Monday, February 22, 2010

Another OPAM Finish, Pinwheel Sampler

Here is my second OPAM finish for February. It is another Xmas wall hanging. I have had the stitchery done for quite a while and didn't know how to finish it until I saw a hanging in a Country Threads magazine and adapted it to fit my stitchery. The red Xmas fabric I had in my stash and when I saw the yellow fabric, it all fell into place. I tried to get red star buttons but couldn't find any so looked through my red button jar and came up with these. I am really happy with how it turned out. I have decided that I am going to try and make one Xmas thing each month so by the end of the year, I will have either lots of new decorations for my house or some nice gifts to give away. That sounds like a plan. Hope I can keep to it. I guess time will tell.

PS I Quilt has the first block of her pinwheel sampler quilt up on her website. If you would like to check it out, click on the button on my sidebar.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

OPAM Finish, 'Love Is' blocks

MY OPAM finish is my machine mat which I have been working on for some time. I had it almost finished last week but when putting the binding on, I realised I had one of the stitcheries upside down. What a job to fix it, lots of reverse sewing and unpicking but it had to be done otherwise I would see it everytime I used my machine. I sometimes wish I was not so particular about finishing everything off so it won't come apart easily. I'm sure I could have made another mat in the time it took me to unpick it.
Blocks 1-3 Love Is BOM from Paula of Pacific Patchwork.

I must say I am a sucker for redwork and just couldn't resist starting the free BOM called Love Is. The button is on my sidebar. I am using Rouenneries fabric which I purchased from my local quilt shop, Homespun and Beautiful. 2 Stitcheries are provided each month on the 10th and 25th with a total of 24 in all. They are really quick to do and look great, do you agree? I am making my sashing 2 inches to make the quilt a little larger and may add an extra border as well.