Block of the Month · Knitting · Quilting · sewing

It’s all about the quilt

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Exciting news today! My labels arrived from The Dutch Label Shop and I love them. I’m going to use them on my quilts. All I have to do is add a date to them with permanent fabric pen. I’ve also been thinking about opening an Etsy store with some of my craft items and these labels could also be used for these items. I also bought some of the tags that I can attach care instructions to. Ideas are still developing in my head but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I really just need to nut out what I want to sell and how much I want to sell it for.

This week has been all about the charity quilt, which I have now finished all the blocks for. I still have to sew them together and add the borders before it is ready to quilt. I have laid it out on the bed in my guest room so I can go back and look at it every now & then & see where I want to change blocks around. I’ll start sewing it all together at my sewing night at Laneway Quilts.

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Apart from this quilt I haven’t done much other sewing. This evening I attached the Dresden plate I’ve been working on, to the background fabric. I love it except that you can see the ends of the plates sitting behind the centre circle. I’ve decided to embellish the centre circle to try & disguise this. I’m going to embroider little vines and maybe flowers over it. I haven’t decided whether to do it by machine or hand as yet. So I’ve learnt my lesson with this – to always use really good fabric and/or a bit of stabiliser behind it. Oh well, it’s my first go at the Dresden plate so I’m pretty pleased.

I have finished prepping for the 2nd block of the Homespun BOM and am about to start the clamshells. It’s so pretty and I’m getting to try my hand at a lot of different things. I have also been practicing my free motion quilting. I figure if I can get the hang of it on my domestic machine then I can buy the Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen but if I can’t then I’m going to have to splash out on the Amara Long Arm Quilter. So far, I’m crap but I’ve only had a couple of practices, so I’ll persevere and see how it goes.

Lastly, I’ve been fitting in a bit of knitting every morning before work and sometimes before bed. My scarf and socks are coming along nicely and I’ve done two more crochet patterns. I’m really enjoying expanding my crochet repertoire.

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I don’t know what I’ll do with these practice pieces I’m making…maybe frame them and hang them on the wall or maybe make a cushion cover…

Well that’s all for now. Have a great week!

Until next time…happy creating!

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