I like Great Britain a lot, for many reasons. And since I am always inspired by British themed things, I long wanted to do some Brit blocks. Currently I am waiting to be able to finish my Farmer’s Wife quilt, and so I thought it would be a good idea to use up some scraps and start a not too big quilting project dedicated to the UK. I plan a block when the previous is finished, so no idea where I’ll end up.
Since the holidays, I have been sewing little else but potholders. The six inch blocks all turned into potholders, plus I came across Amy’s blog again and her very beautiful tutorial for potholders, and decided to try it out.
The most difficult part of sewing these was the binding. It came around all twisted and bumpy – awful! Some days later, I ripped it off again and used some ready-made bias tape.
The most fun part, I think, is embellishing the front sides. I like the idea of not making exact twins but rather making up two matching designs. And it really is fun to rifle through my drawers and bring to light some long forgotten scraps of lace or beads.
Binding the potholders still is the most challenging part but anyway easier than making hand made bias tape.
Here is just a little something I sewed today. I’m not sure what to make of it. Maybe some potholders (fortunately I made two). It is a six inch block and a very simple but intgriguing variation of the log cabin design.
Merry Christmas to you all, whereever you are!
I am so happy to be able to show off my finished Baltimore Album quilt at last.
Started out as an in-between project to fill up time while waiting for my quilt along to be carried on each month, it has over time evolved into a big project itself—and now come to this! It measures about 80 inches squared. Compared to most of my quilts, I had no pattern for this one but rather designed it all by myself. That is, I did a lot of research on Baltimore Album quilts, noted down designs I liked, and then created patterns with my favourite motifs.
I remember that I started with a design that I like best until this day, and one of the hardest because the appliqué has many small curves—the oak leaf design which I put in the centre of this quilt. I saw many patterns like this, and almost always the wreath of leaves was complemented by red apples. But as I sewed this square, I found that the apples would cover up so much of my oak leaves that I thought it a great pity that the elaborate leaves should come to lie under the crude apples. And so I invented the silver and gold acorns.
I guess I could produce a small history of every one of the 25 blocks, and that is exactly one of the many charms of a sampler quilt, isn’t it?