Did I mention my bathroom has been ripped out? Thought not, so while I'm trying to concentrate on really important sewing matters, there is a lot of banging and crashing going on... very disturbing.
However, I shall perservere. Right, international round robin row number 4. I have finally received the final round in this project. It was a bit late being sent, due to a few technical hitches - but has finally arrived into my hot little hands.
This one is from Viv in Western Australia - and my job is to add a border upto 6 1/2" which is pieced on two sides, and appliqued on two sides, which represents my favourite season. Hmmm, well, we'll get to that. I wasn't really inspired by the challenge, so tackled my fabric stash to see whether anything materialised from the material (so to speak). Luckily for Viv, I had some lovely reddish browns which brought out the colours from the earlier blocks - so I have decided to choose autumn for my favourite season, and represent the leaves changing colour. I have to admit that I do like both spring and autumn, basically because you get lovely days, but the nights are cool enough to sleep comfortably. I tend to be really practical about stuff like that.
Now, for the half applique, half piecing, this is why my brain needed a break. I have decided to piece a brown stem between two different background fabrics - and then applique leaves around it - this forming the pieced element, and then use an appliqued winding stem/vine (also with the appliqued leaves) on the appliqued element. It is just working out the niggly details that is causing my head to explode!
|This is the pieced border section - still waiting for some leaves to be appliqued|
either side of the stem.
|Viv also sent along a lovely little quilt label for us all to sign so she|
can add it to the back of her finished quilt. What a great idea!
I have also made some decisions regarding my guilds row by row round robin. I received Carol M's first row, with the instructions that the next row is to be inspired by stars.
|Sorry, but the photo just doesn't do it justice. The dresden plates|
are needle turn appliqued in teeny tiny stitches... hmm - it is a bit
daunting to add my row
|Close up of the centre dresden plate - Carol has chosen a lovely mix of fabrics.|
Oh well, I suppose the great big mess I've made of my sewing space is not going to disappear by itself.