Saturday, 25 January 2014

My first Hummingbird blocks

Such a busy day today!

I've joined in the 2014 Grow Your Blog Party  run by Vicki of 2 Bags Full and have started to read some new blogs as well as the ones I follow already. I'm going to try to visit 10 new blogs a day and hopefully, maybe, possibly, I'll have a few more followers. I love the 7 I have but would love to meet people all over the world.

The weather here today in Wales is pretty mixed; one minute sunshine but cold, the next blustery showers. Roll on Summer! I spent the morning in the conservatory cutting pieces for my Hummingbird Quilt. It's for Alexandra, my 4 year old granddaughter who is a lover of all things pink and rabbits. I hope this is moving a bit away from baby pink but still girly.

Secret Garden fabrics plus a couple of new solids
The first blocks came together quite easily once I had made sure that the seams met exactly. I love the way the points are (quite) sharp too. I have a Kaffe Fassett fabric that is really bright that might do for the backing but I'll wait until I have done most of the blocks before deciding this time. I have 9 metres of fabric that I chose for my first quilt and none of the 3 were right.

I think it will be really pretty and just right for Alexandra.



I'm rather in awe of all the stylish blogs I've visited today and would welcome any ideas to tidy up this blog and make it more attractive. There is such a lot to learn!



Have a fantastic weekend, no matter what the weather is like,

Catherine


UPDATE:  I've linked into Celtic Thistle Stitches with the "New to me in 2014 party". I think I'll be linking a lot. So much to learn, so little time. New to me on this post are the foundation paper pieced hummingbird blocks. My first try at FPP. Not too bad if I say so myself!




22 comments:

  1. Hello, it is so nice to meet you. The colors on your blocks are wonderful and it does look like your seam work is spot on (I'm envious). Happy Hopping.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  2. Thanks for your lovely comments Caroline.

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  3. I can hardly believe you began patchwork/quilting so recently. Your work is so crisp and pretty. I'll look forward to seeing more of that lovely hummingbird quilt!

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    1. Thank you for dropping in on my blog. I've been watching a video class on Craftsy to help with technique as it isn't something we've covered yet in our beginners course here in Wales. I'll visit your blog tomorrow as its getting late here

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  4. i have to find out what a "slow blogger" is?? that has me curious??! happy weekend!! ( :
    hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party.

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    1. Follow the links. I just loved the whole idea of blogging when I want, not when I feel I should! The GYB party is such a good idea and I'll have a look at your blog tomorrow too

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  5. Hi, Catherine - you had me at the Kaffe Fassett fabrics - I LOVE those blocks!!! Dropping in from Vicki's Blog Party - hope you gather a whole BATCH of new Followers. Count me in as your newest. I also just looked up and saw your reply to Beth, about loving the idea of blogging when you want, and not because you feel you should. I have a "Button" on my own sidebar that says BLOGGING WITHOUT OBLIGATION - it's about just that! If you'll click on it, it should take you to the site I got it from, explaining it all, and you can add it here on your blog, as well. Happy Creative Sunday from the States - Las Vegas, NV, to be exact! Tanya

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  6. Hello Catherine - it is a pleasure to meet you and to follow your blog -the quilt is lovely you are making - and your piecing is wonder - such nice sharp points :) Joyous Sunday to you from Santa Monica, California
    http://kippyssomature.blogspot.com/

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  7. Hi Catherine, I have started following your blog, but not on bloglovin, I just put blogs in my favourites and check them every so often. I'm very jealous that you got to visit cottonpatch earlier this month - I live in Norfolk and it's too far away for me to get to.

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  8. It's near to my daughter who lives in Birmingham so I can get up there fairly frequently. Our local quilting shop burnt down before Christmas losing all their stock. I'm still attending classes with the owner Sue but the future of the shop is undecided.

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  9. Hello. I've just found your blog through the Grow your Blog party. I too am a quilter from the UK and I blog is Quilt Times. I am now following you through Bloglovin. I really love your Humming Bird blocks, the fabrics are great and definitely not baby pink.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Sue. I'm really enjoying taking classes and experimenting on my own with this new skill. I'm even doing a Craftsy class on FPP with Carol Doak. I'll be dropping in on your blog too!

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  10. Your humming bird blocks are lovely Catherine, your first paper piecing has turned out really well. Thanks for linking up to New to Me too I shall look forward to seeing all the new things you try throughout the year :)

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  11. I love the blocks and I adore the fabrics you've chosen. It's going to look fabulous xxx

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  12. Hi Catherine~
    I love FPP and do it a lot! I think I could be considered an FPP "addict" though I do many other types of quilting as well. I also paint and do an art journal. My blog is full of everything in my life. Stop by and visit sometime and maybe we can grow both our blogs together!
    Marsha
    http://quilterinmotion.net

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  13. I can't find how to follow you.
    linsquilts.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Lin,
      The links to Bloglovin, Google+ and follow by email are on the right hand side of the page. How do you prefer to follow?

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    2. I figured out why I couldn't understand how to follow you the other day. Only part of your blog shows up on my screen. The far right is off screen. So I couldn't see "Follow Me on Bloglovin." I have figured it out now, I guess that's obvious. I really like your blog, and copied the Blog Without Obligations button. I like that it relieves the guilt.
      linsquilts.blogspot.com

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  14. Hmm, ten blogs a day, why didn't I think of that, lol? Visiting from GYB.

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    1. I started with very good intentions but have been so busy for the last 10 days or so that it's gone by the board.

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