Sunday, 13 July 2014

the last hurrah...

The holidays have once again come to an end.  I think my mojo went away for a break too, but luckily it came back for the home stretch. It must have hitched a ride with Rosalie and Liz when they came for a sewing day on Friday. We had a very productive day and I felt a bit of a spark happening.
I was adamant that the weekend would involve some decent time dedicated to the sewing machine so I could get the blocks up to date for the Lisa Bonegan sew along.
And..... ta da!
thought this would be a good sew along to join in with and then those half square triangles appeared.
(my triangles seem to be following a slightly different arrangement to the pattern for both the centre blocks but I didn't realise till they were all stitched and there was no way I was un picking them all. )
 This is an alternative centre block that Lisa has designed for those that don't want to do the wool applique.
The coloured triangles were positioned towards the centre on this one.
That centre star was very tricky. Don't quite get the 'scant 1/4" seam' allowance thing and I think this is where I may have mucked up a little. It all came together in the end well enough though.

 I have put a ruler in this pic so you can see how small those pieces are. I must be going loopy attempting piecing this small?  Now to wait for the next instalment..
 these cross stitch designs are great fun and quick and easy. some little pin cushions made for the gift box.
Three of these got made for gifting too. This one was my prototype that I showed the city girls last week to get their stamp of approval. Just need to do the hand stitching around the edges and they will be done too.
Boy I wish I had had some of this enthusiasm for the whole two weeks and not just the final burst.
Them's the breaks....
Hope you have all had a productive weekend too...
I'm off to look at the huge moon we apparently have due to the moon orbiting so close to the earth.
Fascinating
cheers
marina

ps. links for the cross stitch designs used for the pin cushions are
thanks to these generous designers for their free charts for these lovely patterns.

rabbit with scissors: http://patrickswoods.com/blog/itemlist/tag/Rabbit
bunny: http://thelittlestitcher.blogspot.it/2014/04/spring-rabbit-free.html



28 comments:

shez said...

Hi Marina those blocks are awesome and boy those pieces must be small,love your pin cushion it want to make one of those as well,enjoy your evening my friend.xx

Mistea said...

Love the bunny playing with scissors. Perfect little pincushions.
Gorgeous blocks and scarves you've stitched up.

Karen said...

I knew you were following Lisa's SAL but I didn't realise you were doing both projects. Wow! And they are looking wonderful.
Those little pin cushions are so sweet. Lovely work.

Maria said...

Pleased you got a burst of enthusiasm sew you could make your gorgeous block.. Love the little pincushions and scraves.

cucki said...

Wow so beautiful
I
Love everything so much
Big hugs xxx

Elyte said...

Looks to me like you got quite a bit done. Love how both of your blocks look. Lovely little gifts. The countdown starts to the September holidays.

Sue said...

Pretty stitching! I am doing Lisa's stitch along as well in Blue! Love the pincushions as well.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Wow, beautiful projects again Marina. Your piecing is amazing and I love your cross stitch pincushions!

Tania said...

Wow, all really beautiful Marina! I love the new Lisa Bongean quilt along, I am so tempted to start it.... along with all the others I've joined lol. Your mojo may have only reappeared just at the end, but your gorgeous sewing was worth the wait!

Christine M said...

You've been busy Marina. Your mini quilts are lovely as are the pin cushions and scarf. What a pity the school holidays are finished. I quite enjoyed having that extra stitching time!

Fiona said...

All good things come to an end... you got lots done over the holidays.... the blocks are great and no one will ever know about pieces facng the other way.... do you need medication dealing with all those little things????
Hugz

Briar Rose said...

We had a lovely day on Friday Marina, thank you.
Your work is always gorgeous, the little Pin Cushions look beautiful.
Hugs R.

Narelle said...

Love all your finishes ... good thing your mojo came home when it did :o)

elliek said...

That was a quick finish to the pincushions. i do love the bee. Love your centre blocks too... and how were those HST's supposed to go???!!!

Susan said...

It sounds like you just needed a rest, and then your mojo came back. I think your block looks great, and wouldn't have known about the triangles if you didn't say. I do love your little cross stitch designs too, so pretty. Hope back to school went smoothly.

Michelle Ridgway said...

I always love visiting... so many lovely things to look out. Your block is beautiful. Adore your pincushions too x

Cheryl said...

Loving your stitchalong Marina and such gorgeous pincushions

Lin said...

I do like your blocks - gosh yes, they are small! Love the pin cushions too. Seems as though you have been very productive. xx

Cheryll said...

That's what makes it an "original". Adding your own version makes it stand out from the rest... :)

Lib said...

Love your pin cushions as always! Those blocks are so small, are you hand sewing them? They look very fiddly but certainly work it.

Anthea said...

beautiful cross stitching there Marina, sweet little bunnies they are!

Els koetsier said...

What a lovely blocks you made, and the pincussions are geourgius.

Farm Gate Creations said...

Your work is just so lovely...and the patience you must have some of those pieces are tiny.

Dorothy said...

Your stitch along blocks are wonderful Marina. You know they say patience is a virtue, and you certainly must have a lot of it to sew those tiny pieces!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Oooo loving that star block...you certainly made a mojo comeback! lovely productivity results...

Karen said...

Beautiful blocks and I love the cross-stitch. Well done, even if it was just the final burst.

Kaisievic said...

Gorgeous pieced blocks and I love the bunny pinkeeps - I have done the one on the left as you probably know but could you tell me the designer for the rabbit with the needle and thread and scissors (fingers crossed it is a freebie, too), please?

Carrie P. said...

I just finished my two steps in the sew along from primitive gatherings. I hope to have a post up later this weekend.