Wednesday 20 November 2013

Work in Progress

Way back in August 2012 I signed up to make the Votes for Women quilt over at Grandmother's Choice. Barbara Brackman posted the blocks as a block of the week and along with the block gave some of the history. This was just what I was looking for, 49 blocks to improve my techniques and learn new ones linked to a historical theme. The BOW was finished back at the beginning of August but I had got behind and have been playing catch up. If possible I wanted to have the quilt top finished this month.

Anyway over the last week I have been busy making blocks. I'd left some of the ones I didn't fancy attempting till last. The 'boy breeches' block I tried to make when it was first posted and it still took two attempts to get it right this time. For some reason I kept on turning the leg shapes the wrong way which threw the whole block out. Here are the 9 I've made this week.

I thought I'd made more than I had, even having made that 9 I only have 37 of the 49 completed. Here are 36 I've made. I've still got to finish the appliqué on the other block. I have certainly learnt a lot along the way. The two circle blocks in the front row were my first attempts at curves. I've now got this mastered but it has taken some time. I did originally plan on remaking these blocks but I'm not going to as they are part of the history of the making process.

It's interesting how the colours alter when photographed. The fabrics are all shades of green purple / lilac and white but some colours look more blue and some quite pink. At the moment I think I will use a darkish green for the sashing with star cornerstones in white. Of course I'll probably change my mind before I get to that point.

Picasso has had a lot to say about the flurry of activity on this quilt. He feels he's missed out on cuddles and possibly snacks so he sits on my cutting board and generally gets in the way.

Scamp feels it's very unfair that Picasso can just jump up even though he gets told off and put back on the floor. Poor Scamp can only lean against my leg to see if I'll be finished soon. When he finds that I'm planning on continuing sewing he curls up again in his basket.

The quilt when finished is for my older daughter. I was hoping to finish it in time for Christmas but I'm not sure I've got the time to quilt it. Still she has a birthday in April and it will definitely be done by then.

For now I must put the machine and computer away and collect together all the things I need for this evening's meeting of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.

I'm linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the river for her Tuesday link party and  with Lee for her work in progress at Freshly Pieced and Sharon's WIP at Pinangle

Opps I forgot to announce who won the give away from October. The 5 inch squares go to Tammy and the 3 inch to Bea. I have contacted them both by email. Apologises for the delay.
I hope you're having a good week. Come back tomorrow for a give away



  1. Wow Lyndsey, there is definitely a lot of history in those beautiful blocks, your daughter will love it! Great pics of Picasso and Scamp too! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

  2. Wow, all those blocks look lovely together - lucky daughter :)

  3. Hi Lyndsey, great blocks! I especially like the one in the middle on the first pic. Interesting....I've been making 6" blocks in blue and white. It started with Randy D. sow-a-long you might find more block patterns at her site = , cheers, Claire W.

  4. Love the blocks. The fabrics are great...So peaceful....That will be a gorgeous quilt. Thank you in reference to the squares I won.

  5. You have mastered such a lot of techniques with this quilt already, you must be thrilled with your progress. Your curves blocks look great from here!

  6. I am loving the colors of these blocks! Beautiful! :)

  7. All those blocks look great together and purple and green is, of course, an obvious choice.