Monday, February 15, 2021

 Keryn and I have been collecting mens shirts for quite a few years and recently we went through our collection and got a bit of a shock at just how many there were. Despite always adding to the stash  I had never actually finished a top using them. Keryn has made at least three and I loved them all.

I started this Double Four Patch years ago but was  disappointed in the thirty or so blocks I'd sewn and decided to make a small throw and be done with it.  I've still got dozens of the little four patches and they'll go into another project but I'm  relieved at crossing this off the list. It was beginning to weigh on my mind and once I'd decided to not make any more blocks I was energised about the rest of the shirt stash. I've got another project mainly cut out and another one in the works.


Monday, February 08, 2021

Keryn said to me the other day "Do you realise that your last post was in October?" No, that couldn't be right! But it was, and somehow the time has just raced away from me. I was sure I took photos for a follow up post on sewing my string quilt but I can't find them so I'll try to take some more.

We had a break from customer quilts in January but despite that I still only managed to quilt one of my tops. This green Sister's Choice has been laying around the workshop for months, with the backing folded up inside it and I was sick of moving the bundle. So it was loaded and quilted in one afternoon, and is now awaiting it's binding. I don't know why we don't do more of our own tops, it's so satisfying to get them moved along. Mind you, Summer is not the best time for quilting here, so that's probably the main reason, now that I think about it.

The piecing remains a priority though, and I  spend several hours a night at the machine. I started 24 new projects last year. (Gulp!) I finished 14 UFO's, and some of the projects were only little but I'm going to have to concentrate on getting things completed, and not just tops.

I don't know when  made this top but it was a few years ago. I thought I'd blogged about it, but it took me ages to find the post, mainly because it was in 2014. I thought it was more recent than that! There's a post here about how I cut it out using the Companion and the Easy Angles, which meant I avoided the flippy corners entirely. I certainly don't need to add any more of them to the huge stash I already have.....


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