Sunday, January 8, 2012
My Creative Space
The Creative Space at Kootooyoo is on holidays but to keep up the habit, I thought I'd post on things that I have been working on anyway. I have two projects on the go; the Wonky Star Quilt, which is taking ever so long to hand quilt, and a cowboy quilt for a baby boy due to make his entrance later this month. Starting on the second before I had finished the first is not a good habit to get into but is the result of what I have learned over the last few weeks, which is that hand quilting is definitely a winter craft. It is no fun hand sewing a quilt when the weather is hot and in fact it is pointless as your hands slip when trying to get the needle through the three layers of the quilt, resulting in even more wonky stitches than normal and frayed nerves. I definitely do not need to spend more time correcting mistakes, so I gave it away when the mercury was in the high 30s at the beginning of last week. At that stage I started work on cutting and machine piecing the cowboy quilt. It has come together nicely so far, despite a cutting error which necessitated inclusion of a red inner border that is definitely not in the pattern! I'm really happy with my progress since Monday night; just the bottom border to join before sewing the top together. The fabric was quite tricky to put into the design - even though I liked the range, the large scale of most of the prints meant that a lot of thought had to go into the composition. I reluctantly decided that my favourite of the lot couldn't be used for the top, but will make a great backing.