Sunday, 3 July 2011

hex-log-crazy work

The time rolls along and the course tick list slowly fills up with, well ticks. This time I shall be merrily ticking off paper piecing, log cabin and crazy patchwork. I know that I would struggle with the accuracy required for 'proper' patchwork. My points just don't meet, I think it has something to do with the way I use my machine- for F=A=S=T, I zoom with little thought for accurate or even straight seams so it was nice to slow down and hand sew the papered hexagons. I was pleased that it didn't actually take forever to paper piece and that it was very mobile and pick-up and put-downable. More to come? I'm not sure, but when the need calls for it it won't be a technique I cringe at the thought of.

I think logcabin could actually be a whole life's work, fiddling around with different effects, tones, patterns scales. I don't mind the constant ironing, I like the thrifty nature of the beast- using up the odds and ends. I love that the centre square should always be red to represent the warm hearth at the heart of the log cabin.I'm not a rules kind of a girl but I like this. More to come? Surely to goodness if only to connect with my inner 'little house' dweller!
Finally I got a little crazy- his photo has come out a little sun bleached the colours are much more smoking jacket in real life, I really got caught up in the Victorian study vibe for
this and if I had had some quills or beetle's wings or those dear oriental coins with the square holes in the middle you would have seen them here- crikey a shrunken head wouldn't have gone amiss!
More to come? I actually struggled to get the base laid- I ended up with awkward gaps I had no idea how to cover. In essence the technique is p****d log cabin with 'place and turn clockwise- repeat', perhaps I had just failed to achieve the correct degree of inebriation? But I loved the decoration- the trawling of the bead box for the weird/wonderful/both. So I think yes, a little more to come- but definitely in the same vein- no pretty flowers here, I am going all out seedy opium den with this every time!

And the long absences? Well birthdays for small girls, more family sadness, more bunting for the charity shop, and much much more wedding preparation. There is so much I can't show you that I have been fiddling away at. I have made jewellery for the big day, my bouquet and I have a few other tricks up my sleeve but as Simon knows me (I was going to say inside-out=but it made me feel a bit sick!) so well I want to make sure I surprise him just a little bit on the 6th of August- if I can. (don't worry- no seedy opium den vibe on that day- think it may be a little mo
re abandoned wedding in Nanny Mcphee- but heck It's meant to be fun right?


Jenni said...

Those hexagons remind me of my nan, she had cushion covers like that!! x

Lyn said...

I love the patchwork and your description of the Victorian gentlemans smoking jacket!

karen said...

it's definitely meant to be fun...don't lose sight of that! good luck with the tick list!!

Jackie said...

I made a whole hand stitched double bed cover...couldn't really call it a quilt..for my best friends wedding in 1976.
I really enjoyed it but cringe at the thought of it now. Congratulations with getting through the tick list. i don't know how you do it with a wdding looming.

wonderwoman said...

your work is just lovely - can't wait to find out what you are gonna do for your wedding!!


Jan said...

Love your sewing. So exciting about your wedding! I will stayed tuned into your blog.