For some time now I have been thinking of setting up a blog and today is the perfect opportunity. I have picked up the current bug so am not doing what I usually do on a Saturday morning - teaching quilting at Arohata Women's Prison - therefore, to turn a negative into a positive, I shall publish my first blog.
I love making scrap quilts and get just as excited now about a pattern or a piece of beautiful fabric as I did all those years ago when I injured my back and had to stop playing tennis and badminton for a while. I needed an interest on my day off from the family business, and patchwork, as it was called in those days, filled the bill admirably.
I saw an illustration in a book of a rail fence, totally scrap, the blocks placed alternately horizontally and vertically and I started to make one. No rotary cutters or boards around in those days, so I made a template out of heavy card, drew around it on the wrong side of my fabric with a twiddle of the pencil to mark the corners, then cut out the piece using scissors. When I had several cut out, I started to piece the block; I took a patterned fabric and put a plain one either side.
I started playing with layout on the floor, and saw at once that any which way wouldn't do for that quilt, it just had to follow the colours of the rainbow - the first of several of my quilts to tell me that!
What's on the design wall today? some fabric that my son brought back from Italy, I am auditioning other fabric to go with it and possibly do The Venetian Dream pattern as it allows for a reasonably large square of the feature....... watch this space!
I am also hand quilting a wonky hexagon log cabin - which came about when I tidied my sewing room and found a box of left over hexagons, tacked to their paper templates. I decided I did not want to make another hexagon quilt with them, so took out the papers and ironed the patches and found they were all funny shapes - after all it is the paper that has to be accurate. The basket of strips beckoned so I used the wonky hexagons as the centre of a log cabin and I love it! I am enjoying quilting it, I have this great frame which can be attached to a stand and it makes the hand quilting such a pleasure.
I look forward to your comments and will talk again soon.