Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday

I'm sat here in bed, enjoying my only lie-in of the week, and I cant sleep. I'm being mauled by cats. Cats that are hungry. So I get up, feed said cats, make myself a delicious cappuccino, and come back to bed. I try to get back to sleep, but now I'm being mauled by cute cats that want a cuddle.


Give up. Turn on the laptop, blog.


I'm thinking about my "to-sew" list. Not the Bucket List of quilts I'll make someday, but the list of things that need to be sewn like, now. It doesn't seem to be going down!


I really wanted to start on my Brit Bee quilt yesterday, but it wasn't in the cards. Instead, I made 6 granny squares before breakfast:


Granny Squares! For the 4x5 Bee


Granny Squares! For the 4x5 Bee


I adore this pattern! It works with any kind of colour scheme and print. I've notice though, that I prefer them with light centres. The top middle green, aqua and grey is for me, but I much prefer how the blue one looks. 


Granny Squares! For the 4x5 Bee


These are for the 4x5 Bee, and again this quarter  4 people had similar colours. They're not due for a while, but I wanted them out the way. Since we're swapping 12.5" blocks I did have to sash these. I like them as a single block sashed, but a whole quilt like that would not work!


It was a smidge late for breakfast now, but its never to late for eggs. Poached eggs, my favourite. They turned out pretty perfect actually... I have a secret technique :-)




Then I started on another commission quilt. This time its a baby quilt for a little boy. His dad is a pilot, so I started with Ready Set Go Planes by Robert Kaufman. Its organic, so it has a lovely feel. Silky and supple.




I pulled a stack of fabrics that I thought picked out the aqua, green and orange, and also continued the spots and stripes theme of the print. Then I cut 2 squares from each print and made some 5.75" HST's (I had intended them to be 6", but a couple were on the small side... what's a quarter inch between friends anyway?).


HST Baby Quilt


HST Baby Quilt


I quickly sewed these up into a top, and Bob's your uncle. As they say.


HST Baby Quilt


It was at this point (about 5pm) that I broke my very last sewing machine needle, realised I'd forgotten to buy more, and I also didn't have any basting spray, or suitable backing. Gah. Looked like the quilt wasn't going to get finished. 


I did the only sensible thing after a long day sewing... cleared up (in a fashion), made some dinner, opened a bottle of wine, and watched Criminal Minds reruns. And that, my friends, was my Saturday.




25 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a an industrious day! Loving the baby quilt - so fresh. Jxo

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  2. that was one heck of a day!! Enjoy your rest xx

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  3. That was a good day - it didn't involve dragging/chasing a pair of 5 year olds, dressed up as Belle and Cinderella, around Tesco, so got to be jealous x

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  4. sounds like a good day to me! love criminal minds...and i need to catch up on my dvr-ed episodes...

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  5. Aw Lauli I'd love a day like that. Sounds just lovely. I'll settle for an email with your poached eggs secret ;-) Mine always suck!

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  6. Those poached eggs look fantastic. Mine are either always rubbery or undercooked. I have been studying many tips from many chefs about how to do them so I think I now know how to do it, but I've yet to try for fear that I fail - yet again and all my hopes are dashed.

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  7. Sounds like a perfect saturday! I have several commends.
    1. Your poached eggs look amazing. I need that secret.
    2. You are seriously my quilting inspiration. everything you sew makes me want to immediately sew right. this.minute.
    3. (unrelated to post) I have that quilt we talked about with that weird technique I don't know the name of mostly done and would love to show you!

    hehe Talk to you today sometime maybe?

    Sarah :)

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  8. What a well done day! You are the queen of poached eggs. I love them, but every time I try to make them it is a disaster.

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  9. Sounds like a fab Saturday to me! Know what you mean about being woken up unreasonably early though - grr.

    Love your granny squares and quilt, and I assume you've rectified the needle situation now... ;o)

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  10. Sounds like the puuurrrfect day :-) (sorry had to get a reference in for the cats)

    Love the granny squares...I'm trying to resist making them...though I'm tempted!

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  11. what a great saturday! I love your granny squares especially the blue one! the commissioned triangles quilt top looks great so far. those colors are fantastic and great prints for the child of a pilot :)

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  12. The triangles are prefect and the granny squares are fun. It sounds like a wonderful day to me.

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  13. Gorgeous stuff, as always Laura! Your granny squares are some of my favorite that I've seen.

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  14. your poached eggs look great - and they look like homegrown eggs too? Oh how I miss my chickens for that reason. I'd love to hear your secret for poached eggs!

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  15. Oh boy! you have been busy. I am really liking the Granny squares. Di xo

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  16. Oh, what a lovely day you had. Way to go, love your Grannies, I don't seem to tire of seeing them. They look fantastic. And that boy quilt, great idea with HSTs. I should make something like that for my son.

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  17. Sounds like a mighty fine Saturday to me!

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  18. I so want to do the granny square quilt!

    Th boy quilt is lovely too!

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  19. Love your granny blocks - I can't believe you made them before breakfast and they look like they're meant to!! Your poached eggs look delicious - is your secret to go out for brunch?! (And I love Criminal Minds - are you watching reruns on Freeview, if so which channel?!!)

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  20. I absolutely love the triangle quilt.. it reminds me of the pennants waving from a sailboat. So neat!!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  21. That's a pretty busy Saturday! I love the granny blocks too.

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  22. Beautiful blocks and quilt. I havent been here before and love your blog! So what's the secret on the eggs? They look pretty yummy!

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  23. Oh I just scrolled down to previous post....I have been here before :)

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