At the moment, I don’t think I should be making any posts without giving you an update of how my Vignette in Stitches Mystery Quilt is going. I’m happy to say that I do have some progress to show this time. [and I am saying that I think the kind of way you would say to a teacher you want to impress with your homework… look Miss, see what I did].  I am however, still slightly behind with it all, but I think if I get the next 3 blocks done in August then I will be at the same point as the Vignette Magazine issues are.

I have completed the shoo-fly blocks I was flying away from (and the additional 8 that I think will be used in other blocks later on, but not sure which ones – I probably missed it in the mag, somewhere)

Vignette Block 1, 2 and 3 All Lined Up - progress as at end of July 2011

Vignette Block 1, 2 and 3 All Lined Up - progress as at end of July 2011

I keep showing my progress to my boyfriend who instead of saying, that’s nice dear or how pretty… Always just says, that’s a lot of work.  I hope he realises how often he is going to have to look at it when it stays on the bed 🙂 after completion.

Vignette Block 2  - The left part of the Block 2 and 3 Combination

Vignette Block 2 - The left part of the Block 2 and 3 Combination

Block 2 starts from the right of the bird stitchery and ends in the centre of the birdhouse stitchery.

Vignette Block 3  - The right part of the Block 2 and 3 Combination

Vignette Block 3 - The right part of the Block 2 and 3 Combination

I think the next few blocks have a lot less cutting to do (as the instructions for cutting in the first 3 blocks include extra cutting that we put aside for the next).  So looking forward to the next few. At the moment, I still have 5 hearts to needleturn applique to these.

I also have a mini finish for one of the projects from Inspired Stitches.  The sunglass case, from Natalie Ross’s pattern – “Spring Market”. This is not that much of an achievement you know, as there were participants who finished this on the day, but it’s the first sunglass case I made 🙂

Here is the conversation with the boy:

“Did I show you the sunglass case I made?”

“I don’t think so, can I have it?”

“You probably won’t want it it’s a bit girlie”

I leave the room to fetch it…

“See?!”

” It’s a little bit girlie…”

“Yeah that’s what I said.”

“You could make one less girlie though, you know like with skulls and things”

from Pattern - Spring Market by Natalie Ross - Sunglass Case

from Pattern - Spring Market by Natalie Ross - Sunglass Case

I also signed up a while ago to participate in a charity quilting bee, hosted by Sew Fresh Fabrics.  They sent me scraps.

Scraps of Fabrics from Sew Fresh Fabrics

Scraps of Fabrics from Sew Fresh Fabrics

I made a block, signed a signature block and posted it back to the US, it is going to be in a charity quilt for Margaret’s Hope Chest. I had never participated in anything like this and highly recommend it, it’s fun and definitely going to a worthwhile cause!

Sew Fresh Fabrics Block for Charity Quilting Bee

Sew Fresh Fabrics Block for Charity Quilting Bee

The block I made was kind of serendipitous (well maybe just accidental).  I started out quite structured, I am a little too OCD to be able to ad-lib wonky blocks or just randomly put something together. I found a block I liked on Marcia Hohn’s Quilter Cache (the small block to the bottom left), I switched the 4 patch block places with the solid squares and then got to the end of making the block only too realise that I made a 9inch block when I was supposed to be making a 12inch block (doh!).  I added the top strip and the right hand strip and I think it turned out ok after all!

I also started cutting out and working prepping the quilt I have been meaning to make for my niece Charlotte.  The pattern is called Sleepy Sheep and the design is from Monica Poole from Moonshine Designs.

Sleepy Sheep Cut Out and Ironed on to double sided fusible interfacing

Sleepy Sheep (with heads) Cut Out and Ironed on to double sided fusible interfacing

It’s quilt as you go quilt and I will need to do a small amount of free motion quilting and what Monica refers to as Sketchy Applique in the pattern.

16 Sleepy Sheep Ironed onto strips for Sketchy Applique

16 Sleepy Sheep Ironed onto strips for Sketchy Applique

So this sketchy applique thing which is supposed to approximate maybe a younger artist sketching and then sketching over a sheep. With my work is came out more like a mad meanderings (you like you would find on the walls and floor and ceiling of a cell at an institution with a not so sane occupant :)) but I guess it approximates what it should.

Sleepy  Sheep Sketchy Appliqued

Sleepy Sheep Sketchy Appliqued

Here is a close up of one.

One Sleepy Sheep Sketched

One Sleepy Sheep Sketched

Sooo… after doing that loopy free motion in the background of the strip is what was called for. I slipped on my sexy quilting gloves stuck my tongue out of my mouth (without drooling on my work!) and got to it.  My back hurt, my tongue hurt, but I thought I did well.

Sleepy Sheep Free Motion Quilting Front

Sleepy Sheep Free Motion Quilting Front

until I turned it over….

Sleepy Sheep Free Motion Rear

Sleepy Sheep Free Motion Rear

So after stitching with the dark and thicker variegated thread to outline the sheep (with the same blue in the bobbin thread) I changed my top thread to white to match the strip and didn’t adjust the tension for the finer thread…  It took a lot longer to unpick than it did to stitch 🙁

pattern Ruby Cottage by Gail Pan stitchery inset

pattern Ruby Cottage by Gail Pan stitchery inset

I also finished hand stitching this stitchery panel for the new pattern Ruby Cottage by Gail Pan, (another project from Inspired Stitches)  it still has a couple of rows of borders and mini stitching to go, but I love how it looks with the Cottage Garden Variegated thread. What do you think?

So I’ve been doing much more hand stitching than machine stitching lately, mostly in bed in front of the telly (current favourites are Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies and Game of Thrones!).  The boy is often by my side, obviously with stitching and watching I pay less attention to him, so while I was busy (I think it was with the tree) this is what he did to get my attention, which is funny, but also not a unique event, since I do believe LeAnn’s hubby did something similar with her pear pincushion some time last month.  Maybe it’s a boy thing 😀

Hi in Pins, artwork by Al

Hi in Pins, artwork by Al

on that note, I’ll go away.

Good Night Stitchers wherever you are!