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Quilt As You Go

Posted 20/2/2020

4 March 2020:

I haven't made anything for ages. I am finding it hard to find a way forward - I just don't know what I want to do next. Lucky for me I am surrounded by wonderful, creative people who know just how that feels. The best thing to do is to simply do something. 

I have been in awe of the beautiful pieces created by my friend Sue Bax. Her quilting and stitch work is exquisite. Now I know I will never have the discipline to do what she does, but with Sue's gentle guidance I have found a very basic quilting style I am going to try. Called quilt as you go, that's really what it is. You can sew up one whole block for your quilt all in one go. So you start seeing results almost immediately. The batting is already stitched in so in the end I will have loads (hopefully) of little padded squares that I can stitch together. 

This style also allows me to use scraps so yaaayyy! All my favorite boxes ticked. I am using old denim jeans and fabric left over from cushion covers I made for our couches a few years ago. Sue gifted me a pile of cotton batting scraps so I'm all set. 

With a little help from my friend. Charley loves working with fabric, much more comfortable than old jumping castle. With a little help from my friend. Charley loves working with fabric, much more comfortable than old jumping castle.

I cut circles out of denim and squares from my left over shwe shwe fabric. Pinned it all together and I've already stitched up a few squares. My stitching is not at all neat - turns out I needed glasses - but even so, sewing fabric is hard. It's much easier for me to stitch neatly on my jumping castle material. I have decided on a strong stitch to be sure that the denim doesn't pull out. It's probably over kill but I'd hate to do all this work and then have it unravel in a year.

Rainy day stitchingRainy day stitching

The process of stitching around the denim curve is very calming. There is no thinking required, no more design needed. Just gentle stitching. I'm loving it so far. I still have a way to go and will have to go on the hunt for old jeans that do not have stretch in them, which is harder to find than you might think.

Thank you Sue, for the inspiration. This is my meditation project. 

13 March 2020:

I'm onto my next pair of jeans! This is also my last pair of jeans so I'll be on the lookout for old discarded jeans that no one wants. But not stretch jeans. 

All cut, just need an iron and then I'll start to assemble my next batch of squares. All cut, just need an iron and then I'll start to assemble my next batch of squares.