Monday, 30 June 2014

Quilt for June

I posted about the parent of this quilt a year ago today.  The prints are reproductions of 19th ones,  and is my early summer quilt, out on the bed now. This is the smaller, second version of it, made from scraps from the first quilt. The squares composed of two triangles are the same size as the ones on the larger quilt.

The edging and the backing prints (more “inspired by” than reproduction), do not appear on the original quilt. In spite of my best efforts to use just one of each print with the cream and brown light print, I not only duplicated one print but also, entirely without intention, put the two above and below one another.

As I wrote last year, The pattern is probably one of those geese-doing-something." Positioned this way, with the dark triangles on top, it does not make me think of sails as I do with the larger one, when the light blocks are on top.

As usual, this quilt was entirely hand-pieced and hand-quilted. It measures 20” long and 17” wide. The triangles are 3 ½” by 2 ¾ x 2 ¾” each.  The borders are finished in a knife-edge and the quilting is simply straight diagonal lines, crossing each dark/light combination square once.

Friday, 27 June 2014

V&A Small Bag Knit

The outside of the bag is now knit and pinned out.  It is pulling to one side, though, as did the larger bag. The bottom row is nicely straight so I think the last/top row needs to be cast off very loosely to match the relaxed edge of the beginning of the bag.

This piece measures approximately 11 ¼”  wide and 5 ½” tall. The next step is to line it with silk, sew up the side seam and make the drawstrings and tassels. 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Worldwide Knit in Public Weeks

Grandfather Tells a Story
Albert Anker (1841-1910)
Date unknown
Location unknown

Worldwide Knit in Public seems to have been extended to two weeks.  There are still two more days to go!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sketch in Stitches

I am currently deep in the process of sorting everything I own, clearing out and packing, and was thrilled to find what I thought was a long lost treasure from my teen years. This “sketch” of Westminster Abbey was a kit that I bought at long gone, much missed grand store, The Needlewoman. The image was stamped on linen and the effect of sketching was through  stitches of all sizes and in all directions. I had remembered doing this piece but I hadn’t seen for a very long time, and I thought it might have been lost in one of many moves I have made, some of them tainted by disaster.

The stitched, framed area measures 9 ¼” long and 7 ¼” wide.

I also found this scrap of paper, the bottom part of a bill with a typed message – another blast from the past. I wish the top part was still there so I could see if anything else was purchased that time.