Friday, November 8, 2013

A Blogathon, the compass border on Love Entwined, more mugs and a question for you

Sew Sisters is a Canadian quilt shop (bricks and mortar and online). They have beautiful fabrics and very good prices. Sew Sisters is hosting a Canadian Blogathon from November 18 - 25th.  They've teamed up with Aurifil, Northcott and Robert Kaufman to bring you some fantastic giveaways! There will be host blogs with links to other blogs one of which will be mine! Sounds like great fun! There's a button to the Blogathon on the sidebar so check it out!

Work on Love Entwined continues. The compass is stitched down to the background fabric and the next step is to prepare and appliqué some pie wedges. I've got loads of charm squares that I've collected over the years so I plan on using many of them in this quilt which means it will be scrappy. These are the fabrics I selected for the wedges.


I gave them a good press and prepared them to be appliquéd. Roxanne Glue Baste-it was used to fix them in place. While the quilt will be scrappy I'll have to start thinking about how to provide at least some control the scrappiness whether with a particular fabric or a particular colour scheme. Right now it reads "warm" so my plan is to use lots of reds, pinks and roses and to use many of the circles that I used in the compass. I think that this plan will do the trick but the plan could change!


We took Mom for a little outing to a few shops one of which was the local thrift shop. Lucky me....I found two Japan mugs and I just love them. I like a big mug for my brew so I think that these might be better as Tiny World Make-Do Pincushions! The basket weave pattern around the bottom of the mugs is charming.


So I have a question for you. Are you a "one at a time" quilter or "the more the merrier" quilter? If you follow my blog you can probably guess which camp I'm in....the more the merrier! I know some people like to work on one project at a time and don't start another until the finish. And that is fine! I prefer to read one book at a time. But when it comes to needle arts I like to have lots of projects on the go and I have several good reasons to support this point of view:
  • I find that I learn and get inspired by the project I am working on and what I learn is transferrable to other in-progress projects;
  • If I get stuck and don't know what to do on a particular quilt I can set it aside and while I work on another project the solution generally comes to me (it's a little bit of being too close to the trees to be able to see the forest);
  • I find that there are certain projects that are better worked on in daylight so I need something that I can work on in the evenings;
  • I like variety and
  • It gives me an excuse to buy more fabric!
So which group do you fall into? Whichever it is I'm sure it is right for you! After all needle arts should be fun and there is no right or wrong, except when it comes to seam allowance which I learned the hard way in my early days! I say do what makes you happy and gives you pleasure! Time for me to get off my soapbox and work on Love Entwined!

Until I post again, happy sewing!

12 comments:

  1. Karen, your LE is really taking shape! I'm really liking what you have done.
    I'm for sure 'the more the merrier' type quilter. I like to have something at a place that can go with me, something that doesn't need a trillion parts and pieces to stitch on in the evenings in front of the TV and then it's okay too yo have a few things scattered around the quilting room.

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    1. Sister, you've got it right! I thought of another reason I like lots of projects and that is because I love hand work and machine work. If I'm home I can work on the machine and if I'm out I can work by hand!

      Thanks for the kind words about LE!

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  2. I enjoy having lots of projects on the go, especially a hand work one for the evenings, so i don't nod off in front of the TV. Right now i have too many finished or near finish tops that need quilting i feel swamped. I have made a promise to myself to get at least 3 ( of about 10) quilted before i begin another

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    1. I like to have hand work for the evenings too. I often say I couldn't tell you what anyone looks like on TV but I would recognize their voices anywhere!

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    1. You are my kind of quilter! Is there anything more exciting than starting a new project? I think not!

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  4. work on one project at a time and don't start another until the finish

    Not in my wildest imaginings :-D

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    1. They do say that variety is the spice of life!

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  5. Your pie wedges are great, love that there is a little extra treat in each one.
    For me two projects are enough as the 3rd always become's a UFO, has happened many times!!!
    So pleased to see you are making Esther's LE and can't wait to see what you do with your version. At present I am using Esther's half size Lily Rose to stop me rushing ahead of the pattern with LE, Cheers Jenny in NZ

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I saw your Lily Rose and it is beautiful I love the effect of an hourglass border. And the blue you used in the borders around the bouquet are gorgeous.

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  6. I love your scrappy look! It' some of my favorites from the yahoo group! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Missie! I have to give credit for the idea of working with scraps to Jane in Wales. I think she has more of a plan for prints and colours but the idea that the quilt didn't have to be worked with a defined list of fabrics was inspired by Jane's quilt.

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