Grandmother’s Flower Garden (small)

In honour of Block 16 (which makes a nice 4×4 set), some progress shots.  I think it’s about time to update the WIP page, too.

I’m so over that idealistic plan to only post photos of my mini hexes when they’re sewn together.  I will post again when they’re done.  Glory!  Glory, I say!

I’ve cut the pieces for Block 15 again (third down, second along) as it’s not like the original and very wonky.  I also cut pieces for Papa’s Star, and I’m really looking forward to sewing it.  Any Dear Janers done this block in hand piecing?  I’d appreciate your advice.

Unrelated: I’ve decided to join NaNoWriMo and make a book as well as my crafty things.  Note, I did not say a good book.  It may be gibberish. But it will be a romance, it will be 50,000 words long, and I will write it between 1 and 30 November.  I’ve put a progress ticker on the sidebar so you that you all know where I’m up to, and so that the guilt of everybody knowing makes me actually finish.  If you’re planning on doing it, too, send me an email and we can be online writing buddies!

Also totally unrelated but exciting: we’re going to meet a litter of schnauzer puppies on Saturday.  They’re about seven weeks old, I think.  Sooooooooo excited!  I’ll take the camera so there can be many puppy photos on Saturday night!


I finished stitching my ten swap fabrics into flowers. Hooray! Time for a photograph!

I’m sorry it’s been such a long time since I posted. BF and I have Been Through An Ordeal with Netspace, our apathetic internet ‘provider’. After a week on dialup, we caved, and the blog is back.

In more interesting news, I also made a dress from a 1953 pattern: I’m wearing it now. I’ll get BF to take a picture tomorrow, and write the post that should have been today’s.

BTW: I’m also returning to ‘Masculine Quilt Advisor’. BF is such a blah name for a person I happen to quite like.

Would you like to see the pretties? I have 30 of them now, though they’re not all sewn together. Work has been all-absorbing for a while (this is a good thing), and the new edition of Vic Quilter has taken some time to get ready. Jan (co-editor) and I had to learn how to use Publisher and it seemed every guild and their dog had an article that needed re-formatting and printing. The magazine has a tight deadline – it’s a new thing for me. Whether I’m trying to have my own writing published or editing other people’s work, I’m almost always dealing with the academic press. Deadlines are vague and mysterious in academia, and it’s not at all unusual to wait six months for a response, have another three to edit your work, and then first hold your printed article a year or so later. The process is frustrating at times, but it also allows time to think and to edit very carefully. It feels odd to make quick decisions and to field and make urgent phone calls.

It’s nice to have a hobby for the end of the day:

Susan’s swap fabric arrived today from America, and I’m only sorry that the sunlight has gone and I haven’t got a better picture to show off all the pretty colours. Thank you so much, Susan! I hope your aquas get to you soon. I’ll post another, better photo when these are nicely stitched up. I don’t have any of these fabrics, and I love them all – although I think the purple swirls are my favourite.

I’m trying to draft a block of the Sarah Morrell quilt from a tiny photocopy. It’s a pain in the head… I think it’s about done and I’ve cut the pieces, but that’s taken me as long to do as I expected to spend sewing the dratted thing!

During the meanwhile, I didn’t have anything to sew whilst watching the end of Babylon 5’s 2nd season (I never caught it on TV, but the storytelling is far superior to most novels I’ve read this year). So I made some hexes.

I’ve decided to keep a little tally of both quilts’ progress under the new ‘Works in Progress’ tab above. But I’m only counting the flowers that are actually sewn together, or I’ll make a hundred and then have to sit and sew them. Tedious. So although there are 18 flowers in this shot, the real tally count here is 12. Out of c.450… yes, I think I am mad. Good to know there’s no hurry. This could be a great hobby for the next decade or two!

Whilst I’m here… a couple of Flickr users have suggested fabric swaps, and I’m open to the idea. I have a lot of different brights and would love to swap small hex-flower-size swatches for more variety in this quilt. Preferably those that aren’t so easy to buy any more. I promise to post photos.

OK, so you really just want the progress shot…


While I’m here… I’m trying to nut out a bunch of fabrics that ‘go’ for the sampler quilt. The first photo is of the fabrics I feel sure of. The second is of them with those (mostly blue) that I’ve discarded. I’d love to hear your comments. Perhaps easiest to tag the photo on Flickr rather than trying to describe the exact location of the fabrics on the page? Or leave a comment. It’s up to you, and I love having your feedback.

Happy quilting… Sarah Morrell block soon.

Safe photo:

Ragbag photo:

This is something I can do when I don’t need my brain. It’s relaxing and it uses up my scraps!

I had so much fun making tiny hexagon flowers for the eee pc case, I’m thinking I might make something larger with this. On total area covered, I’d need 450 to make a queen size quilt. Might not make it that far, but let’s see!

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