Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Apologies for the delay....

Normal service has now been resumed!

I was away for a while. Busy with a hand quilting project, busy with writing (my actual job) and busy, busy, busy with family. There was school stuff going on, there was some legal stuff going on, my parents - who live a good four hour drive away from me - were both ill (they're better now, thank goodness!) and I just wanted to sew without having to think about blogging about it. Just sewing for relaxation. For taking me into another world where there were no stresses, you know what it's like!

So, anyway...everything's looking up again, and I'm back with a new project and one new massive project in the pipeline!

In June, I visited the National Quilt Championships in Sandown, Esher. I look forward to this show all year long, wondering about what quilts I might see, what inspiration I might come away with and maybe a few bargains along the way.

But, (maybe because of all the stress things going on?) I came away from the show feeling a tad disappointed. Not totally disappointed, because there were some wonderful quilts there in the competition, but I didn't leave with that wow factor. That need to get home and get sewing because of all the things I'd seen.

I didn't even buy any fabric!!!!!!! (I know, right? Something was wrong with me, or something)

What I did come away with, was the desire to enter my own quilt into the competition next year and I decided to make an Under The Sea themed crazy quilt.

The jellyfish I designed all by myself, which I was quite pleased with and the fish below it is three dimensional, which you can't quite tell from this picture.

Each hexie will be sewn together and each hexie will also feature a different technique or embellishment to really add variety and discovery.

When this project is complete, I am challenging myself to complete the Passacaglia Quilt from the Millefiori Quilt book by Willyne Hammerstein.

I think it looks an amazing quilt and I love to handsew, so this will be perfect for me. I've ordered the book from Lina Patchwork and today I bought myself some geometric fabrics to start with for when it arrives.

I'm hoping to post my progress on this challenge here on this blog, so make sure to look out for Passacaglia posts!

So, what have you been up to? Have you set yourself a mighty challenge recently? Do you have any pictures to share? I can't wait to hear.

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