Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Small quilt works

 Whenever I need a bit of inspiration I sit down by the machine and stitch a few scraps together, cut and stitch again, until I have pieces big enough for some mug rugs. I always have a pile of batting scraps and some larger scraps for batting at the ready, and before you know it there is a finsihed pile of 6 x 8" mug rugs ready. Handy little presents to have at hand.
My sister has a thing for owls, and I made this little card  with a pocket for her birthday money on the back, inspired by this.
I made this little wall hanging some years ago, but it felt a bit dull. It is supposed to be a stylized rendition of an Art Nouveau town, but something was missing. After reading Art quilt collage by Deborah Boschert, I decided that embroidery was what it needed. So I added some doors and windows in the Art Nouveau style to give it some more interest.
I'm not entirely sure that it was enough, but we'll call it progress, why don't we...

Pouches and buckets

I made some Open Wide pouches as gifts for summer visitors. I have made several of these over the years and I really like them because the extended zipper gives you a good view of what's inside. 
While I was at it I also stitched up some fabric buckets - one for my mother and the big coffee teamed one to store my tubes of coffee capsules. I've had those fabrics lying around for ages, and it was great to find some use for them.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Knitting in 2018

 2018 hasn't exactly been a year for blogging, but I haven't been totally idle. There has been quite a bit of knitting, for instance. My first finish was this scarf, Cinder, pattern by Brooklyn Tweed. It's not easy to take pictures of a long narrow scarf, but at least you get an impression of the pattern.
 The vis-a-vis cowl was a challenge I couldn't resist. I found the pattern on Knitty. Starting with a picking up stitches along a zipper was something I'd never tried before, but I didn't find it too hard. I ended up with a cowl that can be used either open like a looped scarf or zipped up and used like a cowl.
 Then there was the Hitchhiker, a pattern that I have been hearing about for years. It was quite a success in this soft variegated yarn and an easy knit.
And finally the Islington, found on the Loop blog. I loved both the starry borders and the lace bit.

More details about the different projects on my Ravelry page.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Not in hibernation

From my last post, you might think I'm still in hibernation. Unless you follow me on Instagram, that is. There has been a bit more action there, although not that much. This spring has been a very busy one for me: my mother had to go into a nursing home just before Christmas, and it was soon clear that she couldn't go back to her flat as it was too small and crowded for her to move about in. She is confined to a wheel chair and needed more open space. That meant moving her to a new flat and getting rid of a lifetime of acquired belongings, and it was down to me to arrange for all this to happen. So I have had my hands full. She is happily installed in her new home now and well on the way to getting out of that wheel chair, so all's well on that front. But there has been very little sewing.

I did manage to finish this quilt, though.It's inspired by one in Jane Brocket's wonderful quilt book, but I had to adjust the borders to get the most use of the fabric I had to hand. Some of the fabric I had wanted to use, didn't work because I had to little of it, but I put it to good use on the back.
I'm quite happy with that, as I ended up with very few scraps, putting all the fabric I had set aside to good use.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Marching on

Finally, that's February over with. I think maybe I should have been a bear in winter, because I tend to go into a kind of hibernation.Once Christmas is over with I look around and find everything dark and dreary, I don't deal well with the cold, and although snow looks pretty on postcards, having to trudge through the wet and slushy stuff in town or trying to keep upright on icy pavements... nah, not my kind of thing.

I don't seem to get much sewing done, unless it's by hand and tend to end up snuggled under a blanket with a good book or some knitting.

Once March makes it's debut things start to lighten up again. There might still be snow and cold - "the beast from the east" is still causing trouble - but the days are getting longer, and with more daylight I also find my way into the sewing room. So I'm back in the saddle again and have spent a lot of this weekend by the sewing machine and made a lot of progress on this quilt. Just two borders left to quilt and I can add the binding.

With more daylight hours suddenly my head is full of ideas, but I have ambitions to finish three more quilts before I start a new one. And it's not just because I feel an obligation, I really want these to get finished soon.

And then I have plans to get to grips with all my scraps. I have them sorted by colour, and I have some ideas, but I bet they wont make more than a dent in my scrap pile... we'll see. at least the inspiration to sew seems to be coming back, and that feels good!