Friday, April 17, 2015

All about the blues (and greens)

Hello Friends,
You know, the internet provides the impetus to progress all sorts of projects. I don't just mean tutorials about how to do this or that, which are very useful I'll grant you, but also just the odd throw-away comment that suddenly resolves a problem and moves a project along.
The case I am thinking of was a huge bag of quilting fabric squares and off-cuts, which has sat in my stash for the last 2 years. The truth is, I was a little bit afraid of it. The fabrics were all beautiful, and were in every colour and shade. I didn't quite know where to start and feared that when I did make something, I would ruin it and it would be hideous.
Anyway, I was reading one of my favourite crafty blogs, Cozy things, and she mentioned that the first 20 or so quilts that she made she never paid attention to the backing. Well, that's an innocent enough statement, but what stood out to me was the "the first 20 or so quilts..." That was enough to remind me that like everything else, quilting and patchwork are ongoing learning experiences, and the only way to get better is to keep at it and make stuff, making mistakes and sometimes even making hideous things. 
I started by sorting out the fabrics in my favourite colours, which are blues and greens at the moment. My neighbour suggested to add some yellow and red, to stop it being a big insipid mess of bluey-green. That was good advice. Then I put it together in a random disappearing 9-patch. There are zillions of tutes if you're interested in how to make these blocks, so I won't bother with one here. Needless to say they are quick and very easy to make. I cut and pieced a king-sized quilt top in less than a week.
Here it is having a wee turn on the big bed to see how I like it every time I walk past the room. I like it a lot, as it happens. I'm now wondering about the sashing (maybe yellow?) and binding (perhaps black or red stripes?).
The backing will be simpler, and more modern. Possibly simple stripes of blue, grey, and yellow? Feel free to share your opinion.
 
Here are some other blues and greens; the sea and the forests of the Abel Tasman National Park. We went tramping (hiking/bushwalking) in the school holidays, it's so do-able for a family to walk this track. The terrain is "unchallenging", as seasoned trampers call it, but that's perfect for me. Three or four hours' walk every day, a comfortable hut to stay in at night, and beaches all along the route. Just lovely.
 
And finally, here is a cat in a washing basket. Just because. It is not my cat, but it is my washing basket.

9 comments:

  1. You are a better woman than I. Your quilt in progress looks very appealing. My bag of quilting squares and scraps sat under my bed for about 15 years until I finally admitted to myself that I would never use it and gave it away (to my Mum). She gave some of it back to me in the form of quilted placemats! so I am very lucky. ;)

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    1. Now that really is a treat, to have your fabrics taken, made into something great, and then returned to you! You must have a lovely mum.

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  2. Miss Smith it looks so lovely. Joy was so right about throwing those squares of red in - they really make it. I also like the idea of using red stripes on the border - although my pick as you know is to use black and white stripes with a yellow edge. Whatever you do it will be sure to look great. I am contemplating a new craft project myself that involves making curtains out of army surplus blankets. If that doesn't frighten you it probably should - there's crafting and then there's CRAFTING - all shouty and threatening.

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    1. Well I've gone ahead and done a green border and it looks nice, I will show you soon. AND, I'm not frightened but excited about the blanket curtains! CRAFTING all shouty is exciting, not scary!

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  4. Nice work, Miss Smith. Love the block arrangement. And thank you for that quote from Cosy Things. Both that 'throwaway comment' of hers, and your quilt top, inspire me to sew pieces of fabric together right now.

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    1. Thanks Melissa I'm relieved that you like the way the fabrics have been used! (Since you gave them to me). That's very flattering to have inspired you, since I am often inspired to go make stuff after reading your blog.

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  5. Once I had a hankering to make a quilt, but I procrastinated on it in a most dedicated fashion for roughly six years, and then the hankering went away.

    I really like the quilt, and I really like the cat. I wonder who it belongs to?

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  6. What a lovely quilt top! It looks like your scraps basket is full of wonderful things. And yours is one of my faves, too. .:)

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