Firstly, thank you for the reassurance on biros and sketchbooks. I’m feeling much better about it all.
I completed ‘Web’ today. A rather unimaginative title, but I really can’t see what else I could call it. It looks like a web, and it is… well… a web. It’s about 18″ square, hand pieced patchwork with patterned black net instead of batting:
Something really magical happens when you hold it up to a window:
I really like using different weight fabrics together like this.
This piece will be added to my new shop soon.
I like this way of piecing. Because I made the paper patches out of freezer paper, I can use them again. I’ve decided to do this again in blue. First I drew a little plan numbering the pieces, so that I know the order in which to sew them together:
For the blue one, I got out lots of scraps of similar coordinating blues:
You can see all the separate numbered paper pieces here too. I ironed the paper to the fabric scraps, wherever possible matching the size of the paper with a bit of fabric slightly bigger – I try not to waste anything. This random element is quite a lot of fun, as I don’t know where everything will end up until I piece it together. I tack and piece whenever I have a few spare minutes – usually in the evening while watching TV. I call this ‘patchwork by stealth’ as I don’t set aside special time for it; it just gets done in spare time.
Yes, I really do have to be busy all the time. It’s a curse.