Ok so I’m getting somewhere at last

Tom is done. He does not look like Tom from the books nor does he look like Tom from the pattern! Which I also feel does not look that much like the one from the book but never mind. I gave up on the knitted eyes and went for cat safety ones as the knitted ones kept turning out weird. But here he is

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The sheep quilt is now also finished and I do like this. As was rightly said by someone I have already shown it “what’s the point?” Yeh ok I suppose it’s just decorative and I will never put it up but I have enjoyed doing it, especially considering its mainly hand sewing. In the end the worst bits of it are the bits I machine sewed!

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Vintage cardi now also doneish. The main part is knitted and sewn together but I need to finish the neck tie and the same as others have mentioned I think it probably needs the bands stabilising as they are knitted as part of the garment, not separate and then knitted on, so I me to look for something to do that.

I will confess to having purchased, received and swapped/shared some extra projects which now means that either this years list is looking even more crowded or that I have made a start on next years already!

I have now started another of my gift projects which will hopefully not take too long but I am yet to decide what I will do along side/when this is done.

And the “problem child” from earlier posts may have found a new home, fingers crossed.

ABNI: Patchwork

Well after having success with the quilt course, being more than pleased with the colourway of the quilt and having material left over it seemed like it was time for another go.

The other thing which steered me towards this project was that we had purchased a cushion whilst suffering decorating dilemas and this was now surplus.

Yep you’ve guessed it a cushion to match the quilt.  Match may be stretching it but it does go with.  With my job I would have hoped that calculating the pattern would have been much easier than it was but maybe its more of a shape and space thing which is not my bag.

Here is the outcome which whilst not perfect I am pleased with.  Also it has used all but a couple of scraps of the remaining material which meets with my finishing things up principle.

Quilt course attended – success!

In my most recent blogging holiday I have not been idle, oh no sir.

I have attended a two day quilting/patchwork course at the lovely East Coast Quilting in Felixstowe.  The course was taken by Carolyn who was very good and very patient.  The group was small as I took a Friday course, they was only four of us.  This was good as it meant that we could all ask questions and as I discovered as the quilt grew had plenty of space!!

On the first day I had very mixed feelings as although it was something I wanted to do having attempted before and not got on well and having got highly confused just choosing the fabric I did think that maybe I would wish I wasn’t there by lunchtime.  This was most definitely not the case.  The first day was spent cutting and making the blocks and then stitching those together.  Day two we did the border, binding, backing and topstitching.

In fact all four of us finished which I thought was a brilliant achievement, it also showed how very different the same thing could look!

The last bit of instruction which was the “homework” and the finishing off came as a bit of a downer, “now you need to hand stitch the back of the binding all the way around the quilt”.  Mmm a little groan came out.  I really do not like handstitching.  However after three weeks I have now completed it and below is the result. (thanks Sally for photo idea!)

My finished quilt is much darker than everyone elses, everyone else had gone for brights or pastels. I didn’t think to photo the back but it is all one flowered blue.

I am very pleased that I have made this quilt and I am pleased with the outcome.  It was though a lot of hard work for what is essentially a simple design compared to what the “experts” out there are doing.  At the shop there was a lovely example of a sampler quilt but that seems very much a step too far for me.  I have not been put off but at the same time have no desperate urge to make another right now.  I do now have the skills I need to put into the big project.

Respect to quilters and patchworkers!

Following on from my recent post I moved on to the stitching of my quilt top and then I went all quiet.

This was because all is not well in the Donny house of quilt.

I didn’t like cutting and potentially it now appears I was not that good at it.  I sat and happily sewed the squares into strips which didn’t show up any problems but now putting the rows together is a different matter that is where all the errors show up.

Pretty much nothing lines up, in trying to sort out the wiggles I have created waft and weft problems which add to the cutting problems it seems I must have already had.

I have left it for over a week now and thought I would be able to go back to it in a better frame of mind and all would be fixed.  That is normally what happens.

Uhuh not this time.  I don’t like the fabric and it just looks like everything I have done is wrong, cutting, ironing, sewing all of it.

Therefore I am officially in retirement from quilting!  And to all of you who can do it massive respect!

Now what have I forgotten?

Gradually I have been getting together “stuff” to do a quilt, some borrowed, some bought, some gifted.  The last few bits (hopefully) turned up today.  I am guessing that someone will say you haven’t got this or that when I put the photo up but hey ho I’m only learning!

I know I haven’t got any thread for piecing or top stitch yet but will get that from town.

Pic of what I have gathered to follow…. here it is

Books – some good some bad

I have been wanting the Great American Afghan book for ages and as I had other things to get from Amazon I thought now was a good time.  Well it’s here and I am not excited.  It’s a tiny book and just doesn’t have the content I thought it would so this is on the returns/sell pile.

On the other hand, although I knew what I was getting as I had already borrowed it from the library, Celia Eddy Start Quilting looks like it is good for just that.

From the library this week I have also got the quilters bible which had loads of handy novice info in and also a fairly comprehensive block dictionary.

Previous Ebay purchase was Fast Fit by Sandra Betzina, this shows what causes problems with you fit and how to fix them.  Must study this to solve my trouser problem!