Playing with Fabric

I went to another class at Make Cafe last week, this time on paper piecing patchwork.  Once I got my head round the technique it was lots of fun, and again the class (a bit bigger than last time) was full of lovely people, so we had a great chat over the sewing machines.  The tutor turned out to be someone whose blog I occasionally read so it was really cool to meet her (she also turned out to be a potentially very useful contact to have professionally, so a win all round!).

We didn’t have time to finish our squares during the class, and I’ve been distracted by other things (see below) since then, so I haven’t got round to finishing it at home either, but this is where I’ve got so far:

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Yes, of course it’s got cats on it!  Did you think, given an entire stash of fabrics to take my pick from, I wouldn’t find the one piece with cats? 😉


Remember that second table?  The one I had ambitious plans for?  Well, the reason I didn’t finish my patchwork square at the weekend was because I started working on it.  And quickly discovered my plans were very ambitious – definitely more than a one-weekend job.  I’m really pleased with how it’s going, though – it’s turning out exactly as I imagined it:

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Planning…

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Pushkin “helps” by shredding the newspaper I put down to protect the carpet from glue splatters.

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“Yes, I am proud of myself. Why do you ask?”

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The moment of truth approaches…

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Yes, that’s fabric, and I’m making a mosaic with it. Cool idea, eh? I saw a decoupage mosaic done with paper, and then I read about using fabric for decoupage, so I decided to try combining the two ideas. And so far it seems to be working!

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And that’s as far as I got by Sunday evening.  I’ve done a wee bit more in the evenings since then, but it takes quite a bit of concentration, so I haven’t got very far.  I’ll make another big effort this weekend (housework? who needs to do housework?), and maybe it’ll be ready to be varnished by next weekend.  I’m really please with how it’s looking so far, though.

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