Almost there!

It’s all very exciting because my hexie quilt, the one I was supposed to have finished the same time the World Cup finished is almost finished!

The past week I’ve been battling with the hand quilting. Now as you know I love hand sewing but hand quilting is a whole different story… I can officially say that blood, sweat and tears went into the making of this quilt!

hand quilting

Before I started I thought I would be able to make do without a thimble and was using just a standard embroidery needle, but after several attempts I knew I had to rethink my kit. Luckily I remembered I already  had some quilting needles and so out they came, I then went online to find myself some finger protection! It’s safe to say I got through a fair few plasters! I also ordered a hoop but didn’t get on with that so well. I was actually really disappointed about my attempts and how difficult it was, I had had visions of enjoying evenings of peacefully hand quilting the entire quilt, but it ended up being a workout and exhausting! I got to the point where I couldn’t wait to finish.

Now I won’t say I’ll never hand quilt again but I think I will try on something a lot smaller like a pillow or something, the bulkiness of the quilt just made it very difficult. It was hard to get the stitches perfect and that frustrated me so much!! I’ve ended up doing a bit of machine quilting too as I just didn’t trust my hand stitches mainly because they look so tiny on the back side of the quilt.

hand quilting

The thing with being self taught is I have no idea if I’m doing things right or wrong, it’s all trial and error! My mum has a C&G Diploma in Patchwork so she has been a huge part of my learning and is great at giving me little tips and tricks, but I normally only ask her after I’ve been struggling for a bit, so I should really learn to go to her sooner! I also need to learn not to be such a perfectionist when I’m learning something new, I can’t expect to be perfect first time, and when I do see pictures of beautifully hand-quilted items it’s most likely not their first time doing it and they have more than likely been doing it for a few years! I beat myself up so badly if I don’t do something perfect first time, not just in sewing it’s in everything I do.

Finishing touches

Time for the binding! This is slowly becoming my favourite part of quilt making, and now I’m so close to the finish line I’ll actually be sad to not have it to work on anymore, but it’ll be great to see it finally finished!

I can’t wait to share the finished quilt with you all.


Crafts · Sewing

Stitchy progress!

I’ve finally finished my hexie quilt top! I have to admit there was a point when I thought it would never be finished, especially when I had to un-pick an entire row! But now I can say it’s done! Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed stitching this but there does come a time when you are near the end of a long project that you desperately want to cross the finish line!

hexie quiltHere is a little sneaky peek, sorry for the bad photo this was taken impromptu on my phone. I will of course have proper pictures of the completed project. I’ve decided I’m going to have a go at hand quilting this one… it seems fitting seeming as the quilt is hand-stitched. The dotted lines you can see are just my markings of where I will quilt, not sure if that’s cheating or not? I’m a bit of a  perfectionist though so this should save me some time in the long run.

Backing and binding

My backing fabric and binding fabric arrived on Friday but rather frustratingly the wadding failed to show, so my plan of doing some hand quilting over the weekend was not to be, its also why I marked the quilt lines with pen. How cute is the cherry binding! You can find it here and the backing fabric which is 108″ wide! is from here

My pick of the week

Finally my top picks from the past week, you can see here some of the photo-a-day prompts that I have done, and another sneak peak of the finished quilt top! (I’m @saysies if you want to follow me)

Chatter · Photography

September already!?

OK so I know I start every month off with  I can’t believe its …. *insert month here* but I REALLY can’t believe it’s September. I feel like I must have slept through most of August, which is entirely possible given how unwell I have been, and now I wake up to see autumn is rolling in, it’s hibernation in reverse!

Anyway here is a few snapshots from August. You can see the rest in my Instagram feed. IMG_20140901_093333

Lots of baking in there inspired by The Great British Bake Off, have you been watching? What are your thoughts on the “Bincident”?

In the bottom right hand corner of the mosaic there is a little peek at the top I mentioned in my last post, the neckline is unfinished and I just used cheapy polycotton fabric but it was fun to make nonetheless. I doubt it will make an appearance in the outside world!

Speaking of instagram a new month means a whole new month of #fmsphotoaday!

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Simply take a photo of the prompt on that day and post it to instagram with the #fmsphotoaday. It’s lots of fun! :) Not on instagram? They have a facebook group too!