Thursday, 3 May 2012

There Were Times...

...today when I thought I was already in the Iron Man Challenge (a challenge I`ll be participating in at the FQ Retreat where teams compete to finish a quilt top in the quickest time).


I have so much to do this month that there is only one way to work.  Quickly.

So I left you yesterday with a pile of cut up orange and pink fabric - the yummies provided by the wonderful Jennifer so that I could make a quilt for Lynne`s quest to gather together 50 quilts for Siblings Together. I used Jennifer`s (another Jennifer) curved ruler on Tuesday.  Yesterday, I pieced the blocks (so easy with Jennifer`s ruler) and squared them up. They come in at 8'' x 6''.

I was originally going to join all the blocks together with no sashing so there was a huge riot of pink and orange but then the Kona white I had been waiting on arrived and sashing became an option.

Today, I joined the blocks in to groups of four. I was going to sash both vertically and horizontally but then I actually really liked the vertical only sashing.  It reminded me of alien pods going toward the space ship.  Or is that only me?


I then added a border and the top comes in at 69'' x 51''.  Here it is on the kitchen floor.  It is a beautiful sunny evening here but the terrace is dusty and I just didn`t want this baby getting dirty during the photo shoot!


So I shall take this with me to England in 3 weeks time and baste and quilt it before sending it to Siblings Together.  Another tick off the list.

Talking of siblings, I received some worrying news about my younger brother yesterday morning - he is in hospital in France and has a long recovery ahead of him. Please think positively for him. This quilt top has kept me busy and I`m very grateful for that.


Quilts for Siblings Together

25 comments:

Jenelle said...

Yes! It does look like little alien pods or some sort of otherworldly plant life. :) You sewed this in a whirlwind too! I am hoping to to actually make a dent in my sewing list today so send me some of your energy!

Jenny said...

Wonderful! The fabrics are beautiful and I love your design!

maria said...

I love the curved blocks and such pretty colours.

Strawberry Patch said...

Wonderful quilt, great to see the same fabrics Jennifer sent me too used in such a different way. Sorry to hear of your brother, funnily enough I had a random call yesterday to say mine was going in for emergency surgery and I couldn't find out what was going on and was a real wreak, luckily he seems to be much better after the surgery. Hope your brother is better soon.

Patchwork and Play said...

Your quilt top looks great! Your family are in my thoughts- best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery.

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Love, love, love your quilt top!

Sorry to hear about your brother, I will be thinking of your family and I am sending my best wishes for his recovery!

Kelly said...

Gorgeous quilt, I really need to get using my ruler.
Thinking of your family and wishing your brother a speedy recovery x

Flying Blind... said...

Oh Annabella - I expect your brother is in safe hands - good thoughts being sent your and his way.

Love the quilt top xxx

Quilting In The Cold said...

Fabulous quilt top, it is like beautiful seed pod. Really hope your brother gets better soon.

Ellie said...

I love your quilt and you did it in super quick time.
Sorry to hear about your brother and I hope he recovers quickly.
Sending you all good thoughts.

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

The quilt top looks beautiful!
Sorry to hear about your brother! Sending positive thoughts your way and his :)

Cherie said...

Such a gorgeous quilt. Love the colours and the design.

Sending positive wishes for your Brother =D

Katy Cameron said...

Excellent, an alien quilt... :oD

Hope your brother does well soon!

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

Sorry to hear about your brother Annabella. Great quilt though! :)

leanne said...

fabulous fabrics for the quilt and sending positive thoughts for your brother annabella :)

Leanne said...

I hope the best for your brother, it is hard to worry from so far away. The quilt is looking great!

Cindy said...

Beautiful, beautiful! The prints are just delish.

Loving your kitchen tiles, too!

Sending happy, well wishing thoughts to both you and your brother. Take good care of each other.

Prof. S said...

First, very best wishes to your brother! I hope he has a speedy recovery. Second...wow, you made quick and beautiful work of those pinks and oranges. I still haven't had a chance to use my curves ruler, but am looking forward to it. Nicely done, Annabella.

Nicky said...

Get well Annabelle's brother!

Great quilt - was thinking lovey beads rather than aliens!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Gorgeous quilt top!
Sending positive thoughts to your brother and you :)

tusen said...

I'm sorry to hear about your brother - sending my warmest thoughts, hope he recovers as quickly as possible.

And the quilt top is lovely.

diane said...

I love the quilt and your kitchen floor. You know I am praying for your brother...

Dianne Neale said...

Good thoughts for your brother Annabella.

The quilt is gorgeous

two hippos said...

what a fab quilt top, perfect curves!

Catherine said...

Sorry to hear about your brother Annabella, how is he doing? I love the sibling quilt, great colours