A few days ago I asked Jim to bring me down all the boxes out of the attic that
Contained all my material for patchwork and quilting. I thought this would give me
The inspiration to take the courage in doing basics again. I have in the past tried to
Follow patterns only for the project to go pearshape then put back in the boxes again, never to see daylight til another couple of years. I'm sure this has happened to other
Wanna be quilters too. Thankfully I didn’t throw all the fabric away, I still kept some, along with the wonky shapes and squares that have mysteriously grown through some
Magical time warp.
So armed with MC Calls magazine of scrap quilt ideas, I took the plunge in working on the simple blocks of square within a square and brick blocks I call them. I thought I was doing fine until horror of horrors, one strip was perfect and neat and the other strip terribly longer but just could not understand why. I gasped in absolute disappointment as I had spent days cutting out the material and sewing them, pressing them too. No wonder everything just got thrown back in the box and put back in the attic in the past.
“No!”, I thought to myself, I'm not going to do that again. Ive got all the charity quilts
that I want to get on with and I am….. going to try and sort this out.
So after a break of about an hour, I looked at the blocks and cut them neatly this time to six inch blocks perfectly trimmed with nothing hanging over the edge.
This was the mistake that I had done on the blocks so many times.
When Jim came home from work, I showed Jim the amazingly oddly shaped strip and
The perfect one, Jim was so calm and cool about it,
“Don’t worry, just unpick the seams and look at the blocks again to make sure not out of the six inch territory!”… so today I will do that.
I just might get a lift to the Fabric Guild as I need some backing material and twin size wadding.
Here is the follow up to all what has been happening. I did end up unpicking a few rows then just worked on block after block, row after row until the quilt middle came
To this. This is a practise quilt but…..I'm going to think about the border maybe fabric paint some roses who knows what will happen I will keep you all informed.
It was great to get behind my sewing machine again just doing very basic things.
I still have a lot to practise I know this quilt square is not perfect, it’s a work of art
To me, the more I do, the better I will get.
I bought some more purple from the Fabric Guild place for the backing along with some wadding. I met one lady there who may be able to put me in touch with a quilting group for this area so fingers crossed. I hope everyone else is having quilting fun. Ive got the seascape to work on now, I had to stop this a few days ago as I got
The quilters block, inspiration went out of the window, hopefully it will come back now after I take the dogs on the park and had a rest.