Just over a month has gone since my last entry to my blog. The challenge of balance work, family and pets, and my hobbies can be a challenge. I have been busy buying fabric – mostly pre-cuts as well as some quilt books. My daughter has recently started to raid my stash and commenced making some of her own creations. Not only has she made some quilts for her friends but also some for herself.
I have been trying to finish my own quilts. I still have another board to go on one quilt; I’ve nearly finished the stitchery on another; and of course I’ve started another quilt….or two. As you can see, I’ve stated on my Christmas decorations – Sweet Christmas wall hanging. I’m still trying to finish the quilt I was doing last time – bit hard when some-one decides to use my sewing machine.
I have been able to come across some bargains though I’ve brought myself a light box – A3 size and its’ very nice and light weight. I’ve also found some rulers and more fabric too.
Having so many pre-cuts, I have found the need to find patterns that I could use these pre-cut fabric. I have stated on one of them which is a sampler quilt. I have already done 4 of the blocks and they are very quick and easy to do. The creative 45/90 degree ruler was used in this quilt and I found it was very easy. I brought it from Splendid Stitches for a very reasonable price. I love the fact that the ruler grips the fabric and doesn’t seem to move which is so reassuring when the pattern you are using does not give room for cutting mistakes. I have been using the pattern by Pam and Nicky Lintott and I am very happy with final results of the blocks that I have done so far.
Last week I went to the second part of class I had attended to make a “Scrappy” Quilt As You Go. The night before I caught up with my work only to find out that I had rushed myself and didn’t concentrate on what I was doing and made mistakes. I started to do some of the quilt and understanding how to put them together the right way. So after completing the class I looked at what I had done. I’m just about to make some more of the pieces I need to replace but what to do with the mistake squares. Well while I was looking at the quilt on the floor, my dog (Raphy) made himself comfortable on the wrong squares…solution to make a dog blanket with the mistakes. See even a dog must likes a home made quilt.
Close-up of stitchery
Do you take some quilting with you while you go somewhere. I always have some craft work in my car. I have just finished some stitchery for part of a pillow that I did at the Christmas in July with Gail Pan. This is the first time I have used Cottage Garden Threads. These are cottons that are variegated and are made in Australia. They were very nice to work with and I love how they work with this stitchery.
I’ve also been working on another project – Chateau Hexagon by Lynette Anderson. I have already received the third BOM and have to trace them on to the fabric. I don’t mind tracing but I don’t have a light box. Being creative I made one. I brought a A4 clipboard which had a plastic clear sleave on it and a reading light – thus a light box.