Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Still alive - and sewing again

Sorry for the long blogging break to anyone who is still bothering to read - life and holidays got in the way.

Hopefully like myself, you have recovered from all the madness and are feeling fully rested. I am not good at recognising when I have reached my limits and I basically went past mine sometime in November but didn't stop going so by the time Christmas arrived I was well into stress and anxiety land. I've done very little since Christmas Day was over and done with except rest and sew. Therapy for my body and mind. Sewing really helps me clear the crap out that I carry around with me all the time.

I finally turned this little top into a charity quilt 36x36in using fabric given to the LMQG by Thomas Knauer earlier in the year. It was the first quilting I've done in months and I did go a bit mad with FMQ, although you can't really see it! But I enjoyed it and that was all that mattered.

 

Today, I finished this quilt which even has a name, "Twisted Jelly Roll Race". I started it off using the method for a jelly roll race and then when the whole strip was about 16 inches, I cut it into blocks. Blocks which sat on the side for months. I always knew I wanted to use the yellow solid with them as I think its a shame that Summersville didn't come in a yellow colourway. Sewing the sashing, I fell in love with the range all over again and I spotted little detailed that Lu put into the design that I had missed when sewing the blocks together like the coach with Summersville Tours on it.

 
 

I decided to off set the blocks and sashing a bit to give it a bit more of a twist. I had one spare block whicn ended up on the back with some more yellow solid and a print that went well. I also did the binding in the yellow. I can't for the life of me remember which yellow it is, but it is a kona.  This came out 56x74 inches.

The pictures are crap I know but I can't get any light anywhere as the days are so dull and gloomy in London at the moment.

The only nice day we've had in weeks was yesterday, so I went to Greenwich Park to clear the cobwebs. This pic from the Observatory shows the area in front of the Naval College where the Olympics Equestrian events took place. Still not quite back to normal.


And this shot just shows now nice random bits of the park are and the bit of sunshine!


I also finished another block for the EEEP EPP Bee for Marg which was the most challenging yet with some very fiddly bits. I even broke out some of my Tula Pink fabric for it!


So hopefully I will be a bit more regular in both sewing and blogging into the new year, but I'm not sure. It depends on what happens with work and that is all a bit up in the air at the moment. But even though I don't comment much, I do try and keep up with my blog reading.

Happy New Year x

16 comments:

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Your star is absolutely gorgeous! How to intimidate the rest of us!!!!!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Hey Shevvy - fab quilts!! Are you entering these into the festival? Love the block - I must try EPP one of these days...

Kelly said...

Love the quilts Shevvy x

Leanne said...

I am glad you have recovered from all the stress. Your quilting on that little quilt is lovely, and I love the summerville quilt too. I hope your January is an easier month.

Sarah said...

Love that Summersville! The yellow does go well with it :-)

Shay said...

Liking the baby sized quilt a lot Shev. Sometimes quilting isn’t about what you can see but the texture of how it feels when its finished . I like what I see of your quilting.

And the colours paired with yellow in the second one really sing.

Your pink star is amazing.

Happy New Year !

two hippos said...

you have been busy. I love your charity quilt, the blocks are fabulous and so too is the quilting!

Di said...

Lovely quilts - you have been busy on the sewing front too. Take care and pace yourself in 2013. Di x

Kathie said...

Love your charity quilt & what a cool twist on the jelly roll race. Is there a name for the EEP block please? I would love to try it.
Take it easy, happy new year

Helsie said...

Fantastic quilts as usual Shevvy.
Happy New Year!

MetroQuilter said...

Great quilts...glad you've had some time to chill and quilt

Marg said...

Pleased to hear you have recovered from the stress. Love the baby quïłt and what you did with the jelly roll race, that's a great idea. The pink star is amazing. Looks like rest and relaxation with some sewing thrown in is the perfect antidote for you.

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Happy New Year! Love the quilts and the star is beautiful!

Charlotte said...

lovely finishes! Happy New Year, and see you on Sunday x

quiltfool said...

Hi, Shevvy. Good to hear from you. I love both quilts you showed here. I'm with you, let's clear out the old baggage and start the new year...for some new baggage! Be well. Lane

Tammy said...

It's lovely to hear from you! I love your quilts, yellow is so underused in quilting for some reason, I have so few yellow prints and my lqs only had chintzy florals in yellow. I am hoping that lu summers next range will contain some yellow. Such a happy colour, great for stress busting!