MORE THAN JUST A ROW

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a fab day. I concentrated on working on a couple of projects over the last few days. So, I have a little progress to show you today.

You may or may not remember a little project I started last summer. I came across this half-done quilt top while I was looking for my fine appliqué thread. It’s a little project that was inspired by my How Does Your Garden Grow quilt from last summer. I worked on doing the rest of the fine hand appliqué stitching which secured all the patches. To be fair there wasn’t much left to do …..

Mini HDYGG

I gave it a good press, hunted around for something to back it and a piece of wadding and here it is all machine quilted and bound ready to be hung on the wall.

Quilted HDYGG mini

I know exactly where to hang it but I may need a little help to accomplish that. I’m really pleased with the finished result. I never imagined it would look like this. You will note that the design is fairly simple and so is the quilting. This piece was small enough that’s it can be quilted on a domestic machine without too much hassle.

Now, there’s more progress. After doing a few household chores this morning, I disappeared into my sewing room and worked on my Row Quilt. I trimmed all the blocks to 6-1/2”, I always cut my background squares ½” larger so that I can square them off. This gives me a better fighting chance of producing a square quilt top. It also means that I can trim away any ragged edges.

Trimming Row Quilt Blocks

I trimmed the blocks row by row and joined each row together as I went along. When I got to the kite row I set it aside because I wanted to add a little machine stitching over the kite. The kite string will be added once the quilting is done. I worked while listening to a story and eventually I managed to piece all the rows together resulting in this …..

Row Quilt Top

Here’s a little close up of some of the rows …..

Row Quilt Top close

I’m going to add two borders to this, one inner narrow border and a wider outer border to finish it off. I do like to frame my work. So, I’ll be hunting out some suitable fabric for that soon.

It looks like I’m concentrating on smaller projects these days. To be honest I have plenty of finished larger quilts, more than two people need and I’m grateful to have them because they’re a reminder of what I can do.

It’s been an interestingly quiet week in my little corner of the northeast of England. I have spent many hours sewing and planning my future endeavours. I’m planning on trying some more new things this summer. I’ve been tied down for far too long. It’s time to bust out and try some new creative endeavours. Although I must admit that I have my own style that I will stick to no matter what the craft is.

Well, my lovely readers, I guess that’s my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

3 thoughts on “MORE THAN JUST A ROW

  1. Yes, I remember that small quilt & doesn’t it look lovely now. Yours rows are super & I’m enamored by the simple applique, making it into the modern category I’d think. Your hand stitching is so neat, it makes me envious. Look forward to seeing the border progress & wondering what else you’ll be getting up to on the crafty front. Take care, stay safe & huggles from down under.

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    1. Hi Susan, I spent so many years making large quilts but now that I’m working on smaller projects I get the same sense of accomplishment that I did making big quilts. And finishing a project that I designed, pieced and quilted feels so good. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We should never let anything or anyone ho.d us back from being creative. Thanks for popping in today xx

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