With a wee break to the States with my family only a week away, I’ve been getting together some projects that I can take with me to work on ‘sans sewing machine’.
In the past I’ve been quite ambitious with what I’ll actually get done project wise on holiday but there is always the flight to crack on with things and some of my projects will be useful once I get there so I’m hoping that will be motivation to get it finished.
First up is the picnic blanket that I started making in our new Introduction to Patchwork workshop with Sheila. It’s a rail fence block and when combined in a certain orientation it gives a chevron effect, which I love! I’ve been working on quilting it bit by bit – it's far to much to do in one sitting for me.
I doubled the blocks I made in the workshop then used my walking foot to follow the chevron pattern using 3 different colours of thread. Now in the lighter sections I’m using the free machine embroidery foot on my machine with the feed dogs down to outline and highlight the flowers, again using the 3 different colours of threads.
I’ve been quilting it with regular muslin at the back as I’m going to use a waterproof fabric on the back. I was worried about quilting through that fabric as dampness might leak through the holes created by the stitches.
My plan is to then bring the waterproof fabric from the back to the front to make a border, which I’ll then hand sew in place – that’s the bit I’ll finish off on holiday!
If you fancy learning how to make your own patchwork top join Shelia this Saturday morning for a 3 hour introductory workshop to help you get to grips with using the rotary cutter and piecing section together! It’s so much fun!! Booking details are right here!
I know its going to be super hot when I get there so I’ve made up a really simple gathered skirt with an elastic waistband using some of the beautiful nani iro double gauze fabric. I've lined it with some ivory cotton lawn but it's still so light and breezy! I’ve just got the hem to hand sew and as much as I’d love to sit outside in this glorious weather we’ve been having and finish it off, I know I’ll have time to do it once I get there.
If you fancy making your own it’s really easy! I used 1.5 x my wait measurement and a 1” deep strong elastic. My top tip to make sure the fabric stays evenly gathered around the skirt is to sew it in place.
Make sure the fabric is distributed evenly around the elastic, pin in place and then sew 2-3 lines in the elastic with a straight stitch, making sure you pull and tension the elastic as you do.
My other work in progress that I was hoping to have finished by now is my peacock eyes cardigan. I’ve almost finished the left hand button band and only have the sleeves to do. I’ve been tempted to just make the sleeves short so I can start wearing it but I really want it to last into the winter even though it's cotton so I’ll power on and hopefully the sleeves won’t take too long.
The last project I’m going to take with me is the hexy delight that I started literally years ago. I naively wanted to make a whole quilt/blanked but the hexagons are too small and it takes forever so I’ve lost patience and will now make it into a cushion cover. I just need to quilt it first and wanted to do it by hand so I’ll get that layered up with some wadding and muslin and hopefully get a good head start on that.
I've used lots of different liberty scraps that I've collected from projects and from a scrap pack I bought ages ago too. I just love all the colours together!
I’ve also got a new top planned with this really lovely polycotton embroidered eyelet fabric which will need a bit of hand sewing so the grand plan is to get that together before I go and finish it off when I’m there too – that might be a bit optimistic though!
Do you guys plan to take things on holiday? Or am I just being a bit of a work horse?