Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Slower stitching...

Lately my focus has been on my hand stitched mini quilt, part of a swap. This has been quite daunting for me! My idea evolved as I worked on the units, but finally I made a firm decision :-)

This is the finished quilt top, measuring around 22 by 19 inches. Unfortunately it doesn't photograph terribly well, and it was already getting dark when we took this. Do you see the orange piece, the rebel in the corner?!? Every quilt should have a rebel, I feel. The thought of quilting this terrifies me...

All Rosie's friends have been turning eleven, so this is the gift for one of them. I do like the finished effect of boxed corners at the bottom of a zip pouch! 

Rosie's teacher went on maternity leave last week. We'd known for long enough, but I still ended up making the gift the night before! Thankfully she was very pleased with it!

A great blog friend, Maryse, very kindly nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! 

The idea behind this award is for bloggers to bring attention to other blogs that we think are lovely. Recipients pay it forward by passing the award along to their favorite blogs.
By accepting the award, the nominated blogger must follow these easy-peasy rules: 

*Thank the awesome person who nominated you and link back. *Share 7 things about yourself.  *Nominate 10 other blogs. (Or as many as it feels comfortable to you.)
Here we go, seven things about me:

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Spring sewing...

Wasn't it great having a Bank holiday weekend? With sunshine thrown in for good measure! I enjoyed plenty of sewing time and a little gardening. 

Having never made a pincushion, somehow I decided to cut the squares and make six in one go... They look good nestled in the Christmas tree, but had I made a prototype, I would have cut the squares a little bigger! They end up as 4 inches square, which was quite fiddly to sew.

However, that's a few gifts ready! I've also been busy preparing a hand-sewn mini quilt, for a swap I'm in. These are the latest two blocks...

 I still haven't completely decided on the layout and final design, but need to do that next.

If my pincushions were tiny, these St Louis blocks certainly aren't! I'm enjoying making them, although my one complaint would be that they come together so fast, you don't get much sewing therapy out of each block ;-) However, I think it will be a nice quilt when it's done...