Friday, 1 May 2009
A bit of help needed!
A couple of UFOs which I've got stuck on. Mostly I have been short of time but I'm being very indecisive about the next step.
The first, a Lone Star, I have been making for Sophie and have started to hand quilt the central star. I haven't yet decided on how to quilt the white squares or the border. Jan suggested a fleur de lys and Tessa suggested a star in the corners. Do I use white or blue quilting thread?
My second is a batik swap I took part in before Christmas with Popular Patchwork. We each provided a 10" square of batik and this is what I did with mine. I have layered it with cotton wadding as I'd like it to be a wall hanging. Should I quilt in-the-ditch or does it need a pattern?
The light was very good in my garden yesterday afternoon so I took the quilts outside to photograph. My beanpoles seemed like a good place to hang the quilts, though the breeze coming off the field made it a bit tricky!
The plant in the foreground is comfrey which is supposed to be a good compost maker. I just put some cuttings into the ground last summer and they have gone mad so I will be cutting them right back to give an edging/retainer to the soil. We have very poor soil here - full of rocks - so all the nutrients drain away very quickly. These plants should help improve things.