Sunday, April 20, 2008

Around the world

I haven't been blogging much the past week so this is a bit of a catch-up blog.

The good news is I have five bags of clothing to go to the charity shop and four boxes of "stuff" for them as well. I made some progress on the clear out and get ready to move front. Of course I also went to an auction and bought two very cute bedroom chairs, a painting and a regency period writing desk. So much for the clear-out space! But the new/old stuff is just more fun than a couple bags of suits!
I also finished piecing an Around the World quilt top using Bonnie's directions. I had the blocks done for months and after reading her post about her copyright being elbowed I thought I should put the blocks together. I used a lot of my 2-1/2 inch strips of 1930's reproduction fabrics. I would like to put a border on this but am going to wait a week or so. My first inclination is to use a 1 inch strip of red then a wider border...unfortunately I don't have any solid red left in my stash and this was to use up. So instead I may use a very deep royal blue instead of the red and maybe use some red print strips for the outer border. I'll have to think on it!

We did go on a steam train ride last weekend. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway runs along the hills in back of my village to the race course. It was on my list of things to do before I leave. Yahoo...something to scratch off the list! Makes me think a bit of the Hogwart's Express...it was very fun.

I have started on the next step of the Orange Crush mystery quilt. My 2 inch squares are cut...it is something! I have a busy week in front of me though and I may not get much more than that done for a bit...Hope I don't get too far behind.

11 comments:

Karol-Ann said...

Love, love, love that quilt top!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

It is more fun than bags of suits - thats #1 good point. #2 good point - red print strips for outer border. And the #3 good point for the day - fantastic to cross something off the "to do" list.

Right on! *karendianne.

Elaine Adair said...

Gorgeous outcome with the quilt! Vrey pretty and light. I'm seeing a light border - white - it looks like there is a LOT of light colors?

Don't ya jest hate it whem people make suggestions and you didn't ask?

It's going to be wonderful any way! Thanks for posting it.

Gypsy Quilter said...

What terrific treasures you find on your jaunts. I know you'll enjoy them even more once you're home. Great job on the quilt. Have you considered a light blue or lavendar border? That train is sooo cute. What a fun trip that must have been. Was there a dining car?

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

your Around the World is gorgeous. love the happy colors. uh oh, only from stash? eeeeek.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I'm just catching up on blog reading and it sounds like you've had a bit of a wobble lately. I hope your meds settle out and that you can safely get back to sewing and ironing!
I'm gathering from your post that you'll be uprooting..how long before you go? We sure are going to miss you on this side of the Atlantic...who else would keep the presenters on Flog It guessing!

Mad about Craft said...

Beautiful quilt top!! Such a good way to use up scraps and stash.

I really hope you have enjoyed your time in England and we've been friendly and not too 'stiff upper lipish'

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love your trip around the world with the 30's fabrics! Hmm, might be something I should do with mine!

Purple Pam said...

Your Around the World quilt is great. I vote for a medium to light purple border, but blue would be nice as well. The train trip looks like a wonderful experience.

Carol E. said...

I love your TATW!! I've been saving 2.5" strips. I wonder if I have enough? Probably not yet.

Nines said...

LOVE the trip!!! Do you have to grow it? I think it is absolutely GREAT just as it is! And yeah! for doing anything on a list!