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Projects Round Up

So, I’m just back from my holiday (I took part in this year’s Camp for Climate Action in London) and am in that end-of-the-holidays-back-to-school-new-start kinda mood. I spent yesterday cleaning and tidying and baking but I’m still in a really domestic mood so it looks like today’s activities will include sewing. There are quite a few projects that I’m working on at the moment and I think it would be helpful for me to list them in an effort to force myself to complete some old projects before starting new ones.

Quilts

Black and White Mod Sampler

Both Sophs and I are making a version of Oh Fransson’s Mod Sampler. Sophs is pastel colours with white sashing whereas mine is black and white with grey sashing. My first attempt at machine quilting was a bit of a distaster (luckily the recipient really likes things to look ‘handmade’, aka a bit shonky) so I’m a bit worried about ruining this quilt. The flimsies look great but I’ve been putting off sandwiching and quilting. Stippling is off the cards so I’m currently choosing between a grid pattern and ‘random’ all-over curved lines. I really need to buy some batting and just get on with it.

Metallic String Quilt

Ashley over at Film in the Fridge has been making a lot of versions of her Kaleidoscope string quilt and I can really understand why. I’m a fair way through my take on it using a jelly roll with gold metallics on various colours and patterns, with a dark beigey, creamy colour as the constant thread running through. In all of hers the pattern runs right to the edge but I think I’m going to have to give mine a border in order to get it to thr right size for my bed. I have 2 blocks left to do, then sewing the clocks together, adding the border and piecing the back before I even think about quilting it.

Christmas Block Swap

Yay, our first ever block swap. Sophs and I are really excited about it (Hellie didn’t have a chance to get her blocks done before she left on holiday. I can’t wait to see what we get sent. I’m planning on making some more blocks myself as we only signed up for a six block swap. Here’s what some people’s blocks are looking like. I’m trying to decide what to make with our bloacks when we get them.

Other craft projects

Rag rug place mats

I’ve posted about these before. They’re intended as a Christmas present so I’ve got a while yet to finish them. So far I’ve done two blue and one black, or maybe the other way around. Either way I need to make one more.

Handquilted trivets

These just need binding so it’s a little ridiculous that I haven’t finished them yet.

Beach Houses patchwork picture

I took these to Belgium and to London but I’m still only halfway through. The project was created for the express purpose of entertaining myself on long journeys but I think I’m gonna have to start sewing in front of the tv to get this one done before Christmas.

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patchworks

I’ve got to the actual quilting stage of my quilt along (the same one that Sophia is doing), which is rather daunting. I’ve got a new free motion quilting food, which was rather expensive but is very fun. I’ve started a random pattern down the sashing, and it seems to look quite good. Hopefully there will be some photos up as soon as we get a cable for the camera, but for now here is a photo of my first ever piece of patchwork.

Sophs first ever patchwork

Sophs' first ever patchwork

Sudoko quilt

I’m in the middle of a quilt-along and I’ve reached the stage where my blocks are all pieced and just need sashing so of course I’m ignoring the neat little pile of fabric and planning my next quilt.

My computer at work is really rubbish and takes about half an hour to load in the mornings so I’ve taken to having a pile of old Guardian sudokos in a pile by my computer, reading for that wasted time.

example sudoko puzzle

example sudoko puzzle

I got to thinking (partly inspired by the comments on this post: ) that I’d like to have a go at developing a sudoko quilt. Basically a sort of nine patch in a nine patch with nine colours and no repeat colours in a block. I’m thinking possibly all the colours of the rainbow plus black and white, with a neutral sashing. The basic plan would be 1 = red, 2 = orange etc etc. Some sudoko setters leave a pattern in the numbers they give as hints and those squares could be picked out in patterns/plains as appropriate for a little extra interest. What do you reckon?

I’m in the middle of a quilt-along and I’ve reached the stage where my blocks are all pieced and just need sashing so of course I’m ignoring the neat little pile of fabric and planning my next quilt.

My computer at work is really rubbish and takes about half an hour to load in the mornings so I’ve taken to having a pile of old Guardian sudokos in a pile by my computer, reading for that wasted time.

I got to thinking, partly inspired by the (erroneous) comments on