Welcome, if you haven’t been here before!
Yipee, Jessica at Life Under Quilts is starting up a 2014 linky party on (English) paper piecing. Proper patchwork! This is excellent news, and will hopefully get us all back on track.
If you are new to this blog, you might like to know that I am an Anglo/Swiss academic who seems to find balance and joy in making useful things. This blog is called ‘Pragmatic’ patchwork because I have found that, in my professional and creative life, not being a perfectionist can be a huge advantage. Sure, it mightn’t lead to brilliance, or breath-taking craft(wo)manship which many can justifiably be proud of, but it certainly provides therapeutic stress relief. And that is just what I need after a hard day’s work: a creative outlet, not more stress. So the minutiae and slow speed of paper-piecing is quite a stretch for me, and that is good too.
First, Jessica suggested we share our sewing kits for stitching-on-the-fly. My favourite stitching places have included academic presentations (safely hiding at the back, lest I insult my male colleagues with such trivial womanly pursuits…), edges of swimming pools, trains, mountain huts, other people’s sofas, cafés, train stations and airplanes. I therefore take my little cardboard chocolate box (hey, this is Switzerland!) with me everywhere, trying to remember to remove the scissors if I am going to be on a plane, bien sûr.
Note the evil but wickedly effective glue stick… I get them from my lovely friend at Busy Needle, just down the road.
Since last summer, when I did quite a bit of stitching in my sewing-machine-free holiday, I haven’t made much progress on my red hexies. I started to appliqué them to a white piece of fabric to make the middle of a sort of ‘medallion’ quilt, partly because I was getting rather bored of them, and was running out of red fabric. I am then planning to put a pieced border on that to make it a throw size.
Meanwhile, the Rose Stars are miserably abandoned, with very little progress since last year. Having run out of templates is hardly an excuse, is it? I just need to photocopy some more… Maybe this linky party will get me back in the grove? I’m meeting up Ms E for some stitching tonight, so who knows?
There is also another project that got stuck because I haven’t got the right colour to connect my ‘7 hexy flowers’ — and now I have just sort-of-vowed not to buy more fabric for a little while. Oh. But let’s look at that next Monday, shall we?
I look forward to visiting the other blogs. Do leave a comment if you are passing. That is all part of the fun of these tours. I moderate comments individually to avoid spammers (“Your blog really nice. How about you buy some illegal pharmaceuticals from my website?”), so yours might take a day to appear, but it will.
Happy stitching! JJ