I've now been quilting for three and a half years. This blog is my personal quilting diary, that charts my progress (and occasional regression) from the start. I use it so I can look back at my past projects...and hopefully see my skills improve!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Bits and Bobs

Not much progress to show this week.  I've had some humdinger headaches, so all I've achieved this week is to prepare a few little hexagons for the 2nd part of the Di Ford Mystery Quilt.   I've put a 2p piece amongst them to show how teeny they are.   I'm waiting for the fabric pack to arrive from Holland, so not able to make much progress even if I was able to.


I started making blocks the Wedding Sampler Quilt from Di Ford's 'Primarily Quilts' in January.  The aim is to make one block a month.  There are 24 blocks (I think), so this is a long-term project.

In January, the block below was my very first attempt at needleturn.  The first attempt was awful, so I unpicked it.  The second attempt isn't great either.  I think I will probably end up unpicking it again as my needleturn skills have improved since then.  I will probably replace the broderie perse birds with flowers.  I didn't have any fabric with suitable flowers at the time.  I've now managed to find some lovely Dutch chintz.

I was so disillusioned with my needleturn skills in the first block, I used an invisible machine applique method for my February block.  I used an invisible polyester thread with a very narrow zigzag.   I felt the result was more polished, but now I feel happier with needleturn, I will probably go back to it for future blocks.


You may ask where my March block has got to?  I tidied my workroom last week and now, can't find it! It was nearly finished.  I don't feel inclined to take the room apart searching for it, so it will just have to reappear when it is ready!

I have so enjoyed making the little hexagons, I decided that when I'm 'in the mood', I'll make up some larger hexagons.  Sometimes, it's nice to just get on with some handwork and use up some of my growing collection of scraps.  Somehow, it feels like less pressure...and I don't need pressure at the moment!

Happy sewing all!


6 comments:

  1. Everyone seems to be making hexagons this week, it makes me think of all my hexi WIPs. Yours look wonderful and I think the smaller the better too, they are beauties. As for needle turn, I'm afraid that all you can do is practice, the more the better, you'll be turning neatly in no time at all, just keep at it :)

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  2. Thank you Esther. I definitely intend to persevere with needleturn. It is more relaxing than machine applique. There is something beguiling about using methods used for hundreds of years.

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  3. I hope you haven't unpicked the birds, I think they look great!

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    1. Hi Carole - Not yet. The weeds in the garden have been getting my full attention today! :)

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  4. I like your little hexagons too! Much as I'd like to make it, I'm avoiding the Antique Wedding Sampler because I'm afraid of what my needleturn applique would look like. I use whatever method works - needleturn or starch - and its usually the starch method!

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    1. I must admit, it is a big challenge for me. Because each block is different, in my mind I don't feel as overwhelmed as I would be by a larger overall design. I will probably use a 'quilt as you go' method as each block is sashed. It should make the quilting easier. It's very early days though!

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