Thursday, 22 May 2014

Improv Progress

Months and months ago, I started working on an improv quilt. I worked on it a bit at the start of 2013, but then put it aside while I dealt with things that had deadlines (that I didn't meet) and life got busy and I tucked this into a box and set it to the left. I didn't forget about it, but it was so low on the priority list, it didn't really get touched.

I think the last time I posted a photo of this baby I'd only done three blocks... I'm definitely further along than that now! In fact, I've finished the quilt top!
It's quite simple really. No fancy pattern or "design". But I started it when I needed something that was completely random in construction and this fit the bill. I don't know what my quilt style is, so I don't know how this will fit into the bigger picture of my quilt story, but I know that experimenting with this has given me confidence to do the improv peicing on my sewing machine cover and my Carpenters Wheel. So I definitely feel I am an improv girl. Or at least improv is a significant component of my quilting personality.

Some places are more random/improv than others.  Sometime I did strips and then hacked it into random shapes cut it up neatly into perfectly use able pieces... :-/

Other places I purposely cut crooked or in an odd shape to make myself

I also made sure to keep any bits I did cut off and used those as the start of the next block.

All in all, it's about single bed size.  I'm planning to keep it in my study for those quiet reading times... At least this was the plan until I started Harry Potter and now he belongs near the books...  Maybe I need to finish some quilts and work out if there are any empty surfaces left in my house :-/ It might just have to be carried around for those moments when you need nothing but a cuddle and a cup of tea :-)

The star component of this quilt is this lovely text fabric.  I have no idea who made it, or what brand printed it, but I feel really... blessed every time I take the time to actually look at the words. All the sayings are about letting your light shine because the world needs it, and finding harmony and balance. I don't know. Maybe that's my inner hippy coming out, but I love it :-) there are moments when it's nice to be reminded of the good things.  I had planned just to checker board it, but as I got towards the end of making my improv block I realised I had a little extra so I did a few fussy cuts to get some of the really special pieces a bit more centre stage.

And my Handstitched training is coming through, because I'm seriously considering embroidering some of the words/phrases on the fabric. I won't do it until I've had a chance to think about how I want to quilt it, because then I'll have a better idea of what it looks like and whether that will work. I have made an effort to space the words out so that the phrases are readable. And I've tried to centre some of the phrases I like the most.

So I have a finished top for 2014.  And it is really the antidote for 2013, which was a very difficult year for me.  This quilt will just exist as something to make me feel good and have joy, and balance and all the other inspirational words this quilt is covered with :-). So this is goes towards my making for me project!

E xx

Thursday, 15 May 2014

What up!!

Ok, I know I'm two - no three - weeks late for Easter, but I had this all typed and it was what I did over the Easter holiday, so I though what the hey, let's post it anyway! :-)


I hope you all had a marvellous Easter. You all deserve to be completely spoilt and covered in chocolate (that has kinky undertones, but I swear I didn't mean it that way!).

Over here I  revelled in the Easter break. I have taken an extra three days off work and with the ANZAC public holiday (for foreigners, that's our big war Memorial Day here in Aus) I have almost two weeks off. And the best part is - it is being spent at home!!!! No travel. No suitcases. No flights or hotels or having to try and get all the cleaning done in the 30 seconds before we leave. I am getting to loll around the house, in my pajamas, and just relax. It's wonderful!

I have even gotten some sewing done! I know! Crazy, right!

In the Easter spirit I thought I'd pull out my Bunny Hill and get my stitch on. I've been working on my Harry Potter so much, it was so refreshing to do some simple patchwork again. I sat and spent an afternoon just chain piecing and then ironing. And or was so darn relaxing! Simply heaven, I tells ya!

Now I know you can't really see it, but there are little bunnies frolicking all over that fabric. I swear!!
And now all my little 2.5" squares are in pairs and ready to get sewn into strips.

I want to lay them out first and try to arrange them so I can avoid patterns touching if possible. I want this to feel really random and properly patchworky, so I don't want there to be big clumps of bunnies or circles or anything. I want them spread out. Only trouble is, Harry Potter's taking up my design wall... :-/

#firstworldproblems   #toomanywips   #justmakeadecisionalready   #yesiamusingthehashtag

Now I'm off to travel through the blogosphere to catch up on all your happenings. I have seen some tantalising peaks and I want to know EVERYTHING!!!

Loves ya!
E xx

Monday, 12 May 2014

Making for me

Oh my goodness! I almost forgot my own link up! (like I did last month :-/ oops)

I've not been around this month, because, unfortunately I have been completely tied up at work.  No sewing for me :-( I haven't even had a proper chance to read all of my favourite blogs (that's yours, of course).  Currently sitting on 323 unread blogs...

Hopefully May will be a little quieter. Get a bit more sewing happening and a bit less paperwork.

What sewing I have done in the last 2 months has been all Harry Potter.


And while I am loving seeing it all come together on my wall, and I have spent hours ironing and pinning until it's perfect. And I am getting crazy in love with the intricacies of paper piecing... I am a little sick of the chaos that is my sewing room while I work on this project...


What about all you lovely ladies.  What have you been working on?? Tell me it's something incredibly selfish :-)

Thanks for joining in!

E xx