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Just a quick post to show you that I really did manage to finish my ‘man quilt’ in time to give it to Mr. Tialys for Christmas. Thanks to Kate for organizing nine quilters for the F2F block swap again this year meaning that, apart from the blocks I made for myself , I also received 24 blocks from Australia, the States, Sweden, the Netherlands and France all diverse and gorgeous in my chosen colours. This swap, just as last year, helped me to improve on my existing skills and develop some new ones – foundation paper piecing is my new addiction.
Thanks also to Kate for encouraging me to finish it by blogging about the Quilt As You Go method which we were both using to finish our quilts, mine for a Christmas gift and her own for another charity auction to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Awareness which you can see here.
Here’s the back in case he gets fed up with looking at the front where you can see more clearly – though not too clearly I hope as my seaming wasn’t always spot on (or anywhere near) – how the blocks are sandwiched together, quilted and then joined with strips.
This quilt will go and live in London to keep Mr. T. warm in his ‘commuter flat’.
Some lovely blocks were sent to me and, because the full length photo doesn’t do them justice, I folded the quilt in half and photographed them separately so you can see each block more clearly. Unlike Kate I don’t live in Australia and the quilt was too long to hang on the washing line without draping on the frosty grass so I had to take the photos indoors on a larger bed than the quilt is intended for – although it is fairly large at about 65 inches wide x 78 inches long (1.6m x 1.9m).
Here’s the top half
and the bottom half
The new – and unintentional – member of the family was testing it out for comfort while I was attaching the binding and I think it passed. (More about him at a later date!)
I just need to ‘sign off’ on the quilt by making and attaching a quilt label which I will do tomorrow and I will sign off on the blog now until just after Christmas when I will hopefully be able to share the contents of my Stitching Santa parcels with you. (Update – received the knitting one today – phew!)
I hope you all have a very enjoyable festive season with lots of good food and good company. Lynn x x
When Mr. T’s birthday pressie didn’t look as if it would arrive on time – it was coming from China – I was panicking to think of something I could give him so that he didn’t have to look all stoically brave yet secretly upset that he didn’t have anything to open apart from his birthday card.
I’ve mentioned before that he has embarked on making leather goods – mainly handbags (hoorah!) – so he does need a certain amount of sewing equipment including needles and, being a bloke (and an untidy one at that) he tends to scatter his haberdashery items around the table top in the shed. I love any excuse to use the word ‘haberdashery’ it’s one of my favourite words – the French word for it is ‘mercerie’ which doesn’t sound nearly so exciting.
Anyway, I decided to make him a needlecase so that he can keep all his leatherworking needles in one place and off the floor where our dogs could step on them on their way through the shed into the garden as, unlike us, they don’t wear slippers in the house.
I used all scraps for this so, conveniently, it allows me to link to Kate’s Scrappy Happy day this month.
I didn’t give him my stork scissors – they are in their just for photographic purposes but I haven’t seen my seam ripper for a while and, I don’t know about you, but I can’t survive long without mine.
His present did turn up on the day in the end so he got a bonus and all feet and paws will be safer.
While I was at it, I made another one which will be a stocking filler for Mlle. Tialys the elder – she says she reads my blog but seems suspiciously ignorant of anything I put on it so I think the secret is safe
I can’t really claim this one as a scrap project as the cover fabric was new but the rest is from the scrap bin.
Finally I’ve found a use for the Kam snaps I seem to have a stock of too.
Did I say ‘stocking filler’? That brings me to the subject of Christmas and as it’s such a miserable Monday – weather wise and world news wise – I thought I’d cheer you up by giving you the links to the annual battle of the ads designed to win your hearts at this time of year between Sainsbury’s and John Lewis. If you’re in the U.K. you might already have seen them. Manipulatively sentimental, of course, but both beautifully done. I bet you can guess which one is my favourite.
As you know if you are a regular reader, a diverse group of patchworkers and quilters have been participating in a year long block swap since July 2015 and one of our number started out the swap knowing she had advanced ovarian cancer. We pulled out all the stops to get her blocks done and then they were assembled and quilted for her as, by then, she was too weak to do so herself. She received the quilt last week – a month after we started it – and was able to see and touch it for just two days before she died. The quilt will eventually be auctioned online on behalf of Ovarian Cancer but we were all pleased that it reached her in time.
I don’t think any of the group knew Pat personally but, as most bloggers will know, when you interact with people online you do come to feel as if you are acquainted in some way and the making and exchanging of blocks added to that feeling.
This is the quilt label that Kate, one of the organisers of the swap, made for Pat’s quilt and, if you want to read a fuller account, Kate has written a memorial page for Pat here
Source: A Page for Pat: In Memoriam
and here’s the finished quilt in Pat’s chosen colours of teal and tan – the colour of the ovarian cancer ribbon – hastily photographed by Sue after piecing and quilting before being sent express delivery.
I love the excitement of small parcels arriving from all over the world for the F2F block swap I’m participating in.
On Friday I received another package and, this time, it was from the States containing three blocks from Susan over at Desert Sky Quilting.
On Friday I received another package and, this time, it was from the States containing three blocks from Susan over at Desert Sky Quilting. A dramatic touch with the very dark grey and blue fabric in this one with the central pinwheel.
A touch of orange with the turquoise here. Apparently the orange colour was outside of Susan’s comfort zone and she included some lovely orange fabric for me to play with in the package.
I think this is my favourite one.
This package arrived, despite the fact that Susan had sent it before we realised the post (zip) code was wrong – as did Kate’s from Australia – so I’m quietly confident they will all arrive eventually. Esther’s blocks also arrived on Friday, from the Netherlands, but they are also worthy of their own post so they will be in my next one.
A kitten free zone on the blog today did I hear you say?
Yuki – still tiny but trying to build him up and am going to try goats milk when the shops open tomorrow.
Getting some cuddles from the ‘big’ sister.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.