January Patchwork Round-up


The only thing that being sick was good for was keeping me around the house – which meant lots of hand sewing, and a little bit of machine work when I felt well enough to sit up for a couple of hours. This resulted in making good headway on some projects as follows:CAM00617These horses (template by Ann Wood) have several friends in various shades and textures. I’m in love with them – and they will comprise a collage for my niece’s 2nd birthday. She is learning about horse riding right now – and I hope these brings some cheery dreams of riding to her bedroom wall! Finished piece by next week.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI cut out all the fabric for this lovely Denyse Schmidt pattern in 2013 before realizing there was an errata on the petal template which meant that all my pieces were the wrong size. Frustrated, I set all the cut fabric aside and let it be until December when I pulled out the petals and re-cut them. Over the last month I’ve appliqued and pieced this queen-size quilt top which I am preparing to start quilting next week (time willing). I have only ever made one queen-size quilt for myself, so I’m excited to get this done in time to grace our bed top in the spring.

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And this! I had this table runner half-pieced in 2013 and then it languished in the sewing basket until I had endless hours and not much more than bad TV to keep me company. I went for a really primitive quilting style which matches my less than perfect patchwork – this is my first ever hand-pieced project of any substance and I’m pretty pleased with the overall feel.

For February I am planning to finish two Cooper bags (one for me and one for my partner), a crochet sweater that I started last year and only needs sleeves, and the above quilt. I also would like to cut out a pattern for a cape that I’m dreaming about making – we’ll see, it’s not at all season-appropriate but I feel inspired to work on it now. Really back into sewing all of a sudden and loving it…..

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