Saturday, 27 January 2018

Hibernating?

{Warning, contains excessive number of grown-up puppy pictures!}

On the whole January hasn't been too gruesome but, oh boy, has it been dull.  We've missed the snow and only had a couple of mornings where ice made Daisy's first walk a little more 'interesting' than usual but we seem to have been under interminable cloud for the past three weeks and there has been very little sun or blue sky to cheer up the month.  Thankfully it is appreciably lighter in the evenings; despite the daft name  this weather site is really nice because not only does it show sunset, but last light and hours of daylight:



I definitely feel I am hibernating, whilst I probably could have got into the garden on a couple of occasions I don't want to and playing with fabric has had a far greater allure.  Trouble is, all that playing comes to nothing if I don't knuckle down to the finishing as well.  So that was the plan all this week (interrupted by grocery shopping, having a filling replaced, sitting around doing the Gentle January thing 😊 ) . . .

New zips arrived - I know online shopping has killed/is killing the local high street but I cannot find these in Cockermouth (or Keswick, Workington or any other town within a reasonable driving distance).





Here is the boring "look what I made" picture:



Here is a far more accurate representation of the life which awaits the cushions 😄😄

















(yes, some are out of focus - for an old dog she can still move incredibly fast!)

The larger panels have been made into oversized cushions, they are sized for a pillow.





In the depths of my fabric stash I found some cheap batik which I've probably had for 15 years.  Never used because the pattern repeat is one of those large and difficult ones that can look dreadful when cut up, however, for binding it will be perfect.  Could not have found a better colour match for the campervan quilts:



Trimming and squaring up:





Nearly 24 yards of binding, more than I need but there was no point in leaving some of the batik uncut.  I usually make more binding than required and it is quite useful to have a basket of ready-made pieces to quickly finish up small things like placemats.



If I say so myself, it is looking scrumptious!   There will be much hand stitching over the next couple of days ...











16 comments:

  1. Things at Bag End are certainly looking very colourful - I like the batik, it's a great colour match for the quilts. Daisy looks like she was having fun, and the name of the weather site made me laugh :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, what you cannot see properly is that Daddy is Stage Left indulging her with a favourite game of playing tug using that red ball.

      Glad you like the weather site, think it could be most useful.

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  2. I love it when some ancient 'What was I thinking!' fabric finds a perfect use. It was just waiting for these two quilts

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    1. I have far too much "what was she thinking" fabric. The answer is probably that it was on sale at the time and seemed like a bargain . . . You are right though, it is even more satisfying to use up a difficult piece than some of our "lovelies".

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  3. When the weather is bad it's the perfect time to hunker down and get on with a crafty project, especially one so bright and colourful. It can only serve to make you feel more cheerful. Daisy definitely looks happy. X

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    1. I'll certainly be doing the hunkering down today Jules, hand binding time . . .

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  4. I laughed at the daft name for the weather site too, one I'll bookmark to use myself. Your cushions look great and lovely to see so many grown-up puppy pictures. You're right to say your quilt looks scrumptious, it certainly does.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, glad you got a laugh, I know you could do with one this week :-)

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  5. Your sewing is far more colourful than the garden. I too thought I should be outside, I do plan an hour in the greenhouse later, but the pale colours in my ripple blanket are bring a huge smile. Have a look at the video, I promise you she shows you in an easy way how to make the blanket, and it is much easier than you think.

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    1. Thanks Marlene. I have had a look at your video and you're right, she is brilliant - explains things very clearly. I think, however, I will start with her "complete beginners" ones (when I have finished up all the current projects!)

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  6. All I can say is far freaking fabulous! Who needs sunshine when you've got those quilts to gaze at. You could use those for SAD therapy. As it is I can only take and put one of your pics as my desktop display. Wow. I feel better already.

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  7. Hello stranger! Lovely to hear from you, hope you're doing OK.

    How neat that I am the current therapy on your desktop {giggle}

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  8. Sewing the binding is very relaxing to me. I don't mind it at all. Good thing, because I've got two honking big quilts coming along that will require hours of binding.

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    1. Thanks Sue. I don’t mind finishing the binding, good job too because that’s all I have done today and they are sitll not finished :)

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  9. Well done to you for persisting to get them finished. I'm on catchup from being away on grandchildren sitting in Canberra. Love the photos of Daisy up to mischief with those cushions. Take care.

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    1. Welcome back Susan :-) Daisy certainly loved those cushions!

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