Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Sow's Ear Binding Is Done... & EPP Tuesday...

Because I am such a humble, meek & shy person😉, I shall blow my own horn here & say
I'm dead-chuffed that I got the binding done on the Sow's Ear Quilt so darn quick.
I think it's because I decided to neglect virtually everything for a few days, & just stitch at every possible opportunity.
 
Went into Spotlight for sewing machine needles last week, & came out with 2 DMC threads, 50cm of fabric, a candle, some template plastic, a new rotary cutter & spare blade... & the needles. Also bought a container of handy little clips; I'd seen them in use in blog & IG land, so they were worth the try at 30% off.
No more pricking, scratching & swearing at the pins holding the bind in place!
 I did sew a good length by machine, & it looked ok despite my lack of confidence with that method... but decided I preferred the look of hand-stitched, so unpicked it.
 Site Manager has issued his tick of approval, which is such a relief... wouldn't want to disappoint him... little devil just sauntered out the back door, straight over to the quilt, flopped down & made himself at home!
 I'm so very pleased to have it finished!
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Now to my EPP efforts for the last few weeks... still on a break from the Scrappy Quilt, it's been fun to play with the half-inch hexy's & progress these ornaments. The sets will be stitched together, with a ribbon loop at the top, to become little gifts for Christmas.

While I can't say I'm a fan of the 1/2" size & do find them tricky to baste, these hexy's are certainly cute.

I'd love to see what EPP is taking shape at the hands of my readers...
Will you share yours here?
As always, the linky is over in the right-hand sidebar.
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It's always great to see what the other ladies in my Patchwork group are working on, they are all so inspiring... 3 or 4 ladies are slowly but surely making the blocks for 'The Farmers Wife'... I so admire their skill & patience with the hand-sewing of each block, they really are amazing.
Nola is making a lap-size for herself using the 1930s book, & I wanted to show you her blocks:
 Each block is 6½"sq unfinished (if I recall correctly) & you can see the size of some of the pieces against the cotton reel below.
 I'm not tempted or interested to make such a quilt myself, but boy it's beautiful to see!

 Have a fab day♥

20 comments:

Michelle Ridgway said...

Love Sows Ear and well done on the speedy binding sewing. Why do pets love to photobomb lol!I have always fancied Farmers Wife but then I go and have a good lie down until I get over it! They are beautiful blocks. Big congrats to Nola x

Jeanette said...

Love the binding. The quilt is so very beautiful. Pets just love to photobomb. 😊. Love your epp. Hugs, xx

Susan said...

Well done finishing the binding so quickly - those clips are great - and try them when you start basting your hexies - they help hold everything in place...

What would you prefer to lie on??? a quilt or scratchy grass??
Site Manager loves comfort just like us.

Chookyblue...... said...

Great to see your quilt finally finished......

The Sloan Patch said...

Well done!!! What a great finish. Love your little Christmas hexies x

retdairyqueen said...

The quilt looks great Always nice to have a speedy finish even if the rest of it took forever
Cute dog

Fiona said...

woohoo... great job. so lovely to have a great big finish like that...
Hugz

I am said...

Hi Anthea such a beautiful finish,well done.

Leanne said...

Hi Anthea, well done on such a great finish. Your quilt looks awesome.

kiwikid said...

Well done on getting the binding done..I might not have unpicked though!! Love the photo bomber, they always know the best opportunity to come and join in!! The little hexies too, the Farmers Wife blocks are amazing...I am not tempted either!!

Maria said...

Great finish Anthea....
Lovely Christmas hexies too...

Helen said...

It's always a great feeling when the binding is done beautiful quilt. Lovely Christmas hexies and supervisor:)

Lin said...

Your binding has worked well Anthea and the quilt looks really great finished. Your little ornaments are looking great - I'm sorry I have nothing to link up this time. Your friends Farmers Wife blocks are brilliant - I love her colour scheme. xx

Julia said...

Well done finishing the binding so quickly, sometimes you just have to get it done..
Those clips are great, lovely Christmas hexies..

Janice said...

How good yo have your Quilt finished. It certainly turned out well. You should be thrilled with it.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Lovely finish! It is so pretty.. xx

Kaylee said...

It looks great Anthea. Oh yes hand sewing binding on a quilt is a big job. I did one in April last year which took me a solid straight 6-1/2 hours on a smaller quilt than yours. My hands were a bit crampy for a few days. I think it measured about 48" x 75". I always do the ADF ones by machine with a decorative zig zag stitch as it's so much quicker and also more durable.

elliek said...

Love the quilt. Those clips are really good for holding paper pieces together too.

Linda in Calif. said...

I love the binding on the quilt! Such a beautiful batik, it's perfect!

marina said...

The site manager looks very comfy on your completed quilt! What good taste

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