Friday, 3 October 2014

some ups and downs..

Just when you think things are working out well, look over your shoulder because trouble is sneaking up behind you....
Sweet william and I had a falling out yesterday and yes there were nearly some tears, some bad words and some things thrown. So who does a girl turn to? Her mother of course!
 I thought I had worked out the process for my blocks and that they were coming together ok but when I went to make the baskets for the appliques I hit a snag. They didn't come together properly. 
I take part blame as I do struggle with instructions, I need concise instructions and some diagrams would be lovely if you don't mind. So that pattern was looking like defeating me. Mum helped me work out my errors and now I have written all the finer points that I will need to provide guidance with my future blocks. (providing there are any!)
 these two are only a little bit out where the applique meets the basket, but at least I did get the right size block in the end. Machine piecing the basket got me a much more accurate size basket.
 I had to redo the red basket and it is 1/4" too small so if I can't fudge it I will have to redo the applique, eventually. I did another basket  just to make sure my measurements were correct and that I did understand how to put it together and it worked out well.
I am determined to master this quilt!! Maybe we need some counselling with our relationship?

to make me not feel totally inadequate I felll back to some comfort stitching. I know I can do that without issues.... I just struggle explaining it to someone else.  Elyte will attest to that.
 these are the fabrics I purchased from Jemima's the other day to go with the stitcheries. These will be a baby quilt for a friend I used to work with who is expecting a new grandbaby.



I just need to decide how they will go together. There are two and a half stitcheries to go so I have a little time... then it will be another whirlwind quilt.
It's been a wonderfully creative few weeks and I have enjoyed doing a bit of everything that I have on the go and especially starting some new things, even if they are testing me.

Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says 'I'm Possible'

Have a great weekend!
Marina



23 comments:

elliek said...

Oh Marina, you poor thing. Looks like you have worked it out and to my eye the blocks look wonderful. You always do a great job.Where would we be without our Mums? Glad yours was there to help.

Jeanette said...

Your blocks are looking good. Love the cute stitcheries. Hugs, xx

Lin said...

I love all your work Marina - the blocks are looking great despite your struggles, strange that it is the patchwork you had problems with. And the little stitcheries are delightful. xx

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

I sometimes think they should be called destructions. Glad you worked it all out. Love the Redwork.

Happy weekend to you too.
Bev.

Susan said...

Oh dear, I hope your relationship gets back on track......they always take some work! Such cute stitcheries will make a sweet baby quilt.

Kim said...

Your needle turn looks so great. Glad you could work out your problems. Those stitcheries are so cute.

cucki said...

Cutie pie stitches xxx

Marina Brito de Campos said...

I think your blocks look beautiful! But I do relate to the frustration that can grab you by the throat sometimes, when things go every direction but yours! Lovely stitcheries!

Cheryl said...

Your baskets are divine Marina - I so love them. It's a pity that maybe the instructions are not quite as concise as they could be. Stick at it - it's looking fabulous. Love your sweet little stitcheries for your baby quilt

shez said...

Hi Marina you always amaze me with your beautiful work my friend,love those blocks and i hope you have a lovely weekend.xx

Nicky said...

Keep going - my turn to cheerlead now. Sweet William is a challenge no doubt but the hard bit is the beautiful crisp piecing - can you press out the missing fractions of an inch ? and the awesome applique! You have to keep going!

Anthea said...

Marina I'm sorry you've had a few dramas with William... lots of diagrams & precise wording is surely needed for a quilt like this! Good on you for hanging in there! x

Raewyn said...

Good on you with your perserverance Marina. The basket blocks are gorgeous... glad that are back on track with them. Love the redwork stitcheries, that's going to be one sweet quilt. Hope your creative patch continues!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Thank goodness for mums! The blocks look beautiful even if the piecing is difficult. And your stitcheries are gorgeous, I love the images.

Josie said...

Your Sweet William blocks look pretty darned perfect to me and you have done so many!! Honestly I turn my back for 5 minutes and you have streaked ahead :o)
Love the baskets and your applique is beautiful. Stick with it sis... you are on target for another stunner!! Wish I could borrow your mum....:o) Better get my act together....

Helen L said...

I love your little stitchies, and your baskets look lovely too!! Hugs, H in HEaldsburg

Fiona said...

hmmm... does sound like some intervention required... thank goodness for your sensible mother!!! those other stitcheries are ultra cute.. that is going to be an adorable quilt...
Hugz

Karen said...

Good on you for sticking with the blocks and sorting out the problems. They are looking lovely.
Great work with the embroideries, too. They will work well in a baby quilt.

Lib said...

Your blocks are looking fabulous, it is so frustrating when a pattern doesn't come together as you expect. The stitcheries for the baby quilt are looking good, it will be finished in no time ♡

Michelle Ridgway said...

Your blocks look beautiful even if Sweet William is in the naughty corner! Glad your Mum came to the rescue. Very cute stitcheries.

Elyte said...

I am sure that there will be many more Sweet William blocks as you master the technique. They are looking very, very nice. I am still envious of your stitching but I must say that I am on the improve. You had a very productive holiday break. You know that Sweet William is always welcome at my house!

Kaisievic said...

The basket blocks look really good to me. And those redwork stitcheries are just perfect for a new baby.

Carrie P. said...

Well for all your troubles your blocks turned out pretty good to me.
As always your embroidery is just perfection.