New Year Stitching

New Year’s Eve has never held any great excitement for me, I love Christmas, but over the years I often volunteered to work New Years Eve as I really wasn’t enthralled with the idea of going out. My OH and I now have a nice routine of a special meal at home and an evening together, if we’re lucky we might still be awake at midnight! This year we watched Les Miserables, which meant I could do a bit of sewing too…

I’ve a few projects I want to get on top of before the next Sarah Fielke BOM starts on 31st January, my Etui box needs finishing, I’ve two blocks to do for my Spring Wreath quilt, and I want to do a few more Splendid Sampler blocks. Top of my list however was some quilt blocks for Kate Chiconi. Kate is making a beautiful quilt to be sold to raise money for an Ovarian Cancer charity. It’s a rather special quilt as it is in memory of a particular lady so the design includes her favourite things. It’s to be made on a very tight deadline so Kate asked the blogging community to help…

I’m making a cornerstone with a scallop shell and a couple of background blocks. I decided on New Year’s Eve to tackle the scallop shell. Kate suggested applique which sounded the best way forward. I searched on Pinterest for some ideas, but in the end I drew a shell by hand and made a basic wedge pattern. I cut seven wedges out from a pretty batik in greens, blues and teals. It would have been nice to have them all from the same stretch of pattern but the remnant I had left was long and thin the wrong way, so I managed to cut them from two areas.

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Having stitched the wedges together I trimmed them to a scallop shape and added the two ‘wings’ on the bottom. I realised that at the centre, not only was it bulky, there was also a bit of a gap! I cut a short wedge to applique over the top. It works really well as it meant I could reduce the bulk in the middle and it enhances the design. All I had to do then was to applique the shell to a batik background.

I’d also volunteered to make a couple of background blocks, the central ones were to be in the palest, muted shades of teal, blue and cream, the border blocks were in brighter, jewel like tones. I decided on a simple nine square bock for both blocks. The border one was fairly easy to choose fabrics for, I used the same stripy batik as the shell for a bit of continuity, together with a gorgeous spotty batik. The centre block was more tricky, just because how pale is pale! In the end I fussy cut from another batik, picking out the most muted areas. If it doesn’t look right it can always go behind the central design 🙂

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These will be winging their way to Australia at the weekend, I’m looking forward to seeing this quilt come together as I think it’s going to be pretty special.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to New Year Stitching

  1. katechiconi says:

    Just beautiful, Margaret! You’ve chosen such lovely fabrics, and I think the shell is wonderful, with the pattern running across it. Thank you so much for taking this one. I especially like the idea of the blocks winging their way to me, given that I’ve been working on the wings over the past two days! Something to show soon, I hope…

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  2. tialys says:

    Lovely job on the blocks for Kate – I’m hoping to get my two cornerstones off to her today.
    I’m with you on the New Year indifference – when I was a young woman about town, it was my favourite night of the year to go out but, increasingly, I can’t get excited about yet another year passing – must be my age. Perhaps we should have watched ‘Les Miserables’ too 🤣

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  3. wybrow1966 says:

    Sounds like you are going to be really busy from the start.

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  4. Catherine says:

    You have made some lovely blocks. I too can’t wait to see the finished quilt!

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  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I understand you disinterest in the NY Eve party scene. I was in bed by 9pm. ha… Wild one. Your shell look good as well as the blocks. It will be interesting to see how this quilt comes together.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    That sounds like our typical New Years, except we always have cheese and crackers that night. We enjoy some fancy cheese and special crackers, so it seems like a big party, but we are often in bed at 9 pm, as usual! Great looking blocks!

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  7. nanacathy2 says:

    The shell is just lovely.

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  8. Debbierose says:

    Lovely scallop shell, stunning colours

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  9. Great job on the shell applique!

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