I had a productive day yesterday -I must shut myself up in the workshop more often. I have several projects on the go at the moment but they are all quite different so if I’m not in the mood for one, I can get on with the other. Also, having spent a whole weekend clearing up and reorganising my workspace a few weeks ago, I am determined to keep it tidy and, after each session, I am putting everything back in its place like a good girl.
Here is my small sampler quilt that I started with my little sewing group – so little in fact, there are now only two of us! Was it something that I said? Who knows? To be honest, if I said it in French I could have unwittingly upset any number of people. Anyway, with all its imperfections such as missing points and wonky borders, this is just awaiting a bit more quilting and the binding. I got fed up with hand quilting it, especially as I’ve backed it with cotton ticking and it’s a little on the thick side to quilt through. I tried some free motion quilting which I have never really done on an actual project – just messed around on test quilt sandwiches – and I was getting on famously. I was so proud of it for a first effort but, when I turned it over, the reverse side was a complete mess. I think what I had on the reverse was what they call ‘birds’ nests’ in the trade and that is a very accurate description. I can’t tell you how long it took me to undo it all. Anyway, nothing daunted, I started again but my Singer, which is a little temperamental on the tension side, just wasn’t having any of it so I decided to switch to my Janome. Unfortunately, the quilting foot I have wouldn’t fit the Janome so I ordered another one and had to wait until it arrived. Now it’s here I’ve got to do a few more quilt sandwiches before I release myself onto the actual project.
Meanwhile, remembering the 2 year marathon that was the quilt for Mlle. Tialys the elder’s 18th birthday quilt, I decided to get started on Mlle. Tialys the younger’s one as I’ve only got 4 months until her 18th. Hah! This time I wanted to follow a pattern and do a plain back instead of wandering of down the design path conjured up by my brain with no idea how it was really going to end up. Also, I’ve bought all the fabric in advance. Very sensible.
I liked the look of this one with the pinwheels in the centres of the blocks and, as it comes from the Moda Bake Shop blog, it comes with ingredients and a recipe (as they call them) so what can go wrong? I also like the fact that the designer hand quilted each pinwheel with cotton perle no. 8 with nice big stitches – hooray! And, if I can get my free motion quilting up to scratch by then, I’ll do some ‘off piste’ quilting on the rest of it. I chose the ‘Oh Deer’ by Momo for Moda as I love the animals and woodland theme together with spots and stripes and lots of bright colours. I don’t normally do bright colours but I thought this quilt design could take it and it is also an attempt to bring the younger Mlle. Tialys into the light after her goth phase.
First pinwheel block finished – only another 24 to go.
On a different plane, I am trying to rekindle my ‘making clothes’ passion which flares up briefly now and again throughout my life. I have been inspired by lots of different blogs like Ooobop! and by the lack of clothing in the shops that is not for the under 25s or over 70s – I talk of the rural backwater in which I live here in France – to take it up again. The problem of course is that, being a rural backwater, there is nowhere to wear glam clothes – I have a wardrobe full of unworn ‘posh’ frocks and heels – I’ll just have to get up to Toulouse, our nearest big city, more often just to dress up.
This ‘little top’, as my mother would call it, caught my eye in Burda Style’s August issue, especially as it says ‘Easy’ on the instructions. I thought it would ease me gently back into the world of sewing clothes. Of course, it is crèpe de chine and therefore very slippery and fine but I’m going to give it a go. I bought this fabric which is soft, muted, blurry blues with a sort of painterly print on it.
I also saw this dress pattern recommended by lots of people and I bought this printed to jersey to make it in. The style of sleeves I make will depend on what time of year it is when I get round to making it.
Got this length of vintage tweed fabric for a bargain price. It has a slight stretch to it so I wonder whether the dress, with the sleeves, would look good in that for winter. If not, it would make a nice pencil skirt.
Then I made another Bunny Bento Bag as I wanted to see whether I could get the tricky lining done any quicker. The answer is, not really, but I really like that Liberty tana lawn against the natural linen.
What diverse projects have you got on the go?