October is a curious month…

…one moment you’re still remembering and slightly mourning the summer which seems like it’s only just passed. 

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This cushion is made with the lovely printed linen I bought from the vintage fabric shop on holiday. It’s my first experiment with piping, and while it isn’t perfect I’m not discouraged.It did make me wish the summer was still with us, but as my Mum would be the first to point out, you can’t really pine for something you never really had can you?

Next moment you’ve started on the Christmas sewing and the children are penning their first, (terrifyingly long), missives to Father Christmas.
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A teeny-tiny sneak peak of some Christmas pressie sewing – naturally this is the last thing I can show until January!

Like Kipper (one of my favourite go-to philosophers) says, ‘October is an orangey-brown month’. It climbs out of the last days of summer and around about now….WHOOSH! I’ll be wishing all my reader’s happy new year before I know it!

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Thanks for reading,
Helen
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The camera-resistant quilt

Finally some pictures of the hourglass quilt all finished, bound, washed and dried. I’m in two minds with this one. I do like it, honestly I do – and more to the point Miss Marmoset loves it, but after the piecing went so well, the quilting resisted me at every stage. Straight line quilting seemed to catch on all the points, leading to bunching, hand-quilting just wasn’t right for it so the wiggle line quilting I think was the best solution. This was the first time I’ve used bamboo wadding. I wanted to love it, bamboo after all is a much ‘greener’ fibre than cotton being overwhelmingly less thirsty and less in need of regular coatings of pesticides*. However although it felt lovely, it didn’t seem to ‘cling’ to the quilt top very well. This meant that quilting it smoothly turned into a bit of a battle. Also, despite being pre-washed before use, then gently washed and line-dried after finishing, it’s also shrunk a bit more than I was expecting. My search for a greener alternative to cotton quilt wadding continues. For now I’m not sure I’d use bamboo again. All in all, please accept this as a rambling apology for this terrible photo of the finished quilt, take my word for it, in real life it’s much prettier than it looks here. It’s certainly warm too, which is great as we’re resisting putting the heating on for as long as possible! 

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I finished it off with a stitched up label, something I never normally do, but thought I should start. There really is nothing like stitching up your own handwriting to make you realise how scruffy it is! 

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Hopefully I’ll manage to finish up a couple of small projects this week before turning my attention to – the Christmas sewing list!!! It’s out there already – the monkeys have already drafted their first missives to the big FC.

Thanks for reading,
Helen
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*One day I will manage to write properly on the subject of ‘greener’ quilting. It’s an on-going learning process as I try to search out ways to enjoy a really lovely hobby but reduce it’s heavy environmental impact.