Monday, May 14, 2012

Toasty toes

No more cold  feet for me!   I was given this gorgeous pair of hand knitted socks by my lovely son and daughter-in-law for Mothers Day yesterday.   My DIL who had not knitted until a few years ago is now turning out really lovely handmade items.  For these socks she used 100% Blue Faced Leicester wool and reinforced the heel and toe area with nylon.   I have been wearing them today and my feet are lovely and warm.   I might be lucky enough to score another pair one day.   

Monday, May 7, 2012

I overcame my fear.....

of the dreaded foundation piecing.    As mentioned in my last post I was going away for a quilting retreat over the weekend and it was going to be a "do or die" effort to get my head around this method or forget all about it and I am pleased to report back to you that I have actually achieved what I set out to do.   The first piccie is  the spiderweb - I really like this pattern as you end up with a secondary pattern of spinning stars.

The piccie below is of crossed canoes which I am making out of left over fabric from a quilt made many years ago of hawaiian shirts which were appliqued onto a blue background.  I am going to make the crossed canoes into a bedrunner which will go perfectly with the hawaiian shirt quilt.    The only fabric that I have purchased to make the runner  is the off white one which has a small hibiscus flower on it which will fit in with the theme.   

As well as learning foundation piecing my aim was to also use up all my scraps but I have to say that I did not even make a dent in the pile.    Looks like the spiderweb quilt will end up being a king size one.  

Once I have finished off these my next project is to tackle a New York beauty.   I will keep you posted on my progress and in the meantime happy sewing.