Sunday, 17 September 2017

Throwing Good Money After Bad

The problem with abandoning Em's quilt is that we then had to find a suitable gift to send. Not easy with a budget of around about zero pounds. So I decided to just finish the quilt, despite that one piece of fabric - right next to the binding that insisted on fraying. I took Catriona's excellent advice and tied the layers together and called it a job not-all-that-well-done-but-done-nonetheless. 

Flowers and other pretty things on the front 


Cats on the back. 


Out in the soggy garden



And that's me and quilting over and done with for a good long while. It's for the best anyway, we each have a sofa quilt and there are coverings for both of the spare beds. I don't want the house to look I've quilted everything in sight so a change of hobby will do me, and my surroundings, the world of good!

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  1. It does look lovely though. Maybe you can think of this quilt as your closure. X

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    1. Thanks. Dan was joking with me yesterday that now I've finished that one I'll be making another one next week!

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  2. Such beautiful fabric and despite not enjoying it a job well done.

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    1. Thank you. It's absolutely not my taste but I think they look fine together.

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  3. Well done on finishing the quilt-your friend will be honoured I'm sure to receive a gift made with love. I like embroidery too as long as it's by hand! I'm making sure that I stick to my promise to finish up what I started before the end of the month. Then I need to make a new front door curtain befor the cold weather comes. Catriona

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for your help. I think she will like it as she doesn't sew herself.

      Well done for being tough with yourself to get those projects finished.

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  4. It looks wonderful! I’m sure it will be cherished. I do love the fabric choices.

    My hobby of choice is crochet and I run the risk of having us live in The House That Melanie Crocheted! There's my first attempted throw, which I stupidly didn't block, the one I’m doing now and a third I started to use up yarn but ended up buying more yarn to complete it and then I saw a pattern for one which reminds me of Twin Peaks and I really want to do that too xxx

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    1. Thank you.

      I have a lot of blocks in my fabric bag, all on a Twin Peaks theme, I started that an age ago, before we knew about The Return, maybe if I come out of retirement that will be the thing. Very excited to see your Twin Peaks inspired blanket should it come into being.

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  5. How beautiful, I don't have a sewing machine anymore, I saw everyone in blog world was making patchwork quilts at one time so I thought I would give it a go. I actually sold a couple which surprised me, not bad for a beginner then I made a small lap quilt for me and a doctor who one for our son, but I can't say I really enjoyed it, and as I am getting older my eyes are getting worse, so sewing is no longer for me.

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    1. Thank you.

      I only have a sewing machine as it was given to me when Dan's grandmother was unable to sew any longer. I usually make things by hand as I don't enjoy using the machine at all, but this project was time sensitive so I finished the top using it. Most of the blocks and the binding were done by hand though.

      I am sewing as much as I can now as both sides of my family have a history of arthritis so I feel one day I may have to give up.

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  6. On to pastures new - I've enough crocheted blankets to cover the whole of Lancashire.
    xx

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  7. Well, I can't see the problem bit - looks flipping amazing!

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    1. They do say to not worry about mistakes if they couldn't be seen from a galloping horse, a theory I wholeheartedly agree with.

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  8. So pleased to see you finished it - I knew you could do it and it is beautiful - your friend will cherish it because you made it just for her - it doesn't matter if you think it did not go as well as it should in places - she will not see that.
    Looking forward to seeing you channel all your creativity into your new hobby.

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    1. Thank you.

      I have no idea what I'll be doing next as a hobby, but there is some ironing, maybe it'll be that!

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  9. I think you did a wonderful job. My rather large quilt is still waiting to be sandwiched and quilted. Perhaps it will be completed this year....

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Jackie. Good luck with your quilt, "rather large" makes it sound like a bit of a wrestle!

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  10. It looks fine, absolutely fine. Anyone who gets their nose up against a quilt to look for mistakes doesn't deserve one.I have made dozens as gifts and everyone of them will have had at least one mistake, wonky line or a chopped off point. All the recipients constantly drop hints about how much they would love another.

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    1. Thanks. I put the tag over the frayed area, meaning I could overstitch it a couple of times.

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  11. its very pretty a lovely gift

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  12. Thank you, Em is on holiday for another week or so, so it hasn't been posted yet but I'm excited to know her reaction.

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