Sunday 28 November 2010


It's bloomin' cold!  The temps have dropped to sub zero, the snow came, and more forecast for later (though we have nowhere near as much as some) and today it's still -4! 

So this morning I finished off cutting these for a quick Pork Chop Swap over on the Old Red Barn Flickr group. 

And whilst I was in town earlier this week I picked up a couple of quilting magazines that I don't normally buy, including this one.

There's great instructions to make those Arrowhead blocks by Anita Grossman Solomon.  The magazine article starts off with 8" squares, and after reading through all the materials and instructions, it got me thinking.... did you hear those cogs from where you are?  LOL 

Anyhow, what if I don't want to cut my FQ's and have a little left over from all 21 of them!  How about if I used a layer cake instead.  I was pretty sure I could make it work, but not sure how big a block I would get at the end of it.  So off I went to delve into my stash for an unsuspecting layer cake and some contrasting fabric to go with it. 

Now I'm sure you all remember Twiggy? 

I've had this for quite some time, added a little of the drops from Hushabye by Tula Pink, and as LCs in the UK only ever seem to come with 40 squares, I'll cut a couple more from the blue spot that is from Freebird by Momo all for Moda.  (I've discounted the green, it was just a little too bright for the other greens in Twiggy) 

So this is my trial run.

And I managed to trim this down to a 12" block so it will be 11 1/2" finished.  That means I can have a quilt that is at least 18" bigger than the one in the magazine.  Wooohoooo! 

I think I may get this pieced sooner rather than later!  And if ever there was a good excuse to stay in and keep warm, this is it!

So back to the cold weather.  A beautiful sunny morning called for a walk, don't ya think?

I'm so very lucky to live next  to all of this!

Happy quilting!


Barb said...

Your pictures of the outdoors is just beautiful....and your block turned out wonderfully!

Julie said...

Hmmm! A Pork Chop Swap! Does that mean I get Chicken Portions in exchange? ;-) Sorry, the cold is making me giddy :-))

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

oooh! stay warm!!!! brrrr! it was snowing in Seattle, boy am i glad to be back on the 50 degree east coast! great photos!

Fenland Textile Studio said...

Love the block. The image of the path is fab, maybe I could "borrow" it. Stay warm xx

Lis Harwood said...

Wow, that block is wonderful. Keep warm, happy sewing.