Monday, March 31, 2014

Park Bench - Block 2: Ball Game

Tonight block two of Park Bench was cut and pieced together. The pieces come together really smoothly and I'm really enjoying piecing these rather huge blocks!


This block is called Ball Game. I'm not really sure I see where the name for these blocks come from, but they are fun anyways :-)


Thinking maybe I need to include some lighter fabrics...

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Park Bench - Block 1: Picnic

I had some fun today piecing together the first two blocks of my Park Bench quilt and they came together really smoothly. Both are made from the first blockpattern - Picnic


The quilt has 15 blocks in it, seven of the blocks are repeated to make two, and then there's one extra. The blocks finish 16", which is huge to me who has a comfort zone piecing blocks in the sizes 6" to 9".

I'm very happy with my choice of dark oldfashioned pinks and greens I showed in my previous post, but I do see that I will have to include a bit more value to the to colourways so the blocks will really "pop" - hence the brighter pink in these blocks, and there will be some light lime green in the next block.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Park Bench - the beginning

While visiting Lapp-Elisa's in February I picked up a pattern booklet I have been drooling over ever since I spotted it on the designer's blog back in October: Park Bench by Julie Hermann of Jaybird Quilts. Spent a little time picking through my shash and fondling whatever fabrics I might use



...look good, huh? And now I'm looking forward to playing some more with my Hex 'n More ruler and the Sidekick ruler :-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, March 17, 2014

Visit to London

I have spent som time visiting friends for a long weekend in London. Spring has come a bit further there than here at home, and I got to enjoy some fresh air and some much needed sunshine:



In the sun on the south bank:



Enjoying High Tea at the Wallace Collection - including a glass of "bubbly"




And we spent quite some time goofing around trying on some armor replicas - those things are HEAVY!


I finally made my way to the London Zoo. I have thought many times I would like to go, but never got around to it. Some of the highlights:



















  

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Quilty days in Lennartsfors

Friday a grup of eager quilters gathered in cars and made their way to Lapp-Elisa's in Lennartsfors.Projects at the ready, sewing machines ready for a few days of pedal to the metal. A glimps of the sewing room while the other girls were out for a bit:




The weather was horrible on our way down, but Saturday morning we got up to a glorious spring sun, so of course we had to enjoy a bit of fresh air.







This was my project for the weekend - a layer cake I have had laying in my stash for a few years, and some lovely grey on black I picked up in Elisabeth's shop. The triangle blocks are made using the Hex 'n More ruler:



With some fleece on the back it will be a perfect lap quilt for chilly days at work.
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida