I’ve managed to sneak in the smallest amount of stitching you can imagine and am feeling disproportionately smug. It’s the next step in the Stay At Home Robin and both of my blocks have been extended according to the latest set of instructions. OK, so it was only 2 pieces measuring 4″ x 6″ but it was a good feeling being almost ahead of the game – instructions are posted at the beginning of each month. As an extra challenge to myself (and to avoid having to make fresh fabric choices) I’m going to try and use fabric that’s already cut from my class demos of the Fast Quilts cutting plan – so far, so good! Here are the first 2 stages, version 1 –
There are so many productive stitchers out there – I’ve been almost like a deer trapped in headlights catching up with some of my favourite blogs and seeing who’s making what and how much. The klosjes I first saw on Sue’s blog, I Sew Quilts, really appealed to me, and I almost got started with those, but decided I liked everyone else’s so much that it was easier (and less work) just to enjoy their pictures. Same thing for the hexagon sewalong/One Flower Wednesday – great idea and lots of fabulous work to savour, just didn’t get around to joining in. Not to mention clamshells over at Stitcherydo … and now it’s Pies & Tarts (highly addictive but, thankfully, no calories) which I first found at Frances’ blog Quilting Owl. There’s always something to admire at Inspired by Antique Quilts and Quiltsalott (and she does!) I’ve come to the conclusion that most blogging quilters don’t need much sleep and just sew all day and most of the night too!
My friend Pat Cox has been staying with us for a few days, recovering from a nasty virus picked up on her travels, and while she’s been resting I’ve been able to raid her suitcase and take a few pictures of some of the work she had brought for her classes in Devon and also at Alston Hall. (Some of you will know that Pat, together with Betty Mansfield, has taught a residential Baltimore class at Alston Hall for the last 20 years – what an achievement!) There wasn’t enough time to press everything nicely for the camera, but I thought you might enjoy these all the same –
This one, inspired by one of the quilts at the V&A exhibit, is all pinned out and ready to go and I think it will be a lot of fun – Pat assures me that it’s a British lion in the lower right corner!
Pat’s original design showcasing a recent line of William Morris fabrics –
Design by Pat, stitched and quilted by Victoria Miller
My stitching this week should be sampler blocks for the Chris&Barbara evening classes starting in September, and also creating the step by step pictures for the Mystery Monday project we’re running on our blog. But then again, I may get distracted by reading about all the stitching being done throughout blogland …