Hand-stitched heaven

Nothing at all ominous about my sudden silence 🙂

Quite to the contrary. I’ve been labouring away at some lovely hand-stitching. Carla at Granny Maud’s Girl has designed an EPP pattern for a beautiful cushion (pillow) cover, and asked if I’d look it over to assess the instructions. I loved it so much I had to actually make it up! I dearly love a bit of EPP, and normally I do it in a leisurely and intermittent fashion.

This was different, since I wanted to give Carla feedback as quickly as possible, so she can finalise the pattern. It isn’t launched yet, so I’m not showing you the whole thing, but this should give you an idea.

Now I just have to add batting and a backing and I can quilt it. After that, I’ll assemble the cushion, and it will go to my sister to join the Bonnard quilt I’m making for her – I’m sure you recognised the scraps!

If you love this as much as I do, hop over to Carla’s blog and maybe leave her a comment or drop her an email to express interest. She hasn’t posted it yet, but I’m sure she will soon.

I’m sure some interest will help her get it finished 🙂


Worldwide Friends: Fillin’ time

I’d intended to do a photographic post today.

Mackay is looking spectacularly gorgeous on this second day of summer, with all the flowering trees doing their stuff. But events conspired, jobs took twice their allocated time, and a visitor who should have been here 10 minutes stayed 45. So it will have to wait a few more days until the schedule permits.

Finally, I have some quiet time. The Husband is snoring gently in preparation for night shift, the solar panels are paying for the airconditioning to be on, and I don’t have to get to work in the kitchen for several hours yet.

Screen shot 2014-12-02 at 2.27.53 PMSo, obviously, I’m working on Worldwide Friends, and today I’m working on the fillers. You know what I mean, the hexies that sit between the flowers, giving the eye a rest from unrelieved dark indigo flowers. That’s not to say the fillers aren’t also indigo, they are, but they contain lighter areas to throw the flowers into contrast.Most of the ‘holes’ in the above layout are waiting for fillers. And I need loads of them.

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Detail of the centrepiece, a delightful furoshiki or cloth gift wrap from Japan featuring gambolling hares. The lettering will be embroidered, the paper squares just show positioning.

I’ve put the cart well ahead of the horse with this project – the design wall is already in play. I have only about 10-15% of the hexie flowers I need, but I’ve been unable to resist starting a layout, instead of waiting till I had a respectable pile of flowers. Unlike other hexie projects I’ve worked on, this quilt has a centrepiece, and I need to ensure that the layout of the flowers works with the elements on the centrepiece, a lovely furoshiki brought back from Japan for me by Carla at Granny Maud’s Girl.  The layout shown here is only about 25″ (70cm) across. This is going to be a big quilt, and it’s clear I have a long way to go, but once the fiddly stuff in the middle is sorted out, I’ll just carry on adding chunks of hexie flowers.

To everyone who has already promised some indigo scraps: Thank you!  It adds so much to the interest and excitement of making this quilt to know that there will be little suprises arriving from time to time with bits of indigo fabric to add into the quilt.

Right, back to the needle and thread.