I have to make a sample for my City and Guilds portfolio and I wasn’t very thrilled about it. With dark colours, black velvet, over-ornate stitching and every embroidery stitch invented it’s not my cup of tea at all.
However after a little research it seems it falls into two categories. It was a way of using up every scrap of cotton or wool by poorer people to make a quilt but women from richer classes, who had no need to work, it was another way to keep themselves occupied. With the wealth to buy rich fabrics such as silk, tulle, satin and velvet and trimmings it seems it all got a bit out of hand until the resulting patchwork was so encrusted with frills and furbelows, embroidery and beads, it was no longer a practical bedcovering and must have weighed rather a lot. It could be used to better effect for tea cosies, cushion covers or waistcoats.
As you can see I completely ignored the usual dark colours and used bright cottons. I have used feather, chevron, cretan, herringbone, and blanket stitch so far.
I’ve added one piece of lace and will add some ribbon too but maybe not buttons and beads!
The feather stitch is rather wonky as I managed to break my left thumb nail off including down on the nailbed. I didn’t realise how much my thumbnail is used to position and hold threads in place – it’s very difficult with a plaster and no nail!
Still a few more seams to cover and another sample is finished.
I am joining eveyone at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Why not have a look at all the beautiful work which you can find here
I don’t usually do posts just about fabric but from ordering to receiving it took only 5 days for this beautifully packaged fabric to arrive in the UK all the way from Japan.
I wanted some Alice in Wonderland fabric but not Disney as it is too bright and the wrong colours for the quilt I want to make for a special little girl. This fabric is perfect.
If you would like to order some yourself you can find it here
Can’t wait to start!
Oh so slow, you would think a miniature quilt would be quicker to make than a full size quilt but this seems to have taken ages. At only six by twelve inches it would hardly keep Barbie warm. My next hexagon qult is going to be for the bed!
It isn’t as wobbly as in the photograph, I must work on my photography skills.
I used Liberty Tana Lawn and started off piecing with Auril but ended up using invisible nylon thread. I found the nylon very hard to work with as it formed loops and knots very easily which were hard to find and undo – it is invisible afterall! I used glue to make the 1/4″ hexies which was very quick and simple to do – and quick to remove at the end.
Still it has been packed off to the Isle of Wight ready to go with four other quilts from Region 8 of the Quilters’ Guild up to Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts in August. It’s not a competition entry but for a display by the specialist group ‘Miniature Quilts’ within the Guild. It is the first one I have ever made and probably the last; I don’t think my eyes can take the strain even with a magnifying glass
I shall have to start a new project for Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts. Now I am off to see what everyone else has been up to.
Not invented by me, but a great help if you can’t get started with your precious fabric
I think I have taken Slow Sunday Stitching to the extreme with these flower pots, but I have an excuse as the last picture will reveal!
They are to be appliqued to a background rather than finish the quilt entirely in hexagons
…and the reason they have taken so long? See below!
The flower on the left is made from ‘normal’ sized hexagons of 1 1/2 inches. Can you guess the size of the others?
If you would like to see more slow stitching posts why not pop over to Kathy’s Quilts where you can see what more sensible people make on Sunday. You can find the link here
Happy stitching everyone!
I just realised I never posted about Share Jane the international project to make three Baby Janes that I took part in December 2015 details of which you can find here
Three quilts were created and have been travelling around the world. There is a Facebook page dedicated to their adventures here There was even an article in Quiltmania
I loved the addition of the two interlocking hearts created by careful placement darker blocks, I don’t have my own photos to post of it but there are lots on the Web
It is fun to take part in these projects – have a go if you see one!
Last year I bought a rather dilapidated sewing box, clearly homemade and rather wonky. It had a certain charm but the brown varnish had to go – and now it has!
There was a little repair work to do as the bottom shelf was/wasn’t being held together by some rusty nails. They were replaced with a batten cut to size, glued with Gorilla glue and the top finished with woodfiller.
A couple of coats of pearl gray paint and a few of sheets of scrapbook paper to pretty up the inner tray and it is finished and already in use.
Now I can have my EPP projects close to hand and not have my stuff spread all around.
PS The cobwebs are gone too
One of my chickens is slacking! I think it is Shimmer the Maran/Cuivree cross as she lays the darkest eggs, but they are usually darker than the egg in the photo. I don’t think it can be Rosie the Sussex Star or Anne the French Grey as they both lay light brown eggs or Sky the Heritage Skyline as she lays nearly white eggs (although they are supposed to be blue).
Shimmer must be the culprit!
I finished this quilt a long time ago! In plenty of time for my little sister’s birthday… her 50th in fact which was in April. I didn’t feel too decrepit when I turned 50 but having a little sister turn a half century seemed terrible lol
The main fabrics are from a 10″ stacker of Raspberry Parlour fabric from Riley Blake and the background fabric is from American Jane but I think it blends in well. The binding was from the bargain bin at Spotlight and I wish there was more as it is lovely and soft apart from being a beautiful colour.
The wadding is bamboo and is very thick. My sister said every time she uses it watching TV she falls asleep because it is so cosy.
It is a well travelled lap quilt as everything was bought in Australia and it was given as a present in the UK. There has been little sewing this year as we bought a house that needed rewiring and replastering nearly all the way through. Have you ever sealed and then painted nearly every wall and ceiling in a four bedroomed house? Especially when you are working full time and have a month to do it all before you move in? Just for fun we put coving up ourselves too! Luckily Rod has plenty of experience and I was just the labourer. Packing was going on at the same time and emptying our storage container – too much and too tiring to make anything
When the weather improved the garden, all 185 ft of it needed attention. Not because it had been neglected, far from it as the previous owners husband loved his garden and it shows. Big shed, extra long green house and 5 compost bins. The veg patch now has 5 raised beds and another section has 2 raised beds which will be devoted to flowers for the house.
Lastly, we put up a large chicken run and let the grandchildren chose a hen each. they all have names and are all different breeds, even the eggs are different colours. Sky, the heritage skyline has not produced the promised blue eggs though – they are white. Pictures of the grumpy girls to follow; they are being kept in due to outbreak of bird flu in Europe and are not happy having had the run of the garden all summer!
The garden in May. The twiggy thing bottom left is a campsis and was covered in orange flowers soon after