The Great Fire of Exeter

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Exeter has been in the news this last week; I couldn’t resist going to see the damage for myself when I was in the city centre this morning.

The remains of the once elegant Royal Clarence Hotel are a sad sight, the clear up is under way but I’m sure it will take years to get the Cathedral Close back to normal.

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Trig Point

davFinished! This is the little quilt I started at patchwork club last week; it came together fairly well. I decided that an all-over stipple pattern was the best way to quilt it, and it went OK. My free motion quilting is slowly getting more reliable and I’m mostly pleased with this one.

I spent a long time mulling-over names for it, until Β “Trig Point” sprang to mind; the shape of each block/unit reminds me of the symbol used on the OS maps πŸ™‚

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I have also been doing some secret sewing which cannot appear on here yet.

Back to patchwork

Well I’ve been busy, sewing blocks for my version of the Epic Quilt made by crazymomquilts.

I started sewing the blocks some time ago, but the project had been on hold with only 30 blocks made; I’m now up to 100! only 10 more to sew, then to do the layout and join them all together ready for quilting. I have a very nice backing fabric bought online from the USA, which I’m considering using…

But meanwhile,

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the final 10 blocks
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the layout
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the first 2 strips
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nearly finished!

I had a lovely day working on my Epic Quilt; I hope to finish the top today. I still haven’t thought of a name for it though.. Β Its important to get on with it, as there’s along queue of projects building up behind it.

 

 

Where have I been?

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market bag, from Homemade Style by Anna Graham

Where HAVE I been over the summer?

I haven’t been anywhere! But I’ve been overtaken and overwhelmed with non-crafty stuff; finding the time and energy to post has been too hard. I have however carved out a few minutes here and there to sew and make….

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A sleeveless top, using Liberty fabric bought over a year ago! I made two more of these, for my sister (the pattern belongs to her!) one of them had short sleeves, the other was made from a length of fabric we found while sorting out Mum’s belongings. It was the first time I had used my bias binding maker; I don’t know why I had avoided it, it was easy to do and the result was great.

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Rainbow Clutch bag, also from Homemade Style, a fabulous book full of inspiring but achievable makes;

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like this Double-zip Wallet. Very clever construction method!

I have several other makes still to photograph, and loads more in the planning stage, also a sewing room update and several outings to document. πŸ™‚