Making Binky’s Silk quilt was in many ways a disaster, but as is the way of the world, it was also a wonderful experience. I learnt so much, not least tenacity, as I have been, in the past, a person who throws in the towel at the first sign of trouble. It could easily have ended up as another ‘failure’.
I learnt to slow down. I am a person who loves instant results, who would ‘run up’ a dress to wear on Friday night, with fabric bought on Friday afternoon. Well this took a little longer, and taught me to persevere, to not panic, to find ways around the problem, and to just do what heeds to be done in a steady and consistent way. I may have to relinquish my Flibbertigibbet status. I now clear the table thoroughly before starting each new making, I put tops on glue and beads immediately, I WAIT for the glue to ‘prove’ before I put bags to frames, all pins go straight into pincushion, and needles are kept in order in the needle-case. Toolbox is sorted and vacuumed for fluff (as is sewing machine) regularly. I am, in short, a paragon, thanks to Binky’s Silk quilt!
I don’t have many UFOs these days (not the same as having lots of works in progress). I tend to finish what I have started and that feels very very good. I have a knitting piece on the go – a top for Binky using a Colinette factory cone of unnamed 4ply. It’s an amalgam of Rowan Hepburn for shape, and Lamour for stitch pattern, with a bit of jiggery pokery to make it work!
Late MIL’s unfinished tapestry church cushions are still ongoing, are not a labour of love, and will be a WIP for a number of years I fear, but will get finished one day.
I have just finished a handbag which was a last minute commission -a friend asked me on Sunday to help her find a handbag for a wedding, and she has to leave tomorrow! She showed me her dress –
East Anokhi Pomegranate and we discussed shoes, jewellery etc. while she looked at my readymades, none of which were ‘just right’, so I knew I could rely on Lisa at U Handbag for the findings, and ordered the frame on Monday. It came this morning. So (thank goodness for fabric and bead stashes) –
And on the quilting front, I am making a keeper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have a Duck Egg blue and white bedroom, and I fancied trying a lot of different blocks, so a Sampler Quilt is ongoing. It is using fabric I bought in America oooooh must be seven years ago??? I told you I am learning to burn slowly!!! Here are the so-far blocks pinned to a fabric wardrobe, my makeshift quilt board
You will all have spotted the Rosebud block, I only noticed when I had to sleep in that room when my insomnia took hold –
I will, of course, with all due patience and diligence be righting the wrong!!!