April Round Up

I’ve never really been into hexagons or English paper piecing so I was interested to see that this was April’s technique on the Craftsy BOM. I rather like this scrappy sun . All the hexagons are hand-sewn but I used the machine to blind-stitch them onto the blocks. I don’t expect to make more hexagons soon…

Lots of hand-sewing this month though! I do enjoy it and it’s very handy to be able to carry it around with me and have something to do while Isabella is at an activity. It’s also very satisfying to “watch” tv in the evening and still have something to show for the time spent. Something to do with my Scottish upbringing???

This is April’s Trip Around The World for the PP forum. The country is Denmark, which conjured up images of Fresian cows for me. ( Grandpa worked on a farm and I seem to be remember a school project on cows umpteen years ago…) As my middle girl had a passion for cows, I have a pile of fabric with cows on it so it was easy to pull a piece out and do a little hand quilting. Then I used a shiny rayon thread for the edging to pick up on the colour of the cows. This went to Jan.

The April technique on PP was sashiko. I pored over my two Susan Briscoe books on the subject, spent ages transferring my chosen design onto fabric, found the hank of thread I bought at FOQ last year and braided it ready to use…then couldn’t find my sashiko needles! They eventually turned up in the box of hand quilting threads…obvious really! It was a very quick design to stitch and now it’s ready to hem as a cushion wrap.

Hmm, I’ve really been having some problems uploading pictures today and publishing apparently blank posts. I’m just going to publish this one and come back later with part two…watch this space!

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About sheppeylass

Mum of 4, I live on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. I've always sewn but the quilting bug snagged me a couple of years ago and now, with the encouragement of my artist husband, I'm spreading my wings into textile art.
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