I don’t win things. Ever. Except today, my luck changed.
By doing what comes naturally – commenting on posts, all posts, any posts, not just liking them – I’ve managed to become one of the top 5 commenters on Factotum of Art’s lovely blog. Michelle is celebrating her 500th follower today, and is giving away all kinds of quilting fabulousness – and I’m a beneficiary! Go and have a look at what she’s up to, here.
I’m with Michelle here. I enjoy that people Like my posts, but I really love it when they Comment. It opens a dialogue and sometimes you make unexpected friends in unforeseen places. But I digress. I’m now in the happy position of waiting for fabric from Hawthorne Threads in the US, which should arrive just before I go on holiday. I suspect that same fabric may form part of my holiday handwork – if it doesn’t, it’s only because I found something I wanted to work on more! Of course, I went for Amy Butler: Floral Couture in Mandarin from the Lark collection, Tapestry Rose in Sapphire from the Hapi collection and Josephine’s Boutique in Ink from the Cameo collection.
That’s 16 count Aida, so it’s weeny!
Our first wedding anniversary is rushing up on us, and I’m making something to commemorate it. So far, there’s not a great deal to look at, but as soon as it starts to take shape a little more, I’ll do a Work in Progress blog. We had a small, quiet, informal wedding, and no photographer, thinking that the world is full of smart phones and digital cameras, and we’d end up with plenty of photos. It’s true, we did, but we have nothing to commemorate the day in a formal – and slightly more dignified – way. This is my way of resolving that lack.
4 rows done. Loads more still to do…
I’m tying away at Isfahan like a mad thing. It’s quite hard work pulling 4 ply tapestry wool through dense quilting cotton, then needled cotton batting, then fleece, so I can’t do too many ties before my fingers get bloody sore, quilting calluses or no. I’m about a third of the way through the centre hexagon section. After that, there’s the borders, and finally I can bind it. It will be ready for me to take with me when we go away. I ‘m tempted by the idea of binding it in turquoise, to pick up the flashes of turquoise in some of the fabrics. I’m talking about the same fabric I used as background in the Son of Isfahan post. I’m wavering… What do you think? Turquoise or a scrappy binding from leftovers of all the fabrics except the dark blue?
And yesterday my package from Busy Fingers Patchwork in Queensland arrived. They do epp templates of all kinds and sizes, and at very reasonable prices. I’d ordered 1,000 2″ clamshell papers and here they all were. So I’m committed now. The Winter quilt will be hand pieced and clamshells. I was going to laboriously baste the fabric onto the papers, but have discovered this video by Sue Daley, which explains how to shorten the process by using appliqué glue. I shall give it a try, because if it works for me, the quilt could be ready in a fraction of the time. Because applique glue isn’t permanent, you can pull out the papers and recycle them, which is even better. You do still appliqué the shapes together by hand, so I won’t be short of a long-term handwork project!
Right. Back to work. More tomorrow, probably.