Tuesday 27 September 2016
This quilt in particular has been on the go for a long time. My DiL died in 2009 and I've been using his shirts ever since - the primary objective of making quilts for his 4 grandchildren was met quite quickly, but other quilts have been ticking along more slowly. This quilt is the very last one - the one for my DH. I used all the scraps that I had leftover to make the hexagons - but it's taken me years to get the individual flowers sewn together!
This summer I finished sewing them together and appliqued them onto a grey spot background. Last week I quilted and bound the quilt. Finished and given to my DH!
Approximately 60" x 40"
36" square it was a 'use it up' project using scraps from various sources. It has a few fragments of a nursery fabric including a teddy bear head, so it's been called 'Square Bears'. It will be off to Linus at some point.
I'm also pleased to say that the variegated Shasiko thread that I'd run out of has been ordered and arrived, so I'll be back to hand sewing the project that needed it soon too.
Now, onto the bad science news that I mentioned in the title of this blog post.
You may know, if you read this blog, that I suffer from ME / CFS. Earlier this month data from a landmark study in 2011 was released to the public. This was the study that had been telling the world that people with ME / CFS could improve their chances of recovery if they undertook 'graded exercise' - doing a little more exercise each day. This didn't chime with my experience, where days might be good or bad, and trying to do 'more' on a bad day could send me into a horrible relapse where I would struggle to get out of bed. I spent three years almost housebound, and although I'm not as bad as that now (thank you, pregnancies and cranial osteopathy!), it's only by carefully preserving energy for planned things (like my children coming home from school, or seeing friends for an evening once every two months) that I get through my days with reasonable grace. I still miss out on lots of things that I've love to do and can't. If there was a cure I'd be first in line for it!Sometimes it makes me sad and sometimes it makes me cross but I don't generally whine about it as I'd rather use the energy for something positive.
HOWEVER it has now been shown that this study was bad science and that the results aren't at all reliable. Why is this important? Why is this important to me? Because the original study was widely picked up in the 'popular press' and I suspect that the new interpretation of the data won't be. Please, if you've read this far, read this article about it
Bad Science misled millions with CFS.
Then think about sharing it with your friends too. I'm only one person with CFS/ME but there are lots of us around - and we'd all love you to understand a bit more about our very variable condition.
Off my soap box now, and planning to do a little calm hand sewing.
Tuesday 20 September 2016
I made cushions with the leftover 2 1/2" squares - mini quilts, really, with envelope backs. One was 26" and one was 24".
I started with this one - and the pattern is quite regular. I worked through the pizza boxes and built up the pattern from the centre, matching colours where I could.
I wish that I'd got the colours to be a bit more true to life - it's brighter than it looks here!
Anyway, you can see that it is a quick to make design - alternate quarter square blocks and plain blocks give this pattern with lots of movement in it.
I like the effect - it's made it a reversible quilt!
It's been a few months since the last quilt finishes that I've had, apart from last weeks map quilt. I think that the 365 challenge has eaten up more of my time and sewing thoughts than I'd realised this year.
Still, if I want to complete the challenge I need to do some serious catching up now - I'm almost exactly two months behind at the moment. Not exactly a coincidence that the last block I made was on the day that the school holidays started! Time to start cutting and sewing little blocks again!
Wednesday 14 September 2016
It started when my SiL asked if I would undertake a commission. Of course, I don't / won't - unless they sound fun, are for no money and I get the final say on how it happens.....so obviously this project was a 'yes'!
She and one of my nieces bought these lovely fabrics for my eldest niece and showed me a couple of world map quilts on line. The quilt is a birthday gift from them (and her dad!) to her.
Aren't the fabrics great? Lovely and bright which is what I like!
here. Lovely web site with some fun patterns that they share. This one prints out over 40 or so A4 pages which you then stick together. That took up most of the kitchen table!
It was straightforward to trace onto the fusible - once I'd redrawn the map through the paper so that I had a reversed map to copy! Perhaps I should check my printer settings to see if I can reverse things at source!
Cutting out followed - hard work through the patchwork seams!
Then the map was traced onto the blue background fabric so that the continents could be placed into the right places. This blue fabric was quite opaque, so I had to use a light table (mine consists of two LED camping lamps under my sewing machine extension table - Heath Robinson but workable).
Ta-da! This is the finished quilt. Bound in some of the left over fabrics in 9" strips for a cheerful finish.
I'm pleased with it. Hope that the commissioning family like it too!
Now I need to use the rest of the 2 1/2" squares - watch this space!
So are you inspired to make your own world quilt? Mark on the countries you've visited with buttons? Applique symbols to represent the world and your family? Do share if you undertake your own version of a world map quilt - whilst I sit and work out how to to quilt the rest of the world!
Wednesday 7 September 2016
and started quilting the oceans - and it's made all the difference! I'm totally in love with it again!
The quilt is no longer baggy and saggy. It took me about 16 hours in total to quilt this top (which is roughly 60" x 40").
Swirls on the ocean and 'graffiti quilting' on the land masses.
I can't promise that it will lay flat, but I'll have done my best!
Binding, hanging sleeves and label still to do - but I'm making good progress on it!
Friday 2 September 2016
Deja vu with the fused world map that I'm working on - but this time I don't have months and months - it needs to be finished SOON!
Turning to projects that I am still in love with (!) I've made great strides (pun intended) with this little wall quilt.
I need to hand stitch the back of the binding down now, but not until after I've completed the world map quilt and perhaps the QST quilt which I have decided will be quilted with orange thread, rather than my usual grey!
Lots to keep me occupied when the DD's go back to school next week!