A busy week all round

It’s been a busy week here in Lausanne, and weather wise very hot and sticky. Yuk! It’s been so muggy that the kitties haven’t even had the energy to be naughty… Mimi Bubba has spent the week lying on her back showing off her kitty bits to all and sundry, while Mr. Boy has been lying in the remnants of his favourite cardboard box, looking like a scarecrow.

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So it would seem unlikely that I would spend my time sewing. Mais non! I have actually been very busy this week…

First of all, I’ve been working on my sundress, which is now nearly finished. The hem is done and the zip’s inserted. It’s made out of a beautiful Valori Wells cotton voile, underlined with plain white cotton batiste, and about to be lined in a gorgeous peach-coloured viscose. I’m desperate to get in finished in time for our trip to Barcelona at the end of the month.

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As for quilting, well, I was starting to feel guilty about the pile of tops in my cupboard that need finishing. I always think they look so pretty when I’ve finished piecing them, and I’m convinced that I’ll ruin them with my inexpert machine quilting. But, as has been pointed out to me on numerous occasions, I’ll never get better if I don’t practice. So I decided to stipple the baby quilt I made with some of the fabric leftover from Baby Chase’s star quilt, firstly because it’s reasonably small to start with, and also because it has no intended recipient as yet, so it could always be used as a picnic blanket if it went horribly wrong. And here are the results…

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It’s actually not too bad, and although I still have some problems with thread tension and stitch length in places, practice makes perfect, as they say, and it certainly got better the nearer I got to the end of it. All I have to do now is finish the binding and it’s done. Yippee!

I’ve also made good progress on the Flumpagon quilt – so called because it’s made of hexagons, and some of the fabric has elephants on it…

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So far, I’ve pieced the hexagons in halves, and now I’m trying to work out a pleasing layout so I can sew them into rows and then put the rows together. As always, Mimi Bubba has been lending a helping hand…

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And talking of hexagons, I’ve also been working on my English paper piecing. It was so hot on Sunday that RR and I took a boat trip from Neuchatel to Yverdon-les-Bains. It was baking hot on land, but there was a glorious breeze to cool you down when the boat got moving. I managed to while away the afternoon admiring the beautiful scenery and basting more hexies – bliss!

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Well, yet another week has literally zoomed by, so I’m linking up again with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

And by the way, the second installment of my Grand Reportage is up on the France Patchwork blog – hop on over and check out some of RR’s cool quilt photography 🙂

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8 responses

  1. Oh, you busy girl! You’re still basting by hand? I see I need to order you some of that super Sewline Glue Pen from FQS. I’m going to stock that for the next Peaks. Your FMQ is lovely and I adore those elephants on the hexies! And if one day you can’t find that beautiful sundress, it’s because I’ve nicked it. 🙂

    1. Thanks my lovely, hoping to pick up some top tips for improving my FMQ at Peaks, if there’s a session scheduled…
      … and I adore the elephants too, I have some of the pink elephant fabric for the border too, my it will be hard to let that quilt go 🙂

  2. Love the dress – a lot and those hexies are amazing.

  3. […] by the success of my nearly-completed sundress, and motivated by the fact that I’m almost at my goal weight again, I’ve decided to […]

  4. […] on it will be Priority Number 1! But maybe I’ll just finish sewing the rows together for my Flumpagon quilt first, then there’s my sundress that needs finishing before Barcelona, and of […]

  5. […] for the first time in ages, I finally have a quilt top finish to report! It’s my Flumpagon quilt (hexagons with elephants…), and I’m loving how it turned […]

  6. […] We’re off on a Caribbean cruise in March, and I want to make another sundress to take along, like the one I made last summer. […]

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