Patchwork quilting is my new thing!

I have a feeling that you may be hearing a lot from me today and tomorrow as I bring 2018 to a close and move forward into 2019. 2018 has been a pretty awesome year and I can only hope that 2019 will be as awesome!

At the weekend I completed my patchwork quilted table runner (or wall hanging as that’s more likely what I’ll do with it). Following on from my progress post I have now learnt a few more things about the process, namely trimming the layers and binding. I also machine quilted for the first time, not having any confidence in my abilities to follow an artistic pattern I decided to follow existing lines outlining specific areas, I used green thread on top and black underneath as the backing fabric was black. For the binding I chose a red starry fabric which looks great and sewed buttons in the centre of each of the four squares.

My primary reason for starting this project was as a trial run before the big project; that being a huge bed cover in pinks and greens – surprisingly not blue, even though that’s the colour of our bedroom. I wanted to do a smaller project first to give me confidence in the process and in my ability, but also because a smaller project demanded less decision making. The ultimate quilt is one that potentially will be on our bed for many years so the design is important (and no doubt I’ll spend a great deal of time prevaricating and overthinking this decision) and I want to be happy with the design I go with.

I am very pleased I’ve completed my festive themed project while still within the festive period, and I’m overwhelmingly proud of how good it looks. I know it isn’t perfect but as a first attempt it was never going to be.

I love it, including the imperfections. Nothing in life is perfect but in accepting this we free ourselves from a rigid way of thinking which is detrimental to our emotional well-being.

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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