Thursday, 2 July 2015

Latest on my Lucy Boston

As last reported in May, I now have 40+ Patchwork of the Crosses blocks so I have started on the bits between them. There are various ways of arranging them but I have chosen this one:

For every block I therefore need 24 white honeycombs and 16 red squares, and for my 4-squares marked '2' in the diagram, I am going to use a 2" square of white. So for 40 blocks, I need 960 white honeycombs and 640 red squares. And that's not counting any kind of border. Wow. Here is one I've added the extra white pieces to and am adding the red squares in.
Lucy Boston patchwork of the crosses

It's astonishing that, just as I think the main job is done, it turns out I need even more pieces than the block took to join it to the next one. Amazing!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Two Little Dresses for Africa #LDFA

Jan at 'Sew and Sow Farm' is hosting a sewing drive to make these Little Dresses for Africa.
Sew and Sow Farm
The pattern couldn't be simpler and you can even use an old pillowcase for the job. I would say it took me 2.5 hours start to finish to make these.
Little dresses for Africa
That includes using a couple of the fancy stitches on my machine for the bias along the bottom edge.
Little dresses for Africa
The purple fabric is one I brought back from Japan with me and the flowery one is something I got from Scrap. I hope they'll both do the job! Jan has got her Sponsors to offer some amazing prizes so if you have time to add to the total number of dresses, the deadline is 5th July.

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