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So Beautiful

My friend Angela has been quilting her old embroideries and the latest one is quite stunning.  It was a cross stitched embroidery stitched by her late mother-in-law, so it held special memories.  She turned it, from an embroidered table runner

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To a stunning work of art by mounting it on a background and then quilting it.

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This is then an heirloom for future generations.  What a wonderful way of transforming a piece of embroidery.

Plate Cosies

This project has been on the go for ages.  I started it long before I became ill and I just never seemed to get anywhere with it.  But, now the "plate cosies "are finished.  There have been made to fit a full size dinner plate and I used this project to learn how to machine quilt straight line patterns.  Each one consists of a front and back piece, so 12 different patterns and lots of thread used.

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I used the same fabric for the back of each piece and three different fabrics for the front.  For the example in the picture above I used a serpentine stitch, which is a built in stitch on my machine.  There are so many 'fancy stitches' on machines these days I am going to experiment with these and see what I can come up with.

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Place mats and coasters are a good way to experiment and it is  time I replaced my old ones.  I don't like machine stitching nearly as much as hand work but it is still stitching.

There are lots of patterns for these cosies on the web but here is another one.

Download Plate Cosie

Some new books

I bought these three books for the library for my quilting group, Star Sea Quilters, and I think I need to buy my own copies.

I did a on-line course a number of years ago with Jacque Geering and have all the notes but that is not as detailed as the information you find in a book.

The books are

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I have already written about this one here.  This book could keep you going forever with ways to quilt.

Walk 2

This book builds on the first book with a lot more patterns but also good advice about how you compose your quilting and how you suit the patterns to the quilt.

I know that some people like to do the piecing of a quilt and then hand over their work to a long arm quilter, that is what I have done in the past and there will some quilts that I will do just that with in the future but having the ability to design, piece and quilt my work is very appealing.  Since I am slowing losing the use of my right arm this is something that will keep me sewing.


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The third book is written in collaboration with Katie Pedersen with lots of other ways to quilt.

Screen Shot 2024-04-19 at 3.46.04 pmIf you are like me and you find 'free motion' quilting a challenge these three books could give you access to lots of quilting skills.


A bit of shopping

I did an on-line course concerning "Quilting with your walking-foot" with Jacquiie Gering a few years ago and as I can no longer access it I decided to buy the book.

(It is on special at Booktopia.)

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It has got me thinking about 'angles' and how we measure them.  You can buy a quilting ruler and use this but I wanted to understand the math, which turns out to be a bit more complicated.

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  It is far more accurate if you use metric rather than imperial measurements.  (I should have guessed that!) and I made a chart for myself as well.

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I think I will just use the ruler, all the thinking is done for me!

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But, I can highly recommend this book.

Now it is Autumn

The Easter weekend was wet and windy but that didn't stop the day-trippers and holiday makers from flooding onto the island.  The ferry's were packed, everyone seemed to bring a dog with them and it was impossible to find a BBQ.  The smell of sausages cooking hung in the air, even my eldest son came to visit but decided it was too much trouble to put the boat in the water.

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I have been doing a bit of sewing every day, concentrating on my machine quilting.  I am so cross with myself for not keeping a record of my previous quilting.  So cross that I went on-line and ordered three new books.

I did an on-line course a number of years ago with Craftsy with Jacquie Gering.  Then the company changed hands and I lost all access to the content, hence this book.

Screen Shot 2024-04-01 at 12.39.00 pmWhile I was there I thought I might get some more, so book 2.

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Screen Shot 2024-04-01 at 12.47.03 pmAfter ordering them, and paying, I got a message from the company to say they had ordered the 2nd and 3rd book from overseas and I would have another 3 to 4 weeks wait!   Gee I miss the Book Depository!!

Still struggling with the computer

One step forward, two back.  That seems to be how my life goes at the moment.  But, I keep trying, not always successfully, or so it seems at the moment.  I am not receiving the comments to my email, but they do show up in the Typepad comments and there was an interesting reference to a tutorial on the "Elefantz" blog regarding another tutorial for the envelope bag from Alison.

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What is the saying? "A picture is worth a thousand words."  This is a nice blog with lots of interesting articles.)

There are just so many variations on this basic design.  I have another one on the go using left over strips that I cut for the binding on my 'Chicken Quilt'.  When I started the quilting I realised that it would work well with strip quilting as well for the construction. You know I did all that practice for my walking foot quilting and now can't remember any of it!!

But this is coming along nicely.

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I don't think I will decorate the seams but I need tassels.  I bet I have used all my purple threads!

Some more on those "Envelope Bags"

As I embark on the third of my envelope bags I thought I would do a bit of research about them.  I first saw them in India when I travelling but also remembered I had seen them years ago in Afganistan, (back before the wars when you could catch a bus in Rome that took you to India.  The young men who ran the bus then started Flightcentre.) And I seem to remember seeing some on display at the V&A.

I found this article in Piecework Magazine  about dowry bags.  There are some interesting stitches used and I love the tassels.

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And then there was a "Dowry Purse".

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And there are any number on the auction sites.

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All these images come from the Indian region and I could find nothing much from Western culture but perhaps the "clutch purse" is a descendant of this original design?

Then to top it off I found some examples from Japan.  (They look rather modern to me.)

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I have now finished my version of the sewing/knitting pouch.  As I was using the quilt left-overs it took a bit of effort to get it square.  In Kate's original it was hand quilted, I no longer can manage this so mine is done on the machine just a simple circular pattern.

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This bag is for my knitting project for tea cosies.  (I will write a tutorial for making this bag and post it at a later date.)

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As you can see it can be rolled up to make a smaller size and expand as your knitting grows. I folded the sides to make and envelope, joining the edges with a slip stitch and then over sewed this with a decorative stitch to give a better finish.


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I added a tie and button to the flap for the closure.

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It was a very pleasurable thing to sew and although I said I would never teach again I have agreed to teach a class for this project.  It has got me thinking about how else I might make this style of bag.  Watch this space!



A finish

So this is the final piece of the quilt project, the quilt bag. 

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I like to make a bag from the leftovers for each quilt I make. I boxed the base and made a flap for the closure. It is hot here in summer and the quilts get put away in the linen cupboard.  By the time winter comes around they have been moved here and there in the cupboard and if stored in a bag made from the scraps you can easily identify the quilt, without having to pull everything else out.

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I have made the closures from velcro strips.  This lets the quilt lie flat and I usually put a lavender bag in there so that there is a nice scent when the bag is opened.

I am now drawing a line under this period of my life.  My doctor has advised me that I should stop all the medication, as it will kill me quicker than the cancer.  (I knew that and stopped the medication myself.) 

So begins a new chapter.  I think I will call it "Old Age!"

Next job, tidy this room.

The quilt is finished

I found this quilt pattern on the throw-out table at my quilt group.  The pattern reminded me of an incident with my niece and her daughter .  They had hens but a fox got into the hen house and ate some of the hens. 

I don't think I was actually going to make this quilt but after I got the cancer diagnosis I needed something to work on that would block out the reality of my situation.  The other contributing factor, that surfaced once I started treatment, was the diagnosis for Peripheral Neuropathy, that is why I am having problems with my right arm. There is a limit to the amount and type of hand stitching I can do, so  I want to expand my machine sewing skills.

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I took it to the long arm quilter for her to quilt and we both though circles would be good because they make you think of eggs.

Everyday after I got home from my treatment sessions I stitched these "Chooks" and just kept at it.  Some days I might only manage 10 mins some days a couple of hours.

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It is actually quiet a big quilt.   Here it is on a King sized single and it hangs down on both sides, 85"x 72", not quiet a double bed size but bigger than a single.  I didn't buy any fabric, with the exception of the backing fabric, but just used fabric from my stash, and, I didn't follow the pattern just cut it how it fitted the fabric.  I still have left overs and I think I cut too much binding.

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Now I think I need to make a quilt bag from that left over backing fabric.

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There is quiet a bit of backing fabric left over.  I might have to think of some other things to make!

So simple yet...

I need something simple to make just to get me started.  I have all these wonderful ideas and tons of UFO's but I need something to get me going and something that doesn't matter if I don't succeed.  And I found the perfect thing over on "The Last Homely House."  This is Kate's version.  It looks a bit like a 'Boro' piece.


I thought "I have loads of scraps" but I don't!  I must have thrown them away or used them.  Then I found a plastic bag of stuff.

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I sorted this into colours.

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and then decided that I had most of this blue and yellow fabrics, so these will make the 3" centre of each block and I will "strip" the fabrics left.

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I hope I can do something with this?