Tuesday, 17 January 2012

First happy dance of 2012 and an overdue ORT report

I have finished something!!!! And not just anything, but the Bedfordshire lace butterfly I started back in May 2009! I am unbelievably proud of this little bit of lace, I have learnt so much during Christine Springett's courses, and it really shows in the pieces I am producing.

I'm also very proud to say that I have finished my first quilt top. Of course I've not finished the quilt yet... I have no idea how I'm going to successfully quit it using my basic sewing machine and my very small dining table... But here is a photo of the top as it was when I completed the pattern.

I decided that I wasn't entirely happy at this point. When I started this I somehow misinterpreted the pattern and used the plan cream in the setting triangles in the blocks as well - instead of another pretty print. So there is WAY too much plain cream. So I decided the play a bit. But I didn't take a photo of the quilt top once I'd made my additions - so that will have to be a surprise! Since then I have pinned by batting and backing cloth to the quilt and folded it up carefully. Hopefully I'll be able to start the quilting process at the weekend.

And now for a very late ORT report. Last year I took part in the TUSAL - the totally useless stitch along. I religiously collected all of my ORTs (old ratty threads) into a pretty vase, and at each full moon posted a picture of the vase and my collection on my blog. Until September, when I went temporarily AWOL from blogland.... BUT, I did remember to take a photo of the ORTs before I cleared the vase out to start my 2012 collection:

I am VERY late with my first ORT report of 2012, but here it is. The green at the bottom is from Peacock Firescreen, the red layer is a surprise, and the browny-gold layer is from a little Mill Hill Christmas ornament kit - a mandolin - that my mum popped in my Christmas stocking this year, and that I expect will be my second happy dance of the year.

Happy stitching everyone!


Blu said...

That really is a gorgeous butterfly!

And you're actually early with the TUSAL. The new moon isn't until the 23rd.

Rachael G said...

Lovely butterfly, and quilt, well done!!

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the two finishes - they're both lovely!

geeky Heather said...

WOW that lace butterfly is amazing!! I can see there are a few difficult techniques in there (not that I know the terminology enough to know what they are called, LOL!) and it looks perfect!!

And the quilt...well, let's just say the sewing machine and I can't work together without one of us coming to blows (hint: it's me), so I'm super-impressed!

Sandra said...

Your lace finish it just amazing, so delicate and beautiful, well done. Your quilt top looks great too. When I quilted my first (and only!) quilt I used my ironing board set down at a low height as an extra table because I had barely any work surface. Be sure to take lots of breaks, it's all too easy to lose track of time and end up with very sore shoulders/back