I have to admit to being just a tad surprised at how long since my last post...
There has, as usual, been just a tad going on, and I think since finishing a number of projects around mid year, I have been thoroughly enjoying (ok.. maybe slightly 'obsessed') with 'This Goes with That'. It is a block of the month project, designed by Sue Daley (of Busyfingers) being an 'English Paper Piecing' Hexagon Project.
English Paper Piecing Hexagons was in fact the first ever 'patchwork' project I did when I was 15, taught as an end of year elective at school. I became obsessed then too, and used to go down to the local fabric shop (no quilt shops in Adelaide back then) and spend my pocket money on a few snippets of coordinating fabrics.
I have done a couple more similiar projects over the years, but am absolutely in love with this one. It is highly addictive and a lot of fun. I have chosen to do my project in civil war fabrics, and maybe this is part of the reason why I am having so much fun also, as it completely different to what I normally work with. It has lead to me looking into the history of such fabrics, and therefore the women sewing them at the time. Do you know that the women used their quilts in the civil war era as vehicles of political propaganda? They used to embroider little messages to the men on the front line... I love it!
So here are a couple of pics of my work so far. I have chosen to join my hexies with triangles, but there are other options. I just like to separate them so can be seen more clearly (and damn it! ..if I've gone to the trouble to make them, I want them seen!!). The project runs for 8 months, and each month you get 2 hexie patterns, with the template, papers and thread to match. At The Quilters Corner, we have two colour ways available, civil war and bright florals. Please note however, that I have used mainly my own collection of fabrics as I started well before the shop :)
Enjoy your week,
Squeezes, Michelle xx