are beautiful. I think the colours and patterns you've used look great together. How many blocks does it take to make up the quilt?

Sonia said...

Thanks Chrissie :) It's amazing how much difference having the fiddly border bits cut to shape makes, isn't it? I've still yet to sort my backing fabric. One day I'll catch up on it all!!!

Sonia said...

oh that doesn't sound good Lynne! He's been really good with it actually although I'm not convinced that Boy 2 will be quite so tolerant if/when he gets it!!! The block is 12" with a 2" border on each side and there's going to be a total of 20 blocks, so pretty big I think! Will be something for us all to snuggle under I think?!

Sarah said...

Your house has the 'pox' in our house we have what the doctor thinks could be 'slapped cheek', yes we have boys with varying degrees of red spots! Hope Little Boy is ok.
I like the coral/big flower print, it really works in the block, it stands out. they all look great. The woven chevron looks a fiddly one, not sure if I'm looking forward to it. There is no doubt this quilt is going to be HUGE!

Jennie said...

I love your skill builder blogs! That big print really adds a pop!

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