Sunday, April 15, 2012

Stained Block-o-rama



First up I want to say thank you to everyone who left me lovely comments on my miserable post last Monday. I felt much better after reading them all! I managed to get that WIP back on track and even though it continued to challenge me (a flawed needle almost ruined my quilting), I got it finished up on Friday and was really pleased with how it turned out. Alas, I can't share but you will see in the future :-) After all that, I was in need of some serious piecing. Don't you love piecing? It's my favourite part of the quilting process. I love the preciseness of it and I love the repetitiveness of it - it is soothing to the soul!  Plus, I love working through blocks and seeing them come together.

I spent a pleasant few hours this weekend sewing up my blocks for the Stained QAL. I am woefully behind with this, despite my best intentions but am determined to catch up this week. These blocks were deliciously complex to put together - not difficult - just requiring concentration to make sure you got all the pieces put together right. Exactly what I needed. There was  a little bit of unpicking from time to time, but nothing too traumatic!

Yesterday I did the 3 massive Block 1s - loved these!


And today I did the 9 blocks 3 and 4.


Having already done the Block 2s, I now have all my blocks pieced. I am ready to cut my sashing strips and piece the quilt top together tomorrow. Yippee! I can't wait to see how this looks. I was doubting the yellow sashing in the blocks, even after all your lovely comments the last time, but the more I worked on these the more it grew on me. I might be a little bit in love. Although, when I was browsing in the Flickr group and saw this quilt top there, I did kind of wonder if I shouldn't have used the Coal. Hmm. Too late now and I am actually very happy with how bright and cheery this quilt is going to be.

Although it is mid April, we are still lighting the fire here some evenings, but after a lovely fresh spring day I think I can finally say that winter is over. You know that means one thing - it's time to do our final Winter Stitching linky list and see what you achieved over the last 5-6 months. I will be posting the linky this weekend so get preparing your posts!!


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25 comments:

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

Looking great Sarah. You aren't that far behind. I have only decided to do this quilt. Glad to see that you are getting back to normal and the sewing machine is getting a run.

patchworkdelights said...

Wow Sarah they look wonderful. Great to see you are back on track. x

**nicke... said...

it looks great sarah! i am so excited to see the top finished. they yellow sashing was definitely the right choice. it looks so great!

Patchwork and Play said...

I love the yellow sashing! It is SO fresh and Spring like! Look forward to seeing the top finished!

Flying Blind... said...

See, the yellow sashing was always going to be a winner ;)

Glad you are feeling more chipper - not too happy about my Winter Stitching list though!

Katy Cameron said...

I love the yellow, definitely perks it all up :o) Funnily enough I was just looking at my list last night, kind of hit and miss lol

memmens said...

It's looking great - well done! Eeeek I knew you'd be saying something about that list soon! Not sure I dare look!

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

It's going to be fantastic! I love that cheery yellow. Can't wait to see it come together!

Sarah said...

The different sashing gives such a different look, doesnt it! I love the yellow though, it does make the Apples all the more lively, it highlights the aqua more somehow :-) Its gonna be fab!

Judith, Belfast said...

I'm pretty sure winter doesn't end until June here in NI!! Love your Stained blocks - the yellow sashing gives them a much more spring/summer look! Jxo

tusen said...

The yellow sashing works really well, I love it.

Cherie said...

I love the blocks! The yellow works amazingly with them! Can't wait to see it when you put it together! =D

Leanne said...

Your quilt is looking wonderful! Glad to hear things are looking better.

diane said...

I am really liking the way this is coming together.

Dianne Neale said...

I like both the yellow and charcoal with your fabric - they both work well, but the quilts have a totally different feel. I'm waiting to audition some orange for mine, instead of coal!
Fires are still being lit here too!

my4lilgirls said...

Love your blocks, I like both colorways, but Given a choice I would pick the yellow, much more springtime.
Can't wait to see the finished top
Lol Karen x

susan said...

The yellow sashing is perfect. I just love all the different variations of the Stained quilts. I've not seen one that isn't gorgeous. Nice to here happy sewing words coming from you.

Tabatha said...

I love that you chose the yellow borders, those blocks look fantastic!

Marcia R said...

I still much prefer the yellow! And I agree about piecing. Last night I broke my last sewing needle :-( so I sat and collated 2 1/2" squares to make 14 more granny square blocks. They're ready to go as soon as I get home with new needles!

Annabella said...

Good to hear you are feeling better Sarah and your stained quilt is looking great!

Anonymous said...

Looking absolutely gorgeous hon, HRL

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It's funny because honestly I wasn't sure about the yellow but it's grown on me too!! I think with more blocks it's really come together. It's going to be a cheery and beautiful quilt. Perfect for the end of winter!! Can't believe that's come so soon better see what else I can strike off my list quick ;)

Baye said...

I love this fabric collection. I bought some and was wondering what I might do with it. This kind of quilt is perfect.

Dayna at Precut Paradise said...

I like the blocks..I actually have a fat quarter bundle of these fabrics... So fun!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love your blocks, the yellow is so fresh and really works well - what a great choice! Thanks for the heads up on the WSL link up, I hope I've improved on my dreadful half term report!!