Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A bit of Christmas quilting

There has been more fabric-fettling in the last couple of months than you might think from the lack of blog posts on the subject.  I'll address that - eventually!

However, early in December I had an uncharacteristic fit of Christmas-itis and decided I wanted to make bunting.  Although not something I had ever tried before it took very little time and effort and I was pleased with the results which look quite cute hanging up in Bill



So much so that I made some more . . .



But it was during the unexpected free time when I came home from Bellingham that I got a mad-head on and made some strips sets from my lovely collection of batik fabric.







Working in fairly rubbish light I made some mistakes which had to be unpicked and different fabric selected, so when Management came home he decided to sort the sewing room illumination problem once and for all, and ordered me some LED lightbulbs.  Holy-cr*p-on-a-cracker as Penny would say - what an amazing difference; I can finally see true colours in the evening, thank you sweetie 😀





I didn't have much of a plan when sewing the strips, maybe they were vaguely going to become cushion covers, dining mats, another dog blanket? but the green-ish set and the lilac-ish set clearly wanted to get together and I found myself thinking about a Trip Around the World.   The only TATW I ever made was a quick present for a friend about a bazillion years ago ... five inch squares, just four fabrics, easy peasy.



This one has 14 fabrics and two inch squares - madness!



But so far it has been hugely enjoyable, I am half way through piecing the strip sets into blocks although I cannot decide how I will finally set them.





These two pictures are very bad Photoshop mock-ups and the final quilt might, or might not, resemble either option.






On the house front, it's still bloody cold.  The boiler seems to have completely died and this really is not the right time of year to get a plumber to come and look at it: ruddy holidays - another reason not to like Christmas!  The chap we have used for years is totally out of his depth and admits he doesn't know what to do.  The first company Management was able to speak to this morning doesn't go back to work until 8th January ....

It is what it is - getting stressed/pissed off/angry/upset will do absolutely nothing to speed up a solution.  We have heat from the lovely wood-burner which thankfully spreads through about half of the house.  We have hot water from the immersion.  There is no point worrying what next month's electric bill might be ... but for the first time almost ever, I wish it was raining: then it might be a tad warmer!







10 comments:

  1. Wow at your craft work! I do like the bunting you made for Bill and whatever pattern you decide on for your quilt will be beautiful.
    What an awful time for your boiler to pack in as it's so cold. Workmen's annual shutdown until 8th January, unbelievable! Sadly I do believe you Jayne, I just don't get these extended holidays. Our neighbour who is a maintenance man told us he is off work for three weeks!

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    1. Cheers Eileen, it's hard enough getting some tradesmen to turn up at the best of times, so I am under no illusion as to when they will get back into gear this time round!

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  2. Hope that boiler can be fixed soon and pity I can't send some of this extreme heat to you. Love the TATW, but have never attempted one. 2" squares? I wonder if you used a batik jelly roll? OK, nobody knows what we are talking about, but I'm loving the already made bit. Well done with the bunting too. Take care.

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  3. Thanks Susan, I'd love your heat at any time but now would be particularly welcome :)

    No jelly roll - picture 3 is the original selection of yardage I worked from, cutting 2½" strips. If someone doesn't know what we're talking about they can Google it, ha ha ha!

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    1. Whoops, must have missed that picture!!! Silly me.

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    2. No worries sweetie, a jelly roll wouldn't have been enough anyway.

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  4. Your sewing is beautiful, can't wait to see the finished item. It is cold down here in Hampshire, we had a dusting of snow yesterday, but it's all gone .ow.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, looks like we've missed the snow as usual, although we can see quite a bit on the fells. Stay safe if you have to go out :)

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  5. Sorry the furnace bit the dust. Not fun. I'm happy to see your quilting though. I made a hexagon quilt using strip sets that was fun. It's interesting to see the different effects created.

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    1. Thanks Sue, I have often seen the hexagons-from-strips design but it requires far more pre-planning than I like to do. My quilts tend to me rather more spontaneous and get made up as I go along :)

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