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, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire,
Jean, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann and Kym