My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Turquoise and Brown

My plan of working through my UFO or WIP pile is moving forward.  Today my hubby took the kids with him and left me gloriously alone.  And this is the result:  (plus three loads of washing, a little bit of weed pulling, house tidying and some dog walking)

It began life as a project done with the guild.  Suz, from All the good ones are taken, organised it.  Participants gathered eight co-ordinated fat quarters, cut them into different sized shapes and then each month put together blocks from those shapes.  Then came the choice of how to put them all together.

I joined my all together without sashing or background - the result is the centre square bordered by the thin turquoise strip.  It wasn't really big enough to do anything with so it's languished for a couple of years (!) until recently when I put the next borders on.  Today it's a finished flimsy, big enough for a single bed topper or a lap quilt.


  1. Yay, I'm so glad you have this one out and progressing. Does it need to get quilted and bound before it is considered finished and you can start something new?

    1. Yes! I considered saying that each 'stage' finished was a finish but that would have me overflowing with new projects...

  2. Dear Ms Lottie, you know how high I hold you in regard and wanted to ask you a question about colour. You know I have been stashing and procrastinating for a long time but I am finally ready to commit. Sew Many Ways is doing a block of the month with extremely clear step by steps and I feel I can DO this. She is using a monochromatic scheme but breaking the combo into distinct light and dark placements. My question is...can I achieve this successfully with multiple colours or should I stick to just the monochromatic scheme. I have been collecting pinks, yellows and greens. I have also quite a bit of brighter green and purple? Perhaps it could work with two contrast colours? I know you can't TELL me what I should do but I do value your vast experience with colour. Much love Tanya from Suburban Jubilee x

  3. I do like the randomness of this - and the colours too. Are you sure it doesn't need another round to turn it into a double??

    I am doing edges finally on the one for our bed and by hand too. The machine seems to have stopped permanently at present. Well it goes but I can't adjust the tension so it makes wonderful fringes and tangles.


  4. Very nice, Charlotte! I have got waaay too many WIP's around here too but I'm just going to have to put my fingers in my ears and go la-la-la for a little longer LOL!.

  5. Well done Charlotte on moving forward with a ufo - I love the turquoise border - it works so well! Now you have room in your life for another project :-)

  6. Mmmm that nice plain border is perfect for some yummy quilting!


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