Saturday, 11 June 2022


Ah yes, it's the weekend. 
My post today is a real mixed bunch of sewing … reading … eating!

You may remember a couple of weeks ago, I had a yummy fabric pull and had started cutting … but then I just didn’t like any of the ideas! My design wall was full of trial blocks, strips, and squares oh my!

And then... My friend Glenys told me about the new quilt pattern from Emma @treehouse textiles, which I downloaded, the long weekend quilt. It's basically four large trip around the world blocks, each with concentric rounds of colour. 
I also checked out another idea @sewcraftyjess, where, back in 2014, Jess had made a giant granny square quilt, using large 5.5" squares. 

Fast forward to this weekend, and I decided to relook at things. I cut out a bunch of 4" squares and started getting some fabric combinations up on the design wall, and I did a spot of tweaking as I progressed  played.

Hope you enjoy my process & progress pics, makes for a much more interesting post rather than simply showing a “finish” {And, wink wink, you'd be waiting for ages between posts otherwise!}. Here's where I ended up this weekend …

Et voila …

It's a real mish mash of ideas & inspiration - but what a great way to put all my scraps to good use!
I'm off now to cut out a zillion white "sashing" squares 
Linking up my sewing progress with Cynthia here for "oh scrap". 

I also finished a great read, "These Silent Woods" by Kimi Cunningham Grant. For eight years Cooper & his daughter have lived in isolation, no electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world. And that's just the way Cooper wants it as he has a lot to hide. 
Suddenly though, everything about their safe haven is threatened. Beautifully written, this is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all. 
It is one of those books that has stayed on my mind for days after finishing, best read in ages ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Did someone say curry night? We love a curry night and tonight it's a chickpea, lentil & pumpkin Dahl. I kept the curry sauce quite simple, frying onions, garlic and ginger, and then toasting off the other spices before adding the tomatoes, lentils, pumpkin, chickpeas. Spinach was added just before serving. I mixed up some yoghurt with grated cucumber topped with mint, and served it all with steamed basmati rice and poppadoms. EDIT: the leftovers went to my daughter #mealsonwheels 😀😍😋

Happy weekending 


Linda said...

Loved reading about your process and where you ended up. Very pretty. Several years ago I got hooked on Granny Squares and saved a lot of these quilt designs in my Pinterest. Then never did anything about it. Your post has rekindled my interest and I will have to dig out those old Pinterest photos. Your curry looked delicious. Hope you saved some for me!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Love the granny square blocks. They are reminding me that I cut several squares for something similar quite some time back. Perhaps it's time to drag them out and get sewing.

Mystic Quilter said...

Super post Linda showing your progress with this latest quilt project, all fabrics worked together beautifully! Have fun with cutting all the white squares now. Your curry meal looks divine - I must try this one night it's just perfect for me as I prefer vegetable dishes.

Shasta Matova said...

Your granny squares blocks are beautiful. All those fun fabrics look great together. Your dinner looks yummy!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Love your scrappy blocks. The quilt is going to look amazing. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Nann said...

Your granny squares have such a vintage vibe! Thanks for the book recommendation.

Karen S said...

What a lovely lot of blocks you have ended up with.
All that work paid off.

audrey said...

I am totally crushing on your latest quilting effort. These colors are just so sweet and the blocks are just wonderful made up in them.:)

Ann said...

The Granny squares are sweet. Good way to use up your play pieces, too.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I do love the look of the granny squares. It is on my mind to make one of these. Your color and fabric combinations are always so pretty, unexpected, just terrific. I have made a note of the book you recommend. Looks like a yummy dinner and how nice to share with your daughter too!

Nancy said...

Yes, yes, yes to these blocks! I love the two with brown and white checks!
On your recommendation, I reserved the book. I'm always searching for the next best read!

Nancy said...

P.S. I love process posts that tell me how a quilter got from a stack of fabric to a finished block or quilt. When it's just a finish post I often find myself wondering about the decisions, about the sizes, about the fabrics.... Thanks for sharing your process.