One Work In Progress Leads to Another…

This week I have been taking advantage of the warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours and Dear Hubby being a 12 hour flight away to set my alarm early and do some pre-dawn creating!  This morning has been particularly satisfying as I’ve finally made and machine stitched the binding to a quilt I’ve been working on for over 18 months! The patchwork was a quick pattern started at a fun workshop but I ‘chickened out’ of machine quilting and went down the hand quilting route…

Binding finally attached to this long term WIP!

Binding finally attached to this long term WIP!

Having stitched the binding in place my attention turned to the fabric left over from this project.  I’d been quite generous with the excess backing allowance when I’d put the quilt sandwich together so there were broad strips of that fabric as well as about a ¼m of unused yardage (if I can mix my measurements!).  Alongside that was ¾m of the same fabric design in a different colourway.  Surely enough to make a child’s quilt?

Little piles of leftover loveliness cut ready to be  pieced!

Little piles of leftover loveliness cut ready to be pieced!

I found a pattern from Connie Ewbank’s  book ‘Quick & Easy Quilts for Kids’ that uses a yard each of two fabrics and decided to take a chance with the amount of fabric I had available – after all a metre is longer than a yard… and I could always make 16 blocks rather than the 20 in the book…  Amazingly, I had just enough fabric to cut the pieces for all twenty of the blocks!

 

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The only remaining bits of fabric with one of the pieced strips alongside – real patchwork!

 

The last few 9½” strips of the purple fabric had to be cut from little pieces sewn together!  So there it is, the leftover fabric didn’t make it to my stash but only as far as the cutting mat where it was quickly turned into my latest work in progress!

 

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for Work In Progress Wednesday.

Allison

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About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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2 Responses to One Work In Progress Leads to Another…

  1. Colleen says:

    That’s so great when things work out !

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