When we left for Malawi, I had to have a serious heart to heart with myself about which stitchy projects could tag along with us. I ascribe wholeheartedly to Jodi’s @talesofcloth mentality of #sewforjoy when it comes to what I’m working on. Stitch what you love, and you’ll love what you’ve stitched, is the idea. As a result, I had a fairly large #WIP pile to choose from and only 4 - 50lb (23kg) bags in which to pack our entire lives for the next year into. (Not sure if any quilty friends have ever noticed, but fabric is HEAVY 😳 as are notions, thread, paper pieces, etc...) SO I carefully pondered and systematically selected about 9 WIPs that seemed consolidated and organized enough to pack into 2.5 gallon ziplock bags and strategically distribute amongst the 200lb weight limit.
Then came that fateful moment when I realized they weren’t all going to make it along with all of the other necessities whilst traveling (you know like clothes and coffee grinders and Christmas decorations... 😂) and my sweet husband simply looked at me (after we already knew we were going to have to purchase 100lbs of the aforementioned 200lb allotment) that we could indeed purchase an extra 50lbs to ensure said “necessities” could come along 💕😭😍 #ihavethebesthusband
ANYWAY, if you’re still reading, this project made the cut. It’s my #moonstonequilt blocks by @giucy_giuce and @karenthediyaddict that have been languishing away since LAST October, but originally destined to be my sewing machine cover (#obviousnecessity ). I had plans to create a custom one but I’ve always loved Nicole’s @lillyellasworld #undercovermakermat so it was “perfectly providential” when I saw that there will be a nice easy going #undercovermakermatSAL2018 sewalong happening over the next year to kickstart some stitching again! This is my #fabricpull for it and I’m excited for it all over again! I might not start it right away, but I’ll happily join in here and there and be excited to have these pretty blocks to look at on the regular 😊😍 THE END. 😂
Ooops, I just realised that I hadn’t posted photos of my completed “Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses Quilt” - here she is. And yes they ARE bright orange pegs in the first photo - my mum’s idea of a joke. I was hoping to DISCREETLY peg it to the scaffold... onya mum!! Second photo is my Lucy on my bed. I don’t know how Miss Amity will feel if Lucy ends up on my bed purrmanently 🙀 she & Lucy aren’t the best of furrends - but it does look good with my “Circle Game Quilt” hanging behind the bed. I started making my Lucy Boston in November 2016 when mum was in hospital knowing that I needed something to distract myself during the crappy months of rehab ahead. It sure helped! Lucy remained in the “to be quilted pile” for way too long until I finally got around to finishing her off this year 2018. I only unpicked my quilting twice... 😏 she’s been a challenge but she’s done, and she’s about to go in the Bendigo Show for judging since all my other EPP quilts are still overseas. All the bright fabrics are Kaffe Fassett Collective (Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably & Phillip Jacobs). Low volume fabrics are “Bread & Butter Basics” by Lyn Anderson Designs & the grey is by Santoro. #lucyboston#potc#bendigolionesslucyboston#epp#englishpaperpiecing#handsewn#slowsewing#makemodern#modernmakers#kaffefassett#kaffefassettcollective
This little boop is feeling much better today! He's still a ways from 100% but so, so much better. NSAIDs are a magical thing.
Working through a stack of neutral scraps for my #epp#hexagon project. I'm aiming for about 1800 and am about 3/4 of the way there. Maybe. That might be wishful thinking.
There are sometimes I blow my own mind.... Most of the time I know how something is going to turn out before I ever start sewing... occasionally it doesn’t turn out but most of the time my instinct doesn’t lead me astray.... but every once in a while it is so much better than I could have dreamed.... this is one of those times!
I was playing with the pieces on top of my acrylic 20” ruler and under the ruler was my patchwork bench.... it wasn’t until I took the picture on my phone and went back to look at it did I totally change my plan because I loved the idea of reversing the patchwork and the EPP fabrics. I used the 7” Kwik Sparklers and @alisonglass Observatory in color Far Far Away and the rest of the fabrics in the collection for the patchwork in the background. I quilted the background first with a 1/2” grid from corner to corner using @sulkythreads Monofilament. I finished it as a pillow but I think I may end up using it as a mini when I’m not doing a trunk show.
Yippee!! My “Pollinate” quilt top is finished! This wonderful EPP pattern was designed by @nightquilter. With a lot of help from @karenthediyaddict this quilt took me three months to make because the pieces are pretty generous in size. It also helps that I don’t have a job I have to go to. I used all @kaffefassettstudio fabrics throughout. Just a note... this is the best I can do with my iPhone picture color but the background fabric is a dark blue. The finished size of this quilt is 84” I couldn’t bring myself to cut it down.
My friend Sharon of @lilabellelane has written a second book and I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy. There are so many beautiful things in it.
I rushed out and bought pale teal Essex Linen and lace from @stitchbirdnz and a floral FQ from @busybeequiltshop . I’m going to make a couple of Christmas gifts from Sharon’s book.
Vintage scissors by @warm_crochet
I have a little PSA for you today, are you ready? Don’t be stubborn 😆! Invest in good tools, change your rotary blade, and your needle while you’re at it! Because I do so much FPP and EPP, I use scissors alllll the time, but I’d been using the same old pair with a dead spot in the middle for literally over two years until I got these shears from @ldh_scissors and I’m sitting here like whyyyy did I wait so long? It’s like when you *finally* change your rotary blade and you hear angels singing every time you make a cut. So, here’s your nudge. Go get yourself some good scissors and change that rotary blade! Also, how are you liking my #moonstonequilt ?! 🧜🏻♀️ 💕🙌🏻
A year and a half ago I started this project, now it's done: My Piter Map Quilt depicts the city map of St. Petersburg, Russia, basted and sewn together by hand using the English Paper Piecing technique. For the first time I hand-quilted a whole quilt and found that this can be a beautiful, meditative work. Today was an amazing autumn day. My friend S. from Mexico helped me take the pictures. Here it is now: The Piter Map Quilt in its city, in front of the Blood Church and in Mikhailovsky Garden, which is yellow with autumn leaves. I can't quite believe that it is done now. More info and photos on the blog. |
Vor anderthalb Jahren habe ich angefangen, jetzt ist er fertig: Mein Piter Map Quilt zeigt den Stadtplan von St. Petersburg in Russland, den ich mit Hilfe der englischen Paper-Piecing-Technik von Hand geheftet und zusammengefügt habe. Zum ersten Mal habe ich einen ganzen Quilt per Hand gequiltet. Und dabei festgestellt, dass das eine schöne, meditative Arbeit sein kann. Heute war ein herrlicher Herbsttag. Meine Freundin S. aus Mexiko hat mir geholfen, die Fotos zu machen. Hier ist er also: Der Piter Map Quilt in seiner Stadt, vor der Blutskirche und im gelb leuchtenden Mikhailovsky Garden. Ich kann noch nicht ganz glauben, dass er jetzt fertig ist. Mehr dazu auf dem Blog.
“Balls!” Class starts in T minus 4 days @gothamquilts! Learn English Paper Piecing and make fun spherical projects: holiday ornaments, kids toys, cat toys, lavender bags, pin cushions, and my personal favorite: decorative orbs. All levels welcome. It’s a 2-session class: Tues, Oct 23 + 30 at 2pm. Details and registration at www.gothamquilts.com or message me!
#wasbishergeschah ... (Louisa😉)
Nähen an sich mach ich ja schon einige Jahre. Aber das Handnähen hab ich erst vor einem Jahr ungefähr begonnen.
#englishpaperpiecing nennt sich das, nach Anleitung von @modernhandcraft
Ich bin erstmal dabei die ganzen Hexies zu nähen, ob es dann eine Decke oder verschiedene Kissenbezüge werden, weiß ich noch nicht.
Als Untergrund hatte ich die beiden mal versucht, mal schauen. Ich glaub den weißen Hintergrund find ich für die Pastelltöne ganz gut.