I live and craft in England (or perhaps “live to craft...”?). I love colour and I love pretty things.
I must have been a magpie or a butterfly in a previous life, such is my attraction to colourful and shiny stuff (aka, pretty, shiny things).
This blog is my attempt to make sense, and keep track, of what I make.
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I like subtle colour graduations in my sewing and although I like all of these fabrics individually, I wasn’t happy with them together like this.
Well I got some time the other day and undid it all and I’m now (relatively) happy with this layout:
A couple of hexagons have been removed and the rest of the unsewn ones added. I don’t know what I’m going to make it into when it’s finished (it’s almost pillowcase size), but at least I like how it looks now.
I quite like it on the brown background too.
Stitching has now restarted. I will show you what it looks like when I’ve finished it but it’ll take a while, so don’t go holding your breath or anything will you? 😉
P.S. UPDATE: I wrote this on Friday night and saved it so that I could blog it in a couple of days’ time. Since then I have got so much sewing done that I thought I’d show you how far I got in the 24 hours after I took the layout photo above.
I was tempted to sew it on my machine (now that I can get to it!) as I would chain-piece a larger block-based quilt, but didn’t because I thought it might be a bit too fiddly. Hang on, I thought, chain-piecing might not be a bad idea. Not a traditional way of sewing hexagons, but the traditional way wasn’t working for me, so why not?
So I did.
Each of the columns you can see in the photo above was made into a little pile, and I just worked through one pile at a time, sewing one little seam at a time. I took time out to get the bus to Mr ClaireBear’s parents’ home for his Dad’s birthday meal, and to go to the supermarket to get a week’s worth of shopping, and I slept.
This is how far I got in 24 hrs, which represents about 5 hours of actual sewing since the last photo:
Remember in my last post when I talked about how much chaos and stress slows me down and I end up doing nothing?
Amazing how much I can get done when I’m not stressed about things.
It took 3 months to sew 9 hexagons together when I wasn’t happy about where it was going, and just 5 hours over 1 day to sew 44 hexes together once I was.
Of course, it’s still not finished, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. I can’t make it into a bag, pillow-case or a cushion cover, because I won’t take the strain of that kind of use.
I might just back it and quilt it and turn it into a wall-hanging, I’ve never done a wall-hanging before, it could be my first.
Let the compliments begin 😉
Every single self-respecting craft blogger has tutorials on their blog, and I’ve been wondering for ages what to do for my first tutorial.
Give away a trade secret? Show off something related to crafting but not my speciality?
As you already know, I’m passionate about fabric and colour, so when I decided to cover a very boring pinboard with fabric, I thought “That’s it! It can be my first tutorial. I’ll need to take lots of photos, and then write it up when it’s all done and then bob’s your uncle! It’ll be great!”
Oh dear, oh dear.
Here are the photos with a little commentary by me.
Re-wet the whole lot, peel fabric off pinboard, start again with more glue (lots). Discover that the back of this particular pinboard is corrugated cardboard and bows when it’s wet. Put a weight on the board on top of a plastic bag, so the glue doesn’t stick the weight to the pinboard. Smooth out the wrinkles in the glue next day, and wait for it to dry.
Vow to never, ever use craft glue to stick fabric on a pinboard ever again.
Stick to spray-on adhesive, like I used to cover the drawer fronts of my filing cabinet.
Find another boring pinboard, and some more pretty fabric.
…and they all lived happily ever after!