Friday, June 29, 2012

Time is a thief

I've been so busy that my blogging has been falling by the wayside and June has been a blur.
What a neglectful blogger and just when I have more time, dh and I get sick. Bring on the drugs, they can make me feel almost normal.
Enough of the whinging, I did tease a bit last time with the block of the month  I got from the quilt show and a couple of smart people guessed correctly. It's the Jane Pizar quilt ( the Marriage Quilt) from Carolyn's Quilt Room. Carolyn does the most amazing and authentic looking reproduction quilts. These blocks are 7" finished and hand pieced. These are challenging for me but do-able and I'm happy to say I think I'm over over the fear of hand piecing. The more I do, the better I get.
My other reproduction quilt is growing. I have just finished panel #7 out of thirteen which takes me over the half way point. The sun is shining today so I took it outside for the photos.

And yet another reproduction quilt is moving along at a snail's pace with the quilting. I decided on a grid for the center of the wreaths in my Coxcomb quilt. It contrasts nicely with the straight lines for the rest of the background quilting. This is the back which I'm showing first because.........
The front looks like a dog's breakfast with all the pen marks. I started off by marking the grid with one inch lines, divided those for half inch lines but that looked way too big. You guesed it, I went for quarter inch grid which was far too small. Well it stands to reason that 3/8th's was going to be just right so it's been marked to death in rainbow colours and looks a mess. Fear not, it all washes out in the end.
Apart from the bom I bought at the show, I was quite restrained and only bought a few fat quarters. I was trying to get some fabrics like Jean from Linen and Raspberry uses in her fabulous hexies. These got the Jean stamp of approval and she was kind enough to send  me a few of her hexies in the mail. I'm yearning to play with some fussy cut hexies now.
Until next time, Janet

50 comments:

Dan R said...

The seven-inch circles are wonderful - I'm completely smitten. And the sick bunny almost made me cry.

Darlene said...

Love your new project! Enjoy!

I hope you and your hubby feel much better soon.

LeKaQuilt said...

You truly create breathtaking quilts. I love your work, and your new blocks looks wounderful to me.

Cardygirl said...

Hope you are both on the mend now. The BOM is lovely and as always I adore the applique leaves...such pretty hexies...Jean has such panache!

Supergoof said...

Janet, your circles are so beautiful!
:o)
And now I'm going to Carolyne, I would LOVE to make that quilt too!
>>>>>>>>>>>>>:o)

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh you do look sick!!! LOL! Seriously all your bits and pieces are lovely! I especially love the hand pieced blocks. I hope you and hubby are feeling better soon.

Marit said...

Hope you feel better soon, so you can keep on working on your amazing quilts, Janet.
xo

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Hope you are both feeling better soon! That bunny is hilarious!

Loooove those circles! Is there a separate quilt pattern of the Marriage quilt or is it only a BOM?

Dorothy said...

Hi Janet, you vine is looking amazing. I'm pleased to see the longer branches are back in 6 & 7.

Stephanie said...

You may not blog often but you're always worth the wait. Fantastic new project, amazing "old" projects. Your hand quilting is absolutely breath taking.

Adele said...

Beautiful work as always Janet..yet to even start working on the first 3 blocks hoping to start on them tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Wow, wow, wow! I love when I get a chance to visit as you always show gorgeous work.

ranette said...

It's always inspiring to see what you've been up to Janet! I love everything you are making, as usual. So sorry you all have been sick......hope you are on the mend now.

Mary said...

I need to take a moment to clean the drool off my computer keys! Janet, you remind us all that sometimes it takes a while to create something truly wonderful and special....masterpieces. How fun to add fabrics with Jean's stamp of approval...she has a wonderful eye for great fabrics!

Heather said...

Wonderful post. As always it is just filled with eye candy. I love those hand pieced blocks, just beautiful.

Mimi said...

So sorry you and DH have been sick, but I still love looking at all the beautiful things you do. Very impressive.

Shirley said...

Oh dear! Mr T is looking decidely off colour. Hope you are both feeling better. I am in awe of that quilt Janet it is so beautiful and love the fabric choices. Can't wait to see what develops. Don't know why you think you cannot hand piece - looks mighty fine to me. Keep up the good work.

Terry said...

Your circle blocks are beautiful! I hope you both feel better soon! :0)

Fiesta said...

Janet, sorry to hear that you guys are under the weather. Your projects are always so inspiring. I love your wedding quilt blocks. You always find the greatest patterns to try.

Thimbleanna said...

OhEmGeeee! That Jane Pizar quilt is amazing! You always have THE BEST quilts you're working on. Is there a pattern for that quilt? Holy Cow! I hope you're feeling better soon!

Cheri said...

All of your projects look beautiful. You are so good at giving each one some time to keep the progress moving forward. The new circle blocks are great, but they do look difficult. Hope you and your hubby feel better!

Oops-Lah said...

Yes, I completely agree with you that the month of June just flew by. I have no idea where it went. But you still manages to make quite a bit of progress with your projects. I too love the wedding quilt. A friend of mine recently emailed me (all exited I might add)after she went to the Sydney quilt show where she met Carolyn Konig.She told me about her website and I've been drooling ever since. Are you doing it as a BOM? Your first two blocks look amazing. I hope you and hubby feel better soon.

Nedra said...

You work on such amazingly detailed quilts, that it might seem that your progress is slow, but we stand in awe of your work. I hope you are feeling better soon. (cute picture)

Tim Latimer said...

the quilting is perfect! worth all the trial and error on the marking, you ended up with it just right!!
I am loving the trailing vines...im not a big applique person but I might need to make this one!

Janet said...

Wow!! a 3/8 grid - are there words to describe how amazing your quilting looks?!? Wow!
Your 7 beautiful vine panels look fabulous out in the sunshine :0) One day mine will grow that big too...
I also love the circle blocks - such pretty fabrics! If only there was more time.
I hope you're feeling better soon!

Sharon said...

I'm hand quilting right now and I've done 3/4" lines and they do seem quite big. Oh well, Yours is beautiful. Did you see another Susan McCord quilt has surfaced? Barbara Brackman blogged about it. Your hand piecing blocks are lovely, going to look at your links. Take care of yourself.

Kate said...

Hi there! I have been quietly admiring your vines quilt as you display each panel. It looks absolutely gorgeous! Now, I am blown away, again, by your new project! You do such beautiful work. I've been to Carolyn's Quilting Room and saw that she is selling this as a BOM. However, I live in the US, so that would get crazily expensive for me! I wonder if, after she's finished working this BOM herself, will she be publishing a book? I can't wait to watch how the quilt develops as you work your way through each block. Thank you for all the eye candy! (I couldn't find how to comment on her blog entry of the wedding quilt, which is why I'm asking you. I guess I'm a tad computer illiterate!!)

Kris said...

What lovely new blocks! Your hand work is second to none. Enjoy. Hope you feel better soon.

Sujata Shah said...

Janet,
Hope you feel better soon. I love every bit of what you bring to your blog. Rachael is right, always worth waiting. Love the new 'Marriage quilt' blocks.

Sujata Shah said...

I meant Stephanie!
:)

Julia said...

Ah, poor little bunnies, hope your both feeling much better now.
Love your Marriage quilt...
OMG, Janet 3/8 grid..realy!...it will be an heirloom for sure.
Great post.
Julia ♥

YankeeQuilter said...

I love the repro blocks...the vines...the hexies...heck I just love your work! Hope you and your DH are feeling better...

Judy Dietrich said...

Hope you both feel better. June did whiz by so quickly--I know I was busy doing everything but quilting!! The quilting on your applique looks gorgeous. Sometimes it takes awhile to figure the grid, would be too easy to make it an even number!! The hand pieced circles are delightful. Of course the vine quilt just gets better and better with each panel. Thanks for the eye candy!! Judy

Dar said...

Your circle hand pieced blocks are great! Your Coxcomb quilt is just beautiful. You are one busy lady. Sorry you were sick. I know the feeling about not blogging for a while. I'm in the same boat, but I haven't made great strides on my projects like you. You make me feel like a slacker! Love to see your work.

Rachaeldaisy said...

That sad little bunny really tells the story. I was wondering which BOM you chose. I was trying to guess as I was walking through the shops at the show. I love the one you chose. Those circle blocks are wonderful. Your vine quilt is amazing and your quilting is such a sight to behold. I have to say I'm impressed at how much you accomplish!!! I can just imagine the amazing hexies you'll be showing us in your next post!

*karendianne. said...

Its always such a joy to visit with you, Janet. I really appreciate the way you're sharing with us. Of course I love hand-piecing so I'm thrilled with the blocks. I love that pattern you do and the fabrics are, as always, excellent. Your work is where I go to daydream. It's were I get my visions of grandeur and I think that's a good thing!!! Be Well and thank you again for being you.

Miriam said...

I hope you and your DH make a swift recovery, Janet.
7 inch blocks! Really beautiful work! It is going to be a stunning quilt!
Your vines look besutiful in the sunshine. Looove the splashes of cheddar.
Your quilting is breathtaking!
Jean's fussy cut hexies have drawn me in too!!!

Marie said...

Hang in there with the hand quilting Janet, it really becomes a peaceful way to quilt. With all the fabulous applique that you do you will be a natural. Nice progress on all of your projects.

Linda said...

Janet, Handpiecing has a tendency to grow on you and become an addiction just like hand applique LOL :) Your blocks look wonderful! And the quilting on your Coxcomb is just plain amazing! I hope you feel better soon.

SewWhatsNew said...

Get well soon. Everything is looking so beautiful.

Dixie said...

Your hand quilting looks fabulous! Love your hand piecing project too, and the vines quilt is really coming along nicely. Thanks for sharing your progress.

Barb said...

great new BOM project.
Your quilting looks stunning and the McCord quilt is amazing!
What pretty fabrics to make hexies - enjoy and feel better soon
xo

Daisy Gutierrez said...

Wow! These are beautiful!

Lindy said...

If you are interested can find out more about the Marriage Quilt at www.carolynsquiltingroom.com.au, under Workshops or on her blog at typepad. Only stumbled on your blog today Janet - really love your work!
Lindy at Carolyn's Quilting Room.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh your leaves are lovely! And I LOVE the wheel blocks!

John'aLee said...

You are such an inspiration. The blocks look 'perfect'!
And oh that happy pink and pretty colored quilt! Love, love, love it!

sewyouquilt2 said...

love love LOVE those circle blocks.

and the trapunto cockscomb is gawdgeous dahling........ my my what eye candy!

Nic said...

Some great work there. I particularly like those blocks at the top of the post. And I completely relate with getting better over time. Speaking of which, off to sew... :)

Amanda Best said...

All of your quilts are stunning! You are quite a quilt artist! I love the strippy applique quilt that must take an enormous amount of time!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love the marriage quilt - is it only available from the Australian source? It is beautiful and one that I would like to make.
Is it only a block of the month?
Karen