Friday, August 30, 2013

A Project in Progress

Earlier in the year a member of Our Craft Forum managed to buy more medallions centres than she could use.  Her solution was simple ... offer them to members with the proviso that we follow the borders recommended. 
I put my hand up; made round after round until it became apparent that I would soon run out of fabric which wouldn't have been a problem if the shop I purchased it from hadn't decided to close down.  Some of what I needed was no longer available the round 8 had to undergo a change from my original conception.  I guess that was part of the challenge!
Not having enough fabric to do another round I have called it quits, which isn't as bad as it sounds as the quilt does cover the bed.  Backing fabric is in the post as I write; the batting is in the cupboard, quilting cotton purchased ... this project should be completed by the end of 2014!  [Setting myself a goal here!]
I am rather pleased with the outcome of this project. 

Friday, August 9, 2013


Christmas is coming!  In spite of good intentions little time has been given to the coming festive season ... until I visited Spotlight [the place where fabric has a habit of jumping off the shelves into my trolley.  Oh yes I always take a trolley; a basket is simply too small!]  Mindlessly browsing with no particular purchases in mind suddenly my eyes were drawn to the Christmas selection of fabrics.  I really didn't need any but when I noticed the fabric designed into bunting, well ... the level of resistance slipped to below zero.
Recently I have noticed that bunting figures a lot in the crafting world.  The addition of bunting to a scene immediately adds a touch of whimsy; brightens the spirits and to me brings back scenes from childhood.  The fact that there were 30 different flags on each section had the mind swirling with good intentions.  I purchased two 'sections' without perusing the instructions too closely. 
Yesterday I read the instructions.  Mmmm ... two methods were mentioned; one entails using fusible webbing to hold them together.  The cost of the completed bunting that would at the most see daylight two weeks each year made the project in that form just a little expensive.  I decided to see what ideas were on the Internet.  It took seconds!
The idea I ran with was to stitch two flags together with no fusible webbing.  Simple!  The sewing is completed, but I have no bias binding to hold them together.   No two flags are the same. 
Christmas is a wee way away ... I will need to visit Spotlight next trip to the city ... then I will be able to complete what I trust will be a brightener to the festive season.