Bits and pieces

I don’t normally have more than one piece I am working on but now I have two.

One was started to make a quilt with reds and I had a very vague idea of what I wanted.


Well actually, what I had in my mind wasn’t quite like those but similar but not close enough.  A few people commented them to be roses which kind of caught me by surprise but understand that especially it’s February. But no, I won’t make them to be roses, sorry!

I had to set them aside and needed to think deeper or differently. So I decided to make something else.

I made this Celtic Cross block by Janet which came with one of email quilt magazine subscription. Isn’t it pretty and interesting, is it? I made it for no particular reason.

I brought this back to my design board and started messing. 

The first border was this.

I turned it 45 degrees and added Mariner’s compass style blocks on four corners.

The centre block doesn’t look great in this way, dose it? Also I will be fighting with math difficulty if I kept going this way. So I had to turn it again.

This time, I used  strip style corners because I didn’t want to have another triangle orientated blocks. Also I needed to move away from that busy background fabric. I like it and it adds fun look to it but I can’t have it all the away to the end because that will be a bit too much.

Now this block is 38″ by 38″ and I want to add another round without turning it. I haven’t got any idea and am putting this aside because I think I know what to with the red one. I think…

I did a bit of gardening today for the first time in a good while. It has been a mild winter here in Ireland. Some plants are early and some are late. I better clean up gardening tools soon!





Julie Fukuda
February 11, 2019 12:06 am

I saw a few yellow buds on the honeysuckle in the park, but my plum blossoms are still small and tight, though they used to open on my daughter’s birthday the 15th. Snow was falling in town at 5:30 am when I finished onigiri delivery, but as I got back out to my area there was nothing. So far we have had the very lightest dusting of snow that melts as soon as it hits the ground but tints the leaves on the hedges. Should you stop there with the red, they will look like roses… will be waiting for more to be added.

February 11, 2019 5:40 pm

Since I saw the news of snow in Tokyo, I thought there must be a lot. It might be a good thing you didn’t get too much. Hope people in rough situation weren’t affected badly either.
I wouldn’t stop red one as they were 😉

February 14, 2019 5:00 pm

I admit I did think they were to be roses, and specifically ruby roses for the exhibition. Whatever they are, they will look wonderful. Sorry I can’t help with the IT

February 15, 2019 10:20 am

You are not alone at all Helen. I think everybody did except me some how. It’s the time of the year as well 🙂