Thursday, 1 February 2018

February, off to a flying start

Astronomical and meteorological schedules aside, today has been bright and sunny, and feels like the beginning of Spring, and as 1st or 2nd February (depending upon your calendar) is Imbolc - the festival of St Brigid marking new life and a new season, then Spring it is.  Looking outside there are lots of snowdrops popping up and I know that any minute now the garden is going to burst into life at the speed of a runaway locomotive, and if I don't grab it with both hands things will get rapidly out of control before I've finished my coffee.

With the return of my quilting mojo it is very tempting to stay in the sewing room but I know it's far more sensible to plan for being outside over the next couple of months, when the weather allows.  However, there is huge satisfaction to be gained from finishing something, as January's quilts have shown, so I've spent today finishing up the original Trip Around the World top which accidentally inspired all the colourful campervan sewing.



I cannot get a decent picture of it ... in the real world everything blends together very nicely but all my pictures show vast differences between the fabrics and - to my eye - make the top look very discordant.  I'm also seriously considering removing the border.  Quilters will understand this:  finished the top was only 59" which is small for a lap quilt.  Three inch borders bring it up to 65" which makes a difference.  BUT, I really dislike how the dark fabrics hit the centre of each border - and it looks worse in real than the picture; a lighter border was too wishy-washy, and a darker border just "killed" the centre.  Of course, once it is quilted and wrapped around Daisy this will be a mute point, but I'm still not completely satisfied with it.

However, it counts as a (nearly) finish, and in an attempt to complete a lot more this year than over the past few, I've set up a bloggy Page for 2018 achievements.  Either it's presence will encourage/motivate me to continue, or I will quietly 'unpublish' it when I realise nothing has happened for six months!



There is another, sort of in the background, reason for wanting the batik Trip Around the World finished.  I have rendered the sewing room completely unusable for the foreseeable future whilst I have a little bit of a reorganise:









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    1. Sorry :). It is the product of 20 years of good fortune, such as being invited to a pre-sale ‘sale’ when a quiltshop closed down and we were able to buy fabric at the wholesale price.

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  2. Umh!!!!! No stash envy here, as I've probably as much from 40 years of quilting, but it worries me & I'm trying to use mine by making stash busters (giggle), which I'm both designing myself & browsing some of my books, which I've not done in ages........ I've a silly idea for your TATW above & will send an email tonight. I'm looking forward to seeing your garden as it bursts forth too. Is your sewing room still where it was when I saw it? Enjoy the sewing/gardening and take care.

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    1. Lovely comment Susan, and timely . . . One of the main reasons for my fabric sort-out is because I have a few “stash busting” plans, comprising really simple & quick piecing. My days of spending weeks creating Feathered Star blocks are long gone .....

      I can’t remember if we moved furniture before or after your last visit. If you visualise walking from the kitchen towards the dining/sitting rooms then my sewing room is on the right of that (above the end garage). Does that help?

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  3. I admire your determination for your quilt to be just right. Of course Daisy won't mind but she'll appreciate what you have made for her :) You must fill up your bloggy page, it'll be so satisfying looking back on your achievements for this year.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, sometimes being a bit of a perfectionist is a bloomin' nuisance.

      We'll see about a year's worth of quilting finishes - the sun is out and I'm off into the garden shortly😎

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  4. Oh gods and goddesses and I thought I had a stash.... wow!

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    1. Sorry about the stash envy, I do have plans to use it all though!

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