29 March 2012

Finding the time…

…for blogging isn’t easy is it?  I’ve been trying to find something interesting to talk about – other than my quilting – but it has been rather a boring week.  Work, work, work.  Everyone wants their orders by the end of this week – we supply logoed (horrible word, it never looks like it’s spelt correctly) garments and workwear, much of it to local tourist attractions.  And guess what?  The weather is amazingly beautiful.  We all know what will happen next week though don’t we? School holidays mean rain, cold and wind – probably snow, hail and hurricanes too L

I have found some time to work on my New York Beauty Quilt Along though.  It hasn’t entirely gone to plan but I’m more than happy with it.  This was my colour palette for Block 1.

Which resulted in this…

NYB Block 1 Complete 26-03-12

The colours aren’t an exact match but are a little closer than the photo would suggest.
Then this was my palette for Block 8.

Now, I thought this one would be easy.  My stash is full of these lovely bright pastels.  Hmmh!  They all seemed to be very small prints and were a little too flat for my liking.  I also thought that lovely spring green second up from the bottom was yellow – thanks to my laser printer.  The blue looked more like duck egg blue and I didn’t seem to have just the right shade so substituted a bluey green instead.  This was what I started with.

Block 8 with colour inspiration

Not bad is it?

So how did I end up with this?

Block 8 - WIP 26-03-12

That pinky/yellow stripe that I had in mind for the centre looked awful so had to find an alternative.  This fabric seemed made for the job but it doesn’t look much like my colour palette does it?

I think I’m still learning to love this block.

Block 8 complete 28-03-12

Although it’s not time for Block 7 yet, I’m really motoring now.  This is the palette.

I don’t possess many browns in my stash and the ones I do have didn’t really work so I think I shall be leaving this colour out.  I really want to go heavy on the green in this one so, at the moment, these are my fabric choices.

Block 7 colour inspiration

However, watch this space…! It will probably be pink, orange and yellow tomorrow.

The old man was plagued with sciatica on and off (mostly on) for most of 2011 but was pain free from October through to March this year but now it’s back (how come I’m the one with a pain in my backside then?).  It is truly debilitating and he must be feeling really low as he thought it had finally gone.  If anyone has any magic cures out there, I’d love to know about them.

My youngest daughter passed her driving test last month and we have insured our old Mini Cooper for her.  She must have been as proud as punch driving on to the school car park – apparently it’s the coolest car on the block.  Shame the engine blew up yesterday…

Do you know what riles me most about it though?  We’d just filled it up with petrol.

None of the filling stations round here have any fuel today – not that I was planning to fill up.  The panic that prevails over news stories like this really irritates me.  If people stopped panicking there’d be enough for everyone.

I'd better start planning dinner.  What can you do with a packet of fish fingers and eight pints of milk?


Diane-crewe said...

loving your colour choices xx Shame about the car !! x

Tazzy said...

The colors are lovely! I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

PS. I gave you the Liebster Award on my blog.

Susan said...

Actually found your blog thru "Pinterest". Love all your boards on "Pinterest" and your blog is lovely. Have a good evening. Susan

Mary said...

I found you on Pinterest and it is like finding a friend. I'm sitting here next my own old git of 34 years and laughing about your comment about starting things and then getting excited about the next project. I redefinded my hobbies as collecting patterns, fabric, and yarn. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery and needlepoint might happen, but not required.

Esther said...

Your blocks are beautiful! The colors are amazing. I also think you are doing a great job with your blog.

Annemiek said...

Hi! another pinterest follower here:)
Love the NYB blocks! If I'd known sooner about the qal I would have participated for sure. Now therere other things to finish and yes...time, time, time!