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I can resist anything, except temptation…

I first saw the Broken Herringbone Quilt Along mentioned on Molli Sparkles’ blog back in August, and I immediately wanted to join in. I’ve never taken part in a QAL before – I keep on being tempted, but I’m so disorganised at the moment, and I have so much else on that it never seems to happen. And so it was initally with Molli’s. No. Couldn’t do it. How would I fit it in? How could I justify starting a new project when I already have so many on the go? And what about the quilt show I really need to get ready for?

But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I even started dreaming about the Broken Herringbone block. Usually in purple, sometimes in pink, always beautiful and always seriously tempting me. Oh dear…

Finally today, I cracked. Week one of the QAL is to make a trial block. Well, I figured, it’s only one block, I could always just try it and then make it into a cushion cover or something. Making one itsy bitsy trial block doesn’t commit me to make any more, does it?

Who was I kidding???!

So, when I should have been making quilts for the bazillion babies that my friends are having this year, I was digging around in my scrap bin (I knew there was a reason I kept all those 2 1/2″ strips!). I pulled out these yellow  and orange batik strips – remnants from the wedding quilt I made Mad Cousin Jude last summer – and then I cut myself some plain white sashing strips.

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Then, when I really ought to have been quilting my Ricky Tims quilt top for the Quilt Show next month, I was piecing the strips with the sashing.

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Finally, when I should have been basting my red triangles quilt (which someone has expressed an interest in BUYING!!!), I was putting the block together.

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By the time it was all finished, it looked like this, and I was officially hooked!

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In the end, I joined the QAL. I simply couldn’t resist the lure of this beautiful block. And to be honest, looking at it, I think it’d be hard to find anyone who could. Don’t you???

So, there you have it. My name is LPC, I’m a quilting junkie, and my QAL journey starts today…

Thanks Molli 🙂

The quilt show approacheth…

After a hectic summer of visits, travelling, and far-too-hot-to-do-anything weather, life is now cooling down, slowing down and finally returning to normal. And all I want to do right now is quilt! Over the summer, all I seemed to do was dressmaking, and this past week I’ve started to redress the balance somewhat.

And just in time it seems! For the Patchwork du Léman quilt exhibition is fast approaching, and Little Miss Procrastinator (yours truly!) has finally woken up to the fact that she had better get her backside in gear for it…

My wake-up call was thanks to my quilting friend and fellow club member Patpatch. The other week, she posted a photo on her blog of 2 really cute cup holders she’d sewn as prizes for the quilt show tombola. Wow, I thought, that’s really generous, donating 2 such lovely prizes to the tombola. Then I read her blog post. And realised that each member of the club had to supply 2 prizes. And that it had all been in the huge long letter that I’d received at the start of the summer. And that I’d either missed it or blocked it out mentally. Oops!!!

So I hurriedly dug out the Letter of Doom, along with all the forms to fill in, lists of deadlines and all those scary things that came with it and which I’d tactically ignored for 2 months. And I worked out that I did indeed need to donate 2 prizes for the tombola. As well as have my Challenge quilt and the quilts I want to show ready by the start of October. Which is only 5 weeks away. Oh heck…..

Well, I know what quilts I want to show, even if they’re not quite finished yet, so first up, tombola prizes. The quilt show is at the end of October, and, hey, that’s almost Christmas, isn’t it?! Well – near enough, in my humble opinion! Now, I have no idea whether Swiss Christmas traditions involve hanging stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve  – but, then again, I’m not Swiss ! So I decided that 2 Christmas stockings would make a lovely, potentially cross-cultural offering for the tombola.

With this in mind, I pulled out my Christmas-themed fabric, made a stocking template, cut out batting, along with fabric for the outside and the lining, and stipple-quilted them as well as I could. Then I sewed them together and bound the inside raw edges with satin ribbon to make it look pretty.

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To finish them off, I added cuffs made of contrasting fabric, and used a ‘Merry Christmas’ ribbon to createhanging loops (in case of any potential confusion as to their purpose…) Et voilà! Tombola prizes! Although quite what the ladies in my quilting club will make of them is anyone’s guess…

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Well, after that I was on a roll! So I decided to get to work on my Challenge quilt. Sarah at thriftstorecrafter.com had pointed out that the design in the embroidery swatch looked like the Snail Trail block, and that idea had been brewing in the back of my mind for the last month or so. I started playing around with the idea this weekend, dug out some fabric from my scraps bin, and so far I’ve come up with this…

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I think I’m going to use some skinny black bias tape somehow to echo the black in the swatch, and create some kind of focal blocks to put either side of the Hazara embroidery. Maybe I’ll embellish it a little, maybe not, but at the very least I now know where I’m headed. Thank you, Sarah!

And finally, it appears there is a ‘pocket money boutique’ at the exhibition, where club members can sell items. Now, I’ve no idea what kind of things people are likely to make for this, or what people might be interested in buying, or even what kind of a price to ask, but I pulled together this little quilt with remnants from my scrap bin. I thought it would make a lovely wallhanging, or maybe a little table topper. And if nobody is interested in buying it, well, never mind – I’m more than happy to give it a good home in my kitchen!

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Incidentally, my French is possibly not as good as I’d previously thought. According to the Letter of Doom, we have to supply a baguette to hang any quilts larger than 1m wide. And I’m guessing they’re not talking about bread 🙂 I suspect they’re asking for some kind of a wooden baton, but maybe I’d better dig out the old dictionary just to make sure…

Linking on up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

A challenge too far???

Last summer, in a fit of misplaced enthusiasm and optimism, I rashly signed up for my quilt club’s biennial Challenge. Why not? I figured. I like a challenge. It’s good to stretch myself, to try something new. And with well over a year to create my challenge entry (in time for the club’s Exhibition at the end of October 2013), I could surely manage to find the requisite inspiration and produce a veritable masterpiece in fabric form. Couldn’t I?

How wrong can one girl be??? I was soon to find out…

Back in September, all the challenge participants were given a beautiful piece of silk Hazara embroidery, about 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ in size. According to the challenge rules, we’re free to use it in any way we choose, to create a final work of 12 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ (which is quite large, really, when you think about it. The exact same size of my portable cutting mat, in fact…) Anyway, we can piece, appliqué, embroider and embellish as much as we like, but the Hazara embroidery has to be prominently and harmoniously incorporated into the quilt top as a whole. So far, so good.

I duly received my little piece of embroidery, admired it, and put it away safely in my drawer. Here it is…

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… and here it is in the middle of the aforementioned cutting mat to give an idea of scale…

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Pretty, huh?

Well, it’s now almost a year on, and, sadly, inspiration has yet to strike. I get my little piece of Hazara out from time to time, look at it, think “What the heck am I going to do with this??!”, get disheartened by my extreme lack of inspiration and motivation, and put it away again.

Then, at the beginning of July, I received some paperwork from the club about the upcoming exhibition. Which I put in my “To Do” pile on my desk and promptly forgot about until today. I finally got round to reading it this afternoon, and immediately wished I hadn’t! It included a reminder that the challenge entries will be collected on 2nd October, a mere 2 months away. Well, suffice to say I’m now starting to panic a little, and to curse my tendency to procrastinate!

… Cue more procrastination, as I choose to blog about my creative block rather than actually trying to do something about it…

So what shall I do? Is it indeed a challenge too far? It looks like my plan to make an Eiffel Tower skirt will be put on the back burner while I try and decide how to tackle this project. From now 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 course I’ll have to tidy up my sewing room. Perhaps I’ll make a start on the challenge quilt next week…

(In the meantime, any suggestions most gratefully received!)