Tag Archives: patchwork

Procrastinating

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I am meant to be studying for an online test which I have to do by the end of tomorrow. It’s just multiple choice but they cram so many questions into such a short time that you actually have to know your stuff, no time to think about it or reach for the text book to double check. Of course that means I am doing anything but studying. The annoying thing is that I never used to be a procrastinator. I was always the finish early, do the worst tasks first so you can get on to the stuff you enjoy person. I guess as we move through life we change, and, unless we are proactive about developing our characters, not always in ways we like.

On a positive note, I am making good progress on my stash of ufos. Finished quilting this one…

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…and pinned another one yesterday.

Now… I am just going to go peg my washing out. Then I’ll start studying. I promise.

Freezing

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I really enjoyed the weather over the last couple of weeks. Just the right temperate, warm but not sweltering. Now? Now I am sitting here with three layers of clothes on my top half and my bottom half wrapped in a quilt and I think I need to go and get my fingerless gloves from the winter clothes cupboard. It is freezing. My house doesn’t really heat up til after lunch on those cold days, so maybe it will get a bit better this afternoon.

On the upside…I am powering through things. My first uni assignment is finished and submitted and I have started on my second one. The garden is reasonably well gardened. The laundry is almost done and a bit of sewing has been done. I still have a stack of uni work to get through but nothing urgent, so I think I can pretty much relax for the afternoon – do a little bit more study then get started on quilting my next mini quilt.

This is the mini quilt. It didn’t turn out too badly. Not all the vertical bars line up but I think it is busy enough that you can not notice. One thing I am going to have to think about if I keep up the foundation piecing is what to do with the seams. They get very bulky as they are usually all pressed the one way. I might have to see if I can press them open.

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The other thing I am working on is these 6 inch hexagons. I am loving it because the quilt is growing really fast even though I am only adding one or two at a time.

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Posting…

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I had doing a blog post on my to do list today, so I am making myself do one; even though I would be much rather sitting on the couch with the air-conditioner on, reading my library books. I figure I need to remake the habit of regular posting. Which means I am actually going to have to go do some stuff worth posting about. I’m not sure how likely that is, I sewed myself out pretty much at the end of last year, making lots of last-minute Christmas bags. Now all my sewing stuff is packed away in the sewing room, except for the TV hexagons, some knitting and a cross stitch kit. I found the cross stitch when tidying all the other stuff away and thought I really must finish that, so It has been added to the pile of stuff to do when watching tv.

Because I like a crazy challenge I am also in the process of applying to do an MBA by distance education. At one point I had all my degrees, my transcripts and my high school records in a package but when I went looking I couldn’t find them. I can’t remember if I lost them in the flooding, or if I have just lost them. I have been waiting for a replacement academic transcript from my last uni, which I received last week. Now I just need to get a certified copy and I can finish my application.

So, I am starting to get organised for the year ahead. Now I just need to do something about the crazy heat (43.9C here yesterday) and find myself an intriguing sewing project.

Old purple fingers

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With only a quarter of the year left to go, I decided that I would have to dedicate today to making a plan. A rest of the year plan. Instead I have cleaned my house, done my washing, got groceries and dyed some fabric. I even cleaned the filter on my airconditioner. To top it all off one of the gloves leaked while I was dyeing. So now I have no plan and purple fingers.

But…it is only 1.30pm. So there is time for planning yet. Particularly if I resort to bribing myself with chocolate cheesecake.

On a more positive note, after months of being uninspired by my sewing machine I managed to actually finish something.

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What was I meant to be doing again?

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For some reason this year I seem to have completely lost the goal-accomplishing plot. I stopped for a moment during the week to think about whether I was on track and realised I had completely forgotten what my goals were. I suppose it had to happen at some point.

At least I am sewing again. I managed to get two quilts finished in the last couple of weeks (photos below). Plus I have a couple of days off work this week which I can use to regroup, refocus and get moving again. And…there is still more than half of the year left. Plenty of time to get things finished.

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Actually finished something

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I have actually finished something. I’m not sure what it is, possibly a table runner. It doesn’t really matter, what matters is that it actually has some binding on.

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Mostly, I think I need a new project. Sorting out photos and writing a business plan are just not very exciting. I have to keep reminding myself that at times making 1000 quilt blocks didn’t feel exciting either but it was good when it was done. I’m sure the business plan and sorted photos will be the same.

Making a duvet cover

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Its funny sometimes when you have an idea and then all of a sudden bits of information come your way about it. Well probably not. Probably the bits of information would have come your way anyway, and you would have ignored them because you weren’t interested. Surprisingly, this has to do with duvet covers.

When I moved into my house I had no bedding left after being flooded, and I had not a lot of money on account of having just bought a house. But it was winter, just a little freezing and I needed something warm for my bed. I ended up buying this quilted duvet thing off the internet. I think it cost me $20 including postage. It’s really warm, but there’s one problem. It doesn’t have a removable cover and it’s too big to fit in my washing machine. Which is kind of gross, because I’m of the opinion that you should wash your bedding every now and then, especially if you are like me and eat in bed. There are several ways of dealing with this: I could find a laundromat with a big washing machine (a rarity around where I live), take it to the dry cleaners (expensive) or hand wash it. So over the christmas holidays I was hand washing this thing in my bath, trying to get some chocolate stains out and giving it a general clean, when I had the thought that I should probably make a cover for it. That’s were the coincidence comes in to it. A couple of days later on my email quilt list people started talking about making patchwork duvet covers. Which is great, because I happen to currently be in possession of a large amount of large pieces of patchwork just sitting around waiting to be quilted. Of course none of them were the right size, but that’s easily fixed.

I picked a couple that were almost big enough and added some extra borders in matching fabric.  Then I placed them face sides together and pinned round three edges.

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I trimmed off the edges of the larger one so they were the same size.

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On the fourth edge I made a hem on both quilt tops, and then I bagged it.

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Kind of like making a cushion cover. Sewed about three quarters of the way round, turned it inside out and then put some press studs along the opening so it will close once I put the duvet inside.

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Some people on the email list suggested you should back the quilt top before sewing the two sides together, but I didn’t. While adding the backing might protect the patchwork, if I had to pay for two large pieces of wideback fabric it would have been cheaper just to go out and buy a duvet cover from the shops. Not to mention that joining the backing to the patchwork pieces would have required quilting the two pieces together and would have made the whole process hugely time-consuming. In the end, I’m quite glad that I didn’t because the finished thing is actually quite heavy, and I’m not sure adding extra weight would have been wise. I’m quite happy with the finished product and when it comes time to put the winter duvet back on the bed it will have a new cover to go on it, and because it has a different quilt on each side I can flip it to suit my mood.

In other news here it is raining. A lot. This is my rain gauge.

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When I came home from work on Thursday night it was empty. Thankfully I stopped off at the library on the way home from work on Thursday and have a stack of books and DVDs. A perfect way to spend a rainy long weekend. I may even make another duvet cover.