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Work in Progress Wednesday

It’s all go round here … I seem to be in a phase where I have several projects of varying complexity on the go at any one time, so I thought I’d use the traditional medium of “Work in Progress Wednesday” to share some of them with you …

A couple of years ago, I made a wall-hanging wedding dress quilt for a customer who subsequently moved to the States …. sadly, her quilt was in the box that was lost in the move. The one good thing is that we had saved what remained of her dress, so I’m working now to recreate her quilt – with some tweaks to compensate for having so much less fabric to work with. This is the first half of it – I do love the deco feel to it …. and paper-piecing the whole business does mean that the satin is marginally less evil to work with!

wedding dress quilt epp

Running alongside this, I’m making a special quilt for a couple of friends …. they’ve been off travelling India, South East Asia and Australia (an awfully big adventure!) – and on their travels they collected fabric …. now it’s on me to put them all together to make a quilt. With so many different styles and colours, the layout was a bit tricky, but I’m really happy with this  – making half-square triangles with a plain ivory cotton, and then nesting them into concentric diamonds has worked out so well – nice separation of colours where it’s needed. and (I think) a modern, contemporary feel to it as well.

HST adventure quilt

I had some scraps to use up (shocker!), so I put together a little log-cabin cushion cover ….. a full size log cabin quilt is still on my to-do list, but I suspect that way insanity lies, so it will have to wait its turn!

quilted log cabin cushio

And on to the final one! This is a Christmas present commission … so ssssshhhhh, okay? I started this one last week when I was stricken by the zombie cold (you know the one – shivers, congestion, insomnia, blurry head) and incapable of complex thought – there’s something very soothing about stitching together 8″ squares!!! And, I have to say, it was really nice to be working on a custom piece using quilting cotton, with no interfacing or other compensating for differing fabric weights etc involved! It was good fun to just need to mix in a fat quarter bundle with the pony fabric we’d started from 🙂

pony quilt

Oh, and while we’re talking about Christmas, there’s a bit of a craze for these candle-wreaths going on at the moment, so of course I had to give it a go!! I had some christmas fabrics on hand (I can’t remember why, now) and thought this project would be a good way to use them up – but of course,I didn’t have quite enough, and they didn’t all work nicely together – so I had to get some more. And now I have more Christmas fabric than I did when I started. *sigh*

christmas origami candle wreath


Still, it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble!

I hope you’re all keeping warm – it’s definitely turned chilly here! (And, as the littlest nestling reminded me this very morning, it’s only 53 days to Christmas! Yikes!)

Until next time ….

Lucy x

Happy New Year? W-I-P and a sorry

I’m probably a bit late on this …  but …. Happy New Year!!!

(and my apologies for not posting for so long, and effectively falling off the face of the earth for a while. My New Year’s resolution is to try to be a better blogger!!)

I’ll try to catch you up on everything I’ve been doing …. there were a lot of quilts last year, and time became my biggest enemy (and failing at my attempt to become superwoman didn’t help much, either 😉 ) Some, alas, may be lost to all but their current owners, as there was an ‘incident’ before Christmas with my SD card …. it was borrowed by the oldest nestling for a GCSE Art photogaphy project, and hasn’t been seen since. I suppose I should take some of the responsibility, since I’d been slack in the uploading-photos-to-laptop department 🙁

In the meantime, here’s a quick shot of what I’m doing now ….

Rugby shirts

Deconstructing a stack of rugby shirts ….

Rugby Shirts (2)

Cutting them nicely into pieces – I’m working off a 5″ square grid here, scaling up as necessary to take in important logos, numbers, etc

rugby shirts (1)

and fitting them nicely together ….

rugby shirts (3)

the quilting is going on …. a geometric diamond grid of 5″ squares in red, white and blue. It’s just about done now – the binding just needs to be stitched down.

Elsewhere ….

I have this little nasty to deal with. It’s not the end of the world, more like a curve ball, but it’s still a little scary. Fingers crossed that a single surgery will see it off?


And the dog continues to be horrified by the cat’s outrageous behaviour …


I hope 2016 brings you all you hope for!

Now – I have 25-odd feet of binding to hand-stitch down, so if you’ll excuse me?