Wednesday, 29 December 2010

A BOM, a change of direction and a pincushion

The Amitie BOM carries on with two blocks to make each month.  This time I gritted my teeth and mastered hand piecing because some of these blocks are just too fiddly to make on the machine.  I've been using a mixture of the Amitie fabrics and my own and am kind of wondering whether that means I'll end up with something wonderful or just a right old mess.  So far, the six blocks are looking good together I think:
Amitie BOM
My husband bought me a Maison de Garance layer cake for Christmas.  I have to confess I am secretly a sucker for very traditional quilts and am designing a quilt to use for this layer cake with a very traditional look - three different stars all sort of interlinking.  The inspiration for this came from this chubby star quilt.  I've made two blocks so far and they're kind of a fuss and a fiddle to cut and piece but I like the look of the finished blocks - very old fashioned.  Two down, eight to go and lots more fuss and fiddle bits to make to hold the whole thing together and this is going to look perfect in our sitting room.
Maison de Garance three star quilt
And finally my London sister asked for a pincushion for Christmas and because she lives in a house that looks like it comes from a magazine and is full of gorgeous items beautifully placed around about the place, I couldn't make her a pincushion out of just any old fabric - of course it had to be a Tufted Tweets Chesterfield sofa pincushion:
Xmas present for my sister
Well I will wish you all a happy new year because I probably won't have anything to blog about between now and then - unless I show you all the goodies I was given for Christmas, which I might just come back and do - if I tell you that my husband took the kids to my lovely LQS, Quintessential in Cromford, Derbyshire,  and my Mum and sister shopped at my other favourite fabric shop, Simply Solids, you can gather that I had a good stash of Christmas presents this year.

15 comments:

  1. Oooh Lynne, that pincushion is to DIE for! I love it *scurrying off to my tufted tweets ... Beautiful blocks too ... Happy end of the festive season to you :)

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  2. Ooooooooooooey! Your husband DOES have fantastic taste! If he was Welsh as well he would be my dream husband!

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pincushion! Great choice!

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  4. Great pincushion! It looks so cute!!

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  5. That's one cute pincushion!! I also love the circles, they just look like so much work. Have a great new year.

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  6. Those blocks WILL look fab in your living room!!

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  7. Could Anonymous be Nigel himself?!?

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  8. Definitely show us your Christmas goodies! For the first time in years, I didn't get a scrap of fabric (but I buy it for myself all year long, so I can hardly blame my hubby for holding back)! Your traditional stars are gorgeous and I'm already in love with that quilt. I continue to bow down to your piecing genius on the Amitie BOM, too.

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  9. Thanks for the 'chubby star' link Lynne! The pincushion is really cute! Would love to see your Christmas stash! (I'm working on getting that Mariner's Compass together for a New Year reveal! ) Happy New year!!!

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  10. I am in awe of your Amitie BOM blocks. I think you should show us your Christmas goodies too! It's always good to see a bit of fabric porn.
    Love what you did with the pin cushion and aren't you lucky having a husband who buys you fabric those stars are looking great.

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  11. Lynne you always make the most beautiful intricate blocks! Love how your BOM is coming along, and those stars are really pretty!

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  12. Great stars! I love everything French General and am kicking myself for not buying more Rounieries when I found it 40% off last month. Oh well, one must not buy All the fabric one sees.

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

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  13. These are all lovely, but those circle blocks are just awesome!

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  14. I just saw the Amitie BOM nearly finished quilt. It is gorgeous and yours will be too.

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