Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Heart to heart

I love a challenge but sometimes things are more challenging than others. If you have seen any of my quilts you will realise I like bright bold colours. I don't do a lot in green and I hate 'muddy' tones and hues.
So when I got this fabric:

My heart sank, bit of a pun there as the fabric is part of a heart to heart challenge run by a friends local patchwork store. We have to take this fabric, add other bits and make something they can sell at an auction to make money for the British Heart Foundation. Now I love the BHF, my stepfather had chronic heart disease and lived a long life due to the wonders of medical science, so I really want to help.
But oh dear me, this fabric is just not me. It has kicked around my sewing room glowering at me, moved from table to bed to bookcase all in the hope that inspiration strikes.
With the deadline looming inspiration struck. My good old trusty braid runner. Take a look at the tab called table runners, you will see this pattern used a fair few times, it's my go to pattern when all else fails.
So, I decided to use muddy fabric as accent fabric, pulled out some scraps and started playing about:

It grew:

And now is sitting on the machine getting it's ditches quilted :-)

I quite like it now and the added bonus is I have used up a lot of batiks which were kicking about too.
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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Community work

It sometimes feels as if the world has gone mad. I have only rarely unfriended anyone on facebook (far prefer the mute filter :-) but if someone posts about Enoch Powells Rivers of blood speech, well that's a no brainer. Sad though, my twitter feed is full of English Defence League, mostly anti EDL, but the mere fact it is there saddens me.
So I take refuge as ever in sewing. This week it was particularly appropriate, I went round to a friends house to discuss our entry for the Rurals (Scottitsh Woman's Rural Insitute) entry for a community work competition. There were six of us sat around a kitchen table talking craft. I really really cherish these moments, calm sanity in a crazy world, the homemade cake helped too!
So the theme is black and white, I decided to do a small mat/table topper using the curvy block from Heather Hastorpes Moonshine pattern. I like it, and I like community work too.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

My granny used to say ...

My grandmother was a wonderful cook. All plain and simple but fabulous, what that woman could do with a chicken was unbelievable :-) She always used to say that the cooking could tell if she wasn't in the mood for it, scones wouldn't rise, she would burn things. Well sunday was like that for me, as we say in Scotland I was off my stott (out of sorts)
Soooo spent the day ripping sewing unpicking, sewing ripping some more. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of sewing I have on the go at the moment, I admire people who have large piles of WIPs some going back years, that would just stress me, mind you I am reminded of my silk quilt which has languished in the cupboard for almost 2 years now ...
But I'm not a quitter, I did eventually get the chev n hex block for the skill builder BOM done. Some of these seams have been ripped out 3 or 4 times.
It's not perfect, and English paper piecing is never going to be my favourite technique but it's done, so now to move on to the other piles of stuff waiting to be done!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

It's very very green

Hmm, I think I like this but it's a bit out of my comfort zone if truth be told. The green setting fabric seems to dominate, but maybe the blocks can hold their own in there. They were scrappy which again is out of my comfort zone but I think I like it :-)