Friday, 15 May 2015

Personal projects that I must finish.......





Happiness does not come from doing easy work but  the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best!  

Theodore Issac Rubbin 




Never a truer word has been spoken! I have so many personal projects to finish that it is getting on top of me.  I would like to finish the Lloyd Loom project but am missing 4 chairs ( as I have not found them yet) but think making all six cushions will be ok as I am sure the measurements for cushions are about the same.....

I am making a net like curtain out of antique (some exquisite) hankies but not sure of the size now as we are thinking of moving house so I do not want to make the wrong size ( for windows I do not have yet!)  If we move I would like it to hang at the bathroom window.  The move will be a whole new project I can tell you.  We would like a bath on legs and a window in the bathroom that goes basically from floor to ceiling you see.  Then this could hang there for privacy and be tied to one side when I am not sat in this beautiful bath I would like.....

It has all become very frustrating for me.  But one project that I can go ahead with is the antique quilt I wish to make... yes I know that sounds silly doesn't it. How do I in 2015 make an antique quilt?
Well I am making it out of antique fabrics and tablecloths you see.  So although it is being started now the materials are from 1900 to 1950 basically so therefore it will be an antique quilt.  I have sort of designed it and it is going to take some doing I can tell you.  I would like to make squares and then I am going to stitch them all together.  

One of the square designs will be from antique table linens and I will use some of the original embroidery.  So for example cut out a small square with some embroidery in and then proceed to stitch antique linen strips around it ( log cabin style).  I would like to do a few of these.  

In addition to that I though ( and being brave and out of my depth here a little) I would like to cut up some vintage fabrics and do different squares ... some nine patch squares, some like windmill blades (which I believe its called windmill)  Then I would like to make some with antique linen squares and some hand embroidery quotes and sayings on as well .... and well you get the idea!

So this is what I think I will get on with for now.  It will be a labour of love and I am only going to make it big enough to sit on top of the bed like a antique eiderdown would..... I have done some patchwork but not to this standard.  I also have a great friend who has a long arm quilter and I have bent her arm for me to pay her to quilt it for me if I think it would benefit from a design.  OR and this is a big OR at the moment I could hand quilt it by stitching in the ditch.  This is for those of you that may not know what I am talking about ... that is where you quilt in the groves of the seams of the squares..... now this only works well if the quilt is completely perfect in the joining up of the squares, other wise it looks bad.   So we will see how my measurements and stitching work out.

If we do move ( and it is looking extremely likely) then I will have lots of personal projects to complete and have to grow extra arms and hands and ask that I do not need any sleep for a month!!

In the meantime I am going to lots of boot sales to find my desired Lloyd Loom chairs and I am going to cut some square for my quilt so that at weekend and evenings I can start stitching this quilt that I would love to make.  Now I am going to start this next week so I will from time to time show you each completed square that I complete.......

But for now dear reader it is back to my lovely project that I am stitching for publication BUT this time I have permission to show you some snippets of this......

Anyway have a great day and a wonderful weekend......

Happy Stitching! 









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