I haven't done a post on quilting for a while, probably because I haven't been doing any, but I am determined to get myself back into the habit of it over the remainder of the year. I'm currently working on three different quilts. Two of the quilts were started in the early months of last year and I really wanted to get them finished for the winter we are just coming to the end of. Needless to say, it didn't happen. I just seem to have lost my quilting mojo this last six months.
The first quilt project is this big thick quilt for our bed. It's a big heavy thing that I made from an old down king sized duvet. This quilt is going to be really warm if we ever get a very cold winter again. At the moment, it is sat here at the end of my bed waiting for me to hand sew the last few rows of quilting. (It was so thick that I couldn't get it under the machine needle.) I've got seven rows of hand quilting left to do on it and then the binding to sew on by hand, but I seem to have got stuck. The reason for this is probably that each row takes two hours to do by hand and I just can't seem to muster up any enthusiasm for the task. I must try hard this year to get it finished, so that we can use it on our bed next winter, as I do really like it.
The second quilt project is a lap quilt, which I am hand sewing using up lots of Christmas fabric scraps cut into diamonds and made up into larger diamond shapes. This one isn't too far from being completed, save that it is hard to level off each end as the points of the diamonds seem to finish at different lengths. Hard to explain, but I just need to get tough and cut through some of the complete diamonds I think to make a straight edge. It was a great way to use up the fabric scraps, but it isn't my favourite quilt. I will post a picture of this quilt when I've finished it.
My current favourite quilting project though, is the tiny hexie quilt that I started late last year. It's a very English and traditional style of quilting, but so cute and sweet. I decided to start by making one small flower and then just adding on randomly around it. I have done a little bit of work on this quilt this year and it is very slowly growing in size, but I'm running out of paper backed hexies with which to continue, so that is my next job, to sew some more together. This is another project that is great for using up odd small scraps of favourite fabrics that you can't bear to throw away.
I'll keep you posted on my progress, if there is any. What longer term projects are you working on?