Thursday, 20 October 2011

Quilting around the cereal bowl


Firstly, thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last post. We so appreciated your good leaping wishes!

Last night I finished binding the throw that uses the Robert Kaufman silk/cotton Radiance fabrics that Katy sent to me (blogged about in full here). I couldn't quite decide what to do for the quilt pattern...one anonymous reader suggested doing something clever playing with the light and dark tones which the bundle would lend itself very well to and on that basis I investigated doing a tumbling blocks quilt that appears to be almost three dimensional because of the use of tone. I've always loved these quilts, but when I thought about what would be right for our own house I knew that this would be too geometric...something more free-flowing and less defined would fit in better...and so I didn't end up doing anything clever with light and dark, but it's on my list of things I'd still like to attempt!


Eventually, I came across Amy Butler's free pattern called Thea's Puzzle. I liked the central panel of this and the way that the strips of colour are wonky, and are alternately placed with a thick end and a narrow end. While I didn't stick to any of Amy's dimensions, it's a fantastic pattern that lays out the cutting process quickly and simply so that you can freestyle away. In retrospect, I wish I'd cut my strips a little more wonkily to accentuate the width difference more.


Being a silk mix this fabric is more prone to fray than cotton. I decided to try interfacing it with some ultra-soft Vilene this time (last time I used silk in a quilt I overlocked the edges). Interfacing three and a half yards of fabric was a long and tiresome process that left me nearly weeping in front of the ironing board...but it does add a little extra soft puffiness to the finished thing too, so ultimately it's worth doing.


I now wonder how I've previously managed without my husband at home as my blogging assistant; today he's attempted to photograph the quilt in use (although that didn't turn out very well as he made me laugh so much that it's mostly just a quilt with my blurry hands waving around), as well as taking pictures of a winter coat that I've just finished making (more on that in another post).


It's an odd thing having my husband at home in the best kind of way and it feels just like a holiday...only he seems to sit in front of his laptop more than he might on a holiday. Yesterday he said to me: I'll be wanting salads for lunch or I'll just end up falling asleep in the afternoon. The idea of me force-feeding him carbs was an amusing one...it was as if he knew that my lunch without him would consist of a bowl of dry cereal so that I wouldn't have to take a break from sewing. The idea of a lunch hour is a foreign concept for me and I've found myself just like I imagine a 'proper person' might be when sitting at a table with him eating spinach, beetroot, apple & grilled halloumi salads.


I've no idea why I took the above photo now, but it was on Monday, pre-leaping (or what I shall now think of as pre-grown-up-lunching). The quilt top is laid out in blocks before being sewn together, my laptop is on, my phone is nearby and an empty cereal bowl is in amongst it all...for some reason these things make me laugh. What do you have for lunch when you're left to your own devices?

Florence x

25 comments:

  1. Gorgeous quilt, so impressed by your productivity.

    Left to my own devices I'd have mushrooms on toast for lunch everyday. It's only the merciless mocking from the husband and kids that prevents me.

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  2. This quilt is stunning - well done! As for lunch when left alone to sew to my heart’s content... well, a bad habit but I usually forget all about lunch under those circumstances.

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  3. it is amazing. it looks so deliciously soft and luxurious!

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  4. Your quilt is wonderful! I just love the colours. As to lunch - well, toast and homemade jam on a good day, on the worst/best of days (depending on how you look at life) a Mars Bar. Hubby fares better because he makes his own. And the very best of days to come for you and your man - well done for leaping. My favourite quote : you get what you settle for (Thelma & Louise).

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  5. Florence, I just wanted to add my best wishes to all the ones on the previous post. It IS the right thing to do and you will have such fun together on this next adventure. Good luck xx

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  6. Oh, I'm a big cereal eater too, sandwiches are so boring! Your quilt is heavenly! I must look out for that fabric as it looks gorgeous.

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  7. Oh, I am so glad that the whole lunch thing is not just me! Left to myself I just have a couple of pieces of toast and Vegemite at about 2pm - my husband has been at home doing the smallholding thing for 18 months and he will produce a proper lunch with knives and forks and plates all set out - soup today, selection of salads in summer - so very civilized. I sort of revert to feral if he is away and eat a lot of crisps and ice cream!

    Pomona x

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  8. Gorgeous quilt, would match my front room beautifully xx

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  9. Love that quilt, gorgeous colours and a perfect pattern for it.

    As for lunch, at weekends I do 'bits' as in bits an pieces I scavenge from the fridge, like a bit of cheese, a slice of cooked meat, some pickles (which sounds like it should be a posh deli board, but really isn't!) Good job I don't have to feed anyone else really lol

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  10. What a beautiful quilt! I'm one of those people who need to eat lunch. And it doesn't always matter what it is.. I eat a lot of chicken though. I am usually here alone all day so I love it when someone comes for lunch and I can cook for someone else :)

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  11. beautiful quilt & great pattern choice for those fabrics - the perfect mix of luxurious silkiness & wonky woo.

    congrats on the leap & grown up lunch hourness ;) x

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  12. It is a beautiful quilt and the two of you sound as if you will have a wonderful time together. Again, good luck.

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  13. This quilt is stunning and I'm so impressed with the speed you completed it! I have cheese on toast mainly.

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  14. I'm so delighted to learn that most of you channel your inner-slob in the same way that I do when left to my own devices...it seems it's mostly toast, cereal, sweets or not bothering at all.

    Pomona - that's exactly the word I was looking for - feral!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments about the quilt and also for the extra happy leaping wishes that have appeared.

    On the subject of the quilt fabric - I'm not sure if it's available in the UK at all - I think it might be one of those fabrics that needs ordering from overseas - just search for Robert Kaufman Radiance and something should come up.

    x

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  15. The quilt is gorgeous and I love the gleam of the fabric. But how on earth do you manage to produce the volume of items you do, with such high quality in such a short time?! I would still be pondering what to make, whereas you have decided, cut, stitched, layered, quilted, bound and taken pics! . Louise.

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  16. Love the quilt, gorgeous colours. And as some others have said, well done for leaping, I am at that stage myself but haven't quite been brave enough to hand my notice in.
    Left to my own for lunch, toast and apricot preserve and a yogurt. Not great but I think it is a waste of my time if i'm sewing or in the garden.

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  17. Beautiful quilt, it looks very opulent, I am dying to try out those fabrics.

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  18. Beautiful quilt! I eat toast for my dinner almost every day - beats having to decide what to put in a sandwich!

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  19. Leftovers. Leftovers on Toast. Leftovers zapped into soup if I'm feeling culinary. In the absence of leftovers, pasta with pesto. Not exciting.

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  20. Ooooh it's gorgeous! You really can see the radiance! I love the photo of you snuggled under it as it shows how big and sumptuous the quilt is.

    I eat cereal a lot for tea after work so i can't have it for lunch too! I did have 3 meals of cereal once and i felt really cranky and faint by the end of the day - any wonder! Toast for lunch though, now that's perfectly acceptable!

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  21. Love the shimmer on this quilt. I think the way you've graded the colours really shows off the "radiance".
    If I'm minus the husband and kids I have whatever is fastest for lunch, preferably leftovers. If on my own for dinner I'd have Tuna and vegetables every single night. 'cause it's easy, yummy and I only need one plate. Can you tell I hate cooking and washing up??

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  22. This is just so beautiful, no need for other words

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  23. That's a lovely quilt.. it looks very sophisticated, and the silkiness and colours say 1930s-ish to me.

    I would eat Wigmore cheese and Bresaola every day for lunch and dinner if I could..

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  24. Louise - I think it's possible that I have a small team of elves, as sometimes I look back on things I've made and wonder where the hours have come from....and whether I was actually present for all of them!

    Ali, I think you have come up with the most sophisticated, grown-up lunches yet...meaning that you're entirely worthy of your title of Domestic Ali.

    Thank you so much again for your lovely comments - it's been so lovely reading them. x

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  25. I'm a blog behind with my comment but I do so love this quilt that I had to say something! The slight irregularity of the stripes is perfect and the soft silkiness of the fabric must be ideal for a copy lap quilt, particularly on a cool evening. Every time I see one of your quilts I am inspired to make one of my own, I just haven't got around to it yet!

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Florence x