So what is this? I’m talking of Winter as we are going through some of the hottest days of summer?!
Well, it’s not quite as mad as it seems.
Back in October last year I announced a couple of “Winter” projects. Ya know, things that I was going to make during the winter.
One of them was to be a hand-sewn quilt made of some of my old shirts.
Now, don’t laugh, however it took me until April to find the opportunity to actually get around to cutting the squares!
Anyway, as the hot weather hit this week I found myself looking for things to make that did not involve much effort and where I could sit in the coolest part of my home.
I had a route around and found these little squares and thought “NOW IS THE TIME!”. So I grabbed the needle threader, needle, some cotton and scissors and headed for the shade like any good pastey skinned, red haired and easily heat affected man would do.
For the first step I made up several quad blocks, pin basted them to squares of paper and then stitched them together.
The first thing that struck me was although the number of blocks was even (which pleases my organised side), the repeat of the pattern was offset (which did not please my organised side).
I therefore dragged out the other cut squares and laid them all out on the floor to decide on the overall pattern BEFORE I continued (probably would have been good to have had a plan to start with, but hey, who does?)
I obviously added some extras to two sides of the original block in order to “even it out” (weird how I had to do that by making it an uneven number in the central block).
Anyway, layout decided I then stitched the extra blocks in place.
Yup, that worked. I liked how it had the nine darker squares and then it was almost as if the lighter squares formed a hashtag (#).
Next I decided to start blocking up the side sections. For no other reason than I could.
Here is stage one where I was pairing them up and stitching them together.
Once I had all of these pairs, I then started pairing up the pairs.
And finally stitched the lot together.
And then stitched that onto the central panel.
And then repeated for the side directly opposite.
By the way, something that often puts me off hand stitching is the threading off the needle. I have, in the past, invested in quite a few needle threader solutions but by fair the simplest has been that little piece of tin with the wire on it – you know the one I mean.
Anyway, I’m using a sort of blanket/whip stitch for attaching the squares together.
Actually come to think of it, I don’t think it’s either. Ah well, it’s working. If you know, please jot it in the comments section.
Not even sure if it’s the right stitch to use – oh dear – maybe I should have researched this – hope it doesn’t all fall to bits!
*rushes off to check*
Hmm, Ok, so all of my books say that I should be using a whip stitch, which this sort of is, but I seem to have gotten into the habit of locking each one off by taking the needle back through the loop formed by each stitch – which is probably a very very short blanket stitch. Lol, anyway – lobs books to one side – onwards!
After making up the two side pieces and attaching those I made up the four corners.
I couldn’t stitch these in place until I had the pieces inbetween attached so I got to work on those, in pairs, then pairs of pairs then altogether as before and finally attached the two the corners.
And then attached the whole section to the main body.
So, my dear sewing chums, that’s about all I got done this week.
Over the coming months I will need to add the top section, and also there is another “row” of pairs to go around the entire outer edge of this larger block – and of course I will need to back it, complete a quilting pattern on it (that I have yet to choose) and then of course bind the edges.
This will hopefully be finished before Christmas!
Sadly today I have to down needle and leave it be for a few days. I am very encouraged by the progress though and can really see me hanging this on the living room wall when it’s done – or probably having it over my knees in the winter – I’m feeling the excesses of heat/cold more and more as the years go on – I’ll be for the knackers yard before you know it, lol!
Anyway, I hope that you have enjoyed the update – what WIPs have you got half sewn? I bet there are a few (like me) Lol! ;)
Right, I’d best sign off and make a cuppa before I tackle the ironing.
Take care and see you next week.