When I started this Monster Quilt project part of me was full of hesitancy. Would I be able to "do it!"
I was keen in a nervous sort of panicky way.
What helped me was to have my stash beside me. I was kind of shopping from my personal store,without spending any money. Once I had sorted and searched I realised I probably had enough material to make the whole quilt without spending any pennies at this time of year. All of us are recovering from the Christmas splurge I am sure.
Because the quilt is abstract in nature I was encouraged that my lack of artistic skills would not hold me back.
Because I want to make this for William I feel a quiet determination for it to be finished and on his bed by the time he comes to our home again in late June.
Because for me, this time of year is quiet,reflective, and enjoyable I actually want to spend it making something different. My crochet usually accompanies my life when it is lived at a faster pace. I crochet in the car,I crochet when waiting for appointments. I crochet with love but can almost hook Granny Squares without thinking. Perhaps,because of this I need a change. Something to make me slow down. Something to make me plan and work slowly, something to push me out of my hooky comfort zone.
So,today I decided to stop panicking and get really organised with thoughts of working this quilt all the way through January.
I put the ironing board up in the bedroom. The view is calming and inspiring . The village church to the right of me and the meadow to the left. Usually I slap a tea towel down on the nearest work top to where I am working and bang the iron down fairly randomly!
Thinking in the same way as yesterday's post these are the things I remember from my Needlework lessons. The teacher was called Miss Vickary. She was small and mousey if I remember rightly. I do remember she slapped my leg once when I apparently fidgeted as she was pinning a hem on my dress. I told my Mum expecting sympathy and understanding and before I knew it I had another slap on the leg for misbehaving in school! So Miss Vickary snippets!
- Iron all the pieces of your work before pinning and tacking.
- Use Iron on Vilene to help small pieces from fraying. This is especially important when using loose weave materials.
3. When using Blanket Stitch the direction you put the cotton around the needle affects the stitch. If you hold the work in your left hand and facing you by passing the cotton from left to right you end with a little knot at the top of your stitch and I think this gives a firmer finish to each stitch.If you don't want your blanket stitches to show use a thread which blends. Conversely if you want the blanket stitches to become part of the piece use a contrasting thread. I am going to try this contrasting idea on some of the blocks.I have decided to bring a sense of a small production line to the blocks. I realised there is a repetition in shapes so am going to work sets at a time. So far this is working really well because it helps the flow of placing and stitching.
Here is a shot of the thread around the needle when making a single Blanket stitch.
This gentle repition of shapes but using different colours has also encouraged me greatly.
So here we have the first three blocks of a set of 5.
Most importantly of all the encouragement and kindness shown by fellow quilters such as Julie from the lovely blog Mac and Mabel has made me think " Yes I can do it " I know a bit more about batting today... It's the same as wadding!
And lastly the lovely comments left by my lovely followers has helped me so much. I feel you are beside me wishing me well. It really is like having a best friend by my side. Thank you one and all. It's strange how many of us creative souls hated P.E. And what horrible teachers there were around.
Talking of P.E I did make myself go out for a walk today. Thus quilting is stationary stuff!
And before I sign off for 2013 and a wonderful year can I wish everyone a wonderful New Year.
May each footstep beckoning from 2014 touch your heart with gentleness,happiness and love.
From Linda and all the family .With love.