Patchwork and Quilting To do list

I have a little seagrass basket where I keep my unfinished quilting projects (as long as they fit inside!) and I’ve had a rummage through to see what’s there that needs to be done, as I seem to be on a ‘get it finished’ roll!

1. There’s one quilt I’m keen to re-start in the next day or two. It’s a 9-patch design I started years ago. I still love the fabrics, lots of fresh Kaffe Fasset blues and some really bright fuchsia’s too. It’s a double bed size and I started the patchwork by hand. Yes, so far it’s all been pieced by hand.

9-patch quilt in progress Stephanie Boon, 2013, Dawn Chorus Studio

1a. 9-patch quilt in progress

Stephanie Boon, 2013, Dawn Chorus Studio

1 b. Detail of the piecing

Tiny little running stitches hold the design together in the American patchwork tradition. All the blocks are pieced, half the top is assembled and the rest of the blocks are assembled into strips ready to be stitched together. I think I might finish them by machine just to get the top done more quickly as I really want to begin the hand quilting. I have a thing about hand quilting…

Jacob's ladder blocks. Stephanie Boon, 2013, Dawn Chorus Studio

2. Cushion cover?

2. This little patchwork was an experiment that I began before the 9-patch one above. It’s four Jacob’s Ladder blocks pieced using the English Paper Piecing method. I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it. The design’s not that brilliant, well, let’s just say the lights and darks could be better, but it was one of my earlier experiments so I shall forgive myself! This time 😀  It seems a shame to just leave it though so I think I might quilt it and make it into a large cushion cover.  What do you think?

80's floral fabrics being made into patchwork blocks. Stephanie Boon, 2013, Dawn Chorus Studio

3. 80’s florals

3. As for this colour explosion?! The centre panels are made from vintage 80’s curtain fabric and I was attracted to the simple bold shapes. The patches needed to be kept large and fussy cut to make the most of them. It was going to be a lap quilt with a couple of matching cushions. I finished the cushions some time ago, but I don’t know what to do with the barely started quilt. I’ve cut out the panels, but that’s pretty much it. What would you do? I’m tempted to leave them a while longer until inspiration strikes! Or shall I stick with my original plan? Oooh, I just don’t know!

Patchwork with original machine embroidery by Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio 2013

4. Wren

4. The patchwork above is a more recent experiment I began earlier on this winter. You might recognise the little machine embroidered wren? He was the basis for the logo I designed for this blog! The little 9-patch block on the left of it is joined together using whip-stitch in embroidery threads. Lots of the fabric is from a lovely old linen table cloth, but the white piece that I’ve embroidered ‘life’ onto was a vintage cotton hankie. I’m in no rush to finish this, I just see it evolving over time. I have no specific plans for what it will end up as, but I can see it being a smaller textile wall piece, otherwise known as an ‘art-quilt’ I guess. It just depends. I’m going to let it lead me wherever it wants to go. In its own time.

5. There’s also the hexie grandma’s flower garden quilt I started a few weeks ago of course. That’s my portable project at the moment, something I can easily take out and about with me. You’ve got to have a project like that haven’t you?!  Other than there’s not much else in the little basket, well other than one thing I’m keeping under wraps for now – a very very belated Christmas present for a very special couple!  (You know who you are!!!) (So that’ll be number 6 then…)

I was quite surprised to be honest, I thought there was more in there… Well, what is there may not be much, but it’s not going to be quick to finish, so perhaps that’s why I thought there was more.

I don’t know what order to work on these projects now though? Should I do the smaller ones first so that I can finish them relatively quickly and actually feel like I’ve accomplished something, or shall I start on the double bed quilt which I’m keen to begin quilting?! There might not be decision to make really as I haven’t got enough money for the wadding for the double quilt at the moment, so maybe once I’ve finished piecing the top I’ll have to quilt the jacob’s ladder cushion cover instead!  Hey, it’s all quilting so what does it matter?!  What would you do? Maybe you’ve got your own list of unfinished projects? Do tell!

Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio. Signature: let's chat, don't forget to leave a comment!


4 replies
  1. Sal
    Sal says:

    Hi Stephie! Thank you for your comment on my blog! Hope you enjoy the fabric! See you at the next fair,maybe? 🙂

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      That last one is my favourite! It’s where I really want to head, but I feel so much guilt about all these unfinished things I’ve got squirrelled away…head down, bilkers on I think! It’s not that the old things aren’t enjoyable, it’s just that they’re not very challenging – and I really want to use my imagination 🙂 Inspired a lot by your work it has to be said!!! x


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