Friday, September 02, 2011

Isn't it amazing.................

........... how having a neat, tidy, well organised and labelled to within an inch of its life sewing area can revitalise the old creative juices

After rediscovering them in amongst the melee I pulled out the blocks that Sarah made some years ago for her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

It's one of my personal idiosyncracies but I struggle with sampler blocks where some of the edge of the block is of the same fabric as the sashings - I just don't like blocks to melt into sashings

So the nine different blocks gained a 3/4" border of the green fabric just to rationalise them all

Then I decided maybe sawtooth stars round the cornerstones would be just the ticket - not done these before but how hard can it be?

2.5" sashings need 1.5" squares to take off the corners right?

So lots of stitching, cutting and pressing later - still not comfortable with triangles and I know some of you quilters out there will quite rightly think what a wuss I am for that :)

Each sashing has little yellow corners at each end There we go - stars on the cornerstones

And here's the top so far - a 3/4" or 1" border in green to follow and then a flowered wider border for the finish - I hadn't realised until I downloaded this just how dappled the light is out in the garden today

Can't, for the life of me, think why these blocks have been hanging around for so long...........

.......... unless it's because they, and the accompanying fabric, have been awol in a room full of detritus all this time of course

(By the way Blogger is driving me crazy putting in all these carriage returns when I've taken them all out - apologies for anyone reading this having to scroll down repeatedly to get to the next bit of my spiel - anyone with any hints how to avoid this please let me know)


sewkalico said...

Wow, 2 blog posts in as many days!!! So glad you're back with us sewing and blogging!

Ali Honey said...

It's good to hear you are back sewing. Well done Nigel for giving a leading hint on how to get sorted.
I hope your kids are all doing well.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love what you did to those blocks! It is great!

Clare said...

I agree with you about the sashing and this is looking gorgeous.

I recognise that centre fabric. Still got a bit somewhere.

Hmmmm - line breaks. Have you tried deleting them in HTM mode? You may have a lot of "back slash div"'s in there and you need to delete them.

McIrish Annie said...

once everything is tidy, it's fun to get back in there. the top is great.

my secret now is after every project finished, i clean up and cut up any extra fabric, put all tools away and tidy up before i pull out the next project. seems to be working.