Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Several months ago I was struggling with what to do next.  I finished 2 really complicated projects over the holidays and nothing was appealing to me.  Also, the pain thing.  So, I opted for something really simple.
These are Martha Washington (?) Days of the Week iron on patterns, minus the week day.
I have a bunch of them stashed away because they are so darned cute.
I used crayon to color in the mice.  There's a fusible interfacing on the back to stabilize but I added that before I colored.  Now my mice have that dotted texture... 
We're going to pretend it's a design feature.  Gives it more ... movement....?
Anyways, I'm bound to have a grand baby some day.  I'll be ready.

I also have pigs.  They're going to be adorable.
A couple of years ago, my Applique Society group bought this book and had templates made.  A bunch of us were going to work on it and share our progress as we went.   I think 2 out of maybe, 10 of us actually started it.  It's Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery by Linda Franz.  Jane Austen made 1 quilt (that we know of) in her life time.  This pattern was an interpretation of Jane's quilt.
Mine has been a disaster since day 1.  We had templates made but we were supposed to add .25" seam allowances to the template size.  Well, of course I didn't remember that 2 years after they were made.  My center block was made the correct size but none of the other pieces were.

The pieces were already cut and the broiderie purse blocks were all appliqued when I realized my mistake.  What's a girl to do?!  I patched and added as I went, you'll notice the center block has an extra border on 2 sides.  It also went from quilt to wall hanging.  Stick a fork in me, I'm done.  it's a shame though, I'm really digging the color palette.  
Melissa loves it.  She asked me to make it longer so she can use it in her room as a "tapestry".  I guess that's better than the garbage heap.  My current goal is to finish it by the end of this week.  Looks like I've got plenty of time to get it done...

Stay safe, my lovelies!

1 comment:

  1. I was so sad to hear you mis-cut but I think you did a great job salvaging the project! It's beautiful. I've been keeping my eye on Katie's and it is ever so tempting to order a set of templates and start one too but (for now) I'll resist! Love the little embroideries with the mice and I can't wait to see the pigs. I used to collect pigs so am very excited to see what you've got!