Saturday, 31 January 2015

January update

Another month is over.

I've tried my skills at sewing clothes for the first time making a skirt and top which turned out very well.  No photos yet.

I've also been doing an online beginners crazy quilt course with Kathy Shaw.  She is an incredible tutor providing lots of information with very clear instructions.   I finished the course yesterday and I'm looking forward to doing the intermediate courses she runs.  The next one opens for registration on 26 Feb.  This is the beginners block:

I also managed to start and finish a crazy quilt drawstring bag.  This was a kit that I bought at the craft fair in Hamilton in August.  The kit is by Helen Dafter.  I was a bit disappointed with the kit as there was a list of contents and I was missing quite a few.  Also the material to make the bag was meant to be cut to 30 cm high, but the material provided was only 28 cms.  However I did enjoy doing it and I am pleased with the way it has turned out.   There are 4 external pockets, each of which are crazy quilted.  It had chatelaine accessories that are meant to be attached to the pockets with ribbon. However  I felt it would be a nuisance if every time I wanted the scissors I either had to undo ribbon or pull the entire bag over to the project, so I just made a needlecase and thimble pip which slip inside the pockets.  I already have a scissor fob so didn't need to do another one.
I'm using this bag to keep supplies for whatever crazy quilt piece I'm working on.

I also finished another page of Spirit of Winter.  I'm now up to page 17.  As other projects are taking over from cross stitch, I'm going to concentrate on this one this year and hopefully I'll be able to finish by the end of the year.

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