Last week I picked up a piece of work which I haven't touched for months. I began it last year as a way of using up lots of brown vintage fabric which I had accumulated. The hexagons are fairly small, about an inch across, so it was a farly intense piece of patchwork. Because of the way I stitched the shapes together, lots of gaps were left and I suppose at the time I couldn't face sewing up all these gaps!
It's been lovely to work on it again and I'm slowly getting it completed.
The intention is to mount it on a dark green background and then make a border consisting of hexagons - either a single or double row. Then I'll probably use it as a wall-hanging on my landing.
This year I've contributed again to the Big Knit, whereby money raised through the initiative goes to help make winter warmer for older people. During winter months, bobble-hat wearing Innocent smoothies appear in selected stores. For each one of these sold, Innocent donates 25p to Age UK.
They're good fun to make and don't take long. So, this is what I've been up to for the past few weeks.....Very special thanks to my friend Kath for contributing lots of lovely yarn.
The blue and white quilt blocks which I began working on last month are
really beginning to grow in number now. I have enough for 3 rows of the
lap quilt. I am lucky in that all of the fabric I've had to hand in my
stash, which makes for quick work. And I've just acquired some lovely,
high-quality cast-off shirts, which will make the
quilt even more special.
Each row will be approx. 49 inches ( 117cm ) across, minus borders.
The blocks are all hand-stitched. Progress so far...the blocks are in no particular order.
I loved the idea of using 'sepia' tones as a colourway for whatever I chose as a subject. Over recent weeks I have begun collecting seedheads - these were the perfect inspiration. I wanted to create something simple but effective.
I began by using small pieces of fabric and embroidery threads to create a few seedheads before stitching the stems.
I loved the finished piece and the muted tones.
I found it very difficult to photograph, but the close-ups give a better idea of the lovely colours.
I adore seedheads - I photograph them and always collect some to keep in jars. I enjoyed trying to represent them in this way.