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Almost no sewing at all

This is just to update you all with my current status. I’m sure a few of you will have noticed there’s been a bit of a gap in my blogging recently. My other, non-sewing (teaching) life has temporarily taken over and will continue to dominate my waking hours for a while yet.

I’m very sad about the lack of fabric-y sewing goodness that is going on in my life as a whole, but on the other hand I’m working in a job I love that will (eventually) allow me to sew professionally too.

Not enough hours in the day to get enough sleep, never mind do fun stuff. I have loads of photos that I need to blog about, and so many sewing projects in the pipeline to tell you all about too.

I just need a ten day week, or perhaps a thirty hour day?

In the meantime, here’s a few photos to show you what I’m thinking of (when I get a chance to have non-teaching thoughts, that is):

My Spoonflower shop is doing well. I have a few collections of fabric designs including one collection completely created from my own photographs. I am regularly getting messages that this person or that person has bought one of my designs.

I am, as always, incredibly behind with my Craftsy Block of the Month.  I might get a chance to catch up around December when the college is closed. Maybe. If I do, you’ll be the first to know.

Quilt requests have been backing up.

I want/need to make one for myself as well.  Maybe over the summer holidays?

My WIPs list is so long, I despair. I’ll have to just pick one at random and sew till it’s finished over the Xmas break.

I can’t remember if I blogged about my day trip to the Fashion section of the Collections Resource Centre that belongs to Leicester Museums. I went with a group of other clothes-and-sewing-mad women and there were so many oooh’s and aaaah’s and oh wow’s ….

I know I haven’t shown you all the photos I took at my first trip to the Festival of Quilts (or have I?) at Birmingham’s NEC a little while ago. Maybe next year I’ll go for two days instead of just one. So many quilts, so little time…

The winner of the traditional quilts category at this year’s Festival of Quilts

I don’t make traditional quilts but I appreciate them like crazy…


Sew-less Claire Bear

At the moment I am loving:

So tired and so happy

I went to my first ever quilt show today.

Only the largest in Europe: the Festival of Quilts at the NEC.

No point doing things by halves.

My feet still ache and I may never walk again (not until tomorrow at least)

Has to show you some piccy’s before I go for a well deserved lie down (for about 20 hours)

I need to find another way of expressing awe at a great quilt, I must have said “Oh Wow!” about 350 times today.

If you’re going Saturday or Sunday, take a bottle of water, something to nibble on and maybe some painkillers (you won’t want to stop if your feet start aching).  I wonder if I can book tickets for next year yet?

Good news:
the facilities are good, lots of chairs and benches for you to sit on in the two food areas even if you brought your own, and everyone is so POLITE and HAPPY!

More photos and a proper write-up of my day as soon as my legs have stopped being annoyed with me.

Blissed out ClaireBear

New quilt top (bad blogger)

Bad blogger for abandoning your blog!

You know sometimes when you just can’t get out of bed or off the sofa to do anything, and the list of things you need to do gets longer than the list of things you want to do, or even the list of things you can do? That’s been me the last few weeks. Gotta love that SAD!

Although better this winter than for many years due to eating properly for once (at least 5 fruit and veg a day and no alcohol)  and having a child- and responsibility-free lifestyle now, I guess SAD had to hit eventually (seasonal affective disorder, or depression brought on/worsened during the winter months, I have the milder version known as seasonal affective syndrome, but I’m going to refer to it as SAD because that’s the name that people recognise and you can google it).

Essential tasks only… paying utility bills, occasionally even cleaning  the place. Not much blogging, as you may have noticed…

Although… I did get fed up with not sewing the other day and made a quilt top, and then my sewing machine annoyed me so much (it’s having serious tension issues) that I stripped it down, removed a year’s worth of broken threads and replaced the light bulb that went months ago. Actually, that’s not bad going all things considered: a quilt top and a semi-serviced machine! Yay me!

My plan for a boy quilt (see I even planned) that I wanted to make out of old jeans:

Big squares of denim (some with the pockets attached) separated by white cotton sashing and backed with navy fleece (for softness). Photo as part of my Process Pledge.

Only two problems with this plan:.

1) trying to get the big squares of denim cut from old jeans,

2) not having nearly enough sashing.

A-ha! to plan B! (I’ll just archive this plan for another time when I can make sure that I measure and cut the denim properly and have enough sashing!)

Plan B = Random scrappy quilt using denim and fleece, cut to the same length but different widths (or same width but different lengths?).

Right now it looks like this:

(I would apologise for the less than great photography, but it’s raining right now, and I got wet taking this photo)

Not bad, huh? Looks better now, hanging up than it did on Friday night at never-mind o’clock. And yes, all of the jeans pockets along the bottom actually are pockets you could use them for whatever you want. No matter which way up the quilt is (almost,) you have a pocket the right way up.

I didn’t realise that all of the little-bits-of-fleece-with-sashing-round-them are all at the top.

Things I learnt making this quilt top (I’ll get around to backing and quilting it when someone says “oh I love it, can I buy it” but I’m still counting it as my “Monthly Make” for February)

  1. Small stitch length when piecing works really well.
  2. I can now reverse appliqué (fourth column from the left, top block)
  3. I can improv-piece weird-shape scraps ( 2nd column, 2nd block)
  4. I can piece stretchy fabrics (in this photo, if it doesn’t look like denim, it’s fleece and fleece is streeetchy) by using iron-on interfacing
  5. I need to check that the interfacing I’m using is iron-on before I start ironing, you can iron-on sew-in interfacing, but it doesn’t stay put for long (although it does still stabilise the quilt block)
  6. Sewing denim to something else is physically easier than sewing denim to denim, especially when it comes to joining rows.
  7. Quilt tops look different hanging on my washing line than they do spread out on my “design wall” (sofa).

Actually quite proud of this. Usually I’m really control-freaky about colour and layout, but I just went with the flow on this one, and it looks cool (still going to be all control-freaky on the rest of my quilts, just glad I can go random when I want to).

No idea when I’ll be posting next, I’ll try to make it something interesting.

Thanks for bearing with me,

Claire Bear

Other quilts I made: My Daughter’s Quilt, ZigZag Rainbow Quilt, Rainbow Stack of Coins Quilt

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