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Firstly, the Niijima Floats piece is finished – all apart from stitching on the press studs. I had initially thought about continuing the lines of the trapunto onto the binding to try and disguise what to me had become glaring errors, but Debbie pointed out that by doing that I would lose the lovely contrast between the smooth binding and the furrows of the trapunto.

Then I found the sycamore leaf template I used for ‘It Rained’ in the Tattershall Journal and had a bit of a brainwave. I cut two leaves out of a very fine felt I made for a project that ended up not happening, stitched on veins and popped them strategically onto the binding.

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Not only do they hide the mistakes, they balance the colour pop in the top corner and remind me of the beautiful Japanese maples around the garden. It’s been a long slog, but I think this piece has finally got there!

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This gave me renewed enthusiasm to tackle the reeds again. It’s going very slowly as I put the tiniest of stitches in to attach the silver fabric, but at least it’s going and I’m starting to enjoy the process.

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And lastly, I trekked out to Cleethorpes in torrential rain on Friday to get the first batch of my upcycled jewellery into Arttopia – an amazing shop full of all sorts of art and craft by local artists.

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What with the pandemic and all sort of other issues, it’s taken a long time to get here, but I’m delighted to finally be part of this group of talented people.

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Great position right next to the till – I just hope the customers like my work enough to buy it!

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A quick finish to complete all the stitching on the bricks.

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Then I sandwiched it together with a scrap of batting and another bit of the crackly fabric I used under the bricks before machine stitching round the bricks to quilt it together.

Next stage, trimming it to fit in the accordion book so I could bind it. It ended up just 8cm by 9cm (about 3″ by 3.5″!!) so the binding was slightly fiddly.

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I love that citrus bright fabric for the binding!

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I always use a fantastic tutorial I found on the internet several years ago for binding my quilts. Even given the tiny dimensions of this one, it still worked beautifully with folded mitres which naturally fall into place at the front…

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…and some folding to be done to neaten it off at the back.

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Then a nice little hand stitching job outside in the sun.

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Finished with a tiny quilt label. I think I could be excused for not embroidering this one!

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One completed micro quilt and four out of the six pieces for the Tattershall memory journal finished. The next piece, which I’m designing now, will actually be a departure from the bricks!

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That was the name of our talk by Quilt Artist Greta Fitchett, ably abetted by her husband Mike, also an artist, at our Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild meeting on Saturday and it certainly was colourful!

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The wobbly geometric quilt second from the left was inspired by the distorted reflection of skyscrapers in theĀ  mirrored windows of a building in front of them, which is an idea I love and the Chinese temple with reflections next to it was a collaboration between her and her husband.

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Sari silk strip applique features as vegetation at the bottom of the long landscape quilt on the left, and the colour palette of the one on the right really evokes its Venetian inspiration.

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I love that temple reflection and the rich colours of the right hand quilt with motifs from Roman mosaics.

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More Venetian inspiration on the left (millefiori from a Venetian bead) and in the centre, and Roman mosaic birds feature on the purple one.

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The quilts are stunning from a distance but the photos really don’t do justice to the amount of surface decoration and embroidery. Buttons, beads, spangles, painted bondaweb, paint, hand and machine stitching with featured long wispy ends… Just love the detail!!

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I’ve finished my second bunting letter – an R – from January’s meeting, but I was convinced that I’d photographed it on the main camera. I hadn’t, of course and now it’s been handed over, so none of my own stitching to show this week!

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I’ve never been a quilter for several reasons – use of a sewing machine, length of the project, lack of small fiddly hand embroidery etc. But I do love looking at other people’s quilts and I adore beautiful fabric.

It was while visiting my son in London two years ago that I discovered an amazing quilting shop in East Molesley, just across the road from Hampton Court Palace, and I fell in love with a little charm pack of oriental themed squares in black, white and grey with touches of red. I experimented using them for a few potential layouts but they finally disappeared into the cupboard, appearing occasionally to be admired. That is until I came back from holiday at the end of August and decided that I was going to make them into a lap quilt for my middle one who is going away very shortly to Bangor University to study Archaeology.

My 90yr old Frister and Rossman was pressed into service and using black silk dupion for the alternating squares, I began to piece my first ever quilt top.

Strips first.

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And then I sewed them into a rectangle for the quilt top.

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I was determined to use fabric I already had for the backing and the binding, which for the back meant that I had to insert a strip of kimono fabric scraps into the black silk skirt gore I was using to make it large enough.

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Then I sandwiched the front, back and the batting together and the Frister and Rossman rose happily to the occasion, stitching through thick layers of cotton, batting and silk to quilt the top. I went for a very simple option – just following the line of the fabric pieces to create a grid effect on the back.

DSCN2196.JPGNext was binding the quilt and as this is something I’ve never done before I went to YouTube and thanks to a very clear tutorial managed to add some cotton kimono fabric for the binding. The Frister and Rossman whirred gently and made short work of four layers of cotton/silk and the batting. I love that machine so much!

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The tutorial actually showed how to do the binding with a continuous piece but I wasn’t sure if I was going to have enough fabric to join all the pieces so I did each edge separately and then cobbled some sort of hand stitched mitre at the front…

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So pleased with the lovely neat finish.

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DSCN2210.JPGFinally a label embroidered in floss silk to add to the back.

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Unfortunately I forgot to photograph it once I’d appliqued it onto the back though! And the time taken for this project? Five days. Now to be fair, apart from cooking, washing and shopping I didn’t do much else for five days but it’s been lovely to see this project work up so quickly and turn out so well. I have a feeling it won’t be my last quilt.

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