Free Pattern Thoughts in Thread - Block 9

Saturday, September 15, 2012

We're in the ninth month of the year, so it's time to give you Block 9 of the free BOM "Thoughts in Thread" quilt. The focus this month is on "right thoughts", so I have used a pretty clock to depict the theme.  There's nothing worse than trusting a time-piece that doesn't keep the correct time!  It needs to be right and able to be trusted!  So that's the focus - right thoughts being the foundation for right living.


An appliqued clock with some simple stitching and piecing:


As usual, you can find the new block on my website.  

This is the last block in the quilt, but come back next month and I will give you some instructions for the borders and binding, plus a quilt label.  All the blocks will remain on my website until the end of the year.  I have been planning another free BOM quilt for you for next year and some fun things for November and December, so I hope you will keep visiting!

Some friends of ours are being married next Saturday, and I wanted to have a special card to accompany their present. I decided to revisit my parchment skills (or lack thereof) to make them a pretty card.  It didn't take me long to remember why I hadn't done any parchment work for a while - sore wrist, aching shoulders, kinked neck. Of course, some of the pens had dried out and I could see I needed some practice to come up to my old standard, but I had to be content with the result. If you don't look too closely, the overall effect isn't too bad:



Two things I do know - the gift (one of my wall quilts) and the card will be one of a kind and the lovely couple are not going to get two the same!

My table runner that gave me all the angst in the previous week came together really well in the end - that is until I did the quilting!  I did my best machine quilting ever with a great cable design in the centre, but the design pushed the fabric to the edges and I ended up with waves in the non-quilted area!!!  Out it all came!  I had another two attempts which were even better quilting, but I ended up pulling them out too! Back to faithful hand quilting.  Now I have a runner that I really like and it has turned out beautifully! I never will get this quilting by machine thing!!! Lesson to self - a needle in the hand is worth two in the machine!

Happy stitching!
Val