A new craft goal – and it’s not knitting

Several years ago LH was going to the market one Sunday morning when I asked him to get Mr Hicks a cheap fleece blanket. A couple of hours later he returned with this…

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“My dog is NOT going to sleep on that!” said I, and I promptly shoved it at the back of a cupboard.

When we moved a few years later, the throw from our bed found its way onto the bed in the guest room. One cold winter’s night our duvet just wasn’t thick enough, so I went hunting for and extra layer. All I could find was the leopard skin throw. Very cold and half asleep I put on the bed – and there it’s stayed for the last three winters.

I haven’t stopped hating it. However our bed is in the eves, so has to sit forward of the wall and for some reason LH thought it better to have these three packing boxes lined up behind it than nothing…

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Not very pretty – so I guess I gave up worrying about the throw. After all I’m mostly asleep in the bedroom and there was certainly no incentive to make the quilt I was planning when the room looked so silly.

After three years of a packing box bedhead, LH began to make a real one…

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Although it’s been slow going – I’m glad I don’t employ him by the hour – I’m very please with it so far and it’s time to banish the leopard skin throw and make the quilt I’ve been promising.

As I mentioned on Sunday, last week I got out the collection of fabric I’d been gathering and spent some time scribbling and calculating a very simple design of mostly 6″ squares…

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On Sunday I cut out some boarders…

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This morning I woke at 3.30am.  All I could think of was that I didn’t want the quilt to be quite that simple. Quilt blocks revolved in my head for the next hour until I got up at 4.30 and did some more scribbling and calculating….

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It’s still pretty simple, but I now have 460 more pieces to cut out, before I even start sewing things together. So if I’m ever going to get it done this side of Christmas, I need to make a serious commitment. I’m adding a goal to my goal list to work on it for an hour every day. Obviously there’s going to be days when I’m not here at all or the day is fully taken up, but other than that, no excuses, I’m going to spend an hour a day working on the quilt!

31 thoughts on “A new craft goal – and it’s not knitting

  1. Woohoo! Welcome to Quiltland.
    I laughed at the laying awake and getting up early to get those things out of your head – been there and done that and still do it.
    What will your headboard be like? I’m assuming LH isn’t going to leave it looking like a garden trellis – at least I hope not now I’ve said that 😮 – I’m just trying to visualise the lovely fabric as a quilt on a bed.

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    1. Thank you. I don’t tend to do the wake up thing any more. I used to do it all the time when I wrote. Ha ha! No, that’s just the frame inside. Hard to describe. I’ll post a pic when it’s done.

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  2. 46o more pieces? That’s a LOT of extra work you’ve given yourself and I think we’ll have to keep asking how the quilt is coming along to keep you incentivised, lol. I was also up at 3.30 this morning, initially because of His snoring, then because Fifi decided to scratch at the bedroom door to go out. I swear she has dementia and forgot what she dragged me out of bed for, as all she did was have a sniff around and then come straight back in! Three years is nothing – I waited ten years for my en suite…….

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    1. Yes, it does seem a lot, but most quilt blocks do have a fair number of pieces and most of mine are square, so i should be able to whizz them together reasonably fast. It’s the quilting itself I hate – having to bundle it up in the tiny gap under the sewing machine is not my idea of fun.Mine has taken up snoring again too. He had stopped but these last few weeks he’s been at it again 😦 Maybe Fifi smelled a fox? Hicks used to at our old house – even with all the windows shut and double glazing. Here there’s too many chickens in other gardens for them to bother with ours. You’re right 3 years is nothing with getting houses the way we want them. Mind, this 6 month break is working wonders!

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  3. If you truly do that hour a day, it won’t take you too long to finish. Have you considered hiring out the actual quilting once you finish the top? That will make it feel like it is going that much faster. 🙂 If you know anyone who has a long arm quilting machine, it will make short work of it. Not the same as doing it all yourself, but it gets it done that much faster. Maybe you could trade it for a nice knit garment?

    Whjen we moved into our house, we had two project for the woodworker in the house. A bed and headboard, and bookcases upstairs. The bed is made, except for the head board, the bookcases are 90% complete. It will be nine years next month. I have given up nagging about the bed, and am just concentrating on the book cases…

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    1. All of a sudden I’m feeling much better about the headboard 🙂 I hadn’t considered hiring out the quilting because it costs £200 minimum, the idea of the hand knit is a great idea, but of course they’ve got to want one. Worth an ask, I guess.

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      1. Yes, the headboard will be great. 🙂 trading is just an idea to get you out from under a big chunk of the project. If it doesn’t work, keep at your hour a day, it will get done. 🙂 Not sure how many dollars 200 pounds is, but I bet it is a lot! Certainly worth a sweater. (jumper?) 🙂

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  4. How exciting 😀 Those fabrics will make a lovely quilt…can’t wait to see your block designs! An hour a day…hmmm?? funny thing about sewing once you get going time flies, just as with knitting, I expect is the same,…so, you may want to carry on a little more than you first thought, especially as your block pile grows Good luck with your lovely new project!!

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    1. Don’t get too excited they’re all squares. Oh yes, I’m not limiting myself to and hour, but i’m committing to at least that. That way I’ll also hopefully make up for days I really can’t do any and average at least an hour a day 🙂

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  5. Oh my! Oh My! Very impressed with the new goal and the very best of luck. Just loved the story of the packing box headboard, its amazing the stuff that we live with as a temporary measure which then becomes permanent, reminiscent of the sofa which took us years to replace. Glad it’s not just me that wakes up far too early with things on the brain. Once again good luck, but above all enjoy the process, you are creating a one off piece of useful art.

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  6. Awesome, I can just picture the quilt already. Those fabrics has such pretty and delicate designs. Just perfect. And with the new headboard, it is going to be a room to enjoy! Wow, no more leopard fleeces. 🙂 Will you be “donating” the fleece to Mr H? 🙂
    Have a great week and happy crafting.

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      1. Lol. I totally get it. I probably would not use a leopard fleece for Miekie either. 🙂
        Probably a good idea to just put it back in the back of the cupboard again once the quilt is done. It will be there when you really think you need it.
        Have a good day. 🙂

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  7. The hour a day is a fab idea, as is hiring out the quilting part if you can exchange craftiness with someone. Or how about quilting as you go. There’s lots of that going on out there that I’ve read, but I’ve no idea how to do it!! 😃

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