Made by hand
Another trip to England...to mind my grandchildren. We've always made things together - puppets and theatres, cardboard box houses, books, dolls....this time it was small boxes. Well, I made some - my grandson was completely underwhelmed, preferring to play video games...my granddaughter was polite/kind enough to join in. Hers is the rainbow one.
She does like sewing, so we also made a quilted pencil case - most of which she did herself...
A trip to the charity shops brought in a good haul of fabrics for the bird rug.
So now I have nine bundles of different strips to work with. I pull out one or two from each bundle and hook them almost at random...
And the good news is .... the patchwork is finally finished, with 28 feet of hand-sewn binding completed.
In 1970 I visited the American Museum at Bath and saw 19th century patchwork quilts for the first time.
So maybe it would be faster to finish the binding on the machine, but I much prefer to do it by hand...with stitches that are not perfectly even.
Front...(the colours are not true in this photo)
...and back... Because I'd sewn the blue binding to the front before working out the back, (plan ahead???) I had to put some of the blue into the design, but there was only a very small piece of it left. There was a fair bit of redrawing and muttering..."if that one is six inches wide and that one is four, then...."