Friday, 14 May 2010

Goodbye Chloe - and Bonnie.

Sadly we had to have Chloe, one of our rescued, ex-battery hens put to sleep this morning.
She had almost two years of freedom since she left the battery farm in June 2008.
I have not been keeping you up to date with the chicken situation, Bonnie died a few weeks ago and we lost Maggie last September.
Here is a photo of Bonnie and Chloe from last Autumn.

This is not meant to be a sad post as all three girls enjoyed their freedom to the max and we were so pleased to have them as our pets.

I made a quilted piece last year to celebrate their freedom which I don't think I have shown on the blog but will be exhibiting at the FOQ in August. Perhaps you might see it there?

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Patchwork & Quilting Course - Week 2 Blocks.

Each week I have been producing three sample blocks for my students. Week 2 was the good old shoo fly block. I decided to use this block to demonstrate how to make half square triangles out of two squares - a skill that every new quilter needs.

For the more experienced quilters in the group I made a block out of four six inch blocks. I love the way that secondary patterns appear in this block.
I also included the churn dash block as it is a variation of the shoo fly. I used the bonus triangles from the string blocks to piece the centre of this one. I really enjoy making blocks out of tiny pieces especially since I learnt they work much better if you press the seams open.