Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Stay Home Round Robin and Journal Quilt

I've just realised I didn't show you the next stage of my piece for Kate North's Stay Home Round Robin which I completed last week.


The instruction for this month was to add a strip 9" x 3".  I have continued with the theme of the red/orange batik but couldn't find anymore of the dark blue fabric.  Luckily I found the blue chrysanthemum fabric and decided that would work.  Some of the girls have been including circles in their pieces but I didn't feel brave enough to give them a go yet so I decided to balance the curved lines of the right hand side with very slightly curved horizontal lines in this strip which I added on the left.  I am really enjoying following this Round Robin and it feels less scary than working on somebody else's piece, although that would be a fun challenge sometime.

Yesterday I decided it was high time I got on with my Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilt for September.  Just running a little behind!

This is called "Scrap Happy" and it is what its title suggests.  I raided my scrap bags and only used fabric I found in them.  I used the 'mile a minute' technique (mostly) and was surprised to find enough matching pieces to do the repeats.  The backing, which you can't see, came from an offcut from an old embroidered tablecloth.  I now have three more to do, hopefully before the end of November so that they don't get lost in the lead up to Christmas. (Oops! Sorry, I mentioned the 'C' word again!)

Now for some really good news!  My friend Grace is home at last!  Her leg is healing well and she is getting about on two sticks.  She has carers going in but she is able to potter about fairly happily.  I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and good wishes. :o)


17 comments:

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I like your scar happy quilt very much. I have never heard of the mile a minute technique, sounds interesting.

Heather said...

Grace must be so pleased to be home at last - best wishes to her. Your quilts are both super - lovely fabrics and gorgeous colours.

artymess said...

the quilts are lovely great colours ......pleased your friend Grace is on the mend.....x

gill said...

I'm a new follower of your blog - could you explain what the mile a minute technique is please??????
Gill

sweetypie said...

as usual, your journal is brilliant and I love the round robin[I am off to chew on some nettles now]

Textile Art Showcase said...

Really vibrant, bright and colourful. Very nice Julie.

ju-north said...

Love the colours of your quilt! Love to Grace and tell her we are happy she is home! (What is a mile a minute?!)

Susan D said...
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Susan D said...

So glad to hear about Grace send her my love.

Angela said...

I really like your scrap happy quilt.
Great to hear about Grace.

pam said...

I really like the scrappy happy quilt - such vibrant colours. Good news about Grace

maggi21 said...

So pleased to hear about Grace, she must be delighted. What happy vibrant pieces.

Fenland Textile Studio said...

I love your journey quilt. You can plan out a "mile a minute" block to get a type of wonky spiral if you ever want to try that. Glad to hear that Grace is progressing as well. Off down to Devon tomorrow for a long weekend. I must try and look for some rock pools.

QuiltNCards said...

I love the orange and the blue... 2 of, what I call, earth colors. The other is green... If you think about it, very little around us is beige or brown. The earth is red dirt as well as orangy clay and black dirt - I see green trees, grass and other foliage - not beige... and water and sky, well you know what I'm getting at. You've got it all right on this quilt! Beautiful!
<3 Terri

Kayla coo said...

It's a lovely colourful design and reminds me of a Klimt design.

jan said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog! Lovely quilt, the colours work really well together, very beautiful.

quilthexle said...

You "just" raided your scrap bag and came up with that little beauty? WOW - have to try that ;-)) It is wonderful, thanks for the idea!