Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Washing Day

I have quite a few works in progress at the moment. I seem to be handling it OK though so I can't have too many, I guess. I really hate that feeling you get, when you are swamped with projects, which are fun to do, but you know you want to finish them.

This row of houses is something I've been wanting to work out for a while now. I really love all the different sorts of quilted houses I have seen lately. I have no idea what the easiest way to do this is, so I'm sort of working it out as I go along. When I saw this washing line fabric in my cupboard, I knew I wanted to use it between the houses. Just like people overseas do who haven't got a back yard. That reminds me, I have a load of washing in the machine needing to be hung up. Mustn't forget!

I love the aqua colour for the background, but this is a badly out of shape pillowcase and I would like to make it a cushion out of a firmer fabric.

Weeell, who's finally got the crochet bag out again? Yes, aren't I good! It's been gathering dust lately as I have been in the sewing mood of late. But now that the fabric has run dry, I thought, time for the crochet.

I have been a bit nervous about the joining stage. Not really sure why because after reading Lucy's Attic24 blog on joining squares, it all seemed rather simple. Of course it is, you are saying! Well no one told me did they?

So off I went last night and see how lovely it looks on the back. I was very surprised and delighted with my progress. I only got the first row completed as I had forgotten that I still had the wool ends to weave away. Never mind, I'm all set to finish this stage today - hopefully.

Goodness, I'm not sure what happened with this photo! The colours are soooo bright they hurt my eyes. Anyway they are supposed to be deep red and dark brown. Not really sure if I like them together anymore. What do you think? It's only going to be a scarf, so no major panic needed or anything. It sure eats up the wool though! Might not even have enough wool to complete one of suitable length.

I've had a bit of a reorganization of my fabrics in the weekend. They look much better now and easier to find what I need. Unfortunately I don't actually need any of them. I need ones I haven't got! Think I need a trip to the fabric shops soon. I don't have much in plain colours, which works better for the house idea. Might need to check out a real patchwork shop.

I'm a bit concerned about the quilt I am making too. I have decided to go with the white borders around each square, that's fine. And I have made more than enough. The problem is, how am I actually going to quilt it? Will my machine be able to fit it all in, in the gap. It's just a single sized quilt, so only half the quilt will be squeezed in at one time. Does anyone know if it will work? Just straight line sewing for this project.

OK, I'm off to do a spot of crochet before the girls come home from school. Should do that washing too I suppose. Hope you are having a good day!


Country Nanny said...

Hi Sarah! Your houses are gorgeous such as yor granny squares. I'm in love with granny square!When I made my first granny square blanket I had problems with joining the square too. I used the tutorial found on "granny mania" and I found it very useful. I join the squares while I'm working the last round. It's a very simple way.
Have a nice day.

juanitatortilla said...

I love that fabric with laundry on it. That is so cute! Definitely understand what you mean about the feeling of being swamped, and to want to finish all of them. That's quite my current state of affairs, with the 2 swaps I have involved myself in :D Which reminds me, I ought to get cracking!

Anonymous said...

I love your houses, Sarah. I can't wait for seeing them finished.The fabrics you used are so lovely.

Lululiz said...

I am so glad you have finally dusted off the crochet basket and are carrying on with the granny square blanket. I love those colours! Icecream colours, yep. Oh, and the houses are just great, the washing line fabric is so quirky.

Stephanie said...

Love the grannies and the CUTE little houses on the aqua background!!!

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

OOOh love the houses, how incredibly clever!!!! That is so sweet!!

Kate said...

Love the houses! I quilt all my quilts on my sewing machine. Just roll the sides in and then you will be able to fit it under and hold it straight while you sew.