Tuesday, 25 March 2014

A walk in the woods almost at an end

I have been making a quilt. The very easiest type, wholecloth.

The fabric is printed in panels and I simply sewed the quilt sandwich by following the edges of each panel.  That being said, it is a bit rough'n'ready.

The fabric is called 'Norwegian Woods', the designer's name escapes me for a moment. The deluge of fabric at the bottom right corner is the binding. I cut straight strips (as opposed to on the bias) joined them with a diagonal seam to reduce bulk at join, and then fed it through a nifty tool which fold the fabric 'sides to middle'. Once the iron is passed over the strip, the tape is formed and ready to sew.

To be honest, my preferred method of attachment is to machine sew one side of the strip along the edges of the quilt, fold it over and then slip stitch in place. This makes an invisible attachment. Bt I paid an exorbitant price for a bias bider attachment gizmo for my Bernina, so I am going to take it for its maiden voyage on this quilt.

OK, that was a v ery rambly post, but at least I have managed to post this week!

Monday, 17 March 2014


I am in the process of making a linen skirt. I have carefully tacked the pleats in place. It was a bit of a pita and for some reason I couldn't get the last one folded properly.

I am in a quandary. I need to lose half a stone or this dress to fit...or I could alter the pleats and the waistband. I think I'll lose the weight..

The pleats are very soft- they are not stitched down, simply held in place by the ine of sewing at the waistband

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Never Let Me Go

Sigh. I read the this novel by Kazuo Ishiguro a long time ago now. I missed the movie when it came to Z├╝rich but good old Film Four played it the other day. All in all I think it was a good adaptation. Ver, very moving. My heart is all clenched up.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Breaking radio silence

...Of almost a year to say I am in love with my latest household tool- the hand-held vacuum cleaner. It is so handy. Times when I just cannot be bothered lugging the big Dyson out, along comes the 'Dirt Devil.' It is particularly handy when I have been cutting fabric out for a skirt.

Last year was very rough- I had terrible ,terrible pain from trigeminal neuralgia. * emergency admissions to hospital as a result of the side-effects of the treatment for the TN. Finally, in December enough was enough. The weel before christmas I had neurosurgery. It has definitely helped. I wouldn't say I am cured.

Anyway, I intend to post here once a week, to see if I can breathe some life into the poor beast which is  my Blog.

If only I had labelled where this beautiful piece of artwork is from...anyway, I leave it here in lieu of an interesting knitting shot.