Thursday, 21 March 2013

Scrappy Trip around the World


Last Friday, when it seemed like everyone else has returned from making their Scrappy Trip around the World quilts and were now staying at home to begin a Marcelle Medallion,  I finally packed my rucksack and embarked on a solo, unfashionably-late trip around the world of my own. I can now see why so many people have made a bee-line for this pattern - it's totally addictive and the end result is stunning...and you really can put it together with scraps, without too much thought about a colour scheme. 


There has been so little sewing going on in my house recently that by last Friday I felt there was an actual need to sew in order for me to be a normal person over the weekend. The moment I began to get my boxes of material out and had constructed a nest around me, that only a mess of fabric seems capable of creating in just the right way, I began to feel my equilibrium return. 


The purpose of my sewing was a dog bed for Nell as she has nearly outgrown the one that Polly gave us for her. It may seem indulgent to give a dog your best Liberty fabric or to spend quite so many hours of your time piecing together something involving 1" squares (I reduced the scale of the pattern, as only fiddly would do that day), but this had very little to do with Nell or what the end product was to be, and everything to do with me having a need to sew with some Tana lawn and to work on something absorbing. 


It was so gloomy outside that to be inside with the lights on was thoroughly cosy. I listened to The Lumineers on repeat (does anyone else love The Lumineers - can you recommend anything similar I might like so that I can alternate them with something else?), cut fabric, sewed strips, cut more fabric, laid strips out ready to be sewn, and then lined up seams in a repetitive whirl of happiness. 


Until finally I had some finished blocks. 


This pattern only comes to life once you start placing the blocks next to one another. The blocks can be put together in a myriad of different ways - below are just two of the combinations I played around with. 



And here they are once they're sewn together. 


The overall colour is insanely intense and I love it. Despite the fact that little Nell is currently like a small feral wolf who will not appreciate either, I decided that the possibility of combining the Tana lawn with some Oakshott was too irresistible to leave untried. Before you despair at this level of impracticality, I think I completely solved all of those issues with the way I quilted it, but that's for another post. 



Mid-construction, here's a photo of our beautiful tabby appreciating Liberty and Oakshott in a quiet, reserved and respectful way. I finally finished the bed today and Nell's reaction was slightly less like a patron in a gallery and more like...well a wild dog in a dog bed. It was highly amusing and she never fails to shock me with quite how un-cat-like she is. But I'd been bracing myself for that - as I said earlier in my post, making this wasn't about the end result, it was all about enjoying the process. 

Wishing you a lovely weekend, 
Florence x

26 comments:

  1. This is beautiful Florence. I will have to make one. Hope your enjoying Nellx

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  2. How beautiful! But I can't help thinking that tabby has got a bit of a raw deal here - all that patient modelling of the Liberty cushion and then the noisy new girl gets her own special bed?!

    Just had a quick listen to The Lumineers to find out what they're like. Don't know anything very similar but have you heard Devon Sproule? She did a lovely version of a song called 'Carrie's Freckles'. You could go old-school and listen to the Emmylou Harris album 'Roses In The Snow'. Maybe even [whispering so Boyfriend doesn't hear] Ben Folds Five?? None of that's anything like The Lumineers. I might as well just say that you can never go wrong with 'Night Train' by Oscar Peterson. x

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    1. Thank you so much for the links, Nina - I'm currently listening to Devon Sproule on Jules Holland - although that's not the best example as few people sound the same live as they do on CD (not that people have CDs anymore). I'm trying to remember where I remember Emmy Lou Harris from - it's definitely from a song where she did a collaboration with a male artist, but I can't remember which - but I did like it very uch. Ben Folds Five: unfortunately there are certain things that Ian won't tolerate me listening to...BFF may join Rod Stewart and Roachford in the list of people who I will be accussed of deviance and deliberately enraging him if I put them on...both of the above do go on regularly anyway though :) The Lumineers is a happy meeting ground as he loves them too.

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    2. BFF are also banned around here, in fact I might have been "persuaded" to send my CD to the charity shop when we moved... I think Devon Sproule is good live but hardly anyone gives a good performance on Jools Holland, I think the studio is set up really badly - it always seems like the musicians can't hear themselves.

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    3. Emmylou Harris did a great album with Mark Knopfler, that might be the one you are thinking of?

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  3. I love the busy fabrics- they somehow (magically) blend together to make something less busy. As for music, have you tried "The Good Lovelies"? They're a local group to us, and I can't help but tap my toes and hum along while I sew.

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    1. Oh what a super suggestion - I can see why you like them - thank you!

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  4. The pattern really can only be seen after they've been put together, especially because of the closeness in colour/value. I love it, just gorgeous!! (OH no another of those Captcha's)

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    1. You're right - close up it's not evident at all. Sorry about the captcha - my inbox is unmanageable without it as I get so much spam. x

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  5. Well, I am even slower than you because I still haven't started my trip around the world!

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    1. Hurrah! I'm not the last in the world then - it is so worth doing - it's very simple, but the results make it look more complex.

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  6. So gorgeous! I would never have the patience to do anything that small.

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  7. Wow, the stitching is beautiful and your patience is incredible!

    How had I missed the Lumineers? Along with The Good Lovelies they are now on my listening list. Thank you so much!

    May I suggest Australians Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson? (both separate artists, but magic together) Here's one to start with:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa_o2zjic2E

    I hardly ever recommend music, it is like putting a bit of your heart up to be examined and criticised...but for you...and because you gave me the Lumineers...I take the risk!

    Sue :)

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about that, Sue - I find the same thing with recommending books too. I'm so pleased you took the risk though - I love it and the video is wonderful! Thank you. x

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    2. I am so glad, you are welcome!

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  8. It is a beautiful combination. I hope your pup is respectful. I agree with Sue's listening suggestion above. If you would like another Australian option you could also try the Waifs:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADlAc-NsDng or Paul Kelly

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    1. Yay! So many good suggestions - thank you! I love her music and I feel envious of her dimple too.

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  9. This is GORGEOUS and you are insane!!! In a good way of course :)

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  10. That is a gorgeous looking combination of fabrics. Nell is one very lucky pup!

    As for music suggestions, my taste is rather eclectic to say the least but, having just listened on You Tube to The Lumineers, I imagine you'd probably quite like Mumford and Sons or Noah and the Whale? Antony and the Johnsons are also quite lovely (to listen to, the jury is still out on watching them!).

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  11. You've pitched it so perfectly from listening to a little of The Lumineers - we actually listen to all of those! My father has been utterly obsessed by Antony & the Johnsons music for several years (he always discovers music before me, so I listen to that as one of his recommendations). Again, Mumford & Sons gets played a lot in our house as The Cave is my son's current favourite song. And we have Life Goes On on a few compilations that we seem to listen to in the car, although not much else by Noah & the Whale, so I may have to investigate further. Thank you. x

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    1. My three-year old loves Noah and the Whale (she also loves Biffy Clyro and Green Day so her tastes in music are as eclectic as mine!). If you already listen to all my previous suggestions then might I offer Half Moon Run as an alternative? I'm not sure how long they've been around, I only discovered them recently but they are an indie-folk style band similar to Mumford & Sons and Noah & The Whale.

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