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June 10, 2011 1 comment

… the time go? It’s been a whole month (nearly) since my last post – I have been busy though, honest! Ok, so I may have read the odd book or 3 (I know, what was I thinking? So many quilts to make) but I still managed to do this

a test piece on shadow quilting that I started at a workshop and finished at home (do I like it? Not sure yet – interesting having a go though)

 this tumbling blocks quilt (with a twist – ok, a hexagon)

this rocket ship pram blanket (you can find the pattern for the applique here)

and this little amigurumi bunny

I’ve just bought a book an Amigurumi – not something I knew much about until recently. I think I first saw the word on Anna Maria Horner’s blog (love that new fabric she’d just launched, LouLouThi – scrummy!!) but I kind of skimmed it, made a mental note to ‘google’ it cos it sounded interesting and then never did. Then I was looking at a book catalogue in the shop a couple of weeks ago, saw one on Amigurumi Robots and fell in love !

This is Laura Bunny, as christened by Charlie who now has – ooh, maybe 7? bunnies? Did I mention she likes – no, loves – bunnies? Anyway, she was very easy to make and I was pleased at how she turned out for a first effort. I’m now busy making a ‘super-monkey’ (he even has a cape!) for Jamie who likes – ok, loves – monkeys. So far so good – may have to make myself the penguin next – although the zebra is very cute, oh and the frog … oh well, they’re a bit more portable than quilts to carry round and work with 🙂

Speaking of quilts, the Central Park tumbling blocks quilt got off to a good start this week – on Monday I had a pile of these

and by yesterday (Thursday) they had turned into the quilt top above – I wasn’t completely sure how to order the fabrics as I used different ones to the pattern (which you can find here)  but I think it looks ok – the blocks should have a bit of a 3d effect, so I hope I ticked that box 🙂 – just need to add the border, an applique giraffe (ooh, should be fun!) and then I can get on with some swirly quilting.

I bought some lovely orange variegated King Tut thread for the top, which I’m really looking forward to using  (sad case that I am – night out on the town, maybe? No, cup of tea and some shiny thread for me, please!) – the same time I ordered that, I got some ‘Superior Thread’ bobbinfill – think it’s called the bottom line, or something like that and, wow, is it gorgeous!! Finally decided to read up on threads (I had a look at some stuff on the Barnyarns website which was really helpful) and this looked like it could be good one to try. I’ve got loads of spools of thread that I’ve bought and tried over the years, without really understanding what I’ve got, so I’ve had a good sort out, by type and weight – cotton, polyester, metallic etc. Hopefully if I think a bit more about which needle and thread I’m using, it will make a difference when I get around to quilting this next quilt – Sugar Pop was a bit of a trial in the end, and although I the quilting is ok(-ish), I struggled getting it through the machine and I think  that shows – well, to me anyway.

I even cleaned and oiled the machine this week and it hasn’t been clunking quite so much – I must have cheered it up a bit, with a makeover and some lovely new thread to use. Lynette (aka The Stitch Witch) who ran the shadow quilting workshop I went to insists that all sewing machines should have names – mine hasn’t – yet! I was trying to think of something beginning with a T (well, it’s a Toyota) and I just thought of Topsy – from the Topsy and Tim books I read as a kid? (God, am I really that old??) – well, Topsy she is, I think – we’re on a sewing adventure together here,  me and old Topsy – she may not have all the bells and whistles of those expensive machines, but I reckon we’re doing ok (just need to remember to clean and oil her, change the needle, check the thread and we’ll be fine….. ho hum …. so off we go….)