You will be looking and reading about my photos on Friday 27 October but today (9 October!) is the day I'm sorting them out. It has been a hard and hectic few months for us so, realising I had a slot of time yesterday and today, I was determined to prepare this post in advance. Apologies for the lack of Boris photos but I've had no time to go and see if he is there. However, of late I can hear an owl at our new house so I like to think he has moved here!
I've found it therapeutic to concentrate on making a large quilt which I started in early
September 2017. It is a Kaffe Fassett pattern; I've made it twice before and I like its
simplicity so I can let the colours talk. I needed to cut 252 rectangles from a variety
of colours that would match the orange/brown contrast fabric and then also
252 rectangles from this fabric. Each rectangle was 3" x 7". I have a huge fabric
stash and found it easy to find over 252 fabrics ... Beloved came into my craft room
and commented that I had a lot of fabric; then he left. I said nothing! Then there was
all the sewing, pressing and more sewing but it soon grew. It kept me quite (and sane)!
An empty top bobbin and one of the several empty bottom bobbins from my sewing machine.
I tend to use pale grey when sewing my quilt pieces together.
3 Starts with F....
Did I mention I have a large fabric stash? Top photo shows the Really Useful
CD/DVD boxes holding fabrics of the 'same' colour but they are not full
as I've removed loads and spread them out on the bed (bottom photo).
It took me about 5 hours recently to put them all back into
their correct boxes...
I love hand-made paper. I've even made some myself. This lovely card was gifted to me
by an ex-work's colleague when she went to Sri Lanka this year. Little did she know
I also love elephants.
I think I have managed to get most of my seams to line up and inter-lock!!!
Where we live (Cumbria/West Yorkshire border) we are used to see stone houses so to come across
this terrace in various colours of blue faced bricks was interesting. It is called Guy Croft and
is near Otley. Click here to read about it but there does not seem to be much information
available that I could find.
Beloved's old kettle. It took ages to bring the water to the boil and was replaced by
a quicker kettle. When we beginning to move house, I came across it and
sold it on eBay with his approval!
We were out on a walk recently and I had to stop Beloved in his tracks as otherwise this
Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar would have been flattened. I managed to persuade it to
climb onto a leaf and moved it from the edge of the road back into the verge. It did protest
and later I did wonder if it was trying to cross the road....
Many years ago I spotted this vase in a local second-hand shop and bought it, intending to
gift it to my friend who started me quilting. But I never did! As you can see I still have
it and will hang onto it!
10 Own choice
The quilt top is finished and resting on the sofa upstairs. I have spoken to the lady
with the long-arm quilting machine who told me what the
maximum size is that she can put on her machine.
Long gone are the days when
I would layer up a quilt on the floor (my knees and back no long play!); also
it is so big that I don't fancy hand-quilting it.... must be getting lazy in my
old age!!! I will be taking it to her next week.
Well that's my offerings for this month.
Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos. Don't forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.