Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. We’re still in Easter holiday mode here in my little corner of the northeast of England. The sun has nowhere to be seen today. My Sarah disappeared into her art studio and I disappeared into my sewing room. My latest obsession is progressing nicely. I have now machine quilted all four sections of my charity quilt. Here’s a little peek at the sections waiting to be joined together.
It’s a long time since I sat for several hours at my sewing machine to stitch until I couldn’t stitch anymore. Even when I piece a quilt nowadays I do an hour or so at a time and carry on tomorrow. I’m sort of fixated on this current project because although I don’t usually struggle with quilting full-size quilts, I am trying to work out how to quilt sections of a quilt and then join it together neatly in a way that’s not obvious. This way my fellow charity volunteer worker bees might benefit from my experimentation. I’m sure plenty of other quilt makers have worked out how to do what I’m doing but I need to do it myself in order to be able to explain to someone else. It’s good to challenge your brain now and again.
In between household chores and my latest sewing obsession I unwind with hexagons. I am making progress albeit slow progress. At the rate I’m going now, I may finish this hexie quilt sometime in 2020!!! Considering that I only work on it in my armchair in the evening, when I don’t fall asleep in front of the television, I’m probably progressing nicely. Hexagons have been my go-to project for many years.
While messing around in my sewing room a couple of days ago, I found a few bits of fabric that I had given up finding. A while back I posted about some appliqué which I pieced as part of a challenge years ago. Well it turns out that I’m a couple of blocks short and I was determined to use fabric from the collection I had used to piece the first nine blocks. Now that I have found the fabrics I can get on with the task of piecing the last three blocks making a total of twelve. I have no plan of action for how to join all the blocks. I suppose if I just join them in the tradition way with sashing and such, that will do the trick. I’ll be glad to finally see this project finished and ready to use. I have a few bits of vintage lace which I can use to embellish but if I had some mother of pearl buttons to add the effect would be even better. So, if anyone out there has a few mother of pearl buttons to spare or knows where I could purchase a few I would appreciate it. I don’t have time to quilt it by hand but I’m sure a little simple machine quilting would do the trick. I’m determined to finish as many UFOs as I can this year.
So, I guess that’s my report for today. I may not be posting tomorrow because I have an appointment in the morning and an errand with Sarah in the afternoon. So there probably won’t be any sewing progress to report in any case. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until you next time,
Let’s all keep on stitching.