BougieNights #5: leaping ahead

Last time we looked at Bougainville Nights, it was just half quilted.

Just look at it now!  All the blocks are quilted, I’ve cut all the sashing strips, and have made a good run up at the joining. So, in case you were wondering, the sashing on the front is dark inky blue, and the sashing on the back is hot pinks and oranges. Most of the back is dark blue, but there is a chevron of blocks on the back too, so this will effectively be a double-sided quilt. Not large, but versatile. I’ll do a reveal of the back once the blocks are all together.

Another couple of days will see all the sashing in place and the blocks all joined up. I’m thinking a dark blue binding, but I might sneak in a colourful corner or two – it depends if I have enough blue of the right colour left over. Good to think that I’m getting closer to finishing this quilt composed of my F²F² blocks.

Better late than never…. 

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And now for something completely different

Well, not THAT different. It’s a quilt, after all.

But you haven’t seen this one before. I’m calling it Bougainville Nights (or BougieNights for short). It’s composed of the blocks I received from the previous session of F2F, not the one that finished last month but the one before.

This is the initial layout for the front of the quilt. It’ll probably change again a couple of times, but this seems to be fairly balanced. If you have suggestions for improving the layout, let me know what you think.

Some of the blocks I received are not shown here. I’ll still be using them all, but six are going on the back, and one is going to make the front of a cushion. The ones not shown are either on light backgrounds, or they contain fairly large amounts of yellow or pale orange or pale pink, which read too light and don’t work with the other blocks. They’re all beautiful, but they don’t fit in this version of the front. For the back, I’ll probably have a mainly dark blue background, with these blocks arranged in a left to right pointing chevron. The cushion cover block is gorgeous, but has lots of bright yellow in it which stands out very strongly if used on the front, so I’m going to border it with more yellow to make a feature of it. I’ll use dark blue joining strips and binding it in hot pink and orange. Should be nice and bright!

I have no idea how much time I’ll be able to spend on this over the coming weeks. But it’s been agitating to get out of my head and onto the design wall, so I just had to get that done so the quilt would shut up! I have a feeling my sewing room is going to be fairly low on the priority list in the new house, simply because it’s not ‘necessary’. So I’ll just have to take advantage of what I have now for as long as possible. This’ll be another QAYG project, and each block is small enough to quilt in a short time. I’ll be grabbing half hours here and there, and slowly, it’ll get done.

And now, it’s time to get up and get going. Things to do, boxes to pack.

 

Tiling for quilters…

It has been a good day today. Unlike the day before.

Today we settled our purchase of the new house. In case you missed this bit of news, in a nutshell: smaller house (less cleaning, fewer stairs), smaller back yard (less mowing), huge double bay Husband shed and ginormous sewing room for me. It’s been comparatively painless, and the house is now ours, stripped bare and ready for renovations. We can’t move in till the kitchen and bathroom are renovated – the house was built in the 70s and not much has changed… While window shopping for carpet for the bedroom (the Husband likes it cosy under foot in the bedroom), I noticed these fabulous tiles. Clearly, they are totally aimed at people who make quilts, I will be buying them for the kitchen, and the only question in my mind is whether to go with the colourful or monochrome version. I’m currently veering towards the colourful one on the left. What do you think? (Click to enlarge)

The tiles are about 10 x 16 inches. Each square is about 2 inches across, and the squares have a slightly rounded surface – it feels really quilty!

After a rotten day yesterday when my mobile phone had died beyond all hope of resuscitation, losing (as I thought) everything on it, just days before I’d backed everything up and bought a new one anyway, happiness was restored when I discovered (duh…) that Auntie Google had automatically backed up my calendar and contacts as well as my emails, and when I signed back into my Google account, it all came streaming back into the new phone. Yes, OK, I am a bit slow with the tech stuff… I did lose my photos and SMS, but as I tend to do most of my serious photography with a camera and download onto my laptop, the loss wasn’t as dramatic as it could have been.

The good part of yesterday was finally being able to pick up the squishy sent by Kathy a while ago to the new address. We had to do a pre-settlement inspection of the house to make sure all was well, and were handed the envelope as we arrived. And here are the beauties that were in it! Again, click to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

I won’t say normal service will be resumed tomorrow, because the next week or so is going to be a bit crazy, but at some stage I’ll have to get back onto ITAA and get it done before 22nd March. It’s not going to happen at the new house, I guarantee…

More soon 🙂

More squishies in the mailbox!

While I was away, the postman brought me all kinds of lovelies.

First and best was a squishy envelope from Robyn, with three blocks for F²F (Footsquare Freestyle), as it’s my turn this month. Aren’t they fabulous? She’s used beautiful soft colours, just as I asked, and I can tell already that this quilt is going to be A-mazing.

 

 

 

 

 

Then there was my birthday present from the Husband. I’d been given the OK to order myself some fabrics from the wonderful Fifi’s Fabricology. It’s not cheap, but they have fabrics and designers I haven’t found anywhere else. Luckily, there was a sale on and two fabrics I’ve been pining for were in it, so I didn’t hesitate.

You won’t see these fabrics in a quilt except maybe as scraps. They’re going to become wearables, whether garments, scarves or whatever. When they’re worn out, then I’ll turn them into bits of quilt! From left to right, they’re Kaffe Fasset Orange flower border, Kaffe Fasset Blue Flower border, both from the Artisan range, and Holly Holderman from the Pam Kitty Picnic range in Periwinkle.

It’s taking me a while to catch up on things now I’m back from our trip. I’ve had piles of legal stuff to do in the run up to the settlement on our new house, and every time I think I’ve got a spare half hour the phone goes or the email pings. Never mind, only a few more days to go.

First things first, though. I’ve got a pair of wings to attend to!