From the first visit to my studio this month I decided to take a picture of the view every day that I am there. I am really looking forward to recording them all and seeing how it changes throughout the seasons. This month bought one great day when the shadow of the building looked like a dog, and even a tiny bit of snow. I love trees with bare branches against blue skies.
Inside the studio (top row) I started the month with these items on my design wall and a list on a paper bag. On one visit I started to play around with a fat eighth bundle of Oakshott cottons.
(Middle row) Playing with layouts of the Oakshott blocks. My finished mini quilt for Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap, something very different from my usual style but very well received by my partner. A Fancy Sailor Top made with this amazing Echinacea print from Anna Maria Horner. I think it is Rayon, I haven’t sewn with it before and it was quite hard to cut I found. I also made a bit of a bodge so the neckline isn’t great. It is wearable with a cardigan though and so very comfortable. I definitely want to make more of these.
(Bottom row) Using up every last scrap of a Kate Spain charm pack with a little improv. The bright cushion was made for one of Kate’s friend’s 3rd birthday.
Not pictured I have been working on a Totoro Mini quilt for the #studioghibliswap and I made a Kindle cover for my step mum’s birthday. I made a little something for an IG friend for my Make a Friend swap. Finally I made a kit bag for Mr C to take to the gym.
After deliberation about the layout of these blocks I went back and made twice as many. I love the layout but it will be an odd size if I sew it together like this – 40″ by 30″. I am thinking that the answer could be sew them together in the diamond shapes of 4 blocks and then add sashing. Not sure what colour, and what will go with the Oakshott fabrics. Any suggestions gratefully received.
My last morning in the studio this month was spent making my first ever Bee Block. I have joined a virtual quilting bee and this month we are making these blocks for our Queen Bee. I love how it turned out so much. I don’t usually make many ‘proper’ quilt blocks and I enjoyed this very much. I am going to make one for myself too, and will do that each month so at the end I will have a record of all that I made for a sampler quilt.
Wow, when you sit down and write it all down that is a lot of sewing. I am so happy that I have my place to go and hide from real life and just sew. I am a very lucky girl indeed. Sewing soothes my soul like nothing else.
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