So excited to finish this year's diary cover. The idea for it was floating around in my head but it was more blur than clear plan. Like last year's cover this year's celebrates slow sewing, because I added a bit here, stopped tried something different, sewed some pieces down, then added more. It evolved and for me there is no better way to design and sew.
I used all of my favourite pieces of fabric. Sadly there are only small pieces left of the floral print and sampler print. At least now I can enjoy them for the next 12 months.
More decisions had to be made about what colour threads to embellish the flowers. I used two strands, doubled, of the Aurifil Cotton Mako Ne12 thread for the colonial knots.
More favourite fabrics on the back!
The decorated end of the page divider.
Now it's finished it really is back to work for me!
First let me wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope your year started with needle and thread close to hand.
This year I broke with tradition; no new cover for my diary (yet), instead a makeover of the family room.
Now before you start thinking freshly painted walls, new furniture etc, it’s a far simpler and modest makeover. It revolves around the blanket box and what’s on top of the box.
A new little quilt and recovered rag balls. I was determined to finish them before returning to work and spent Sunday evening unwrapping and then rewrapping the balls finishing at the same time Nishikori won the men's final of the Brisbane International. It took me longer than the mens & womens final combined.
This makeover is something I should have done a while ago. It's just I still loved the old quilt with the bowl of balls and failed to notice they were looking a bit shabby, and not in a good way.
When I began unwrapping them I was surprised to see how faded they'd become.
The new quilt.
The block is called Counterchange Cross.
This wasn't the only sewing I did. I'll post about it another time!
I've been designing quilts and other sewn items for decorating and use around the home, since 2003. I especially love making quick things and gifting them to family and friends. My favourite techniques include needle turn and felt appliqué, stitching, hand and machine piecing. I live on the Victorian/NSW border, Australia.