Wednesday, 27 February 2013

February finish...

Just in case Ange is checking up on those of us who've entered her book competition, I thought I'd better crack on and finish the project I mentioned!! 
So, in just one week, the hexagons which my granny basted, probably about 30 years ago, have been transformed :-) From this...



to this...





 

Stitching the hexagons was a great project for relaxing in front of the television, and gave me time to mull over what to do with them. Inspiration suddenly came, thanks to this previous wall hanging...




It hangs on one wall of my sewing room, and I discovered that I had enough linen leftover to frame the hexagons. The backing was one complete fat quarter, which I bought years ago, and wasn't that keen on. Funnily enough, when I got it out and ironed it, I saw it in a whole new light! Still, am very pleased with how it looks on the back, and I did then crack open a favourite fat quarter, the navy with multicoloured spots, for the binding. Deciding how to quilt it took ages, but I eventually went with lines, but not going over the hexagons. I'm pretty sure my granny would be pleased with the finished item!




Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Crafty books

Ange is hosting a giveaway, of a great looking quilting book. There's just one drawback... to enter the competition, you need to create a craft item from a book! As seen in my last post, there aren't that many craft books on my shelf - though this does mean there is plenty of room for one more ;-)


Generally speaking, I use my books for inspiration, and for fun reading. I never follow recipes either; as my granny once said, how dare they assume you have all these ingredients in your cupboard?!? So, it's a fairly hit and miss approach here. At first I thought I would have to pass on the giveaway, and then inspiration struck, in a slightly wildcard way... So, here's my book:


Very poignantly, this book was my first ever introduction to patchwork. My mother bought it, and wrote the date inside, January 1978. I had just turned seven, and over the following months my mother pieced a few hexagons and made some pincushions. My granny, however, did a little more. Granny was crafty up until she died, with knitting, sewing, tapestry, and even making lace. In fact, I still have these tablemats she made...



I'm afraid we don't ever use them, but another benefit (thanks, Ange!) of thinking through this book review, meant that I dug them out for a photo and realised I could hang one on the wall of my sewing room. I'm not a huge fan of the colour scheme, though it's certainly very vintage, which presumably makes them bang on trend?!?

Once she'd done her patchwork, granny passed the leftovers on to me. This box of bits has been in my possession for so many years! When she was very small, I would give it to Miss PatchyRose to play with, while I was sewing. She loved making up designs, and it kept her nice and busy.


There's all sorts in the box, loads of prepared hexagons in various sizes, and some cut fabric. These ones are tiny, it will take some patience for me to do anything here...



So, what I am going to make from the book? Well, it's been such a trip down memory lane. I fancy doing a bit more than a pincushion, and I'm hoping Ange will bear with me if my inspiration comes from the book, and from the impact on three generations, rather than a specific project. I have managed to gather together all of these hexagons, already mounted on paper by my granny:




In her memory, I'm going to sew them together, and make either a wall hanging or a cushion. 

If you do manage to get this book, I really recommend it. It's funny to see how little has changed in patchwork over the last 35 years. All the designs I love the most, like log cabin and trip around the world, are in this book. It's very simple and basic, and somehow quite reassuring.


Sunday, 17 February 2013

Such fun...

...spending Sunday afternoon scrabbling around the floor stretching and pinning a quilt...


However, it is now all pinned and ready to go! It's about time: this is actually the first occasion that I've completed a top and then not gone straight on to quilt it... So, it has been stored away in the cupboard for too long. Mainly, I think, because it is a quilt with no purpose :-( I bought the fabric on a whim, as a layer cake, and then found it hard to work with. The designs are just so cute, I couldn't bear to cut them up small.  With most quilts though, I know the intended recipient from the start, and work with them in mind. This one, I'm not entirely sure what we're going to do with it!


In the meantime, I shall enjoy quilting it in my peaceful sewing room, which finally has a shelf! I just love how that corner looks now. Our cat, Meggy, is almost 17, and has adopted an attitude like that of the Dowager Duchess: I am old, and will behave exactly how I like, and you can't do or say anything about it...


I love being able to display a few items of inspiration...


...and my minimal stack of craft books!


Right, back to the quilting ;-)

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Irony...

When is a sewing table not a sewing table?...


When you've been wanting a storage stool for a while...


Couldn't afford the M&S price tag, then spot the perfect item in a secondhand shop :-)


Wrestle with some guilt at using a sewing table for the wrong purpose...


But go ahead and get Mr PatchyRose to saw 8cm off each leg...


 ...making it just perfect to store photo albums and balance a tray on. Hugely satisfying.

  
£40 well spent.


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Happy birthday...

... to the family knitter! Hope you have a great day. Enjoy your new wool bag :-)


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Friday, 1 February 2013

Fun on Friday!

Today I am linking up with two of my favourite blogs! One is Crazy Mom Quilts, and her finish up Friday feature. Well, technically I finished the sewing very late last night, but I decide to challenge myself and complete my first photo collage for the blog, to make it more interesting for anyone who drops by. It was so easy!! I'm now frustrated that I haven't tried this before... The other link up is with Lily's Quilts, I love the connections she runs. So, thank you for dropping by if you're new to my blog!