Sunday, 22 June 2014

when in doubt...

....start something new that you want to make..
Now there is some quilting that desperately wants my attention but I have managed to ignore it as the urge to start something new overcame all other voices in my head..
I haven't been ignoring all the other projects as I did manage to finish the last two small blocks of Live laugh love which means I can start on the big centre block. I have decided not to add the two stitched/applique borders and will finish it off with just the main stitchery blocks.
Just had to lay it out to see how it would look all together. It's good to see where you are heading.

 then I felt I should reward myself with the something new.
that lovely Charm pack that was sent to me by Susan has been sparingly cut into a little pile of  clamshells.
Now some intelligent person thought it would be good to start off on a small scale and buy 1 1/2" clamshell papers. Little fiddly but I am getting the gist of them.
Here they are laid out so I could get an idea of arranging the colours. They are so pretty.
Late last night I managed to sew one row but today that will be reverse sewn as I didn't make the row wide enough. I quite like making these the only thing is the glueing part but  by the tenth one I wasn't doing too badly with them. I watched a Sue Daly video on You Tube to see how it is done.

Will share a pic once it is resewn.
Sun is shining and it would be so wonderful to sit in the sun streaming through the window and sew but there are chores to be done first (maybe).
Have a great day
Marina

28 comments:

Michelle said...

You have inspired me to pull out my pattern of the live,love,laugh. Yours looks great-the the colours.
Michelle.

shez said...

Hi Marina i love those blocks you are making ,could you please tell me what pattern they are.And wow those clam shells are so cute you have been doing some amazing work,well done my friend.xx

Melody said...

You have some lovely projects on the go. I love the blues and browns together.

Tania said...

oh my goodness Marina, I just adore them both.... love your 'live laugh love' quilt and those clamshells are gorgeous!

Janet said...

Intriguing! I haven't tried these before. They look hard...

Kim said...

Looks great Marina.

Anita said...

Marina, I love the blocks, they look great!! I just spotted the fabric in one of the pieces you have cut out (last pic, bottom right hand corner with the script writing on it)....gorgeous. Where did you get that material?
Cheers, Anita.

Fiona said...

those blocks look fantastic together and perfect fabric to go with it.... well,I didn't really need any further confirmation of your insanity... but you gave it anyway!! they are pretty darling ...
Hugz

kiwikid said...

Your live laugh quilt is looking wonderful!! Love the clamshells - the fabric you are using is lovely!
xx

debbie said...

I recently finished my first blue and brown quilt (dinosaurs and patchwork). It's a perfect combination. I always keep several projects on the go to suit lighting, mood, energy levels, etc. too. xx debbie

Els koetsier said...

You inspired me with the pattern of the charmpack. Maybe I will make it to.

The blocks are wunderfull.

Susan said...

Your blocks look great. It's so exciting when you have enough done to lay out and see how it's going to look. What a gorgeous choice for the charm pack. It's such a beautiful range and clamshells are perfect for it. I find clamshells quite irritating to sew, but I love the finished look.

Cheryl said...

Love your Live, Love, Laugh - this has to go on my "to do" list. Love the colors you've chosen for your clamshells Marina

Mistea said...

New projects are good!
Love your Live, Laugh, Love even without the borders that will be gorgeous.
I can't wait to see all those heads lined up in your audience. Hope it's a good performance.

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a lovely quilt Marina...love your clamshells too xx

Jindi's Cottage said...

Start a new project...well that works for me! Clamshells are jumping up and down trying to get my attention lately too, so far I've managed not to succumb...your Live Love Laugh is going to be gorgeous...

Lin said...

Love your clamshells - pretty fabrics. When I did clamshells - too, too long ago - I remember working them on a thin backing fabric, so am wondering where the glue comes in! I will have to look at your link. xx

Karen said...

The LLL quilt is looking great. It makes a huge difference when you can see it all coming together. Love those blocks.
Yes, you have earned the right to start a new project. Have fun with those clams.

cucki said...

Looking so sweet x

Anthea said...

I say BAH to chores - sewing in the sunshine sounds better!

Maria said...

Your live love laugh blocks look really good together.
Love the fabrics in your tiny clamshells
. Have fu.n playing with them.

Sheila said...

Wonderful, live, laugh, love quilt and your clamshells are sweet!

Elyte said...

Great progress on LIve Love Laugh, it is looking lovely. Clamshells always look gorgeous and the fabric suits beautifully. Holiday time soon and you have much to keep you occupied.

elliek said...

Beautiful work on both. You are a clever bunny with the clamshells. I will stick to hexies!

Raewyn said...

Your Live,Love,Laugh is beautiful! Wow, on the home straight - sounds like a great excuse for a reward! Like what you are doing with that fabric - the clamshells are lovely - I've seen that video of Sue's - she made them sound so easy!!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your stitchery quilt is looking gorgeous, it is going to be a lovely one. And the clamshells are very pretty, looks like they require a bit of patience!

Lib said...

Wow the clamshells look great, but I don't think I have the patience! Small is good :-)

Dorothy said...

I love your Live, Laugh, Love quilt.
I don't think I've seen it before.

New projects are always good, especially when you're feeling "stuck" on the old ones.