Monday, May 11, 2009

A Mixed Bag

After my Mum passed away in 2001 my sister and I made a pact that we would always celebrate Mothers Day together. We have done this ever since and yesterday was no exception.
We usually buy each other something small and this is what I received from my sister Elain.
Elain has picked up her knitting needles again after having them rested for many years. I think perhaps she thinks I should pick up mine.
This book contains some really amazing patterns , both knitted and crocheted. I was also lucky enough to receive a knitted Lavender as part of my gift, that my sister knitted, How lovely is this .
When we were making plans on Saturday for our Mothers Day get together , I was asked if my DH was going to join us as she had knitted him a jumper and she wanted to present him with it.
My immediate thought was, oh dear I hope he likes it if she has gone to all that trouble , as she would be expecting him to wear it, I also thought gee this knitting bug really has bitten.
Imagine my surprise when we were both presented with a jumper. Mine was the Aaron jumper.

We all had a great laugh , but how cute are these egg cosies.

I have been beavering away on my sampler blocks. I have to make four of each block and that can be a bit tedious , so I do make small changes, I have to be careful not to make too big of a change for fear of losing the effect and it getting too busy.

I have also been doing some more fussy cutting hexagons, bit addicted really

I know I know I know these pictures have uploaded on their side, I have no idea what I have done to get them like this, but you also know that once you have uploaded into blogger and then delete them and upload them again it ends up out of order , sorry you will have to turn your head on your side, I hope you don't suffer with vertigo :-).

As I am joining in on a pincushion swap I have been having a look at my collection. This is one I bought from Cathy that a good friend of hers makes. How cute is it, to good to use really.

A couple of readers were interested in some more pages from 'Star Quilts outside the Box' book from a previous post.
This is one of my favourites it is the '1938 Floating Clouds
I love this red ,green and yellow Oklahoma star.

And how could this not make you smile , this colourful whirligig. I think I could bring out my 1930's fabrics again.

Janet recently posted about a quilt show of antique quilts she had attended, which jogged my memory about a quilt top I bought from Jenni Burton some years back.
It has been sitting waiting for me to quilt it , but before I can do that I need to repair some parts of it and that has put me off, although I guess as long as it is repaired the imperfection's will not matter.
Mainly shirting stripes have been used, which is what drew me to it initially, also the colour red of course.

It has been put together fairly primitively but that is its charm

A few stains here and there and corners not quite matching, maybe we could learn a lot from this.

Have a great week and happy sewing.


Janet said...

The knitted items are so cute, I love the lavender! You are going so good with the sampler, I know it's a major work. Thanks for showing the old top, it is charming, I wonder why it wasn't quilted, they may say that about my tops one day, lol

Vicki said...

Hi Jean - I especially like the sampler with the brown colours, very nice.

When you upload out of order just click on the photo you want to move, then cut and paste where you want it.

I find some picture viewers automatically put the pictures up the right way, even if they are on their side, so when you upload you will see at that point if they are correct or not. If they are on their side you'll need to go back to your picture viewer and rotate it which ever way, then go back to upload screen and try again.
After you have uploaded just rotate it back in your picture viewer programme.

I use Picassa - it's free online and organises all your photos and it's real easy to rotate.

Karen said...

You have been busy. I love your new book and the fussy cut hexagons are beautiful!

Janet said...

I'm smiling! With all your variations, you have made me even more intrigued with hexagons. I'm half way through with joining my rows of hexagons.
My sister and I are very close. What a great pact to share Mother's Day together. We too lost our Mother too soon. The cozies are so cute.

Kim said...

What lovely lavendar! Too cute! And your blocks are looking stupendous! I love that old quilt top too! 2 of my favorite things combined---shirtings and RED! ;o)

Maree said...

Great Post..Love the Egg Cosies they are very cute as it the Knitted Lavender...Lovely block too & I so Love those Hexagons the fabrics are Gorgeous...
Not long till Quilt looking forward to it again..

CabbageQuilts said...

What a lovely much to see. You have a lovely sister, that looks like a fun book. I love your hexies. thanks for sharing all this xo