Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Working on the Apple Blossom Quilt

I'm working on the Apple Blossom Quilt.

This is the one where I have cut up an unfinished supper cloth my mother was working on about 1948 - and I am very much into minimalisation. Is that the word?

All stiches are in crochet cotton, and I am concentration on working on combinations. No buttons, beads or embellishments apart from one piece of white tatting per square.

Yet another UFO.

I am about to work the seam again, on another block, and will scan it in stages. I don't do that when I start, as I never know what is going to happen.
But the directions in brief are:

1. Chevron Stitch. It helps if the capping stitches are longer rather than shorter.

Side 1. Fly Stitch with the locking stitch also going over the Chevron Stitch, then Detached Chain finished with a Pistil Stitch.

Side 2. Fly Stitch, closed with a Pistil Stitch into the V. Then another Pistil Stitch in the V formed by the Fly Stitch.

I have a few other Chevron Stitches HERE, but I need to come up with some more.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Little bit of Stitching

I've been doing a little bit of stitching again - things have been very much against me, one of them being The Dog will not allow me to sit on the couch to do any embellishment - she wants to be involved. We are working on that.

Mainly I have been down at Mum's hostel, where I have a Monday afternoon group of sewing ladies (I sew, they watch), who have been introduced to unpicking ties. And they love my old hand sewing machine.

One of them has a birthday tomorrow, so I have made her a quick broach (which looks more like a mis-shapen rock), from her late husband's ties - all woolen, woven in Ireland. Those ones are being mixed with tailor's samples to make a knee-rug for a bloke.

That is going to be our first project - then make a few bags to go on the front of wheelie walkers for the men - blokey ones, made out of ties, not pretty ones. They are a little resistant to having "girlie" handbags on their walkers. We think they might like the ties. 

Except I really need a Collingwood one (football team, for the non-Aussies) to cut up in front of a mad Magpie supporter - not prepared to shell out the big dollars to buy one.