Time to work on my PhDs!

Having finished my series of New York, cushions it’s time to work on something else.  Tempting though it is to start a quilt to go with the cushions, I thought I should have look at my PhDs (Projects Half Done!) I’ve got 4 unfinished projects – well I had a couple more and heartlessly decided I was never going to make them so threw them out.  Sometimes UFOs or PhD are precisely that for a reason.

Amongst the PhDs are a couple of scraps quilts on the go (I sew together pairs of 2 1/2″ squares of scrap fabric as leaders and enders when I am piecing other quilts and these grow into scrap quilts in their own right).  I came across this pattern a while back from Quilt Sampler magazine


which I can extend with an extra row to be large enough for a single bed.

I’ve sewn all my squares into rows and then blocks



And found that I’d made a reasonable start on the flowers.


I’ve decided to make Suffolk puffs for the flower centres.


Little Waltham Quilt Show

Every two years one of the groups I belongs to hold a quilt show. It opened today and finishes tomorrow.

So on Thursday afternoon, it was time to set up


We had lots of great quilts – and lots of smaller pieces of patchwork


After a few hours, the chaos (and the Church) was transformed






And in the entrance, we hung the raffle quilt -



The 4th of New York

I’ve just completed the fourth of my New York themed cushions.  I used a further pattern from Pillow Pop for one side -


Essentially it’s 9 patch (for which I used 4 squares of two fabrics – one with a white background and the other with a black and just had enough of another fabric for the centre).  The 1/4 circles were made from scraps which I appliqued onto the squares.

The other side used almost all my remaining NY themed fabrics -




And now I’m done!  4 new cushions for the sofa in my sewing room




Kentwell, Suffolk

Yesterday afternoon, we went to Kentwell Hall near Long Melford in Suffolk.  Being early in the season and not a very nice day weatherwise, the place was deserted.  But the daffodils were still looking lovely -


And the peacock put on impressive show