Monday, November 9, 2009

in a cupboard…

Cleaning through the upstairs cupboard I happened across a quilt I began making for a friend’s wedding about 11 years ago. I think it may have been my first attempt at quilting (and it was queen size!!). Anyway it didn’t get made in time, and just got abandoned until this week. I was meant to be making curtains for a our new bedroom… BORING, so instead I decided to quilt it and put on the binding. I just did a simple diagonal across the blocks – enough to hold it all in place. It was a challenge to even do that much as it only just fitted in my machine…  Once the checked binding on the edge is sewn down, it is finished. 

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It has a boring interesting choice of prints, checks and stripes… It’s a good thing experience and time has changed the way I choose fabrics!! Any way it’s done and I know a young family that might enjoy it for Christmas. It would make a fun picnic mat…

Speaking of Christmas, I am starting to get into preparations… I thought a hand stitched Christmas wreath might be in order, and the girls from my sewing group were keen too, so here is what I have so far…

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I plan to stitch more detail onto the leaves and I think I’m going to need lots more of the felted red beads.  If your haven’t had a go, they are a lot of fun to make. Even my children have had a go at making them. Just roll red fleece in your palm until a ball forms, wet it with hot soapy water and keep rolling until it forms a hard felted ball. I’ll let you know how the wreath turns out.

All the best with starting your Christmas sewing and finishing all your closet projects…

Katherine

5 comments:

clare's craftroom said...

Amazing how our tastes change over the years ! Your wreath is going to be great .

Janellybelly said...

That was a very long overdue UFO to finish - well done. I love the beginnings of your Christmas wreath too.
Janelle xx

Terri said...

Your quilt will make a great picnic blanket! :) Thanks for the idea about the felted berries - I'll use that one!

peppermintpatcher said...

It will be a fabulous picnic rug. As to Christmas... I am still in complete denial and believe that it is months away.

Lenna Green of Stitching Cow said...

Don't be so hard on yourself, the quilt looks great and well done for getting it finished. Looking forward to see the Christmas wreath evolve