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Easter Sunday Stitching

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope spring has sprung for you, although you poor souls in the southern hemisphere may have a while to wait before the daffodils pop up again. I love Easter,and although I’m not religious I appreciate that many are and it’s a very special time of year for you. Easter marks the turning of the season for me, new life, new growth, hope and the promise of things to come. Maybe hope is the strongest feeling, hope not just for myself and Kim, but for others around the world. I think of it as time for reflection, more than any other time of year – maybe it’s because I finally feel like I’m coming out of hibernation and can think a little more clearly!

No time for hibernating today though: there’s quilting to be done.  Thank you all so much for your comments last week, I listened and I contemplated and…

Old Quilt

Hand quilting the sashing of a patchwork quilt 'Summer Blues' © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Well it certainly looks better, but will it be enough quilting to keep the layers together properly?

Hand quilting the sashing of a patchwork quilt 'Summer Blues' © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

I’m pleased to see a vast improvement in my stitches over the last 7 years!

I started quilting the sashing of Summer Blues. I had to go for it really didn’t I?! I knew I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t hand quilt the sashing too. I haven’t sewn much this week but quilting the sashing has gone very quickly so far, which bodes well for a finish in the first half of the year. Remember I planned to finish this quilt before Christmas, if I followed my wonderful quilt plan? Yes, don’t remind me, haha! Still, now that I’m coming out of a long winter sleep I’m going to make some plans I actually hope to stick to!

New Quilt

I’ve got a new quilt to add to my plans too. It’s my sister’s 40th birthday early next year so I’m going to make her a quilt to celebrate. I have no ideas yet and she has no preference for colour or anything else, “surprise me” she said. So, carte blanche! If I give myself 6 months to hand quilt it, that means I have 2 months to decide what to do and piece it (by machine). With 6 months’ hand quilting available I should probably make a lap quilt (I’m slow (see above quilt!) and I’ve got other things on the go too), so I really do need to put a plan into action. Can you give me some ideas? What would you do? Improv, more traditional piecing?  And, oh I’d love to do some needle turn appliqué… so many choices, so little time!

 

Other Quilt

piecing together bright coloured patchwork blocks to make a quilt with appliqué circles. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Piecing together bright coloured Quilty365 blocks

My latest newsletter went out on Friday and I shared a picture of one of my quilty365 quilt tops in progress (it’s grown a bit in the picture above). This one’s causing me a bit of a dilemma: I decided to press the seams open on this particular quilt, because there are likely to be a lot of seams that are very close together. Last time I tried hand quilting through myriad layers of cloth in the seam allowance it was a painful experience. I’m not sure it’s the right decision though. There are some lighter fabrics in the mix and I’m a bit worried the seam allowance will ‘shadow’ through to the front of the quilt. Have you ever had experience of this? Is there another way of doing it, or a better way that I haven’t thought about I wonder? Hopefully you seasoned hand quilters can help me out.

Pressing seams open on the back of a patchwork quilt top before hand quilting. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Seams close together on white fabrics – with the seams pressed open

News

This weekend’s newsletter is hot off the press and if you haven’t signed up already you can read it online. Here are some of the things inside to inspire you over the Easter holiday:

  • Links to some fascinating artists and quilters’ sketchbooks
  • Links to articles about quilts with text (including a free pattern)
  • A book review – Text in Textile Art by Sara Impey
  • A short article on the process of piecing my Quilty365 blocks together so far
  • and some news about the blog – and why the next article in the series on making the most of your quilting time (with Audrey Easter) is running late (for which I apologise most profusely).

I hope you’ll hop over and have a read through, and if you enjoy it sign up too! Complete the form at the bottom of the page or follow the link in the top lefthand side of the newsletter itself. I’ll be over the moon if you do!

PS apologies for the state of the blog at the moment (more details in the newsletter), but hopefully it’ll be right as rain in the near future.

I’m linking up with Kathy for this week’s Slow Sunday Stitching as usual. Have a lovely Easter Sunday and of course, happy stitching – and don’t get chocolate on your quilt!

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

9 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Jennifer! I’m not sure how those 365 blocks are going to look as it gets bigger…a confused mess?!?! I guess that’s the fun of improv, trying to make something coherent from it all! Have a lovely Easter 🙂

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  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    My favorite ever 40th birthday quilt used a block called capital T which has four letter Ts rotating around a center square. It was called “Turning Four-T” The hand quilting looks great. I don’t usually press open seams, but it looks like you would have a lot of bulk if you didn’t.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Hi Angela! Thank you so much for coming to say hello 🙂 I just checked out the block. It’s great isn’t it, and very straight forward – good idea, thank you! I’ll definitely add it to the ‘possibilities’ pile. Hope you’re having a great easter.

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  2. audrey
    audrey says:

    I am really enjoying how you are putting the circles together, especially the plain sewing you showed in the newsletter! They are both going to be wonderful!

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