The Last (French) Hurrah

If only I had known what a traumatic/dramatic/stressful/upsetting/labour intensive/expensive/all round pain in the arse moving house (and country) with five cats and two dogs would be during a global pandemic and just before the end of the Brexit transition period, I would have written a running blog about it and bored the pants off you.  Luckily (for you) it has been so ‘all of the above’ that I haven’t had the inclination, time or energy to write about it.  One day, when the memories fade, I might try to relay some of it as a warning to anybody thinking about doing something similar but, for now, the cats were picked up two days ago and we will follow next week with the dogs so, instead, I will show you the last projects I’ve managed to complete amidst the general disarray that my life and sewing room have become.

Just before I packed up the last of my sewing/knitting/crocheting/needle felting supplies in the umpteenth box, I thought it would be easier to finish this small quilt up so I could pack it flat instead of rolled around a cardboard tube which I did last year some time after spray basting the layers together.

I quilted it on the machine in a simple diagonal cross stitch – my quilting is not a thing of beauty so the simpler the better.

I backed it with some fabric I had rather a lot of and the reason for that is lost in the mists of time.

Then I bound it with some spotty fabric I’d used in a quilt I’d made for my niece’s new baby last year.

I had some pieces of panel left over and used them to make a titchy matching cushion with a hare on one side

and a rabbit on the other

so I’m thinking that cushion might mean I could enter for this month’s Scraphappy Challenge too, thus killing two projects with one stone.

If you think that’s cheating, I have another entry.  I found lots of things during my sewing room clear out and some fabrics I’d forgotten about were just crying out to be made into masks.

This has become my favourite mask pattern, very comfortable with full coverage of nose and mouth and, once I can crack the comfort of the ear loops, I should be on to a winner.

This was my favourite, modelled by my handsome young plaster head, yet to be packed.

When I sent her a photo, it also proved to be Mlle. Tialys the Elder’s favourite so off it went in an envelope to England.  I am determined to make another for myself when I can find my supplies again.

Anyway, back to  the small quilt which is destined to be artfully slung over the white wicker armchair – in  the manner shown below -placed in whichever room it will fit into in the dolls’ house we are moving to.

A full view of the finish so that you can be mightily impressed at the empty cubes behind, usually stuffed full and, if I’m honest, soon to be so again.

Next time I post I will be proper English again.  I’ll see you on the other side of the Channel. x

As I snuck in a bit of Scraphappy chat, and it’s the right day for it,  I’ll share the following with you

Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate or Gun (first names on the list) if you want to join in.

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaire,
JeanJon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann and Kym

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on November 15, 2020 - 09:03

    Beautiful makes. I can’t believe you found time and headspace amidst the move. Medal derserved!
    I hope it all goes smoothly from now on.
    I feel a teeny bit excited that you will not be far from me soon. I hope it won’t be too long before lockdown rules allow us to meet up for a dog walk. Eeek! Good luck with the next bit!

  2. #2 by katechiconi on November 15, 2020 - 10:14

    Oh, Bravo! I really, really love that quilt. It’s like a dresser filled with gorgeous, enviable Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates, and your fabric choices were perfect. And I will allow the cushion as it’s about as scrappy as you’ll get right now, and let’s face it, anything to prevent having to pack small bits of fabric which will disappear into the black hole of ‘packed stuff’ for all time. Bon voyage, bon courage and other encouraging words ending in -age. Have a safe, trouble-free and painless transit, and may your new dolls-house be everything you hoped for. See you on the other side!

  3. #3 by claire93 on November 15, 2020 - 10:32

    I’m amazed you managed to get any crafting done amidst the general upheaval, Lynn!
    That’s a gorgeous quilt, and will forever remind you of these strange times, as it sits on display in your new home.
    Lovely masks too!
    Good luck with the next stage, of getting yourself, Mr T and the dogs across to England safely.
    I need to get my act together this month and do on-line application for my permanent residency card, which I’ve been procrastinating about.

  4. #4 by Evie Jones on November 15, 2020 - 10:44

    How you’ve managed all of this and retained your sanity, never mind made a beautiful quilt, is a wonder!
    The hard bit is done now. You get to enjoy the adventure. Don’t forget to breathe. Travel safe.

  5. #5 by DawnGillDesigns on November 15, 2020 - 11:16

    welcome back!!

  6. #6 by nanacathy2 on November 15, 2020 - 12:23

    Oh my goodness I love your projects this month. As for the move, best of luck, it will be a culture shock for sure. We found it hard enough to move 270 miles in lockdown/ pandemic etc so goodness know what it’s going to be like for you. Hopefully you have family not too far away and you will be in before Christmas. I’m not as near to you as Wild Daffodil but I must be not too far away so please YELL loudly if I can help. The absolute very best of luck, it will be hard leaving I’m sure but who knows what adventures are in store for you. xxxxx

  7. #7 by craftycreeky on November 15, 2020 - 12:23

    Lovely makes, especialy the quilt – I bought this range after seeing your post a while ago, it’s still sitting in my to-do pile, though it is edging nearer the top!

  8. #8 by craftycreeky on November 15, 2020 - 12:24

    …and I forgot to say, good luck with the move, though I’m afraid the weather isn’t putting on a good welcome for you!

  9. #9 by Laurie Graves on November 15, 2020 - 14:33

    Oh, gosh! Hugs from Maine to you and the cats and dogs. What a time you must be having! It’s a wonder you managed to do any creative projects at all. I really, really like the quilt and pillow. So snappy! When the chaos had subsided, I look forward to seeing pictures of your new home. Hope you have lots of lovely places to walk.

  10. #10 by Moira on November 15, 2020 - 17:21

    great makes, and perfect use of scraps in the cushion and masks! Blessings on the move, may it all go smoothly!

  11. #11 by cruisingblogger on November 15, 2020 - 17:33

    Beautiful quilt! Hope the move goes well. I’ve just made one of the masks, but it’s not for me – needs to fit more snugly over my nose as my specs steam up. A pity, as I did like the design and it was very easy to construct. Back to the Olson masks I think!

  12. #12 by magpiesue on November 15, 2020 - 18:39

    I’m also amazed that you were able to get any sewing done in the midst of packing and moving, etc. The quilt and cushion (and masks!) are delightful. Of course we all wish you as smooth a crossing as possible. Looking forward to hearing that huge sigh of relief when you reach the other side. 🙂

  13. #13 by knettycraft on November 15, 2020 - 21:28

    What a lovely little quilt & cushions…. I wish you the best for the (rest of) the move… come good on the other side of the channel….

  14. #14 by onesmallstitch on November 15, 2020 - 22:30

    beautiful quilt and cushion, can’t believe you managed to finish them (and stay sane) in the middle of such a major move. Good luck and hope settling in goes well.

  15. #15 by kathyreeves on November 15, 2020 - 22:59

    This was your bit of sanity amongst the chaos. Best wishes for a simple and painless transit with the dogs. Unpacking will be a relief after all this!

  16. #16 by Quimper Hitty on November 16, 2020 - 05:28

    Lovely and amazing…and in fact a thing of beauty. See you on the other side!

  17. #17 by Emma on November 16, 2020 - 08:14

    Good luck with the rest of the move! I can’t even imagine the stress of it all 😱 can’t believe you’ve finished a quilt in the middle of all of it, hats off!

  18. #18 by sew2pro on November 16, 2020 - 22:52

    Bon chance, Lyn. Like your other fans, I’m amazed that you were able to focus amidst the madness to produce such a high standard of work. I’ll miss your life and creativity in the South of France, what a loss you will be to the region. But our gain. Hope all goes smoothly and you’re soon settling in at the other side (can’t wait to see you in your new domain). Fingers crossed for you.

  19. #19 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on November 16, 2020 - 23:51

    Good luck with the big move. Hope it all goes well.

  20. #20 by tinaor on November 28, 2020 - 18:08

    What a lovely last French Hurrah – such a pretty quilt. I imagine at times of stress that quilting is a relaxing past time for you. I knit or cook treats when I am stressed – much to the chagrin of others who don’t understand and just rant at me to ‘hurry up, we’re supposed to be going elsewhere/doing something else’ !

    • #21 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:03

      It’s very much ‘each to their own’ as far as relaxation goes isn’t it?

      • #22 by tinaor on December 1, 2020 - 17:20

        It sure is. I could never see my husband picking up knitting needles and knitting to relax in the same way I do ! Mind you, I could never spend an afternoon on the football terraces like he does!

  21. #23 by Born To Organize on January 11, 2021 - 04:27

    I like the rabbit and hare quilt you’ve stitched, and I admire your tenacity for getting it done before the move. Something is appealing about the combination of blue and yellow, don’t you think? I’m having a good time catching up here.

    • #24 by tialys on January 12, 2021 - 11:49

      It’s a nice small quilt that was easy to handle and therefore finish and I’m hoping to use it as a wall hanging in the small bedroom/study. We haven’t got round to tackling any décor yet but that will come with time.

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