long delayed

Having been overtaken by events in the last two weeks, I haven’t had a lot of time to do things worth blogging about…

But a few events stand out:

firstly I had a fab morning at St Dominick in Cornwall, learning to use the fabulous long arm quilting machine. Janet, of Eightmaidsaquilting, and her daughter were so welcoming and encouraging; I had a great time, and quilted the whole of my orphan-block quilt (specially made for this session) in about 2 hours. It was such good fun, and now I feel able to carry on producing large quilt tops, as I now have a way to quilt them which doesn’t involve days of backbreaking work guiding them through my home sewing machine

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finished top
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fresh off the quilt frame
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bound and finished!

It was such good fun!

 

The other thing I did was to take part in the Wild Dart Swim, 2.5k swim and 5k run back to Totnes, also good fun; they gave me a lovely wooden medal.

Since then, in between the other stuff, I’ve made two patchwork napkins

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Look how sunny it was that day!

and a zipped purse1467657763610

and have started cutting and sewing blocks for a new quilt

and I made a cake for tea

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Uphill work

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Took part in the 10th Dartmoor Classic Sportive last Sunday. As ever, great fun! Over 4000 riders tackling either 50k, 100k or 100 miles across Dartmoor. Lovely scenery, a few challenging climbs and generally a good day out.

I also managed to find the time to finish my orphan quilt top

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Slab Dab

It is now awaiting quilting; I am going to try a new idea with the quilting….I thought an orphan block quilt would be a good one to use for practice.

I also bought some heat-resistant batting because I wanted to make some oven gloves; the 1st prototype is done;

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made form a piece of improv-pieced patchwork that was in my stash; I think I need to make the division between the thumb and the main part of the glove a bit deeper. Now to test it “in the field” and see if the heatproofing actually works.

And I need to prepare an easy to sew project to dip into over the weekend in between shift working …..