Beautiful dresdens. You do such wonderful work
Thank you... though look who's talking...I love your scrappy star quilt, it's just like stained glass.
I really do love hand sewing, for me part of the pleasure really is in every tiny hand sewn stitch, I know it takes a longer time, but this is the way I was bought up to do things from a very early age.
I do some things on a machine but that tends to be more things I sell (feeding my tummy rather than my soul)
I think this way of working is something I inherited from my dad, he was a very careful gardener (everything was measured before he planted it, and he had various lengths of wood with drilled holes for different seeds and beans!)
I'm laughing because although I'm quite fussy in my sewing....if you could see my studio right now....it's such an old mess, luckily I'm quite leggy so can "seven league boots" step across to my sewing table...too many piles of UFOs and books and boxes of scraps ..scraps that will "come in handy one day".
These are really lovely!
Ditto Hawkfan's lovely work comment...wow and I love reading the "story" behind each of your projects!
It sounds like your dad was an engineer or at least had an engineer's personality. I like hand sewing the binding on my quilts but otherwise, I'm afraid I don't have the patience. There are times when I wish I did more hand sewing though since you can take it so many places. I used to do a lot of cross stitch and it was nice to take it with me.
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Thank you for the very nice compliments....
I tend to take some crochet with me if I'm travelling as I'm a bit of a pin dropper (boyfriends feet must be magnetic as he always finds them) so don't tend to "travel sew"...but yeah it is nice and portable. Just sitting on the back door step first thing in the morning, when the morning is still and quiet with a cup of tea and some sewing is just nice to do...
When I'm sewing by hand I can hear the radio, watch box sets (anything Jane Austen is a particular favourite but also like Inspector Morse and it's follow up Lewis, not to mention Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation.....and I think I watch all the Die Hard Films every few months as I have a crush on Bruce Willis...ooohhh and I like the Harry Potter films too...bit of a mix in tastes I know...) I also like listening to audio books....when I'm sewing on a machine I can't really hear anything.
However, I do do some things on a machine...I make Christmas Stockings from old vintage blankets, I hand embroider and applique on them first, and then sew the stockings and lining on my Bernina (the walking foot makes such a difference) and also make hot water bottle covers and tea cosies, glasses cases and those are sewn on the machine....but they also have some hand work on them too, either applique or embroidery.
I try to keep my quilts separate from that, and just feel happier when I'm sewing them by hand.
I think people get put off by the preconceived amount of time that must get spent hand sewing...I'll be the first to admit that yes, it does take a bit of time, but when it's something that can be picked up every time you plop into a chair and watch tv it's almost quicker....(when I used to travel to work on a bus I took some crochet to make granny squares....I'd made a huge blanket in less than 3 months, and got to chat to lots of people who were asking me what I was making)
Maybe all men's feet are more magnetic...though last year I stepped on a needle which went right through my foot, I didn't tell my boyfriend what happened in case he told me off, I'd have felt awful if my cat had stood on in so I kept it a secret for ages. Needle went through eye side first which just made me glad I was sewing and not darning!
These are so beautiful...and I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt some day. I love the look of Dresdens...so vintagey and perfect in any room. You do gorgeous work.
I'm terrible for starting things and then putting them to one side and then start on something else...last winter (around Jan/Feb 2013 ) I started a huge granny's paperweight crochet blanket (it's also called African flower but I prefer the other name)... it's "mostly" finished, it's useable, but I still need to sort out the sides, (need to make half hexagons which are a right pain to make) and have about two thousand tails left to sew in (have already sewn that amount!)
Thank you so much for your lovely comments...