Saturday, April 26, 2014

Festival purchases, Piccadilly to the Nines and another GG block

Yesterday I went to the Creative Festival with some friends. We each came away with some lovely purchases. Some bought backings for quilts and other just bought bits and pieces of fabric. I bought a few fat quarters from one $2 each who could resist? Certainly not me. Before you ask what will I make with them, the answer is I don't know, I just thought they were nice! I expect I might do some fussy cutting with them!

I bought the four fabrics in the next picture for the same reason.....I just liked them. The fabric on top was $4/yard so I finished the bolt. It will be perfect for a backing! I like the striped fabric with the little waves - directional prints are so versatile and they add visual interest. I was looking for some larger wavy Smithsonian/Civil War type prints but had no success. Still I am happy with what I found! The bottom two fabrics will be great for delicate little fussy cut hexagons!

And I thought these two were pretty so I picked them up as well!

I did some more quilting on my Piccadilly to the Nines. One side is now quilted with feathers and I am on to the second. I hope to get the other three done this weekend so I can move on to the hourglass border. Here you can see two of the arrangements quilted; there are four in total on each side.

In the picture below you can see the four sets of feathers quilted in the border. It has some issues and it isn't perfect but I'm not bothered. I like how it looks, warts and all! There are a few little empty spots that may get filled in with stippling. For those who are interested I work on my domestic sewing can be done!

One of my readers said she liked seeing the fabric I used for my Godstone Grannies (GG) hexagon diamond blocks because she has a hard time picturing what kind of print my hexies originated from and what to look for when she shops for fabric for hexagons. One of the things I do if I am going through my stash or shopping for fabric for hexagons is to make a little window template that I keep in my wallet. I can pull it out and slide it around on fabric to see what the print would look like as a hexagon. I took one with me to the Festival today! Anyway, here are four fabrics that I pulled to make the latest GG block. The print on the upper left has all sorts of interesting bits that can be cut out. Same with the fabric on the upper right.

And here is the block that I made. It is one of the filler bits that go on the top and bottom of the quilt. It still has the basting threads and papers and I'll leave them in until I've got all of my blocks ready to be sewn together.

Well I think that's it for today. Tomorrow I'll be working on the second block for the Value Proposition QAL but I'll be back on Monday. I hope you enjoy your weekend and happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. great fabrics! sounds like a fun outing

  2. Working with hexies certainly changes how we look at fabric, doesn't it? ;-)

  3. I love the new GG block, especially how the flower turned out at the bottom...stunning. What a wonderful array of fabric finds. Lucky you.

  4. I am chomping at the bit for the next Value block. Working on putting my path hexies on now. :)

  5. Your blog is so interesting to read. I love all of it, and your feathers look fabulous to me! :-)

  6. what a transformation now that the feathers are added. What was quite a simple border, is now quite stunning!

  7. very nice new fabrics!your feathers are fantastic on your quilting!

  8. Love that Piccadilly!
    Some lovely fabrics there and of course, they needed to be bought lol
    I found that really useful seeing the before fabrics and then the after, in hexis. I don't always 'see' which part of a design to fussy cut, so that was interesting to see the possibilities at the fat quarter stage!

  9. I would not have been able to resist those gorgeous prints either. Thanks so much for sharing your fabric yardage pictures. That was so helpful. Your Piccadilly to the Nines is gorgeous! I LOVE your feathers. They are amazing!! Wow, that you did that on a domestic machine. I will have to give that a try someday.