I haven't even finished my Splendid Sampler top, and I'm already thinking of what sewing project to tackle in the new year. The Splendid Sampler was my first go at a quilt-along. I wasn't sure it would be my thing, because I'm a seasonal sewer. I sew quite a lot in winter and spring, when there is not a lot to do outdoors, and no big concerts coming up for my band (one of my many hobbies is playing the clarinet in a harmony orchestra). In summer I spend more time outside, gardening, camping, hiking and jogging, and in autumn I'm busy preparing for the band's most ambitious concert of the year, which is always in the beginning of January, so sewing takes back seat then. I was afraid that taking on the splendid challenge would stress me out, take time away from other hobbies and other sewing projects, and that I would be sewing because I had to, not because I wanted to. But I found that challenging myself to keep up, and to make blocks that I didn't immediately like actually fueled my creativity and boosted my confidence. Here's a few pictures to prove that I sewed other things than Splendid Sampler blocks!
|A small zippered pouch.|
|It's a Christmas gift for Laura, a classmate of Pieter. She loves horses.|
|The back is pretty too!|
|I knit 3 Christmas animals like this, 2 bears and one white rabbit. I gave this one to a colleague who is ill, Kris, and the other two to my godson Jan, and his brother Kamil.|
|I made myself a little make up pouch.|
|My new style icon!|
|I used leftovers from a quilt (as yet unfinished, just needs quilting), and did quilt as you go.|
|I made this label out of the self edge!|
|My January Mini, and a Cyclamen, on the window sill.|
|Lovely texture of hand quilting.|
|On my mini-wall|
|See that wall to the left of the stove? Full of children's art work!|
|Tiny snail in the Lauren and Jessi Jung focal fabric.|
|Winter sun accentuating the quilting.|
That will be a while yet, because at the moment that room still serves as the master bedroom. Willem and I have to paint the back room first, fix the skirting, put up the light fixtures, revarnish the floor, fix the curtain rod, put up curtains and then move our bed and cupboards there. Hopefully I will also be able to spread my finished Splendid Sampler over the bed! Once our bedroom is done, we can start to get the music/guest room in working order. If you know that we also have a built in cupboard and skirting to do in the living room, a bathroom that needs some new wall tiles and flooring, and a mudroom that still has no toilet or sink, you can guess that my mini might be staying in the living room for a while yet... Maybe I should do a monthly house finishing project instead of a monthly mini?
|One more close up. Did I say I like the texture of hand quilting?|
I just saw this Moda sampler block shuffle! That seems like fun, too, and mostly pieced blocks: my favorite!