Friday 4 November 2011

Friday already??

I hate to say it, but it's Friday, and it's November, and last week it was January and I'm no closer to having my life in order than I was back then.  It's my perpetual battle - I'm doomed to feel out of control.  I'm a control freak with two little messy people and I don't think there will be much control until they are a little more under control. 

But they are little and I do love that they are little and loving and this messiness will pass, and I will miss it.  And you can only control two little independent minds so far. 

So here's something from the depths of the UFO cupboard:

It's the one solo Joseph's Coat block that I've basted, but not appliqued.

I've done loads of the preparation work, I've cut about a million petals, but haven't trimmed them yet.  It's a real multistep thing and I am enjoying it, but I have to admit that I'm so far out of my comfort zone it isn't funny.  The design came from Kelly of Don't Look Now, though I suspect she's put her version into her UFO cupboard because nothing has been mentioned of this quilt along for months. 

It's a long winded process, but I really do enjoy the preparation work.  First of all, you trace 2904847 petals onto Floriana Stitch and Fuse.

Then you iron them onto your fabrics.  Mine are on my delicious 30's fabrics.

Once they are nicely ironed on, you trim around each one.

Yes, my ironing board cover is hideously dirty.  Thanks for noticing!

(it shows it is much, much used).

Then, you get a little glue stick, and stick each side down.  This is an art.  The first few I did I made such a mess of, but once you get into the rhythm of it, it gets easier.

Not easy, mind you.  Just easier.  Oh that ironing board.

Eventually, you have lots of these little stuck thingies ready to be basted.

And when you lay them on your design board, they look smashing.

Now I just have to baste them, and hand stitch them, and then stitch each block together in a terrifically complicated way.  But I shall battle through!  I don't know why I start such challenging things, I really don't.

If you would like to see Kellie of Don't Look Now version, you can find her website here:

That's all for now. I'm off to visit first child's sports day.  Talk to you soon!



  1. My project has stalled also. There are a gazillion petals all ready to go ..... I just need to take that bin off the shelf. One of these days .....

    Keep up the good work, we will both have a beautiful quilt one day!

  2. Love that design. And I just happen to have a lot of left overs from another 30s project ... we'll see.

  3. What a wonderful quilt you are making! Love the colors. Your ironing board looks like mine (and probably like most of us quilters ironing boards!).Once I recover it I'm going to try the freezer paper method of keeping it clean. When working with fusibles or glue sticks you just iron a big piece of freezer paper onto your ironing surface, shiny side down. When you're done, remove the freezer paper and you still have a clean surface!