I find my flighty thoughts are always running away, thinking about what I’m going to make next (which is, more often than not, something entirely different from what I am supposed to be making next..). At the moment, given any opportunity, they dash off to the lovely world of nubbly texture and florals that is linen plus Liberty. It seems nothing else will do! I am currently planning a Very Important mini-quilt which has been entirely in my head up until now, but I really wanted to make a few blocks, to see if I what I have in my head will work in reality. So I gave myself a bit of time off money-making sewing to have a play.
So here’s my first block – based on a flower block from my Japanese book in French (yes I wanted it that much!) – The Daily Quilt. It worked out so nicely I decided I couldn’t resist making it up into a pincushion – not what I meant to do at all, but you have to follow your impulses sometimes:
I interfaced the Liberty with light iron-on interfacing because I have it in my head that it really needs to be a similar weight to the linen. I wonder if my quilting friends know whether this is a good thing to do, or is it technically frowned upon? I hand-pieced the blocks, using the technique I have learned from Japanese books by Yoko Saito and Suzuko Koseki – it’s a method I find very relaxing, but it is slow, so I am wondering about trying to make a block like this with my machine. The pieces are really tiny though, and I’m not sure about those tight angles. Wish me luck!
Hope you have lovely weekend plans, whether you’re sewing, playing, crocheting, baking, gardening, relaxing… enjoy it!