This year I decided to make Jasons parents a quiltand not to do it right at the last minute. Not a bed quilt but something they could throw over their new sofa and use when it gets cold. As some of you know I don't really have a local quilt shop. There are a few nearby but they are really expensive so I tend to buy most of my fabric from US or from that fabric warehouse I go to. I also buy a lot from the lady who comes to our quilt group about once a month - she came last week and I got some lovely stuff !
Anyway as the lid would not fit on my scrap box ( and it's a big one ! ) I decided to look through my odds and ends and see what I could come up with. I picked out all the beiges, browns and tans and threw in a bit of red and green to add a bit of interest. I cut them all into 2 by 6 inch strips.
When I made the bag for the SSCS I made a braid for the first time and so the first part of the quilt was put in action. I liked making the braid and it grows quick.
After making 2 long strips I got bored and started sewing 4 of my little strips together and re-cutting. Now what to do . . .
Add a nice brown spotty border
And choose a fabric for the alternate strips. It was looking a bit busy at this point and needed an unpieced panel I thought. I went with the darker fabric after a bit of deliberation.
A quick piano keys border with some of the rest of my strips and there you go.
The colours on this are not showing completely true - it's a lot darker and more subtle in real life.
I have loads of these little pieces left and am making some 9 patches to use at a later date. I've done such a lot with dark colours lately that I am now itching to do something lighter and brighter. I have a delicious basket of 1930's prints somewhere needing attention.. I hope my in-laws like this. I love scrappy !!
I had a really frustrating day yesterday. If you remember my sewing machine was making a funny noise so I took it in for the chap to have a look. I could have took it to a local shop but was told that they really weren't very good there and I was better off taking it to a shop further afield ( about 45 miles further actually ). I took it in and the man told me to come back in an hour. When I arrived back at the shop it was all done and I was told it was sewing a treat. I paid my bill - drove home and plugged it in. Can you guess what's coming next ?? The machine was still making the exact same noise. I couldn't believe it !! Straight on the phone to ask what on earth was going on...He told me it was sewing well when it left the shop to which I replied that wasn't the problem - it was always sewing well - just making this grinding noise. Hindsight is a wonderful thing - I wish I had insisted on hearing my machine going when I was in the shop but it was all packed up and ready to go. Anyway I now have to go back on Monday ( another 90 mile journey and the waste of another morning ). At least I have my other machine which I have now bought a quarter inch foot for but honestly how annoying !!
Anyway times getting on and if you're still reading - well done - this has turned into a really long post. Going to do some nice relaxing hand piecing after tea to de-stress me.
Have a great weekend !