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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hand Sewing - long term project

Yesterday I went to the Geelong Quilting Guild's Annual Quilt-In.  A great day with over 200 people there and some even came down from Melbourne by bus.  I'm not a member of the guild, but hope to join very soon.

Of course when one goes to something like this you have to take some hand sewing with you.  I have been working on a stitchery quilt for some time now, but was getting a tad tired of working the stitcheries - don't get me wrong - I love the embroideries just wanting to do something else.

This is one of those hand sewn quilts that I have wanted to do for some time now.  Not sure what the pattern is actually called - I have seen it as 'Japanese Daisies' and a few other names.  Anyway, a very simple, yet striking quilt and one that you can take-along with you to meetings;  waiting in Dr's rooms; etc etc.

The basic steps are you start with squares of fabric - I am using Japanese type fabrics (atfer all I did say I have known it as Japanese Daisies!!); then the same size squares of batting; (I am using 3" squares) and finally circles cut larger than the squares.  To make it easier I am using an old CD disc for the template.  You gather around the edge of the circles and draw the thread in which you then iron down.
You place a square of fabric on top of a square of batting, then place this on the underside of the gathered and pressed circle.  Then one by one you fold over the edges of the circle and can either slip-stitch down, blanket stitch it down, or as I am doing use a contrasting thread (mine is gold) and quilt it down. 
Once all the squares are sewn you then join them together with a slip stitch - the same as when you sew hexagons together.  And finally the quilt is done - already backed and quilted - no edging needed.
Not sure how long this will take me - I'm not worried, but will post my progress from time to time.


sheilasanderson said...

Hope it does not take as long as my "Laura Ashley" hexagon quilt, started 1984 and still not finished!!!!!!

Radka said...

I like this, I have seen something similar demonstrated at a show, made into a bag or place mats. As you say, the blocks are small enough to take anywhere. Who cares how long it will take you, the pleasure is in stitching!

Frances Leate said...

What a great portable project and I love your choice of fabric. Radka is right .."Who cares how long it will take..."

Radka said...

Yes, Francis, that is why most of us have so many unfinnished projects! LOL