Tuesday, 28 February 2017
These six are the last ones that I made.
A good distraction from 'real life' where Storm Doris blew down my favourite tree in the garden - a beautiful large Acacia tree which had just come into bloom. The garden looks very bare with it lying on the ground, mostly in our neighbours garden. I'm keen to replant, but we might change the tree type as we haven't been very lucky with Acacia's in that spot - we lost the last one that we'd planted there to frost!
I've also started playing with the bits and bobs that are left over as scraps from the year.
These little pincushions were the result of my first play time. The two smallest are just 2" finished.
Next I want to start joining some of the blocks up, making progress towards having a finished flimsy.
I've ordered some wide cotton fabric for the backing. Plain white as that was the most economical, which is OK as I'm not planning on spending much time looking at the back of it!
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
I might have made a couple more, but I slipped over on our long weekend away and it's taking me a couple of days to get back to normal - in addition to being tired from half term and our short holiday!
Not to worry! I've got an appointment with my splendid osteopath tomorrow, so I should be sewing with gusto again by Friday! I'm still hoping to finish the blocks by the 28th February!
Happy sewing everyone!
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Benta might call them! A phrase that she shared at our Quilt Guild meeting last night, which I shall borrow shamelessly, thanks, Benta!
Thanks to her too for a stack of batik charms - in case I needed a little extra to get me to the finish on this project. Very sweet, and if they aren't used in this, then they will team very nicely with some other charms that I have and will make a cheerful little quilt - something fast and fun and quick to finish as a breather after this one, perhaps!
Of course, as I'm typing this I realise that I haven't set a single stitch since they broke up from school..... oh well, there will be plenty of time when they go back next week to make more forward progress again.
There is a fabulous use of fabric. Not a scrap turned away - whatever type of fabric it was, it was included. No fabric trimmed if it could be helped, so as little as possible was wasted.
The quilting stitched were erratic, but there is clearly a cable pattern quilted across it. It is a wonderful vibrant piece, that seems to embody all the best of people crafting for utility - and to show that it doesn't have to be perfect to be used and cherished, which is the message that I wanted to take from it this week. It is also another bell ringing in my head to remind me to get back to making for Project Linus. There are still people around who need something to wrap them in a bit of love and I love the chance to be one of the people who is lucky enough to be able to spend some of my time making for unknown recipients, just like a Canadian, or group of Canadians, in WWII.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Any block instructions that start off with making 88 half square triangles of just 1" square should come with some sort of health warning. I enjoy piecing but didn't really look forward to trimming all these pieces! Still, block complete.
These were all straightforward, though!
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Another 14 blocks this week. I'm up to the 4th December, which is great!
I also tidied my table top this week and found some lost blocks, so I'm confident that I've got all the dark blocks in one place ready for when I get to assembling the top.