Friday, 10 August 2012

Going through the Bins

I'm sure you are completely fed up with me moaning like a minnie about the heat.  She lives in Morocco, what the heck does she expect? I hear you cry and you would be right but the heat recently has been relentless.  Apart from a couple of days earlier this week, temperatures have been in the high forties (today it's 115F) and it's relentless with minimum temperatures of 26C and that's in the middle of night! We are luckier than others.  We have air conditioning.  Not in every room but where it matters.I try to be  positive...really but the other night I blubbed to my husband and was feeling really down.

Liberty granny square
So I'm getting out...I'm going back to England.  Next week! I haven't yet booked my flight back to Marrakech (dangerous) but we should be there for 3 weeks.

I'm hoping to soak up some post Olympics euphoria.

So I suddenly have quite a lot to do before I leave and it's not sewing weather! Having said that, I ignored my to do list, and whipped up a super size granny square. A few weeks ago I started collecting Ali's Liberty tana lawn charm packs from her folksy shop here as ever since I made this quilt I have wanted to make a big sumptuous Liberty quilt. I have quite a few of the 5'' packs now and one 4" pack. Using some 4'' squares and some beautiful Irish linen, which lovely Karen sent me, I made this mini quilt top. It measures 18" and really is very pretty.  Much prettier in real life.


I'm hoping that if I can get it finished in time, I shall take it with me for a friend.

Thank you for all your clever suggestions about my hexies, and for your kind donations of fabric! If I didn't got back to you it's because you are a no-reply blogger so if you are still interested please email me!

I've decided to keep to the original palette of  aqua, orange and gray.  I had a good root through my scrap bins and managed to find quite a bit of fabric. Sometimes it's been a loose interpretation of aqua but that will add interest hopefully. I think I'm going to arrange them in abstract clumps on a background of perhaps some  crosshatch sketch fabric.  What do you think?

I haven't forgotten about the giveaway.  I shall announce it once I'm back in England and it will be a glad to be back pre-birthday late 300 followers giveaway!

27 comments:

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love your giant granny!! Good luck with your hexies, I can't wait to see more! (A sketch background sound ideal!)

Charlotte said...

that's beautiful - I really love the fabrics you have used!

Mary said...

Love the Liberty granny. I have a few of those 5in packs and am enjoying sewing with them. Hope your EPP Bee pack arrives before you leave for the UK!

Katy Cameron said...

Fab Liberty granny (seems a rather granny-appropriate fabric really) Welcome back home again, and gies a shout if there's any particular aquas or greys you'd like me to send from my Brit Bee fabrics, and I'll see what I can do :o) (they will be starched though, sorry!)

Catherine said...

Not surprised you have had enough of the heat. Hope you have a good break away from it for a bit. Your mega granny looks lovely.

Kelly said...

Come on home, there is plenty of cool here ;-)

Indianna said...

I think that there is a new Liberty love in the air. Are you bringing an empty suitcase - to take back full?

tusen said...

The Liberty granny is so beautiful.
Have a nice, cool time in England.

Flying Blind... said...

I've said it before and I will say it again - don't eat your mum's cooking - take sandwiches, go to McDonalds, anything!!! ;)

Lovely Liberty though xxx

Patchwork and Play said...

Another beautiful dose of Liberty this morning! Lovely! I would love to send you some aqua and orange! Should I send it to England instead (I don't have much sending you stuff when you are way, remember!)

Ellie said...

I don't blame you for not enjoying that heat - I would be struggling too. I seem to moan constantly about all of the rain we have been getting, this summer has been really bad!!! However the last couple of days has been great - long may it last.
Hope you enjoy your visit back to England. :))

Judith, Belfast said...

Better pack your thermals! Hope you have an illness free visit this time! Jxo

Cherie said...

Gosh here in the UK has been quite hot recently!
I have some Liberty prints to spare if you're in need of more just let me know.
Good idea for the hexies, seeing the prints together may be helpful. =D

Nicole said...

Annabella, these fabrics are gorgeous! Can't wait to see how you quilt it.
Enjoy the cooler weather in England!

Anna said...

If you are anywhere near London, you could consider going to a Paralympics event - they are on from 29 August to 9 September, at many of the same venues.
I am quite excited as they are also broadcasting it on the web for us people in other parts of the world.

Leanne said...

I am totally going to play with my liberty fabrics this weekend, you have inspired me with that beautiful block. And good work, a hasty retreat from the stifling heat is clearly the way to go. That and saving up for more air conditioners for next summer.

Susan Standen said...

Here's the deal. Come to your aunt's while you are over here and then come down to mine and you can dig around in my stash and get some more aqua and orange. Okay?! Seems like the best bribery I can offer.

Sarah said...

Great news! The UK - the best destination for crap weather ;-) lol

Catherine said...

Loving those libery fabrics, they look fantastic in those grannies. I hope the weather stays nice while you are over here, then you have the best of both worlds:sunshine without too much heat!

Cindy said...

Hurrah! A brilliant solution....no getting sick this time.

Toni said...

Your Granny is one beautiful lady! What a great way to beat the heat, too. It has been awfully hot here, too, maybe I can convince someone to let me take a trip somewhere!

Nicky said...

Are you going to go to the Festival of Quilts too?

Just say Liberty and I love it already!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Yeah for the UK visit! If you come to the foq please make it on saturday!
Beautiful granny square Xx

Jenelle said...

Have a great trip! Your granny block is beautiful. :) I have a few small scraps left-over from the charm swap that might be hexi-sized. Let me know if you would like some. :)

diegoagogo said...

Come on over, we've turned down the heat just for your visit. LOL

Very Berry Handmade said...

How lovely that you can get away from the heat for a bit Annabella - hope you have a cool time (haha!). The Liberty Granny looks fantastic.. I love how you have used the fabrics. Thanks so much for buying and for giving me a lovely mention, much appreciated. :-)

Inspiredbyfelix said...

Hello stranger!, 115F, blimey that is hot! Not sure if you're in the UK or not, but welcome back, if you are :) Hope you have a fun, and deliciously warm (but not too hot) stay :) x