Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week. It’s been a rather busy one for me. I’ve done this and that and kept really busy as you do in autumn. Planning Christmas seems to be at the forefront of mind quite often. I want it to be perfect this year so I’m thinking it out properly. After all there are only 58 sleeps left until the big day.
I’m still waiting for the first real frost. I’m not trying to be miserable but I think a good hard frost will help to kill the coughs and cold germs making many people sick at this time of year. So, in my quest to be ready for the colder mornings I have knit some mittens this week …..
And I plan on knitting a few more pairs because I have some yarn that needs knitting up. I learned to knit this design back in the 80s. A lovely lady named Rose taught me how to knit these. For some unknown reason I can knit these mittens in my sleep, no pattern needed. I hope someday to be able to knit socks without a pattern. Sock will be my next effort.
So, today I decided to give you a little more info on how I approached the task of piecing my Moving Forward quilt blocks. Let’s continue from where I left off last time ….. the next step after ironing the Freezer Paper shapes onto the wrong side of your chosen fabric is to tack the fabric to the paper …..
Here’s a tip: when I tack the fabric to the paper, I work with the right side facing me. Because I’m pushing the overlapping fabric over the top of the paper and to the back away from me, I am able to keep the fabric snug to the paper which gives me a more accurate shape.
When I tack the fabric around the centre whole I clip around the shape. This helps me stretch the fabric in place where it should be without any pulling. Once I have tacked all my shapes I press them. Doing a good job pressing can make all the difference to your finished result. I could help myself I just needed to layout the shapes on my background fabric to see how it will look. I loved working on my Moving Forward quilt and I’m just as excited working on this single block. I will turn this into a cushion to match my quilt.
Whether you just want to try this block to make a cushion cover or a whole quilt I’m sure you’ll enjoy making it. Don’t forget that I will turn all these little snippets of information, as well as the templates, into a document which you can print to use as a guideline. And don’t forget to stamp your personality to your project. I give you the bones to work with, it’s up to you to make it your own. I shall return next week with some more info and tips on how to make you own Moving Forward blocks.
My lovely friend Sue gave me a lovely little gift a couple of weeks ago. She knows that I record different ideas as they come into my head. So, this little notebook will be tucked into my handbag so I can do just that …..
It’s been a pretty good week in happy quilt maker land. Life is busy with regular everyday stuff. I stepped out this morning to start clearing the fallen leaves. I swept and bagged and sept some more. And the garden is looking rather tidy until the wind blows again. I do love this time of year. At the moment, I’m craving comfort food. So, for this evenings meal I decided to cook a comforting cottage pie. Later we will treat ourselves to hot chocolate with marshmallows while watching mindless TV shows. Autumn is my favourite time of year.
So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be working on hexagons. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching ♥ ♥