Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Stitch One, Perle One

The hand quilting on the New Wave is finally finished....in fact I've finished the whole thing but I'm awaiting some decent light for the photos. These photos pre-date the trimming and binding.

I've used the obligatory perle cottons, and I'm very pleased with the result.

I had some initial reservations about hand quilting on such a big and heavy item, and in particular about how I would manage the middle, but I managed to pull it off. Practice makes (nearly) perfect. My hand quilting has definitely progressed since I did this little pre-cursor.

I found that a thimble was absolutely essential, and over the course of the first few rows I got the hang of it - up until then the thimble just felt clumsy and cumbersome. I didn't use a hoop, just grabbed handfuls of the quilt with my right hand to pull it tight while sewing with my left (yes, I am one of those people).

As you can see, I had some *assistance* with the photographs.

She thinks all the quilts in the house are hers, and she doesn't tend to stay still for a decent photo.

I can't wait to show you the final quilt. I kept the zigzag edges when I trimmed it, and painstakingly bound all the funny shaped inside and outside corners. It's not perfect by any means, but I love it!

In other news, I've signed up for Katy's Swoon-Along, but I'm having difficulty deciding on fabrics....watch this space...I'm planning on making my mind up tonight!

Linked up here, here, here and here!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Mouthy Stitches!

I was planning on holding back from quilt-alongs and swaps for a few months, but when I saw the description for Mouthy Stitches, I couldn't refuse.

After all, January is the month of new starts. Just one small zippy pouch and a fat quarter of scraps. I am sure I can manage that.

Inspiration Mosaic for Mouthy Stitches

I've had about four zippy pouch tutorials bookmarked for a very long time, but never made a single one. So its time to put up or shut up. 

I'll need some time to practise but I'm sure I will manage it.

Anyone going to join me? Check out Hadley's post for all the deets.

And incidentally, I've (finally) finished the hand quilting on this little baby...and I'm very pleased with the result...watch this space for a hand-quilting post!

Linked up here, here and here.
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