I recently volunteered to help the QGBI at Olympia at the beginning of March. I was given the task of helping participants make an 8 inch 'Corner in the Cabin' (quarter log-cabin) block. These are collected, sorted and made into small quilts for Project Linus. It is a wonderful experience with people who have never sewn or used a sewing machine to experienced stitcher's who have never tried patchwork techniques. One experienced stitcher was a man who is a kite maker, his wife makes quilts but he had never tried it, perhaps he will now. There were several students studying textiles at school/college that had never tried patchwork. Everyone I dealt with seemed to enjoy the experience, and I hope they were inspired enough to have a go themselves. I came home with six sets of blocks to make up into quilts.
|Endless possibilities for 'Corner in the Cabin' blocks|
I have been doing more crochet projects. I bought a crochet magazine (Inside Crochet issue 85), as it was advertised with a very nice pattern for a jacket in Tunisian crochet. It had several projects that I liked, so I started with this Lacy poncho. It is project by Sarah J Green from a book called
BoHo Chic Crochet Ponchos (Leisure Arts, £5.99), this could be a good buy if you like making ponchos. I had to make a minor adjustment as my tension was a bit off, it still was not quite right, but it looks good on.
|'Your Mileage May Vary' Shawl|
I made a birthday present for a friend in February, this is the fourth one I have made, one for me and three as presents. This friend loves purple, I did not think I had much purple in my stash, but I had enough to make the outside and found suitable lining with purple flowery hearts. I call it a Jellyroll bag, as I made the first one out of a leftover jellyroll, but all the subsequent bags have been made from 2.5 inch strips from FQ or WOF, what ever suited. It is based on a pattern from a magazine using charm squares
Just in case you think I never get out with all this crafting, I play golf and badminton at least twice a week and get into the garden, digging out dead trees (a small one), tidying the green house and cutting the grass. As my husband pointed out when I retired ' You can't spend all of your time sewing', but I can spend as much time as possible on it. To finish, this is the third blog post I have made in two weeks, yes I know they are all to do with crafting, I like to share my creative activities.