Thursday, 30 July 2020

July 2020

Yesterday I dropped off 5 quilts and 3 crocheted blankets for Project Linus, all completed during Lock-down. This was the most recently finished quilt.

It consists of 9 patch blocks, the 9 in the middle are stack and whack pieces, the outer 18 blocks are the remainder of the centre fabrics with two shades of blue to give a chequerboard. I added a 10 inch strip to the top and bottom and a fleece backing with wavy line quilting in a variegated blue thread. This gave interest to the navy strips. Navy binding finished it off. With hindsight, a wonderful thing, I should have used a navy frame to add definition to the central section. Although I may think it could have been better I am pleased with the result, and think despite the amount of blue it may appeal to a girl as well as a boy.

I have also been making a few garments, mainly tops and trousers for myself. I did have a request from my husband for a summer shirt, this is the result;

It looks very smart when he is wearing it, better than the picture - it was on a square trouser hanger. I love the fabric, cotton cheesecloth, it was lovely to work with.

At the start of Lock-down I signed up to Pinterest and have spent some time browsing there. Lots of ideas for all sorts of projects are pinned, never going to get round to doing them all. I came across The Patchsmith  and decided to buy one of her books;

It makes 6 inch blocks, I thought they might be a bit small, but the two I have made so far are gorgeous. I have adjusted them to mug rug size and plan to donate them to the Lullingstone Quilt Exhibition tombola (region 2 QGBI). Hopefully this will take place at the end of September.

I think I will be making more of these blocks as they are quick to make, an afternoon each mat, so may be a whole quilt is possible.

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