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Sunday, 3 November 2013

I owe you some sewing!

With the sun shining, a fully functioning computer and a body doing a reasonably good impression of pain-free, I thought I better get a couple of pics of my Midnight at the Oasis blocks so far, as promised a gazillion years ago!

The Elven Garden

I received the beautiful Jen Kingwell pattern as part of the triumphant FQR quiz team prizes, and with Jess and Sharon starting the QAL, and Adrianne being such a good influence, I was in, and opting to go 100% Denyse Schmidt before I knew it.

OK so the 'ick has slowed me down a bit, but whereas I would have gone straight for the machine appliqué option, instead I have embraced hand-stitching in a way that is even more satisfying than hand-finishing binding!!


I used freezer paper templates, painted the seam allowances with starch (another first!) then pressed, and have been stitching away slowly on the sofa all week.  I am not going to pretend the preparation was not a PITA, but sewing the little blocks has been a joy.  10 down, 10 to go.

And here's my centre block...


The pattern calls for appliquéd circles in the centre; I was going to go for portholes (this was all pre-epiphany) but as I had the perfect floral centre-piece, I just added an extra border and I love the result.

My Y-seams are not perfect, but will be more than adequate once quilted, washed and crinkled.

This quilt is making me very happy; I might not say that when I get to the milion-piece borders, but so far so good.


I have a queue of obligations I need to get on with now, plus birthday makes and quilts to finish, so hopefully I will be back behind the machine this week and knocking out some finishes before you know it.

I hope that under the circumstances you will accept this as a global thank you for all your lovely comments over the last week - I have read them all and appreciate them more than you know, but I would be here until Christmas trying to answer them all individually.  I want to add that I have been casting my beady eye over my blog list this whole time, but iPad commenting is a chore I couldn't be doing with, so consider yourselves well and truly read.

Thanks for sticking around lovely people xxx

24 comments:

  1. oh sweetie, i'm so going to love this...

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  2. Looking great so far Hadley! Glad you enjoy handstitching applique! Slower maybe but worth it and you will probably speed up!

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  3. Looks lovely. Glad to hear you're beginning to feel better xx

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  4. It's looking fabulous! And there's another Fabric & Flowers!!!!! Glad you're feeling better xxx

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  5. Fantastic Hadley! So glad you're feeling better.

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  6. Glad you are enjoying the new hand-piecing skills. The blocks look great.

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  7. So happy you are back at some stitching. This quilt is going to be yet another stunner. I just love that acid green border in there. Very impressive that you have all that DS fabric at the ready!!! Enjoy it.

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  8. It looks beautiful and i love those bright colours!

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  9. Certainly not, I expect a personalised response on headed notepaper to each and every comment... ;o)

    Loving your QAL project anyway!

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  10. Be still my heart! Hadders, you've done it again.

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  11. You won't get rid of us that easily! Amazing blocks chick! Jxo

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  12. Lovely applique, and great to see you and your computer well enough to blog!!!

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  13. Your project is looking SO good - glad you found a new sewing bit you are enjoying AND most of all, glad you are feeling better. Hope that continues.

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  14. Ooh, your version is so bright and happy and gorgeous! I really love how different all of these are going to be! Happy to hear you found the love for hand stitching - it's perfect when you just want to be on the couch!

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  15. Glad to hear you're feeling better. This is looking stunning

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  16. Brilliant start - really love the colours and the pattern! Glad that you are starting to feel better.....

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  17. Good you are back. This Looks stunning so far!

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  18. wow - this is seriously gorgeous! I am well impressed :-)

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  19. Your quilt is going to be really beautiful ~ love what you've started with!

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  20. Your quilt is stunning! And I am so glad to hear the applique is not terrible as I have a bunch on my plate to finish my pickle dishes. I am glad you are able to work on this beauty and continue to get better!

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  21. This looks amazing - fiddly, but amazing!

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  22. OMGosh that center star is amazing.

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