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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Rinse and repeat

Much brighter today and if I wanted to, I could have done a couple of hours in the garden.  Trouble is - I didn't want to.  M. pointed out "you're on a roll in the sewing room" and I wanted to continue playing. As the year progresses there will be so many opportunities to get outside that patchwork will, once again, be abandoned for weeks on end, so I might as well enjoy this whilst I can.

The benefit of overnight cogitating turned yesterday's messy blue strips into something completely different.  Which changed even more throughout the day,  and I ended up with a top that's much bigger than expected, and by adding an extra pieced border I have managed to use up all of the pre-cut strips from the Worn & Washed bundle.



The finished top is (thankfully) a lot flatter than the photo would imply.



Back and binding are done too; as the top is very similar to last year's Picnic Rug I've found some 'food related' fabric for this one.



The other end of the sewing table is still full of scraps waiting their turn.



After all this piecing I thought the sewing machine would be filthy and full of lint, surprisingly it wasn't too bad.

















12 comments:

  1. I like the food related fabric, it's lovely and bright. Weather-wise we haven't had a decent day here since New Year's Day, it's been grey, damp, foggy and miserable, and yesterday and today have been cold, wet and windy so in the absence of a decent local photography walk I've just posted some upside down pictures on my blog :)

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    1. Great set of pictures Eunice! https://mousehouselife.wordpress.com/2019/01/13/upside-down/

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  2. The weather isn't pleasant but at least it's not too cold. I took Annie to the promenade yesterday and nearly got blown away! It'll soon be Spring and you'll be raring to go in the garden. The food related fabric is really nice.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, it might get brighter here today but hasn't made its mind up yet.

      This is a very strange winter, I think this might be the first year I cannot see snow on mountains. Like you, however, I am not missing frosty cars and icy pavements.

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  3. Very productive & why not do something you feel like doing when you can. Just go with the flow & of course your quilt would be flat once sewn together & pressed young lady. Weird weather here too, with heatwave conditions for the next few days, so not a lot being done, except picking blueberries early, then pottering in the sewing room or actually doing a blog post. Take care.

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    1. Perfect observation Susan, yes, I am 'going with the flow' and just doing what I feel like at present, rather than what I feel I "ought" to be getting on with.

      The quilt top is a bit wobbly because there are some different types of fabric in it; these old bundles are made from clothing (mostly shirts) and not everything is 100% cotton. For once I can use the phrase "it will quilt out" when I put it on the longarm!

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    2. I just hate that phrase "it will quilt out" & although I know yours will,(it's already flat & straight), I'll bet you've had some customer ones when you were doing that for others, that just didn't, because they were too out of whack. I know I have & one of the reasons I try not to quilt for others anymore.

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    3. Tee hee, I hate that phrase too, and wrote it very tongue-in-cheek. Yes, sadly I had customers try that one on in my early days, and after the first (who then, of course, tried to blame "the longarmer for ruining her quilt") I quickly learnt to say no. One of the many reasons I will not quilt for anyone else anymore.

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  4. It's wonderful when we get into some loved project!!!!!! :-)

    Ahhhh Q tips, for cleaning in small places. The perfect solution.

    Keep having fun!!!!

    ✨✨✨✨

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    1. Thanks m'dear, haven't heard them called "Q tips" for years. I know them as cotton buds.

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  5. Nice fairly clean sewing machine after all your piecing,what make and weight of thread do you favour for piecing and quilting Jayne?

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    1. Hi Eleanor, 100% cotton, nearly always something fairly light such as a 50wt or lighter if the fabric needs it. Valdani, Coates, Aurifil - depends what is the right colour.

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