Unpicking the flower garden

Hello! I hope all’s well with my quilty friends? Things are slowly turning around here and at last I’ve had the urge to pick up the needle and get on with a bit of hand sewing. Phew! It’s been a while.  Sewing by hand proves to be solace for so many of us when we’re ill and it’s deeply frustrating and upsetting when the motivation and concentration disappear.

Knowing my concentration span is low at the moment I thought I couldn’t go wrong with getting on with the grandma’s flower garden quilt I started last year.  Nice, simple hexagons with just the borders to go on…but oh, if only it were that simple!

Grandma's flower garden hexagon quilt. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Unpicking… (I’d put floral hexes in the gaps and they should’ve been a black ones)

I’ve just spent a couple of hours unpicking and re-stitching as I realised that somehow I’d made the border on one end different from the other – just not concentrating!  I wanted them to be symmetrical and I know that if I’d left it and just carried on I’d seriously regret not unpicking it somewhere down the line; all those hours of work would end up in a drawer never to be looked at again. And it’s about process, right, so no matter another couple of hours spent sorting out the problem.  I’m glad I did!

Grandma's Flower Garden Quilt © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstuido.com

The hexie borders

Grandma's Flower Garden Quilt © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstuido.com

Creating a ‘linear’ border around the whole quilt

I’ve almost finished the hexagon borders, which I plan to trim square and surround with a separate appliqué border. This will also be on a black background, but at the moment I’m envisioning something more organic. I’m not sure my concentration levels are even up to designing it at the moment though, so I may do some work on one or two other simple projects like this one I started a while ago. I think I need to give myself some time for my (latest) new medication to take effect, not run before I can walk!

The latest edition of Selvedge Magazine dropped through my letterbox this morning (what a wonderful Christmas present that was!) and I’m planning to make some time to soak up some inspiration from its pages this weekend. I think it’s the best textile magazine I’ve ever laid my happy eyes on, if you haven’t seen it take a look at the website – guaranteed to make you drool! (Not a good look, so you may want to sneak off somewhere private first!!)

One other heads up for this weekend is the the luscious fabric giveaway Paula’s having over at The Sassy Quilter, you’ve got ’til Sunday to enter so make sure you check it out – her blog’s a great read too, especially if you’re a new quilter 🙂


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