A New Quilt Started And An Old One Changed

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Strip sets sewn this afternoon. The start of my new quilt.

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They will be ironed and cut into 10 inch squares tomorrow.

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My Butterfly Quilt is now a wall-hanging.

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And here’s some of the detail.

To be fair, the Butterfly Quilt is nothing like what it was supposed to be. I started it more than two years ago and it was meant to be a double-bed size but I soon discovered, when I was cutting out all the pieces and making the blocks, that applique is never going to be my  most favourite thing!

The pieces were packed away with everything else for our house move and forgotten about. When I unpacked them at our new home, I decided that I would make something out of what I had already made and abandon the pattern I was following. Hence a wall-hanging was created.

There are so many colours in the butterflies and several different background fabrics that I decided to sew a simple outline around each butterfly and leave the quilting at that. I am pleased with how it turned out and I don’t think that anyone will know it has shrunk in size to what it was meant to be.

Absolutely ages ago I saw a photo of a fabric line that was not the usual bright colours that I go for in my quilts. It was called Black Tie Affair by Basic Grey for Moda. It must have sat at the back of mind until last week because, when I found a pattern I liked for my next quilt, Black Tie Affair popped into my head as the ideal fabric to use!

We will see if I made the right choice as the quilt progresses…

Christmas Exploding Block Quilt

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“Have no fear of perfection — you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

A quilt made by me is never ever going to achieve perfection: I like to think I am making something unique instead of perfect, but anyway, I’ve been playing with my third Exploding Block Quilt (a Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern). It’s doubled in size so that it is now 8 blocks by 6 with each block being 4.5 inches square. This is the largest quilt I have made and it’s also the first time that I’ve used variegated thread on a quilt. The green, cream and red thread colours blend in with the fabrics well I think, but at the same time, makes the stitches stand out.

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As you can see, I still have the border to do. I’m trying to decide whether to use decorative machine stitches or free motion quilting. Either way I will be using the variegated thread. What do you think?

 

Where I Need To Be

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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I’ve ended up where I needed to be.” Douglas Adams.

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Teignmouth Pier, Devon

 

The past year (2015) was a very busy one. Some highlights were attending hospital for Chemotherapy, selling our house, moving into a rented flat in Devon, finding a bungalow to buy and moving in just before Christmas.

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Teignmouth Beach

 

Everything was packed away for 6 months whilst we lived in the flat and it feels wonderful to be opening boxes and rediscovering all my sewing stuff!

Now I feel that I can get my life back to normal and have just started to quilt again. I plan to double the size of my Exploding Block Quilt, then I’ll post some photos, but it’s good to be back.

 

Moving Not Making

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I’ve been very busy but not busy crafting!

As I have taken ill-health retirement from my job, we have sold our house to release some equity to live on. Now we are packing everything. There’s 21 years of memories and 4 bedrooms’ worth of things to sort through. My husband is also a Hoarder so there’s loads of Stuff he stores in the garage!

We plan to move closer to our two children but have not bought anywhere to live just yet, instead we will rent and look around for the right house. A new place to call home. This is a stressful time as anyone who has moved house knows very well and, at our age it will be our last move, so it has to be the right property.

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We love our house and it will be sad to leave, but we have to look forward and trust that things will all work out in the end. I doubt I will be posting very often until we are settled but I will have internet access and hope to be looking/commenting on everyone’s blogs as usual.

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We will certainly miss beautiful Sussex.

Exploding Block Quilt Progress

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A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.  English Proverb

I promised you an update on my progress with a second Exploding Block Quilt so here are a couple of photos. Because my ‘Sewing Room’ is a small bedroom, my quilt pieces are laid out on the single bed as it’s the largest available surface.

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The two rows to the right of the photos have been sewn together and I’m pleased with how the quilt is taking shape. However….(why is there always a ‘However’?)…. I think the quilt will be too small, hardly a lap-quilt size, so I’ve been considering a couple of different options. Firstly, to put another cream fabric layer on the blocks so that each one ends up at about 7 inches, or secondly, to double the number of blocks. I’ll tell you which option I’ve decided upon later.

I’ve also been working on a knitted blanket for my oldest daughter. It’s my Winter Project as I like to knit or crochet on winter evenings whilst watching TV.

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Is it finished? Err, no. Here’s a photo from a different angle!

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The worst part of knitting or crocheting a blanket for me is sewing in all the ends. The blanket will not be completely finished for a couple of weeks yet I fear.

So, for the quilt, I decided to double the number of blocks. More work I know than increasing the size of the existing ones, but I think it will be more colourful that way. I enjoy cutting and sewing these exploding blocks so it won’t be a chore (unlike sewing in the ends of yarn!).