Hello Everybody and Happy New Year!
I’m sorry there was no blog post from me in December 2019. My husband and I caught a virus which we didn’t manage to shake off until Christmas Eve. And then, two days after Christmas, with my son and his girlfriend coming to stay the next day, we lost power from all our sockets. We did discover two sockets on a different circuit and so we ran extension cables, attached to further extension cables, from these to whatever we needed to use. There were cables all over the house and up the stairs where individual items were constantly being unplugged, swapped around and plugged in. I found I couldn’t have a heater and an iron on at the same time, or the washer and the dryer without overload and the result was a strong smell of burning that sent me running to disconnect one of them. This went on until well into January. It’s so easy take these things for granted until they vanish, isn’t it? And now it feels so wonderful to have all the cables disappear and the power return. Despite the inconvenience it was an adventure of sorts and certainly a holiday season that I won’t forget.
As we only used essentials my sewing light was not a contender and this is something I really need to be able to sew in the low light of winter. Before the power went, I did make a set of three, double-sided, accordion houses as a gift for my son’s girlfriend and made a start on a few others, which I didn’t manage to finish.
Here are a larger set of unfinished ones, which are double-sided as well:
and a mini set of Japanese Indigo ones, also unfinished as yet. They are just one and three quarter inches ( 4 1/2 cm) from the point of the roof to the base!
After Christmas, in the little space between Boxing Day and New Year, I worked on a block I started a while back and wanted to finish. January was just around the corner, when skeins of geese fly over our house on their way to warmer climates and I wanted to record that in fabric.
I chose a blue grey palette to suggest our overcast January days and added a group of fussy-cut geese (these may actually be swans but let’s not go there), all pieced together in a traditional Flying Geese block. I have called it ‘Geese Flying Over”. Now I just have to appliqué a house into the bottom left hand corner and the top will be done. Still lots more work to do before it’s finished, though.
What should you expect from this blog in 2020? My plan is to add some ‘special’ posts between my ‘work in progress’ posts to feature a variety of experiments with fabric. I hope to include flower pounding and leaf hammering, vegetable dying, fabric bead making, the use of crayons, coloured pencils and paint on fabric, weaving with fabric, fabric collage, writing text onto fabric and a whole lot more. Each of these techniques can be used to enhance any EPP project and I hope to show you how. I will also experiment with more of Deborah Boschert’s Design Guides, flag up some of the best tools for EPP , try out some new wall quilt ideas and make one or two traditional American schoolhouses as I just love them. All these in addition to my usual Scottish-theme- incorporated-into- traditional-American block-pattern mini quilts for the wall.
Till next time….