Do you ever have weeks when you want to sew, you even need to sew, but somehow your head and your body seem disconnected, and somehow very little gets done (if anything at all)?
Well, thats the kind of week I’ve had. I thought about it a lot, I knew what I wanted to do, but very little has actually been done.
The blocks from the group quilt I have been organising as a gift to one of our members who is unwell are waiting to be stitched together, layered, quilted, and bound ( I need it finished in just over two weeks).
Just one Ugly Christmas Sweater made, but I changed the bottom and it hasn’t worked so I have to redo it……….sigh……
The Sticks and Stones quilt is layered, but as yet unquilted.
All I can show you is my Antique Flower Garden quilt. This was a block a month quilt I made a few years ago, and I must say it was great fun. The anticipation of waiting for the envelope to come through the door, the excitement of seeing what blocks I was making that month, all the different fabrics, lots that I wouldn’t normally buy.
As you can see there is roughly a 50/50 split of appliqué and pieced blocks, and a small number of appliqué flowers in the borders which takes the plainness away without being overpowering.
Although the pieced blocks are mainly simple enough for a beginner the challenge was often accuracy with seam allowances with so many seams to be out a couple of threads could mean being out up to a 1/4 inch in the finished block.
There were some very small pieces for needle turn appliqué although it could have been done with heat and bond.
Although I enjoyed it very much I am unlikely to do another block a month, (unless it was Jen Kingwell). Why? Well, I found the company to be very mean with the fabric they sent, I had very few scraps left, which of course meant if I made a mistake I would have had to request more fabric. Twice the appliqué background hadn’t been cut square, it was only about an inch bigger than the block size so I wouldn’t have been able to square it up myself. Both times I had to send back the complete kit at my expense so they could change the piece of fabric concerned, they didn’t seem very happy about it either.
However the main reason is my quilting style has changed so much over the years. I've done traditional, I’ve done Baltimore, I used to LOVE japenese taupes, but now I love COLOUR, I love BRIGHTS and I am still searching in my quest to find my own quilting style, be it modern or traditional or a mix of both, it just needs to be a reflection of me, and where I am in my life in this moment.
How has your style changed over the years? Have you found your own style, and is there any advice you can give me on finding mine?
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Until next time,