The magic ingredient

When your days are rather too full, your spirits all over the place, deadlines loom, and to-do lists arch over you menacingly, there is one solution. Stitch! Something practical, immediate, and endlessly soothing. Magic indeed.

So, with great excitement, having finished my work duties and meetings, and after having quickly checked in on the family about the sit down to platefuls of pancakes with Mr T competently in charge, I hopped on a bus to meet the Monday Night Quilting Girls. Within minutes, we had stories to tell, fabric to swap, news to exchange, projects to sew (Swap? No, actually they did all the giving, I did all the receiving, including some lovely fabric brought back from Thaïland by Ms G. So kind! So lucky!). It was just what I needed. We may be few, but hey is it wonderful to have friends to sew with.

And as it is Monday, even though it is now way past my bedtime, then it must be time to report officially on my hand-sewing progress with Life Under Quilts to my virtual yet faithful friends around the globe. For once, I have something to show. Screen shot 2014-01-20 at 11.14.37 AMVarious weekend evenings, in the past couple of weeks away from my sewing machine were happily spent stitching, including tonight. I’ve started connecting the flowers on my large hexagon quilt with my rather unsuccessful pinky colour. I’m not sure it’s a great colour, or quite as I had expected, but at least it is progress. It actually looks more blended in this photo than in real life. But it is growing on me.

Hexie progress2There is one more line of flowers after this, so I finally have a feel for the finished size it will be: a perfect little lap quilt. Good! I tried to go and buy some more of the pink since I have almost run out, but — inevitably — the shop in Geneva was shut on a Monday. Oh well. Next time…

One another point, I am taking part for the second time in a second-hand sheet swap the UK and Ireland Vintage Sheet Swap. This is somewhat stretching the definition of where both the UK and Ireland actually are, but they are kind enough to have me. I sent off my Fat Quarters today, and will get 20 back sometime in March. It is rather fun as the previous ones ended up mostly in the hexagon quilt shown above. I wonder what will come back again this time? This is what I posted:

Sheets 2014These all come from various charity shops in Geneva. It’s fun to go out hunting. Recycling, really, isn’t it? In the true patchwork tradition. Individually, they don’t often look like much, but I think all together they have a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that is rather fun. Plus, in hyper expensive Switzerland, this is also a way of getting about 6 Fat Quarters for about 6.- francs, with plenty to share. These were sheets and duvet covers. Ripping them up is strangely satisfying in a rather transgressive way. Hey, little things please little minds…

Happy stitching! JJ

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12 Responses to The magic ingredient

  1. I completely agree about the magic of sewing! Lovely hexie flowers and fq swaps, I’m sure you’ll get equal loveliness back! Thanks for your comment, you learn something new everyday!

  2. Katy says:

    Och, you have UK & Ireland roots 😉 Sounds like a fun Monday escape too 🙂

  3. helen beall says:

    Your pinky fabric may turn out to be the magic ingredient for your florals. The unexpected often is what gets and keeps your attention longer than the obvious.

  4. Jessie says:

    Very cute little pink flowers. They will sparkle against the duller pink solid. Can’t wait to see what you get back in the sheet swap! I bet it will be a lovely stack.

  5. Adrienne says:

    There is nothing so satisfying as seeing tangible progress. Well done! It’s wonderful to see how the final product will look. Lovely!

  6. Allison says:

    I think the solid looks great! It sounds like you have a wonderful group 🙂 Very fun!

  7. Pamela says:

    The flowers pop against the solid. I think it looks very nice!

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