Liberty Patchwork Dog – another progress report!

So this is taking me longer than I thought it would! My enthusiasm waned a bit, I think it was the actual basting of the squares that was putting me off. One inch squares are so fiddly compared to hexagons. I have been watching some quilters baste their EPP shapes on Youtube and a lot of them use little clips to hold the fabric in place while they start the basting off. I’ve ordered some from Ebay, so I will give them a try when I start my next project. I’ll be honest though, if the clips don’t make it easier then I’m not sure I’ll have the patience for one inch squares again!

Anyway, the squares are all now prepped and sewn into the strip that will join the two sides together and as you can see in the photos, I’ve already started the joining process. Not long now. Maybe another episode of Inspector Morse and the joining will all be done!

A daily Egg – Day 7 – Happy Easter!

I give you Egg number seven!

I’ve impressed myself here. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not good at seeing projects through to the end. Well I really enjoyed this one. A single egg was just the right sized daily project and I think the fact that each day produced a finished object helped me feel less overwhelmed by the over all task in hand. Maybe large projects are more approachable in bitesize pieces? I wonder if this is why I have taken to English Paper Piecing, in that I get a sense of achievement by creating the pieces themselves before they become part of something else. Certainly food for thought.

I moved the tree this morning to get a better picture. The light wasn’t great but I think you can see the overall effect better against the less busy background. I’m really pleased with how our little tree has worked out. It’s been a long time since we had an Easter tree and when I decided I would do one this year this is not how my vision started out. I was going to buy one of those ready made white twig trees until my eldest expressed her disgust and asked what had happened to her old mama, the one who used to recoil at the commercialisation of all the holidays. Mother, there are branches and trees all over the bloomin’ garden she said, when I was visiting a couple of weeks ago. She’d even found the perfect branch lying behind the shed that had come off our old Apple tree in the winds. I was sceptical until she showed me the branch and then I realised she was right. What the hell was I thinking? Buying a fake twig tree? Me? So here it is, our authentic twiggy tree.

That’s not all that had changed from my original vision. I had imagined a tree covered in little knitted chicks and some eggs made of felt by the kids and myself but it would have meant buying suitable yarn and felt, both of which I am out of. I’m never short of fabric though and the 16 and 19 year old aren’t the least bit interested in sewing felt eggs anymore so that’s why we ended up with fabric eggs! But I’m rather liking them and I think there may well be a fabric eggstravaganza next year! Maybe a bit of Liberty? I could even share the pattern here if I’ve built up my confidence enough. Would anyone be interested? Leave me message in the comments if you are!

I had hoped to have lots of Easter baking to share with you today but our oven broke down on Thursday and our new one isn’t getting delivered until Tuesday. You’ll have to make do with these biscuits that my youngest made just before it stopped working. There is some genius alternative use of cutter shapes there. A snowflake makes a perfect turtle and the rabbit converts to a cat with a bit of strategic icing! Not sure what either of those have to do with Easter but who am I to take away her artistic licence?

Happy Easter everyone!

Hope you’re having a lovely sunny day with as much chocolate as you need. My husband made the mistake of presenting me with my Easter egg on Friday so I think we all know why I can’t show you a photo of that today! Oops!

A daily Egg – Day 6

Egg number six and we are almost there. You know, now I come to think about it, I wish I’d thought about doing this earlier and then I could have done it for twelve days and ended with up with a nice neat dozen on Easter sunday! Well there’s always next year and at least now I know why the fabric hen has been laying wonky eggs!

A good stuffing was all that was needed. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. That’s what comes from winging it with an idea instead using an established pattern. I just wondered if a bit of extra stuffing might help so I started shoving more and more in and lo and behold it started to take a on a much better shape. At least I know for next year.

See you tomorrow for the final egg!