Hello my lovelies. And a very happy New Year to all. My little corner of the northeast of England has been rather quiet and calm but all around us all hell has been breaking loose. To the west and south of us the weather has ravaged the land leaving homes uninhabitable for months to come. My thoughts are with those who are counting the cost of putting everything right for their families. We’ve all had so much rain that the sun, when it does come out to play, is very welcome.
I’m at the stage of not knowing what day it is and I can’t figure what I’m supposed to be doing. I must admit that I have enjoyed not being on the clock. And having my Sarah home for the last couple of weeks has been comforting but all good things must come to an end on Sunday. Monday morning reality will set in. It’s time to reinvent myself again.
Over the festive period I have worked on UFOs. My Mr. Chillingsworth project is finally finished and has been tested. Here’s little sneaky peek at the quilting …..
Since finishing Mr. Chillingsworth I work on hexagons. I finished adding the red border on all four sides and I spent an hour this afternoon cutting out more cream hexagons which will be turned into the final border.
Now I’m sure that I have shown you how I approach the task of cutting hexagons but because it’s such a quick way I will show you again. I cut some 200 hundred hexagons in one hour! So I think it’s worth showing you what I do again.
First I measure my cutting template to determine what size strips I need to rotary cut. My hexagons are ¾” sides and my cutting template measures 2”. So I cut a dozen 2” strips. One by one I refold the strips so the wrong side is facing out and fold again in half. So I am left with four layers. I trace the template four times …..
I place a pin in the centre of each hexagon traced …..
The pin keeps all the layers aligned while I cut …..
I use good sharp dressmaking scissors to cut thru the four layers and I get really results …..
So now I have some 200 hexagons which I need to sew around the cardboard templates. I hope to give this a really good push this time in order to finish this quilt top. It’s taking all my willpower not to start a new project on this first day of a brand new year. While I work on these hexagons I will start planning my next project.
I’m quite excited about what’s going to be happening this year. I have been giving my future quite a lot of thought over the last couple of weeks. It’s time, once again, to reinvent myself. So I have been thinking about what I really want to do with myself. So I started by making a list of what I would like to learn. So far the list is very short as it only includes curved piecing and kantha quilting. So where do I start??? Well I’ll start by purchasing books of course. So if anyone knows of a good book on kantha quilting please let me know. As for curved piecing, well I have plenty of books which cover that technique. So far those are my Gentle Goals for 2016.
I have also have been composing a list of small projects which I would like to work on but I won’t publish that just yet. I have surfed the internet looking for niche projects that have not been done to death. And as much as I love sewing using my wonderful sewing machines, I think I’m going to concentrate on hand sewing this year. And of course, I hope to use up as much of my stash as I possibly can this year. Like my friend Val, I wonder how long it will be before I purchase more fabric. Heehee. I rarely escape a quilt shop without purchasing a little something to add to my stash!
I have been putting off tidying my sewing room for ages now. Every time I have tried to tidy up I’ve been distracted by supplies I’ve found that have been forgotten. My attention span is very short. So I must really make another concerted effort to sort thru and re-organise. This will make my time spent in my sewing room much more enjoyable. I have no doubt that things will get worse before it gets better. Is anyone else joining me in a big tidy?
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hexie work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,