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Friday, 11 October 2019

A break from the garden

In outdoor news we continue to make progress on cutting back hedges which have not had proper attention for too many years and are generally much taller and wider than they were ever intended to be.  As weather allows, we do a couple of hours here, three hours another day and slowly we've just about brought the front under control.  It will take a couple of years of kindness and attention for some areas to thicken up as I'd like but gardening is not a quick project.







Neither, it would appear is quilt making.  There has been woefully little fabric action in 2019, the last time I touched the longarm machine was shortly after Daisy died and the Autumn 'Trip Around the World' which just missed being finished for last Halloween last year is likely to miss this year's deadline as well . . .

I've got as far as getting the top out and looking at the backing I made, does that count?

The table in my sewing room continues to be a dumping ground with 'great ideas' that never get past being piles, so everything has been put away for now.



One of the slowest projects of all time is a 'green & floral' quilt. I cut out every piece for this quilt back in 2007 (that is not a typo - 12 years ago).  Life and moving house got in the way and it was abandoned.  By the time I returned to the project I didn't want to make it any more, but with a couple of thousand squares cut, no way I was wasting that much fabric.  Over the years some of the blocks have become a table runner, possibly some placemats but I think I gave them away, and the fabrics have been rearranged and reorganised more times that a Downing Street Cabinet.  The last outing was so long ago even I cannot be bothered to search back through the blog looking for a link;  sheesh.

Any more more sensible / practical / ruthless than me would have admitted defeat and thrown the whole lot away but I am not that sensible.  And I really hate wasting perfectly good fabric.

So there were a few days of moving endless 3" squares around the design board - "random" is extremely difficult!





When I had got to the point of "that will do" the actual sewing took relatively little time, which is typical.  I plan on a green binding of the same value as the green triangles and that should frame the quilt and finish it off.



I'm still not finished though, the picture below is only some of the remaining fabric from this it-was-a-great-idea-when-I-started-all-those-years-ago project.  But the lid is back on the box for a while.











12 comments:

  1. Long term projects, some, like the hedges, have to be that way, but I've given up on knitting, crochet and cross stitch projects when I've fallen out of love with them, they just become like a millstone around my neck and I've realised that I feel much easier once I've let them go. Saying that, the quilt is lovely and I bet you feel some satisfaction seeing those little pieces of fabric finally being used.

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    1. Well done Jo. It is very difficult, but extremely liberating, to get rid of those "millstones". I hope it will not take another 12 years to turn the piecing into a completed quilt.

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  2. It's nice to see some more quilting after all this time. With a green border to match the zigzag part it'll look good :)

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    1. Thank you Eunice, I know you will never make quilts but like to look at them :-)

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  3. That definitely is too many prepared squares to just get rid of, I am glad that you are slowly working out uses for them all. Some projects are meant to be taken slowly I always feel, it is when we rush things that it can go wrong or not turn out quite how we want them too. Looking forward to seeing you finished quilt.

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    1. Thank you so much Mum, this set of squares has caused lots of frustration over the years, but I'm very pleased to be slowly making progress.

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  4. I think that is a lovely design, very restful. I've just finished a top that I started in 2002, so you're not alone in having ancient UFOs. Those leftovers can just marinate until you come up with another plan for them.

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    1. Keryn, thank you. Those kind words about my quilt mean a huge amount coming from you. xx

      Well done on a 2002 vintage, this weekend I've been working with fabric that is about the same age. :-)

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  5. the efforts in the garden (slow and labor-intensive though they may be) are going to prove wonderful- i can only compare the sadly neglected yards around here to some kind of disaster zone and say I must attend to some kind of proper clean-up before I get swallowed by invading native species on my way to the mailbox- I sincerely intend to clear away some of the overgrowth soon (... but we all know what they say about 'good intentions' and 'the road to hades' ...)- i guess we will see where this plan goes-
    oh, beautiful quilts! my one foray into quilting taught me the valuable lesson that just because I wanted to do something, I might not have the skill- now I admire the work of others-
    we have had a real dip into autumn ... it was 45F here this morning- I think everybody went into shock while desperately looking for blankets and long-sleeved shirts-
    the usual regards from here ... I am thinking of you-
    barb

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    1. Barb, you sound just like me . . . all the very best intentions to get on top of rampant growth.

      Quilts - once upon a time I did not have these skills, if they are even that. Just messed around and practiced a lot . . . if I can do it, anyone can, if they want to.

      Hope you are feeling OK and the house is feeling less empty and quiet. xx

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  6. Ah! Blocks, bindings. This quilting talk confuses me. Looks fantastic, however.
    I took a (hedge?) leaf out of your book and went to Sizergh this weekend. It was sunny! X

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    1. Sizergh - how lovely. I do hope Lily had a good time, and I look forward to seeing your photos 🍂🍃🍁

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