Sunday, March 06, 2016

FNwF - Simple Simon

Hello everyone!

I'm joining Friday Night with Friends (FNwF) over on Cheryll's blog - Gone Stitchin'.

I have been stitching along with The Splendid Sampler by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, and you can read more about The Splendid Sampler on their blog -  here.

When I signed up to FNwF I thought I would work on these blocks:

"Happy Happy" - already in progress, and
"Simple Simon" - which I hoped to be able to cut out Friday afternoon, ready to stitch in the evening.

However, next week a decorator is coming in to redo our living room (we used to do it all ourselves but this time round we are having difficulty summoning up the enthusiasm we used to have, plus neither of us are getting any younger!). Although we had already bought the wallpaper, we still had to buy the paint, so to make sure we had the paint ready for the radiators we had to buy it Friday afternoon!

Which meant Friday evening I had to cut the fabric for Simple Simon, and Saturday afternoon I pieced it together. This patchwork malarkey was harder than I had imagined it would be! Happy Happy is still waiting unfortunately.

I have stitched patchwork before - I made a lapquilt - but I found this block a lot harder! Working on Simple Simon my sewing machine really didn't play ball! I had the "Walking Foot" in place, and I found my fabric kept skidding under the needle as I stitched. I had to frog it as I struggled to get straight seams.

I pressed my fabric a few times, and horror of horrors at one point I found I was ironing rather than pressing - that did the block no good at all! - but with a little more pressing it worked out OK, eventually! No way is this a beginner's block! (Not complaining - just saying!)

I suppose it didn't help that I was also stitching a binding around the lid to my Mini Needlecase,  which can be seen top left of the photograph, and working out how to mitre the corners.

Block - Simple simon
Simple Simon

I hope you have had a great evening stitching and I look forward to visiting the other participants of "Friday Night with Friends".

I am so pleased you could join me today, and I will be even happier if you leave a comment to let me know you have visited, then I will be able to make sure I visit you too!

Have a great week!

Barbara xx


Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Hello FNwF sister! Great blocks. I've been following Splendid Sampler, but not participating. Very tempting though. The blocks are so cute!

Christine B said...

Your block looks great Barbara and I love the little peek you have given us of the mini needlecase lid..... looking forward to seeing that finished! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and good luck for the decorating! Christine x

KimM said...

Looks wonderful. Love the mini needle case.

Amy at love made my home said...

Lovely to see your work! I hope that all goes well with the decorating. xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love purple, so of course I love your block!

Stitching Noni said...

Love the fabric colours... purple is always a hit with me! Your block is great - well done on perserving :o)

handmade by amalia said...

I love the Simple Simon block! But I thought there would be pie involved somehow :-)

Sheryl said...

This is lovely Barbara, such a pretty colour.

Brigitte said...

Simple Simon is such a beautiful block, and the colours are just gorgeous.

Josie said...

That block is absolutely stunning and I just love the colours xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you for your kind comment Josie. It would be lovely if I were able to respond to you by email as it is such a fiddly and long winded process replying here, and I am not even sure you will see my this. Hope you don't think I'm being cheeky but it would be so much nicer and more personal.
Barbara xx

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

There is a great tutorial for binding little things, I have used it with great success. Here is the link.