Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Blocks, blocks and more blocks.

We've just enjoyed a long weekend here for the Queen's birthday and it's been a busy one. Going shopping is madness at the moment with all the sales going on but I needed to get some clothes and what did I come home with? I had to have this little polka dot set, it wasn't expensive and if you live in this part of the world, it's by Maxwell Williams and is just the right size for the two of us. I even went to the tea shop to get some fancy pants loose leaf tea to christen it.
That liitle purchase kinda eased the pain of being in a dressing room with mirrored walls. You know the ones, no doubting what the back or side views look like. It was like being in a mirror maze and I was glad to get out of there.
You probably want to know about quilty stuff. The last week has been all about blocks. I managed to get 16 of the Klosjes done so my total is now 165. Am I sick of them yet? Heck no but I don't know if I'll make it to 400. I might have to give some thought to settings soon.

I finished the two Morrell blocks I started and I really enjoyed doing the broderie perse. The fusible I use is Lite Steam a Seam 2, it keeps a nice clean edge
This hand pieced 20" monster took me quite a bit of time, it looks more crooked in the photo than what it really is.
The fabric I was searching for on the last post arrived in the mail so now I'm ready for more blocks. I think I might give this one a light coffee dye to cream it up a bit.
I'm switching styles with the quilts in progress and did get four more small applique blocks done for the Stars andSprigs quilt. I'm so thrilled to have 6 out of 9 rows done. I can't wait to get to the borders.
Because of all the distractions with making blocks, I've just been nibbling at the hand quilting. It's taking a bit longer than I anticipated since I decided to echo the circles. It looks better and it evens up the density of quilting throughouout the top. I'll get there, there's no time frame.

60 comments:

Nedra said...

I love the happy red polka dot tea set. And 400 Klosjes? That is quite an ambitious goal. You can do it!

Karen said...

Stars and Sprigs is absolutely fabulous. And of course your Klosjes are wonderful. Can't wait to see the hand quilted quilt - the peek is wonderful.

Christine said...

Onces again thank you for the eye candy, it makes my day so much better as I have gotten Sophie's cough and cold. Been off colour since friday and need to get over it as I am off to Sydney this friday with a friend.

cheers
Christine

Mary said...

Love your blocks. You are doing such beautiful work. I just posted that I have 157 klosjes done. I am with you, I am not tired of them. They are relaxing to work on. Thank you for sharing.
Happy Quilting

Taryn said...

The Stars and Sprigs is a feast of colours. Love, love, love it. And that red/white polka dot tea set is so cute! I never want to think about dressing room mirrors. I'll never recover from the experience of being startled at the the back side of a strange woman in the mirror and then realizing it was my backside. Horror!

imquilternity said...

You are certainly busy and have a lot of gorgeous creative "stuff" going on! How fun.

Thimbleanna said...

I knew we were kindred spirits -- you're my kind of shopper! Go out for clothes and come home with something fun. I have the same reaction as you to clothes shopping -- I'd rather have a root canal! Love, Love that swirly block!!!

beth said...

I love all your quilt projects and the last one with "no time frame" is just the way to go!!! It will be stupendous!

be*mused jan said...

Oh, that Stars and Sprigs is going to be a stunner, Janet! Wish I could drop by to join you for a cup of fancy pants tea. :-)

Dixie said...

Wow, you have been really busy! Just love, love the red polka dot teapot and cups. They just make me smile to look at them. I have been on the lookout for years for a dotted teacup and saucer like the one in the Hope Floats movie. All your quilting is coming along so nicely. Congrats on such a productive week!

Notjustnat said...

Lovely lovely, everything is lovely in this post. My favorite polka-dot teapot. I have a set of their Xmas mugs in the same style. Enjoy your cuppa Mr & Mrs Quilstalot.
I love the Morrell blocks too. This quilt will keep you interest for a long time because of all the different patterns in it - Hugs Nat

Janet said...

That is such a happy looking teapot! I love to see all your stars and sprigs blocks - 6 rows are looking fabulous! Your 20 inch center block looks just great to me - together with the klosjes that's a lot of hand piecing!

SandyN said...

Wow you have been a busy lady... so pretty...

Sandy N

Laurence said...

I love your 20" piece. It's very beautiful.
Good quilting,
Laurence

PatchworkRose said...

Love the Morell blocks and those stars and sprigs are just gorgeous. Little by little it gets finished. Keep nibbling away and having fun
Cheers
Lynne

Dot said...

Ooh, I hate shopping for clothes. I'd much rather have found that gorgeous tea set. ;o)

I'm glad you're not 'over' the klosjes yet as I really love the updates. I think they're absolutely gorgeous. I do wish I didn't have 3 bazillion projects on the go already so I could join you all in making them. (sigh) I have to comfort myself with yours.

Munaiba said...

What a busy weekend you had Janet. I hardly did any quilting this weekend. Your klosjes are looking very cute. When do we get to see them en masse?

I just adore that sprigs and star quilt. It's so uplifting. It really warms my heart.

I have to say I'm astounded at your patience. All those tiny pieces in that Sarah Morrell block! Well done!

I think your decision to echo the circles was a good one. It evens out the quilting. That's what I'm doing in my Andalusian tile quilt - echo quilting. It's taking ages.

By the way your prize is in the mail. Enjoy! :)

Shirley said...

My finger hovered over the click button again yesterday and I stopped myself but now that I see your progress on the Sarah Morrell quilt I am not so sure next time I will be able to talk myself out of it. The blocks are really beautiful. Love the crockery. Love the big stitch quilting .
Shirley.x

katrien said...

Great works.Lovely klosjes,and a very nice morell block.
And the star quilt,super.

Kathie said...

oh just love the stars and sprigs quilt, I can't wait for the pattern to come out.
LOOKS AMAZING!
ok love the quilting in the border I am glad you decided to echo the circles it looks great.
The Morrell quilt you are really tempting me to make this one too.....
aaaahhhhh

Marg M said...

Thanks for a look at all your work, its all great to look at, but I particularly love the appliqué.

Sue-Anne said...

I feel your pain with the mirror maze and that little tea set is the perfect reward for all that stress.

Your quilts are looking stunning, love that floral fabric.

Janet said...

Oh by God. It is all so lovely.
The Stars and Sprigs just make you feel happy. I want to do the
Morrell but I don't know if I have the ability. Just love it all. Oh I said that already.
Janet

LeKaQuilt said...

Hi, your Polka dot set is realy cute !
Love watching your prossess of making your wounderful quilt's - Thank you!

alobsiger said...

Oh, you're making fantastic progress on everything! Mmmmmm, the stars and sprigs is DELICIOUS! Love the polka dot set -- a dose of cheerfulness along with your tea. Can't beat that!

Stephanie said...

Where to start...I was in a dressing room yesterday myself. Wish they had a polka dot tea set to ease the pain. I do so love the spools and everything you make. May I ask what you use to mark your quilting lines?

*karendianne. said...

Blocks, blocks and more blocks. I picked three. Excellent workmanship on that 20" monster. Ohh but I love this piece. Aren't you off to a racing start with the Morrell Quilt. I knew this was going to be fun! You know, the echo of the circles is a great idea. And I think a shining example of how sometimes we just have to settle in for the long haul. Leaving my favorite for last... how about Stars and Sprigs? How about that?! Standing supreme in my eyes. Can't hardly contain myself. That's why I left it until last. So I could run away and go put myself in a jar before I explode! :) hee.

sewpam63 said...

I'm sew glad you're back! I've been missing you and your stitching. ; ) I love the red polka dotted tea set - red is my favorite color and what's not to like about polka dots?! ALL of your stitching is looking absolutely FANTASTIC!!! The Stars and Sprigs are amazing, Janet. And, I love the circles you've been appliqueing too. Have FUN!

Crispy said...

I am totally in love with your new tea set!!! All of your projects are so beautiful!! I just did a quick search for the Stars & Sprigs pattern, where did you find it? It's been calling my name LOL.

Crispy

Meredith said...

Maybe take a break from the Klosjes. I felt that way about my baskets this weekend. Its nice to see an update on some of your current creations.

On a side note I use fancy pants loose leaf tea everyday. Maybe thats why I am so happy. Ha Ha

Sue said...

What lovely projects you are always working on!
With everyone doing these Klosjes, I must join in at some point:) So sweet.

I love the new tea set!!

quiltingnana said...

wow your projects are all great...don't know which I like best...

Terry said...

Everything looks so beautiful! I love visiting here and just looking at all your pretties! :0)

http://quiltendewilma.web-log.nl/ said...

I love your projects!! Its so beatufil!!

Lori said...

Such a fun post!!!
I am really liking the double circles on the hand quilting- great idea!!!
The stars and sprigs quilt is really coming along and is absolutely fantastic!!
Lovely little tea post too. It can't help but bring a smile.
Happy Birthday to the Queen!!

Linda said...

You're inspirational. The tea set makes me want to BE a tea-drinker! The sprigs quilt is the project I like best. Your hand quilting is inesteemable! (I'm beginning to run low on suitable adjectives for you!) Keep up your amazing work.

Mimi said...

Your Stars and Sprigs is going to be one of those quilts that your eye is just going to jump from one block to another admiring all the beautiful work. That is one gorgeous quilt.

Fairy Gardener said...

I just found your blog recently and have enjoyed seeing your projects. I think your colors are wonderful. I'm inspried to try the "klosjes". Not sure if I spelled it right. Where can I find a pattern for them?

Also great idea dying the white floral--never thought of doing that but I agree on principle. Sometimes white backgrounds can be too stark.

Dolly said...

Precious polka dot set ! Makes me wish I could stand hot tea......I barely make it through a glass of the iced sweet stuff, and that's a poor confession for a good, Southern gal.

You know I love that quilt that you're hand-quilting on right now. I just can't wait so see it all finished and crinkled up at the end of a couch !

Annemiek said...

Love the quilty stuff but red polkadots make my heart sing:)

Brandie said...

Wow, it all looks wonderful!

Gwendie said...

Hi Janet - I'm just curious -- who receives all the gorgeous quilts you make? I love the styles and fabrics you use. Gwendie

Frog Quilter said...

Where did you get your pattern for the Stars and Sprigs blocks? Beautiful, lovely... Yummmmmmmmmmmm

Gisele said...

What a cheery teapot & cup set, so fun! Great progress with the stars & sprigs quilt Janet, it's looking wonderful & that Morrell quilt, wow, what a challenge, love that centre block!

Angela said...

Your work is so inspiring! That Stars And Sprigs quilt is amazing!
I have just caught the Klosjes bug - have just started cutting my first pieces... :o)

frayedattheedge said...

I thought I had got a lot done recently - but you make me feel lazy!!

Michele said...

I live in a very humid climate, and my Steam a Seam products always separate prematurely, making clean cutting a problem. Do you have to deal with this at all? All your projects are stunning, and I love checking in on them. Michele

Kaaren said...

Lots of awesome stuff happening at the 'Quiltsalott' household these days. I do see the necessity of having a tea break now and again from all the hard work that you've been up to, Janet. The red and white polka dot tea set is smashing...no pun intended.

I am in awe of your Stars & Sprigs quilt. Another masterpiece in the making.

Doris said...

Wow, Janet, you have been a very busy girl!

Fiona said...

Gorgeous gorgeous works in progress. What more can I say?

Linda C said...

Cuppa tea anyone?? Or shall we make that coffee!!
Love that Sarah Morell centre block and the stars and sprigs are just fabulous.
Only 235 klosjes to go!!

Kim D. said...

Love the polka dot tea pot and cups. You sure have been busy, love the stars and sprigs and your quilted circles are wonderful!

Barb said...

Love your tea set and your mirror story. I flat refuse to try on clothes anywhere but home now - I just hated all that self judgment I was doing in those rooms!
Great show and tell of project. I like the idea of you tea dyeing the floral fabric - it will give it a nice aged look.
Can't wait to see the borders on the starts and springs.

Ann Champion said...

Your new tea set is darling! Be sure to hold your pinky finger out while sipping.
Your Morrel quilt is off to a great start!
I LOVE the Stars and Sprigs...you're more than half way done. Your fussy cutting on that one is spectacular.
Your klosjes are wonderful..keep going!
The circle quilting looks great..and almost done!

julieQ said...

I love your Klosjes! I am just making enough to fill my basket, then think about how to set them. Gorgeous stars and sprigs! I love to read back through your whole blog, you are inspiring.

Mary Lou Weidman said...

I collect red and white dotted anything and that photo just was too wonderful. And I have to say that your quilt projects are fabulous! What a great blog for inspiration and creativity!

Sew Many Ways... said...

I just have to say I love every picture in this post. The tea set is adorable and all your quilts in progress are amazing. You are my quilting idol!
Take care,
Karen

Ivory Spring said...

Wow - you have gotten A LOT done - I enjoy pictures of all your work, especially the stars and springs!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Everything is gorgeous! But I LOVE the polka dot tea pot!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Just catching up with all your posts. Fun to see what you've been doing. I want that teapot!