Saturday, 17 May 2014

how does five months pass in the blink of an eye?

Oh dear......  bad blogger over here, I realise I haven't posted anything for nearly five months.

It doesn't mean that nothing has been happening, far from it.  Quite a lot of the good, the bad and the mundane of life has been going on.

And in between those times there has been my precious therapeutic sewing time.

I joined in the red barn quilts sew along, and made this fun quilt.  It went together really quickly, and so then I spent time just playing around with it and quilting the heck out of it practicing allsorts of different types of quilting

My attempt at loops and swirls

I loved trying out some flowers......

It's far from perfect, but it was a good learning quilt, and I can see that I need to sort out the tension on the stitching on the back of the quilt, and I've also learnt that a patterned backing can hide a multitude of sins!  I need to find a home for this quilt.

Then Hope and I made a dress for her together at half term....  she was involved in the majority of the sewing, and wore it with pride when it was finished

At our last 'stitching it together' meeting I started my first attempt at making clothes for myself, a dress......  in fabric that resembles a 1970's bed spread, but I am assured is 'this season's colours darling'.  Lizzy was a massive help, and I learnt lots of good tips from her - like using pins!!  No photos yet, but watch this space, we're finishing our dresses off next month!

I am queen bee in the hipbees this month, and have asked for paper pieced star blocks, and the exciting bit of seeing the finished blocks and having them arrive home has started to happen, which is great.

This was my sample block.

The current big project is below.......  just finished this rainbow quilt top.  It's from the  Modern Quilt perspectives book.  Which is all about meaningful quilts.  I had been trying to think of an appropriate pattern for a quilt for a very special friend of mine who is getting married in September to her long term partner.  When I saw this rainbow quilt and the meanings behind it, I knew it was the one.  I am currently struggling with the backing as basically there isn't enough material in the two fabrics I had chosen, and now I am a bit stuffed!   But when I get that sorted, I am going to attempt to quilt it with a double wedding ring, as suggested in the book.

Let's hope it's not another five months until I'm here again!