Friday, 5 June 2015

sweet obsession and quilting

I have been obsessed with working on my sweet william blocks and loving it..
Here are my latest blocks. I only have one left to applique and then I will need to decide how much longer to continue this love affair. Whether to stop it at 20 or keep going.
I don't really want a huge quilt just a lap size quilt would do, so I have some thinking to do.

 This block wasn't included in the patterns but was one of the blocks that was on the original 1800's quilt.
I managed to draw it freehand and make it up. I was happy to try to incorporate some of the original blocks that weren't used in the modern pattern.
 the original quilt had a block with pomegranates on it so with some help from the internet I found a design that had pomegranates that transferred well to my basket
 I really enjoyed this block, a chance to use my favourite purples and some special green fabrics too.
 This has to be one of my favourites....
It looks a little wonky in the photo but it is a little more even in real life. Loving it!

Now that these are done I thought I should get back to my Park Avenue hexies quilt.
I thought I was only half way through the quilting but to my surprise I had actually quilted three quarters of the quilt. Woo hoo bonus!! I am feeling quite enthused and keen to get this done.
the quilting is a little over the shop and I foolishly backed it in a red fabric that is very unforgiving with my uneven stitches but at least it looks acceptable on the front, I just won't show anyone the back.
It's been wonderful to snuggle under this especially seeing as the weather has turned quite cold at night.
Here's to a great weekend!
hope you all have a good one too.
I'm off to snuggle some more and quilt my little fingers off.
happy days
Marina

23 comments:

Mistea said...

The blocks are very Sweet - I don't have a favourite they were all delightful as they unveiled when I scrolled down the page.
Enjoy your quilting and I hope you get to celebrate in whichever way you choose.

Elyte said...

I need to check my calendar - is it school holidays? My calendar tells me no!
Love those blocks Marina, they will make that quilt truly yours. The quilting adds that extra touch to those pretty hexies. Will miss seeing you tomorrow but hopefully meet up soon.

sunny said...

Great job! I love all those blocks. And don't you just love when you discover you're further along on a project than you had remembered??

cucki said...

Beautiful work...
Sending you hugs xxx

Helen said...

Gorgeous baskets, beautiful work, love your fabrics and choice of colours Marina !

Jeanette said...

Beautiful blocks. They look wonderful. Hugs,xx

barb's creations said...

Love how your sweet William blocks are turning out and your hexie quilt is just stunning and we're not the quilt police so don't worry about showing the back as I'm sure we all have experiences like this we can relate to with our own projects :) Barb.

Susan said...

Oh your blocks are exquisite, I thought I liked the first one best, but then I got to the last one! Really lovely work. I can understand your dilemma about size, but if you're loving working on the blocks I'd keep going, as you're obviously enjoying it. What a bonus with your quilting. Is it hard to quilt through the hexie turning as well? As for the back, a brave soldier never looks behind!

kiwikid said...

Your Sweet William blocks are just gorgeous Marina, love how you have made some original blocks..your quilt will be just yours!! Your hexies are beautiful and who cares about the quilting, it looks amazing from the front.

Jo said...

Your quilting is amazing. Very beautiful work.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Definitely drooling over your gorgeous blocks!!! Loving the hexie with your beautiful quilting too....that's my next quilting job!

shez said...

good morning my friend,i so love these blocks,your posts are always so inspiring,well done my friend xx

elliek said...

Sweet William is coming into his own! Love the two that you made up yourself... your needleturn is looking so good. You are to be admired for hand quilting and good that you had more done than you thought.

Christine M said...

Your blocks are beautiful, Marina. As is your hexagon quilt. I bet it feels great you had done more quilting than you thought. xx

Fiona said...

lovely blocks and I am so impressed you are 'designing' some of your own!!! the quilting looks lovely....

Hugz

Dorothy said...

Marina, your basket blocks look wonderful! Are you going to hand quilt this one too?
I haven't tried working with hexies yet, but seeing your quilt I am getting tempted!

Els koetsier said...

What a lovely blocks , and youre needle turn is perfect , you can learn me how to do the perfect needle turn methode.
And your hexagons geourgius .

Lin said...

More lovely blocks and your quilt is looking gorgeous. xx

Wendy said...

Your blocks are so beautiful, I love the ones you have added to the quilt and the purple block is gorgeous. Love that photo of your hand quilting, the front looks perfect.

Anthea said...

Why stop the SW love affair, if you're so enjoying it, Marina??!
The blocks are looking amazing, well done, you clever girl x

Teresa said...

Oh Marina.... your Sweet William blocks are just soooo beautiful. I love that you've added some original blocks... You are doing an amazing job of this quilt. I wish you wouldn't stop at 20 blocks lol!!!! I also love your hexie quilt. It looks beautiful and this is definately the best time of the year to be working on warm, snuggly quilts. You are so clever xxx

Sisbabestitches said...

Just love those Marina-designed blocks, they have come up so beautifully! It is so obvious now how much you are loving Sweet William :) Best of luck deciding whether to stop now or not :)

Jindi's Cottage said...

Loving your Sweet William blocks, what a great idea to include some blocks of your own based on the original...wish my quilting was that uneven! perfect weather for hand quilting, enjoy...