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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Get on with it, why don't you

It's been a month. It's time to face facts. Inspiration is not going to strike. It's time to throw some words at a screen.

Or some pictures. Or some bricks. Whatever comes to hand.

Pretty fabric, you say? I can manage that. I've started a new project.


It's another paper pieced Liberty quilt - bigger pieces this time, because the Liberty star quilt was had way too many bits. It's based on a pattern for a picnic blanket which appears in the Hexa-Go-Go book, modified to do something vaguely rainbow-like across the three chevrons. I keep adding new colours, however, and lengthening the chevrons as I go along. It will be shaped like a giant's table runner by the time I finish it.

I realised back in February that when it comes to quilts, I'm a hand piecer. Free time is in short supply around here, and disappearing into a room for hours to sew bits of fabric together in straight lines isn't the most pressing of pursuits. (I said *pressing*! About quilting! It's like a quilting joke! (or not. It's not like a joke at all. Moving on.))

English paper piecing, as we've established before, can be done in front of the television with a glass of wine. Or two. Because no-one is looking that closely at the stitching.

So. What else? My children bought me lovely gifts for Mothers Day. Here is some fabric and bow trimming thingies for me to make pants.


I got a knicker-making kit for Christmas, and I'm all set now to never set foot in M&S again. I'm not blogging my smalls though, however much Emma says it's fine. IT'S NOT FINE. It's not fine to put your knickers on a blog. For heaven's sake - my teenage daughter subscribes to this sh.. twaddle* by email.

(*I have to be careful. There were links with Rude Words on in a previous post, and Mr Coffee was quite finger-waggy about the whole thing.) 

Good grief. I'm running out of steam already. Um. Here's a miniature mandolin, and yet another book about polygamy. Will that do for now? This twaddle is tiring.




21 comments:

  1. pants kit. pants kit. I never knew such a thing existed!

    I suppose you could make paper pieced hexagon pants, but the seams might chaff............

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    1. I'm unsure also how I'd install the gusset.

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  2. My kids have asked me how old you have to be to swear freely... ahem... how do you answer that one? I'm doing a paper pieced quilt and it's entirely your fault. I have to agree it's kind of liberating not to have any time pressure because 'everybody' knows that paper piecing it's slow.. right? I've given myself till I'm fifty. (which is less than 10 years away, sadly).

    Also, I enjoyed that book.

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    1. I'm enjoying the book very, very much. And I WANT TO SEE YOUR PAPER PIECING.

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  3. I love those Liberty Prints and your evergrowing quilt is going to be gorgeous. My 12 year old son offered to put a 'swear word generator' onto his Granny's tablet as she has never learnt to swear which he felt was a shame for a 66 year old!

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    1. It's never too late to learn a new skill.

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  4. There just isn't enough room on my blog for my knickers.

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  5. I'm intrigued by the polygamy book. Still paper piecing here, but I haven't picked it up in months. The charm is in the fact that you can do it while watching tv.

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    1. Yes! But not if there's subtitles. I get very confused watching Scandi-Death dramas.

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  6. Oh dear... I had a knicker making kit and blogged about my finished knickers! Not on my bum though, I hasten to add!

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    1. My daughter would NEVER forgive me. You, however, can do whatever you like with.my blessing.

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  7. Coffee you're being pant prissy. There are about a squillion knicker-making workshops in modern Britain (well, at least 11). I have witnessed several occurring down that London. There are glue guns, rhinestones (scratchy, surely) and ALL the ribbons and bibbons. Blog your lovely handmade Liberty lawn undercrackers without rhinestones or I'll come up there and give you a Chinese burn.

    I MEAN IT

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  8. Anyway. See? So there. http://www.myrtleandeunice.com/2011/02/craft-camp-bottom-line.html

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  9. Loved that book, and the lonely polygamist... Have slight obsession with polygamy (theoretically you understand. Am happily married lady - to just the one man)

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  10. Liberty chevrons are going to be gorgeous! I love your little mini quilt plan-ette. And the sewing suitcase. Oh and what excellent fabric-buying taste your children have - top marks for excellent mother's day gifting!
    Looking forward to seeing more of those chevrons!

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  11. It's true -- sewing is all about ironing. And knitting is all about counting. And needlepoint is all about stabbnig yourself in your left middle finger over and over again.

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  12. Beautiful fabrics... can`t wait to see the end result! :)

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  13. What a thoughtful gift from your family. So much better than a World's Best Mum mug. (My blog became MUCH less sweary when I realised my firstborn sometimes read it. Also I stopped making any references at all about anything at all boudoir related. Which wasn't much, was only ever for comic intent, and is probably a good thing!)

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