Friday, January 30, 2015

End of January: 1. Finish Small Quilt. Check!

I finished my January small quilt challenge a few days ago, just under the wire! Remember, we were making small quilts using disappearing four-patch blocks in my Yahoo small quilt group? There's a tutorial I posted earlier this month for making the blocks, below. They're quick and easy and quite fun to make.

I don't know what possessed me to use a light print for the setting triangles since I often use a darker setting, but I think it turned out well and I like the contrast between the light print and the tan. First, I tried an indigo, then a poison green, and also a chrome yellow fabric (!) for the binding and I thought they all looked good with the blue but sort of bold for me. So I chickened out and went with red checks. Now I call it "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." Somehow it fits. 

The quilting isn't perfect but it's always still fun to do. I'm a long, long way from being a master hand quilter but there's nothing more relaxing than sitting down with a cup of tea and doing some handiwork on a small project. We've been watching Grantchester, on Masterpiece Mystery, and enjoying it very much. About a crime-solving Anglican priest in a small English town, it puts me in the Hands to Work, Hearts to God sort of mode, LOL. Gotta love any show with a handsome vicar and the English countryside as a backdrop, even if there are murders (and romance, of course) very week. It's on Sundays after Downton Abbey. You should watch.



James Norton as Sydney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, riding his bike all over town, solving mysteries and flirting with the ladies. (But it's okay, vicars can marry and he's a bachelor.)

On Instagram* today, Martha Stewart asked her followers to comment on what they'll be making for Superbowl Sunday. I ALMOST shot back:  "A Quilt!" but that's probably not what she had in mind so I didn't.  I'll be watching Episode 3 of Grantchester this Sunday, perhaps quilting another small quilt. I've only got, like, 15 tops that I still need to finish . . . . Hope there are enough good mysteries on PBS this year.

*I'm loving Instagram! There are so many talented, creative people out there and it's fun to connect with some of you in this way. Thanks for following me.


Yvonne said...

Lovely little quilt and your quilting looks just fine. We just have seen the first episode of Grantchester here in the Netherlands and I love it!

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Kathleen...I want to tell you, you have dome an awesome job hand quilting that beautiful little 4 patch disappearing quilt! Really amazing! I have been hand quilting for ages and you can quilt at my frame anyday! I have about as many smalls to quilt also...lots of snowy days will keep me inside doing just that.
Have a great weekend! Hugs Marg.

Linda said...

Beautiful work.

Jean Belle said...

Love your little d4p's. I gave it a try this month too. You've got me hooked on small quilts now, and it's been a great way for me to try out new blocks, be creative, and use up some of my scraps. I have so many bed sized quilts that I'm running out of room!

Scrappy quilter said...

Very pretty finish. I really like the colours you've used.

Karen said...

I love your little table runner. The contrast tan with the white is great. The blocks really stand out as they should. Your hand quilting is beautiful too!

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

I LoVed your comment for Super Bowl Sunday! Hilarious!
What will you be making? Why, a quilt of course! Me too!
Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs Marg.

Jennifer M said...

Beautiful job on your "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm". I felt you were brave to use the light background but I love it. I love it when something new we try, comes out so pleasing as you did. Your hand quilting looks beautiful to me. I will also be making a quilt during the super bowl!

pens and needles said...

Rebecca is just darling! And I, too, am LOVING Grantchester -- the BBC can't make these wonderful productions fast enough to suit me. Love the period pieces, even when (as you said) murder is part of the mix.

quiltgrannie said...

Kathy, your Poison Green and Chrome Yellow want to come out and play!! your little runner is darling!!
And I will be making a quilt for the Super Bowl too!!! LOL

jane nj/wi said...

Dear Martya Kathy will be making "googly eyes" st the vicar on Suoerbowl Sunday. And the darn quilting is great. Stitches be darned. The choice if the pattern to stitch makes this little quilt for me. Nice!

Jane not in FL or WI but soon Vietnam

Anonymous said...

I really like the lighter setting triangles. It sets the four patches off nicely.

I too love Grantchester. If you like British shows, you should subscribe to Acorn TV. I think it's $49/year and there's tons of mysteries and dramas to watch.

Cindy in Kansas

Huckleberry stitches said...

I love that runner! It is very cute!


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