Well hello folks! Long time no see, did you have a good Christmas and New Year? I’ve been thinking about you all and how rude of me it was not to wish you seasons greetings, so let me wish you all a very happy and healthy new year! 2014 already, can you believe it?
I had yet another bout of illness in the run up to the festivities and seem to have spent rather a lot of time sleeping, even picking up a needle and thread was exhausting and I couldn’t concentrate on anything. I felt like I had nothing to show or share and just hid away from the world. Things seem to be becoming clearer now though and I feel like a little hedgehog coming out of hibernation, my little nose just sniffing the air around me…like something out of Beatrix Potter! It feels lovely to be thinking of old and new friends again and I look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to very much.
As for me, I’ve been thinking about a couple of sewing promises I made to myself in 2013, projects I intended to finish. The two main ones on my agenda were to finish the two quilt tops in the photo above and, despite a lot of illness last year, I’m pleased that although they’re not finished they’re pretty close!
My Summer Blues nine patch quilt now has flying geese borders around three sides and the final border is put together ready to go on as soon as I have some stamina!
I’d run out of fabric to make the border so had to buy more, but was lucky enough to still find some in the same designs that I bought when I started this quilt 4 or more years ago! It’s a great way to tie in the border with the nine patch squares, but in true scrappy style there are new fabrics in there too, like that golden yellow for example.
I love the way the border looks at the end of the bed. Once it’s quilted (er, in another 4 years?!?!) I plan to bind it with a plain, off-white like the sashing. I think my favourite part of the border is the little half-square-triangle nine-patch corners – I love them! I made them up from the small triangular scraps I had left over after cutting out the flying geese. How do you make your flying geese units? I made mine with two squares and a rectangle so that I didn’t have to stitch along a cut bias. They’re not perfect but they’ll do just fine – I just want to get this quilt finished so I can move on to some more interesting designs. One of this year’s sewing goals is to start and finish the hand quilting! So my motto is going to be ‘keep it simple’…
Another goal is to get this hand sewn English paper pieced grandma’s flower garden quilt finished too. Originally it was going to be a lap quilt, but now I think I’ll add some deep appliqué borders so that it fits comfortably on a double bed. I’ve finished a row of black hexies right round the outside edge and have started to add a colourful row of prints. My plan is to then add another row of black before adding the border. I don’t know what the appliqué will be like yet, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try on a larger scale and there’s so much inspiration out there. Have you seen Kim McLean’s work? It’s fantastic and on her blog Glorious Applique she has some great tutorials for the needle turn appliqué method if you fancy giving it a go.
What’s on your list for the coming months? Anyone else out there working on some borders? I’d love to hear about them if you are!
Happy new year
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