Sebastian’s Quilt II

Having completed Marta’s quilt, a new quilt will be made for Sebastian who has outgrown his previous one.

Fun is to be had planning and selecting fabrics.

*Note, no sign of Sid who – for some reason – swiftly departs via the cat-flap when these two appear!

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Tie Project Completed

March 1st seemed like a good day to plan a project using a donation from Eastbourne of a large bag of stunning silk ties, bought at auction, to make a ‘house coat’.

Choosing which ties to use was fun – but there was competition for the prettiest ones (work on a smaller size gown has begun)!

None of the experimental configurations quite worked – but inserting some dark strips provided a good contrast and, as the ties were simply joined, only the sleeves of the garment needed lining.

Despite the large range of ties to choose from (including top designers and chain stores), many did not chime with my colour theme and charity shops in Norwich, Shelford and Cambridge enjoyed my custom  – for pure silk ties, I paid from 99 p to £3.99.  Sourcing suitable complementary fabrics to complete the garment was also a challenge – some were found in the family ‘stockroom’ but a trip to Goldhawke Road in Shepherd’s bush (see April post) was necessary.

So, the final garment (which weighs a ton), cost around £60 in materials – but is certainly unique!

 

Festive Sew-days

On two days between Christmas and New Year, we enjoyed sewing around the Christmas tree!

The 30-year, multicoloured house-gown project and a gorgeous Liberty blouse made a little progress; an elegant Japanese jacket was completed in a day; a cushion-cover with a promise of spring was begun and a chic 1950’s period dress began to take shape.

Dorota, Sebastian and Marta also joined in – but no progress on the Marta quilt was made – hopefully it will be completed in 2018 (project year 3)!  It was lovely to see Sebastian’s quilt again!

(Note Sid’s absence – far too many people!)

Marta’s Quilt

Further progress this weekend – both sides are now complete (and Marta enjoyed collecting autumn leaves for a collage picture)!

We enjoyed several sessions in September and October and the tricky process of joining the squares (all of which are slightly different sizes) has progressed well and message has been composed for the reverse.