Wednesday 26 November 2014
It was, we are told, a coverlet. That means just two layers.
I want mine to be a quilt, so I've had it up on the wall whilst I tried to decide how to quilt it.
I think that I'd like to try and hand quilt it - but at almost 3 feet square it will be the biggest hand quilting project that I'll have undertaken.
If I'm hand quilting it (which feels right, as it is pretty much all hand work apart from the compass piecing) then I want to choose something easy to stitch through.
I think that I've decided on a variegated King Tut thread (nice fast colour changes for hand stitching, as recommended by Jacqui Harvey at a workshop some time ago).
Now I just need to baste it and start sewing, rather than wondering about it!
The little stars work out at 2" finished, so each of the 16 squares within it at just 1/2" each. They are reasonably accurate, but not perfect, if I'm honest. Nicely scrappy, though!
Wednesday 19 November 2014
I made a cuff book earlier in the year, from a frayed shirt and part of the sleeve fabric. To my shame I can't remember which blog I picked up this idea from, but it's not an original idea from me, I'm afraid.
This is the outside when it's buttoned up.
It shows the train tracks, the lavender farm I went past, the orchards, the other fields, and a river. There were two main routes. Both of them took me past parts of the Medway and the Thames.
It's been fun to stitch this over the year, although I had hoped that I'd be able to manage this simple stitching on the train journeys, which wasn't the case! never mind, I kept up to date with Radio 4 comedies, dramas and some other podcasts that I might not otherwise have made time to listen to.
If you've got an old shirt ready for recycling, maybe you'd like to make a cuff book too? I can recommend them as a splendidly portable project!
Sunday 16 November 2014
DD2 is currently trying out the trumpet (sorry, neighbours!). The case that she's been given has no shoulder strap and is awfully heavy.
I bought a smaller, lighter case, but the music teacher wasn't a fan (and the trumpet is only borrowed at the moment, so he's allowed to have some say in the matter!).
This was my next suggestion, with DD2's choice of Cloth Kits fabric.
Not sure that it's the total answer - after all, it doesn't magically take the weight away!
Avril!) was to make a flag for what would be left of the UK if Scotland had left us.
Excellent theme! Here is just a glimpse of part of the flag that I made.
I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge!
Painted by his friend, David John, in 1966, it shows Sonning Lock. This photo really doesn't do the saturated colours justice!
I can only hope that anything that I've created lasts that long and is appreciated even half so much.
It's off to a new home with my brother now, where it will continue to be appreciated. Nice that it's going to be with a 'Thames boy' - his first home was in a houseboat on the Thames with our mum and dad.
Sunday 9 November 2014
Very fast to sew up. Its now in my handbag so I can see how well colour catchers last in 'stress' situations! If it doesn't fall apart too quickly I might make some more of them.
I still haven't got as far as removing the paper from behind the zig zag border and washing the piece with Synthrapol, but they are on my list of things to do.
Small progresses, but at least forward movement.
Tuesday 4 November 2014
My dad died yesterday and I can't begin to think how big a hole he is going to leave behind.
I hope that I can take his life as a lesson on how to get the maximum pleasure out of the world, whatever it throws at you. He was a decent, honest, wise and funny man and I hope that he's having a ball in the big hereafter.