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Plain Hand Sewing For Slow Sunday Stitching

Break Up

Well helloooo! It’s great to be back after such a long unforeseen (and unwelcome) break – I’ve missed you very much.

I buggered up the site. Well and truly broke it – you may have noticed. It was a simple enough job to reload a backup, but I couldn’t even log on to do it or leave a message to let you know. I had to wait for help from the host, but thankfully it’s all sorted now so we can get back to business as usual!

Work In Progress

I’ve been sharing pictures of work in progress over on Instagram in the interim, and if you follow me there you’ll know I finished my quilt top Fete. I’ve been sporadically working on Plain Sewing too, but I haven’t show any pictures because the changes aren’t that discernible. I thought I’d make an exception today.

Plain Sewing

Plain Sewing improv patchwork in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Enlarging the panel

It’s taking an age to piece this one together because I change my mind about the layout every five minutes. My latest innovations are the very contrasty string sections. I didn’t like the circles on their own because there didn’t seem to be any flow, but the strings change that and draw the eye around.

Plain Sewing improv patchwork in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

A string section

I love the particular strings in the picture above – it’s a triumph of make do and mend! The section’s small but includes pieces from a shirt, a pair of pyjamas, 2 pairs of linen trousers, a linen jacket, a tablecloth, a handkerchief, my childhood dress and gifted quilting cottons. I don’t think I bought any of the fabrics in this piece at all, which is gratifying. Trying to make all the disparate fabrics work well together is an art in itself.

Different Weights

It does have its disadvantages though. In this piece the different weight fabrics cause problems with surface bubbling, when weighty suit linens are stitched next to lightweight cottons, for example. But after all the practice I had getting my improv triangle quilt to lie flat I decided to make more of an effort with this piece too.

The bubbling didn’t bother me initially because I plan to do lots of close quilting and I thought it would add to the texture. Then I realised it would probably just look badly done! And we can’t have that, can we? No. So I’ve spent this week remedying that on the sections I’ve already made.

Remedies

Unpicking and restitching is obviously part of the repertoire, but even that’s not always enough. In some places I’ve equalised the weights of adjacent fabrics with iron on Vilene. It’s worked well, but there are other sections where that wasn’t the only problem.

Plain Sewing improv patchwork in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Iron on Vilene from the back

I’ve been piecing this in an organic way and unpicking it’s a nightmare in places – if I go down that route I might as well start again!

I came up with an alternative that involves rolling the seams on the right side to take out any excess fabric and then stitching them in place with little visible black stitches. I really like this approach because it adds to the utilitarian aesthetic – and it’s much more fun that unpicking!

Plain Sewing improv patchwork in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Rolling the seams and stitching them with black thread in an effort to make the piece flatter. (Centre vertical patch.)

Slow Sunday Stitching

The first panel is pretty much sorted now and I’m making sure the new ones are flat as I go along. I’m probably getting obsessive about it. I’ve managed to make a few new circles too, like the one below. This one was made from a linen napkin and I drew some threads out and had a play. I’ve got some more playful ideas up my sleeve and that’s what I’ll be stitching this afternoon.

Plain Sewing improv patchwork in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Drawn threads on a linen circle.

What will you be working on today?

I’m linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching, for the first time in an absolute age, coming?

Happy Sunday

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

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Losing Stitching Time To Sleep

Sunday. The one day of the week we deliberately slow down, put aside some time for slow stitching and quiet thoughts. It’s a lazy day for some, resting after a busy week, de-stressing.

My body de-stresses in the most inconvenient way possible and it takes no heed of my head and the things I want to get done. It sleeps for too long, 12 hour stretches or more. This might be ok if I could get to sleep by 10pm, but no, it’s more likely to be between 1 and 2 am. Invariably I wake up with a ‘dehydration headache’, and if not a fury then a deep irritation that I can’t shake off for the rest of the day. Losing an entire morning is, ironically, as stressful as the stress that makes me sleep in the first place.

I woke up at 1.30 this afternoon.

Time, life, slips by. Let it go. I’ll find it again in my Sunday stitches.

Plain Sewing Circles

Plain Sewing, a quilt top in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Making patches for Plain Sewing. A reverse patch with reverse fabric and a reverse circle for needle turn appliqué

Plain Sewing Collages

Making a collage from stitched book pages and fabric. (The book is a 1940s needlework book). © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

I’m working on a series of collage artworks alongside my Plain Sewing quilt top. Slow stitching is a big feature.

Making a collage from stitched book pages and fabric. (The book is a 1940s needlework book). © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

The collage progresses. The black fabric and the transparent fabric are scraps from a childhood dress and the linen on the right is from one of Kim’s dad’s old suits. The book pages are from an old 1940s needlework book my mum gave me.

I’m linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching today. Kathy’s started a new project this week, taking one slow, steady stitch a day every day for a year. A reminder perhaps that if you look back over a long enough journey you’ll find you’ve moved forward more than you think.

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

 

 

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Stitches That Hold Me Together

2017 looks set to be another turbulent year for Kim and me. Only one week in and everything’s upside down and uncertain again. I’m bracing myself, head down and quietly stitching our troubles away. For a few moments at least. I haven’t had as much time for quilting this week as I’d hoped.

Getting through the day can be a struggle at the moment and it’s often overwhelming. All I crave is a period of stability so that I can concentrate on those goals and plans I make, but it never seems to happen.  I end up putting them aside to deal with one crisis or another, and I’m running out of fight.

Crisis Number 1, 2017

It’s only a week into the new year and crisis number 1 has struck. Kim had to leave college this week due to ill health (for the second time), which might scupper his hopes for university. It boils down to finance: free education stops at 19 regardless of circumstances (he’ll be 19 early this year) and he needs the intermediate qualifications he was studying for to get onto a degree course.  We’re incredibly lucky to have free education at all, of course, but this is where we live and you don’t get far without it.

In the mean time we have to deal with the short-term financial fallout. All financial support for him will stop, and he’s too ill to work. We may have to move again. I just don’t know what will happen and it’s knocked me sideways.

Tracking The Week’s Progress

© Stephanie Boon, 2017. Cornwall UK All Rights Reserved. Plain Sewing, hand stitched patchwork work in progress. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Tracked. I’ve managed to make the backgrounds for more circles on Plain Sewing this week. Almost enough for a second panel.

It’s at times like this my ‘project tracker‘ should be useful. If I manage to get through this period of instability I want to look back and remind myself of the sewing I achieved. No matter how small.  It’s made me feel better already this week. I feel like I’ve done nothing, but I can see I’ve stitched something everyday.  I’ve been making a little progress on Plain Sewing.

Finding Meaning

This patchwork’s becoming more and more meaningful to me and takes me on thoughtful journeys whenever I pick up a needle to stitch on it. It’s about glimpsing the things that hold us together. The repairs we make, the seams, the darning, the patching – to ourselves, and our relationships. It’s about the things we don’t usually see or share with anyone else (unless you’re like me and overshare everything!). I suppose I think of it as a kind of excavation really, or at least turning ourselves inside out to expose hidden truths.

© Stephanie Boon, 2017. Cornwall UK All Rights Reserved. Plain Sewing, hand stitched patchwork work in progress. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Crude stitches mimicking darning over a blue shirt patch. I use black thread to make it visible.

What Is Plain Sewing?

‘Plain sewing’ is a term you don’t hear much anymore (the link takes you to the text of beautiful old needlework encyclopaedia). It refers to the simple, practical stitches we used mainly for sewing garments, household linen and the like. Running stitch, oversewing, backstitch and hemming. I’ve always loved this kind of stitching. If you turn an old handmade shirt inside out you’ll see the drawn thread and the tiny straight, even stitches making a perfect seam. Narrow, neat hems seem to hold themselves up and fine imperceptible darning gives new life.

© Stephanie Boon, 2017. Cornwall UK All Rights Reserved. Plain Sewing, hand stitched patchwork work in progress. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

More crude stitching in visible thread. It’s not so easy to sew this badly, haha!

Then there’s the workaday, get it done, get it mended kind of stitching; the rough hewn stone, rather than the polished gem.

© Stephanie Boon, 2017. Cornwall UK All Rights Reserved. Plain Sewing, hand stitched patchwork work in progress. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Wonky circles and wonky backstitches.

The deft stitches of the maid, the seamstress, the poor worker – I feel connected by these threads.

And I hope the stitches I make over the next few months will be strong enough to hold me together.

Linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.

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

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Bright Bunting

Summer Fete

Think of the typical English summer fete and colourful bunting probably comes to mind – as well as a bunch of daft games and a white elephant stall!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was making this quilt for my sister’s 40th birthday next year and yesterday I decided that playing with the glorious colours would be the perfect antidote to some of last week’s stress. (Thank you for all your supportive comments and suggestions, I’ve read them all and there’s a lot of sound advice there that makes me feel like I’m not alone! I’ll be replying to you all individually too.)

Needle Turn Applique

‘Fete’ is the title of the quilt, which I’ll probably piece into the back of it (I’d like to make it more reversible than I usually do), but I couldn’t help myself and started the label first!  It’s simple needle turn appliqué in my own hand writing. Using your own hand rather than printing something off from the internet makes it much more personal. My handwriting’s a bit of a mess though so I had to simplify it to make it legible and easy enough to cut the letters out! I’m pretty pleased with the result – and it definitely makes me smile, which is exactly what I was aiming for.

'Fete' applique in colourful fabrics for a patchwork quilt. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Feeling summery

Improv Triangles

'Fete'. A patchwork quilt in progress, inspired by colourful bunting. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

‘Fete’, the beginnings of quilt for my sister’s 40th birthday next year

I was working on the front yesterday, playing with improv triangles and trying to capture the movement of bunting fluttering in the breeze. The horizontal curves and the change in scale of the flags  are working well, although (as usual with my way of working) I did chop off a small section that wasn’t flowing well with the rest. Chopping into your work is about being brave (or laissez faire!) and having the confidence that you’ll improve the design, or at least find it easier to resolve with the bit you’ve just lopped off! I’m still not sure about the bit at the bottom where I started the front; it’s looking a bit too straight now, but I’m happy to leave it for a while and see how it sits as the top grows.

 

'Fete' is a colourful patchwork in progress inspired by bunting. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Detail

Detail of 'Fete', a colourful patchwork quilt in progress, inspired by bunting. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Detail – loving the very mini flags!

Scraps

Using scraps is my favourite way of piecing, but when scraps are pretty much all you work with you find they run out pretty quickly. A lot of the reds I’ve used so far are scraps from older projects, small pieces or scraps that others have kindly shared with me. I’m frustrated that I haven’t got enough scraps for the light background though – I’ve actually had to buy some fabric, eek!  I’m keeping my purchases to around a quarter metre of any one print though to keep the scrappy feel – and I’m getting lots of small scrappy triangle bits in the process for some other project in the future!  What do you do when you’re working with scraps and run low on any particular colour? I’d love to know how you deal with it – just make do and use another colour? Wait and save up more scraps?  Beg, steal and borrow?! I’m considering my options – any advice welcome!

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

 

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Going Round In Two Circles

Welcome to another Quilty365 update! I’m not sure where I am in the consecutive order of block making – my Quilty365 galleries are completely disorganised at the moment, so is my desk and, most definitely, my mind.  I really need to take a leaf out of Audrey’s book and get myself properly organised. There are well over a hundred circle blocks now and as I mentioned in my newsletter I’m planning to make at least three quilts with them. I’ve begun to stitch some of my Quilty365 circles together and the difference between them is amazing. I wonder if the same person made them sometimes!

Quilty365 – The Bright One

That’s just the working title! When I first put these blocks together (it took well over 4 hours to piece this little section, which is only about 22″ x 18″) I wasn’t sure it looked anything more than a hotchpotch of colours. I wondered whether it might develop a confused appearance as it grows in size? To try and alleviate the potential for that and add some rhythm and stronger repetition, I decided to use white based prints for horizontal fillers and black based for vertical fillers. I still can’t do it randomly though, I have to consider every step, every fabric, every juxtaposition – which explains the hours spent piecing so far!

 

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

Looking at all the bright coloured blocks I’ve made I thought it might be useful to have some less ‘complicated’ ones to give the eye a bit of a rest here and there. Another thing I’ve become aware of is that there’s not really enough variation in the scale of the circles. Well, not as much as I’d like.

Improv patchwork circle quilt blocks, with buttons to show scale. Bright pinks, greens and purples. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Button size blocks

So for a few days now I’ve been making ‘button’ circle blocks: small and comparatively simple. I like them so far and I can see they’re going to be really useful as the quilt top evolves. This one’s going to be a very cheerful circle quilt when it’s finished.

 

Quilty365 – Plain Sewing

My ‘Plain Sewing’ circle quilt feels as though it’s nearing a conclusion. I want it to be a bit larger, but perhaps not too much. This one feels so intimate and I don’t want to lose that quality. The intimacy is in the small, quiet stitches, you’re really drawn close to the surface to see them.

 

Patchwork improv circle quilt in muted browns, greys and duck egg blue by © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Plain Sewing (in progress March 2016)

Since I last showed my progress on this one Ive introduced some duck egg blue colour, which lifts the mood a little I hope. I’ve used quite a lot of scrap linen in this piece as well as cottons from my scrap boxes. If you look closely you’ll also notice that I often use the reverse of the fabrics to get softer and more muted colours and tones.  I love the fact that it makes those particular prints seem a bit obscure (especially the text ones, which you can’t read anymore).

Patchwork improv circle quilt in muted browns, greys and duck egg blue by © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Plain Sewing – new section (detail)

Patchwork improv circle quilt in muted browns, greys and duck egg blue by © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Plain Sewing, new section with added duck blue colour

All these blocks I’ve made so far are pieced completely from scraps: old clothes, bits and pieces given to me, off cuts from other projects. There are memories attached to almost every piece I’ve used. Then there are the memories of making each one too. I don’t think it’ll matter what they look like when they’re finished really, they’ll still be pretty special.

What’s making your circle quilt memorable for you? For a lot of people it seems to be the diary aspect, but I wonder if there’s anything else that’s keeping you motivated? I’d love to know! (I’m nosy like that!) Why not share in the comments?

I’ll be linking up with Audrey at Quilty Folk for this month’s Quitly365 link up, but before you head over to check out all the other gorgeous quilts in progress, I’d love it if you took a few minutes to read my last post. I talked to Audrey about how she makes the most of her quilting time and she shared so much it really is a great post and I’d hate you to miss it: Make The Most Of Your Quilting Time With Audrey Easter.

Graphic: cHow to Make the Most of Your Quilting Time, with Audrey Easter. A conversation with Stephanie Boon, 2016. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy Stitching

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

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Slow Stitching Everything!

Hello! I hope your weekend’s been a good one so far?  I’m already wondering what happened!  Slow stitching this week has been a varied affair, from circles to collage, so I thought I’d share a few snippets.

Slow Stitching Quilty365 Circles

I got the colour bug again this week with some simple blocks and hand appliquéd circles. I call them circles, but I’m not in the least bit interested in keeping them to true circle shapes. I’m sure you can tell!  I cut my paper templates by hand and without any drawing at all – just paper and scissors. I’m not too bad at it and I like the imperfections that happen along the way.

Quilty365 circle 110 © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Quilty365 day 110

Quilty365 circle 112 © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Quilty365 day 112

These are just a couple of the circle blocks I made this week. You can see more in the Quilty365 gallery (month 4) that I updated today (except for one missing one, soon to be corrected!).  I’m pleased I’m still up to date with them, but really want to get on and start joining some more blocks to see where they might go. Maybe that’s something for the coming week.

Slow Stitching Some Collage

I’ve also been doing some more slow sewing on a small collage that’s been in progress for a while.  It’s made from mixed media and a lot of the stitches secure fabric to paper.  I’m still very much engaged in the idea of ‘plain sewing‘, so my stitches are deliberately visible and simple, kind of honest and utilitarian I hope.

If I Exist... mixed media collage with stitch in progress, © Stephanie Boon, 2016

If I Exist… collage in progress

The text that you can see on the left hand side is a snippet from a 1940’s book of “needlecraft” and the fabric on the right is a piece from the dress I wore as a 10 year old child, that I think I’ve mentioned before.  When the piece is finished I imagine it’ll be in a book format, although it won’t have too many pages!  It seems odd to me how it stands out like a sore thumb on the page and yet it’s the one thing that feels most ‘me’. Anyhow, back to tonight’s stitching…

Tonight’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Ok, first off I didn’t get all the nine patches quilted up as I said I wanted to last week (are you surprised?) – Dina will have her stick ready and waiting; maybe what I really needed was a carrot after all? I’m disappointed in myself for only managing to hand quilt 4 of the 12 nine patches. And, frustrated and annoyed…grrr!  Thinking back over the week, I have absolutely no idea what I did instead, other than lots of writing for tomorrow’s new blog series (see below). No excuse, not when this behemoth needs finishing up before I go mad!

Ocean Waves Quilt, Feb 2016 © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Hand quilting the nine patch Summer Blues

Although somehow I’ve been roped into decorating my son’s bedroom, which wasn’t on my agenda this weekend – and trust me, clearing out a 17 year old boy’s room really isn’t pleasant (mouldy socks, huge fish-tank to empty and move…). So actually, I’m rather glad to have this quilt to escape to this evening, some quiet slow stitching will be just what I need: it’s wonderful to know that everything else will just melt away with a stitch or two (make that a nine patch or two and I’ll be ‘well happy’!).

A New Series Begins Tomorrow!

Before I head off to find the paintbrush again I thought I’d let you know about a knew 5 part series starting here tomorrow:

Graphic: How Long Does It Take To Make a Quilt? (And other more important questions!) 3 Quilters shed a light on and age old question. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

I spoke to three fab quilters that you know and love and asked them ‘how long does it take to make a quilt?’, something most of us are asked at some point or another. These three quilters keep their needles pretty busy and I hoped to learn from them how I could apply myself and get more quilting done! They give a really good insight into how they organise themselves to make the most of their quilting time, so I hope you’ll join me and pick up some great tips too!

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I’m linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching as usual today and look forward to seeing what you’ve all been up to!

Until tomorrow!

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

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Quilty 365 – February

 

Quilty365 Gallery – Month 4

Sometime towards the end of month 3’s circle quilt sew along I had a bit of an epiphany.  After 3 months of Quilty365 with Quilty Folk I realised my blocks would make more than one quilt: it was obvious there were at least a couple of styles possible, if not more. The palettes vary from the ‘sunglasses required’ to much more subdued, subtle colours and I particularly like the idea of the more restful colours being together. Quilty365 Sew Along logo - a daily patchwork quilt along with Quilty Folk.I think I’ll have a much easier time working through a design or two if I don’t feel pressured to make them all work together in the same quilt!

Last month I started to piece some of the lighter coloured blocks together, to get a feel for how it will look, but more importantly, so that I don’t give myself a nightmare of a headache at the end of the year. It’s been on my design board (easel) for a week or two now and I’ve decided I have to take it off and hide it. Ever since it’s been there, in my line of sight, I think it’s been influencing my daily circle too much – instead of focussing on the day as I’m stitching, I’m thinking about whether what I’m stitching will fit the section I’ve put together.  Thinking like this takes away the meditative ritual sewing a daily circle has given me. And I don’t want to lose that.

Read more about putting together the piece below, that I’m calling ‘Plain Sewing’, in a Slow Sunday Stitching post here.   Don’t forget to visit this page again for regular updates to this month’s gallery, and see the index below for more Quilty365 galleries.

Linked up with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts (17 Feb 16) and Audrey for Quilty365 (1 Mar 16).

Happy stitching!

Signature: Stephie

Plain Sewing patchwork quilt in progress. A circle a day wuith the Quilty365 sew-along. © Stephanie Bon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Plain Sewing (currently 16″ x 22.5″ / 40cm x 57cm)

Quilty365 Sew Along Gallery: Month 4

9th February 2016 – 11 March 2016 (122 days)

Enjoy the gallery one circle at a time: click on any thumbnail and scroll through. You’ll see much more detail at the larger size, with the added bonus of a less cluttered background! There are more galleries in this series and you can find the index at the bottom of the page.

 

More Quilty365 Galleries

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When a Sewing Ritual Sneaks up on You

Hello and Happy New Year!  How was your Christmas and holiday season: I hope it was sparkly and bright?  I was rushing around right up to the last minute on Christmas eve, following my usual ritual, and ground to a halt over the next few days. Even slow stitching was an effort. My Quilty365 blocks are almost on track, but everything else fell by the wayside. Sometimes you need a battery recharge: just letting go of everything, giving in, is liberating. Sleep. Read. Repeat. Read more

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Circle Quilt – The Quilty365 Sew Along

 

Making A Circle Quilt One Day At A Time

Quilty 365 logo - a daily patchwork quilt along with Quilty Folk. A circle quilt is often high on a quilter’s ‘I want to make that’ list and when I saw a sew-along to make a circle quilt one day at a time over a year, I jumped on board.

Audrey over at Quilty Folk should probably be in my bad books! Her recent invitation for anyone to join her for Quilty 365, a brand new sew along, was an opportunity I felt I shouldn’t miss, despite my ever growing list of projects to finish up.

The Quilty 365 premise is a simple one:

Make one ‘appliqué circle in a square’ block each day for the next 365 days.

Audrey suggests the fabrics for each block (especially the colours) should be selected individually each day. Each one is meant to represent your mood or some other aspect of your day. At the end of the year you stitch them together to form a sort of Quilty 365 diary.

Audrey’s given herself some parameters that include a neutral background and a consistent block size, which she’s shared in this post over at Quilty Folk. She says to join in any way you want, whenever you want, but the details are there if you feel you need some guidance to get started.

Why I Joined Quilty365

This project has got me very excited! It’s a great opportunity to sew along with others in the online quilty community and do your own thing at the same time. And it’s entirely manageable: selecting fabrics and stitching up a block takes an hour maximum (not surprisingly it’s the fabric selection that takes the most time!). Also:

  • it can be made entirely from scraps
  • it’s a great way to explore improv patchwork
  • it adds personal meaning to the piecing
  • you can be a little creative every day, even if you’re working on other projects
  • sharing the long journey means we can encourage and inspire each other along the way.

Quilty365 – My First Week Begins

Quilty 365, Day 1 (grey circle in a scary grey square) . Quilt along with Quilty Folk. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Day 1: Sunday. Little flecks of light in a grey day

People say every improv project should have it’s own rules, it’s own boundaries. I decided I’m going to have just 2: the base of the block will be a hand cut square and on top will be a hand cut and hand stitched ‘circle’ of some sort.  I have no fixed block size and no fixed size circle – they can come out at whatever I feel like that day. I have no fixed fabrics or colours either; these’ll also be determined by my mood on the day (including the background). I also think it’s probably a good idea not to have the previous day’s blocks on hand when I’m selecting fabrics for the current block. I suspect I might have subconscious thoughts about how one block fits with another in terms of colour otherwise!

Quilty 365, Day 1 (broken circle on a scrappy square) . Quilt along with Quilty Folk. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Day 2: I was feeling a little disconnected on Monday!

Quilty 365, Day 1 (circle with butterfly and text on a scrappy patchwork square ) . Quilt along with Quilty Folk. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Day 3: And on Tuesday I felt ‘unknoweable’ (the text fabric is the wrong side up). See Saturday’s post for more thoughts on that topic!

Quilty365 Galleries

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