Friday, 13 July 2012

Hopscotch and happy mail

I've made a bit of headway with my Hopscotch quilt - 8 blocks done (out of nearly 80 - so still a long ways to go!)


I'm pretty happy with how it's coming together - my points are not perfect at all, but they're only off by a couple of millimetres so I'm not going to fix them. I've decided to go a bit scrappy with the triangle points - so the stars will be green/black but with a few different fabrics thrown in. As you can see, some of the triangle centres will be black too (in the interest of having some value difference between the lighter fabrics and their centres). I'm cutting and sewing each block individually, so I'm really making up the layout as I go along - I'm just not sure what I'll do when I run out of space on my design wall...

I am really, really enjoying the process of making this quilt - I'm taking it slow and really just focusing on the joy of making it. It's a bit of a revelation for me. I do love sewing, but I think I tend to get really focussed on getting something finished, rather than enjoying the process of making it.

I had a bit of happy mail arrive today too. I was extremely excited to recieve an email a couple of weeks ago to say I'd won the giveaway on the Stash Books blog for Angela Walters newly released Free-Motion Quilting book. You may have noticed how much I love the quilting part of making quilts - I am so excited by the ideas and designs she presents. I can't wait to try out some of her ideas - especially on my Mendocino quilt and my Hopscotch quilt when they're done!


I've only flipped through it so far, and I can't wait to read it more thoroughly tonight. 

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

x Jess

13 comments:

Heather D. said...

The quilt is looking really great. I like that you are varying the fabrics in the star portions and that you have some black triangle centres. The colours all seem to work so well together.

Also, congrats on the book win, that looks like a good one.

quilary said...

Love the colour combinations...and the way the triangles go together and form the star is great. I really like that patterns, I might have to look into that one!

Janine said...

This is a lovely design. Congrats on winning the book :)

Di said...

Glad that you have slowed down enough to enjoy the process of sewing as then there are two joys - process and finish. The triangle and star quilt is lovely. Well done on your prize. Di x

Nicky said...

I love your colour choice Jess! And am interested to see how you continue with your layout.

Let me know if that book is worth getting as I am definitely into the FMQ thing now!

Kelsey said...

It's looking great so far!! I need to work more on just enjoying it too! It's just so exciting to finish things :)

Jessica said...

That looks like a great book!
I love how the quilt is coming together....I must be the opposite to you, I love the putting together part but when it comes to quilting and finishing it I really put it off...literally I have put quilts away for years at this stage!

Carla said...

I have seen this pattern around. It looks challenging?
Happy stitching : )

Katy Cameron said...

Love the fabric mixes in this, and enjoy the new book :o)

Quilting In The Cold said...

What fab choice of colours, they look great together. I love the stars in the centre.

Cherie said...

The blocks look good! Loving the colour scheme =D

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I love how this quilt is comming together. It is one of the very few patterns that I am hoping to make again after my daughter took the first one for her bed! Congratulations on the win, hugs

SameliasMum said...

I think your hopscotch quilt is quite striking. Love the colours. I have this pattern too ... but it's sitting in my "one day" basket.