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Hello everybody, this week I've been working on quilting and patchwork techniques, as I desperately want to improve my confidence and skill in using a sewing machine. I've also gone on a bit of a fabric spree:

The gold (I think it may be called "brocade" but I'm not sure) and the paisley fabrics are from Cardiff Market. I've seen that stall countless times and finally bought from them. They have an unbelievable amount of fabric including bags of offcuts, as well as haberdashery items. The red with silver and gold stars was on Clearance at John Lewis, 100% cotton at a bargainous £4.20 per metre.

The Mr Men & Little Miss fabric were fat quarters I bought nearly a year ago from Hobbycraft. I've been learning how to compose patchwork squares using 2 triangles. These are very good for practising on the sewing machine, as it only requires sewing in straight lines.

Below is what is called a Cathedral Window:

This involves folding and pressing, folding some more and pinning. I hand stitched around the "windows" as sewing curves on a machine is just a bit beyond me right now! I also tried a technique called "Secret Garden", which I also stitched by hand, although hopefully my next efforts will be by machine:

I was also taken by this hexagon-honeycomb shape, and I (luckily) had some fabric that complemented each other well for this design:

My phone did add a filter when I took this photo, so the colours in real life are not quite this vibrant, but still bright and pretty nonetheless. Also, when the filter came up it recognised the patchwork as "flowers" 😊. The panels were handstitched together by "oversewing". I don't know if they can be machine stitched together; surely it's possible, I'll consult YT.

Finally, I'm working on a tote bag which follows an easier pattern than my previous effort, and seems larger too. It does require a lot of continual fabric though, the straps alone are 135cm long:

Can you see it shaping up?

I have some polyester wadding on its way.. I like to think I'll be able to make a quilted bag in the not too distant future.. Especially if I keep going at the rate I have been this last week!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Until next time,


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