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Crafting update

I have been sewing away in any spare moment I can find. I suspect I look to craft when I feel stressed. It doesn't mean I eat any less chocolate or really get to any of the multitude of things that are stressing me out but I think I find it somewhat comforting to have my hands busy.

Anyway ... crafting posts are all about the show and tell, aren't they?

Here is the pile of fabric bundles I am sending out tomorrow to mostly Tasmania ... sneak peek for some since others have already seen this month's project:




And below are a couple of the finished blocks for the quilt project I am currently utterly engrossed in. I bought a jelly roll for a fabric line by Moda that I just loved - L'Amour, amusingly - which was mostly because of a pink and chocolate colour infatuation I am on. I was throwing ideas around with my mum (its basically for machine sewing and I thought i would get mine out and learn but I didn't) who eventually suggested just wading in and cutting it up like you would normally for a quilt block. I decided that since I had so many variations in the one fabric line, I would try a bunch of Jinny Beyer patterns and play around with light and dark and 3-dimensional looks.



Since i had the reverse, sort of, I tried this block in browns:



As I was make it up, I thought was totally not going to work, in terms of the 3D work, but did when I finally got it all done up.

And this one which frankly was a pain to make and I have no intention of sewing again:



I've got two other blocks close to being finished up and am also starting to sew the first frames round these finished blocks. Some will be in brown and some in red. And then I a m going to have sashing in white followed by another strip of colour (unyet decided if combination of brown and red or only one).

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redbraids
Jun. 1st, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
I hear you on crafting to reduce stress. I hate it when people say "You must have so much time on your hands" when the reality is often when I have no time I squeeze a moment there a moment here. Those little moments of actual crafting or thinking of crafting are often just the touches of joy in an otherwise bleak time.
girliejones
Jun. 2nd, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
I do the same! (I do the same with TPP too). I sew when I am reading on the computer screen and I sew when I am recording GS ... I've even started using ziploc bags with small bits of projects that I can then take with me places for snatched moments.

I think I find the product soothing too - the day can have totally sucked or been completely unproductive but I can put together a bit of a quilt and look: there, I did something. And it is pretty!
cassiphone
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
I love those pinks and reds and browns.

One of my favourite things about quilting is getting to experiment and play with colours.
girliejones
Jun. 2nd, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
The funny thing is I just loved the pinks and browns but when you play with something and you try not to control it so strongly, it goes where it has to go. Which in this case will be more red and brown.

I'm only just really beginning to take the hands off and play - and let whatever happens happen for the theory that I won't learn how things work if I don't let some things not come out right. So I just finished another block last night that I'm not fully convinced works but I'm going to keep it and include it in the quilt anyway.
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