A finish and a new project

Good morning lovely crafters!

The sun is shining and it’s blowing a bit of a bluster outside today. What a perfect day to do some patchwork. Yesterday, while I was working (playing) in my sewing room, the rain was bouncing off the windows. I love listening to rain. I went to my table by the window to cut more fabric as the sun made its appearance and, as I looked across to the sea, there was the biggest, brightest rainbow I have ever seen. I stood for what seemed like forever, staring at it and trying to find both ends, wondering where the pot of gold would be and then I came to my senses and went to get the camera. Typical! Flat batteries! Oh well, I’ll have to be content with the lovely memory but I’m quite sad not to be able to share it with you today. Hopefully, you can all remember being mesmerised by a rainbow wherever you are in the world. Aren’t they magical?

So, what have I been up to? I could share such a long list with you but I’ll stick to the crafting. You might remember a few weeks ago that I showed this photo of some fabrics waiting for a project.

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Well, I eventually decided to make some modern blocks and actually got the quilt finished much quicker than the time it took me to decide what to do. That often happens with me. I rarely use a bought pattern, preferring to do my own sketches and maths. Then, away I go to hide in the sewing room with my green mean sewing machine.

I came up with a simple design with clean lines, just what this fabric needed I think. I’m in love with these prints, so subtle and calming, most unlike me Smile.

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I reserved some of my favourite print from this bundle for the binding and decided on a crisp white backing. The quilting reflects my coastal location Smile.

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I found making this quilt very therapeutic. I have no idea why. Anyway, it’ll soon be for sale in my shop and will hopefully make someone else feel good too Smile.

What else have I been up to? Well, most of you will already know that I love to sew in all sorts of ways. My cross stitch on my other blog is coming along very nicely. It’s now time for me to think what I want to hand sew next as the current SAL project is almost complete. There are so many ideas and much inspiration out there, especially on all of your lovely blogs, that it makes it so much harder to decide. I just want to do everything!

Next up, I have news to report on the Bali Pops that my lovely sister bought for me. They have worked their way to the top of the fabric pile and now must be made into something beautiful. I love these colours Smile.

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I’ve spent several days, spinning ideas around in my head and sketching design ideas. I eventually decided that these fabrics would look fabulous with solid black. Yes black! I was thinking stained glass, wrought iron….yes, black would work great with this block.

Then my other half pulled a face! He had planted the seed of dilemma. Usually, he says things like “Don’t ask me, you know best when it comes to colours.” or “You decide, I’ll like whatever you choose to make” but this time I got a pulled face. Do your friends and family generally leave the decisions up to you? Do you ask for an opinion about fabrics and designs?

Anyway, I changed my mind and decided on teaming them up with my beloved Moda Bella Solids white. However, next time…. Winking smile

I was really pleased with how the block turned out on paper but then wrestled with how to put it together. It’s all very well, liking what you see on a sketch but transferring it into an actual, physical collection of patches of fabric is another matter as you know. I knew what I wanted to do but there were going to be too many seams for my liking. Partial seams were the answer. I hadn’t done those before but I know several patchworkers who hand stitch and they know all about partial seams. In fact, I’d say they are experts! You can see their wonderful work here, here and here.

Anyway, here are some of the blocks I’ve sewn so far.

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The partial seams were nowhere near as difficult to do as I’d built them up to be in my own head. Minimising the number of seams has been well worth the effort for the finished effect. It’s nice to be challenged now and again and it feels so good to have worked things out for yourself doesn’t it? What’s your latest challenge/achievement, crafting or otherwise?

Today, I’m going for a walk along the cliffs and then, when all of the cobwebs have been blown from between my ears, I might treat myself to sewing together a few more of these batik blocks.

Whatever you choose to do today, enjoy! I’ll be catching up with you all very soon Smile.

Avis x

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20 Comments

  1. I love both sets of fabrics, but the batiks really speak to me. That block is great, so simple, but it showcases the fabrics beautifully.

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  2. claire93

     /  August 12, 2014

    I’m in admiration of your swirly quilting, as always ^^
    and love the batiks. Your sister will be so pleased to see you’re putting her gift to good use

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  3. Those Balis are gorgeous and I love the quilt ‘finish’. The stitching, once again, so ‘fits’ the overall theme/feel. I’m sure that one will ‘sail out’ of your shop quickly!!!! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!!)

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  4. Both of these projects are awesome!

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  5. The finished quilt is lovely. The new blocks promising. Your question interesting. I try to ask for ideas from more than one person. I don’t like the awkwardness of having asked and not liking the response from just one. From several, there is usually a composite that reflects some of the input. From people whose style is far from mine, I rarely ask.

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  6. I often ask my DH and of course I want him to answer ” Nice….you really know how to do things”, but he almost never does🙂 He always has his own opinions about the stuff I sew!
    I like your new blocks, think it´s gonna be a great quilt🙂

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  7. Very Nice collection of fabrics and a beautiful project as well. Blessings Always, Mtetar

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  8. witchylin

     /  August 13, 2014

    I really love your “sea” quilt. The colours are so restful, To my mind it is a gentle quilt. I am sure it will sell quickly when you get it in your shop.
    Bali pops are gorgeous. I am enjoying sewing with mine and have also changed my mind about black sashing. Although my colours are more into wild pinks and purples that do go with black.

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    • Thank you🙂 It is such a coincidence that we both pulled out the Bali Pops to work with at the same time and you decided to use black as well. Now, that we’ve both changed our minds about the black I’m thinking we must be good at telepathy LOL.

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  9. Love the Bali Pops. Batiks are so pretty.

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I really enjoy reading your comments. Have a lovely day :-)

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