Friday, January 24, 2014

Weeping Angle Block

What's on my design wall? It's a Weeping Angel for my Doctor Who quilt I am making. The blocks are foundation pieced.... Many thanks must go to Soma Acharya for Doctor Who - Weeping Angle pattern, the first of many free pattern downloads from her site which I'll be using. When I saw Soma's pattern I knew I would have to make her (the Weeping Angle) first!

I really enjoyed the challenge of putting her together, but can you see my mistake I made in my Weeping Angel block? Oops!! I used the wrong fabric in the background, look in the area near her shoulder and you will see it.

I didn't notice the mistake until I had her finished and stood back and looked at her from a distance but with my trusty seam ripper, I replaced the grey fabric with white fabric, lucky me for the mistake was easily corrected.

If you are not familiar with Weeping Angels they are an ancient race of aliens from the long running science fiction series Doctor Who. This is the message that the Doctor leaves on a DVD for his time travel companion. "Don't Blink. Blink and you're dead. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't Blink. Good Luck."

I think my next block will be the Dalek he looks like he is going to be lots of fun to make.

Happy quilting until next time.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jenny's Modern Quilt

My girlfriend daughter Jenny who is only 28 with four small children, has been battling Leukemia for some time, the good news is that her sister is a perfect matched donor so Jenny is having a Stem cell transplant tomorrow. The hope is that the transplant, using her sister bone marrow can rebuild the supply of normal blood cells and then Jenny's immune system will kick back into action and regenerate.

Jenny loves this modern art, so I have been busy over the Christmas holidays and New Year designing and making her a quilt, based on the Modern Art that is hanging in her house. These colours are not in my colour range but Jenny loves them and that’s what important.

This is the quilt top I designed for her.

This is the back of the quilt, as you can see I've used leftover blocks and almost all of the leftover fabric from the front has gone into the back. No wastage here.

I had some leftover star blocks from Dylan's quilt which were perfect for labels, Jenny's mom asked the members of her family to write messages of encouragement, hope and love on the hexagon's, now Jenny can take the quilt with her into hospital to comfort her when she is in the isolation room for four weeks.

My favourite message on this quilt was "In those moments when you are alone know that we are with you - our love is wrapped around you always". Good luck Jenny we are all in your corner.

Until next time happy quilting

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