I’ve finished the top five rows of my Dear Jane Quilt in November, which is incredible because that month my parents also came to visit me and my boyfriend in Kenya. We travelled around a lot and thus I wasn’t home a lot. My parents’ visit was vital to visit this part of my Dear Jane though because they came bearing gifts. Part of those gifts where my quilting and embroidery materials.
Like all good stories, this story has three elements. A book-loving dragon, a bookmark made with creativity and theft of something valuable, by the author even! And as all good fairytales, there might be redemption at the end when the bad person shows remorse. If she doesn’t there will be a bloody ending. Come, open this book with me, and listen to my story.
It was my birthday on the 10th of November! – Happy birthday to me – Last year I wrote a post reflecting on the year that had gone by creative wise. I thought that’s a good habit to keep so here is my post for this year. The post is a bit delayed because I was on a holiday with my family and too busy laying in the ocean and too occupied relaxing to write. I’m sure you’ll all understand.
For this post and the HQAL, the definition of hand-quilting is stretched. Technically speaking hand quilting is only the process of sewing through all the layers of a quilt. However, to me, hand piecing is also part of this HQAL, which is sewing pieces of fabric together to create the quilt blocks. There are two reasons why hand quilting is important for every quilter: 1. When learning a new technique. 2. Precision.
In this article, I’ll show you the projects I’ve worked on this October and I’ll tell you a bit about what’s going on in my life in Kenya. I got a lot of new Kenyan fabric, so the two things are related. Last month I published two posts, one monthly sewing update and an article about finding materials for quilting and embroidery in an environmentally friendly way.
There are many alternative ways to get supplies for quilting or embroidery. In this articleI will tell you about four of them: 1. Befriend a tailor or dressmaker. 2. Second-hand stores. 3. Give away groups. 4. Old clothes and other leftover materials.