The Dark Prince

This quilt was made in a hurry, hand quilted in the dark of the early morning hours and it is made in a very unusual dark color scheme… therefore I shall christen it The Dark Prince.

I did write about this project some months ago, how I have to hurry with personal projects so I can slot them into the workroom in between jobs – otherwise I never end up finishing anything… Now that the quilt is finished I care even less that it was machined together – you know, this is usually a job made by hand, with the English Paper Piecing technique.

But I turned all the edges of each hexagon by using a cardboard template and a hot steam iron and then I machined them together with a zig zag Stitch.

On the reverse side I simply patched some brown linen on to the wonderful hand printed fabric I made in a course many years ago. I like the reverse side a lot, I usually find it difficult to be letting my hair down, ie stop measuring and just going for it…

 

Hexagomania and other creative thoughts

Look at what is happening…DSCN7249 we’re going totally potty on hexagons around here! So this is the quilt Esther has started. She got a bit tired with sewing the hexagons together, but she keeps covering new ones. (So I volunteered sewing them together….) This star is actually HUGE, she will not need many of these to make a quilt.

And this is where I am up to now with mine… as mentioned, I will try and merge it with what I have done before.

DSCN7250We have had a busy weekend. It was supposed to be really restful and quiet. My friend Jo dropped major food supplies to us, so that I didn’t have to shop or cook – and really just rest. So far so good yesterday – I even managed to play piano for 1.5 hours, now that we have decided to take the old darling piano (and not exchange it to an electric keyboard), I feel I need to justify that decision and make music again.

So today, our minds just spilled over with ideas for the new house. I think both Patrick and I felt initially overjoyed that we have a new home, and now we are really overwhelmed with the prospect of doing all that work to the house… and we don’t want to live on a building site for years, nor do we want to spent all our weekends working on the house…

Since dinner was cooked (Thank you so much Jo) we did heaps of chores and in between I went back on the computer again and again, to find carpet ideas, color schemes, drafted workflow charts (what job to do first and what needs to get done before other jobs can go ahead), looked for furniture ideas, handrails… you name it. It’s all in the head now (and on ‘paper’), we’ve got the vision, and we have prioritized. All we need to do now is DO it, one job at the time – no more feeling overwhelmed… we can do it.

We headed to Balmoral for a very nice walk… how many summer days have I spent here with the kids in the sand, under the trees, in the water… digging for gold, counting seagulls… beautiful spot.DSCN7279DSCN7280DSCN7276DSCN7282DSCN7281DSCN7275

Outside the Hexagon

Nothing much has changed since I last wrote… you must have read between the lines that our situation is fairly stressful. We have a date we need to be out of our home, we have not bought another home, we have declined a lease offered to us due to too many unknowns, but the removalists have been booked… And six weeks ago I thought life was too stressful to bear. Every week it just keeps getting worse.

There are many a fleeting knitting idea in my head – but needles and thread are packed.

Hexagons seem to be the go… making it up as I go along – very much like the rest of my life at this point. Do you remember how far I got with my hexagon quilt?

DSCN7148Well, Esther found this image on the internet as she was contemplating a quilt for herself – made by her, and I must say, it really inspired me, lovely stars and big shapes.

DSCN7150And so I started doing stars and big flowers myself – muddling along,  … hexagon after hexagon… all will turn out ok, I am sure, like the rest of life.

DSCN7149It will be a logical continuation of what went before, incorporating all those scraps, it doesn’t matter that I just cannot see how it will work right now, but working it will!