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dovegreyreader
Devon, U.K.
A Devonshire-based bookaholic, sock-knitting quilter who was a Community Nurse once upon a time.
Interests: reading, quilting, sock knitting, books, walking,
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There was a small story behind this... It was several months ago that the quilt group announced this year's Summer Challenge, to Make a Postcard, and I knew instantly where I was going to look for my fabrics and what... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at dovegreyreader scribbles
rj, that sounds wonderful. Tiny tiny hexagons are very in vogue now. Florence does a piece on Miss Leela in her book. An Australian quilter who works in miniature 1/4" hexagons, the work is exquisite. https://missleela.com.au/blog/ There seems to be lots of fabulous quilting happening in Australia.
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Gill, that is excellent use of a saved piece. I think I put a picture of a recycled piece of Liberty C 1980 on Instagrem recently. I'll put it on the sidebar image over here soon >>>>>
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Uny, these things must not be rushed. Baby will be thrilled :-)
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Oh Susan, I love the sheep sweater! They were very 'in' when I was doing children's Woolly Pullies on my knitting machine back in the 1980s. I designed my own sheep pattern for the punch card and churned out quite a flock of them.They haven't dated in the slightest, well done for rounding them all up and getting them in the pen! Somewhere in the loft I have a half-knitted skinny rib jumper from circa 1976. That is never going to see the light of a finished day for sure.
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Penny, there are times when I am a very impatient patchworker which is usually when things go askew. As Bookhound always says to me 'Measure twice, cut once.' If only I'd listen.
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Elaine, I so agree about the meditative aspect of EPP. And another bonus is I can happily do it whilst half-watching the TV.
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Florence, how lovely of you to leave a comment, thank you! And for the ideas too. I'm getting the hang of the thread now. I love your way of knotting it onto the eye of the needle, which incidentally threads even the tiniest eyes and it doesn't knot whilst sewing which is a real blessing. I did a course with Di Ford at Cowslip, she visits each year from Australia, with Petra Prinz from the Netherlands. Their quilts are both very distinctive for colour and pattern and the exhibition is always stunning. Di made a hexagon quilt WITHOUT papers while her OH was driving them across the U.S. It is a covetable wonder! Yes those Liberty scraps were vintage...there's a blog post coming up about those eventually.
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Kate, the theory is fascinating and that magazine sounds fascinating too, first explored by Mihali Csíkszentmihályi (and I've had to cut and paste that) I read about it in an article years ago but could never find it again so was delighted to find more in Florence's book
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Kate, I'm guessing it's maybe not finished yet? Or perhaps it was doomed never to be washed and thankfully hasn't been!
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Jennifer, what a treasure that quilt is. The interesting thing about papers especially(and the fabric too) is that apparently they often can't definitively date the time a quilt was made because they could have been used many years later. I do hope someone has got their investigative teeth into this one.
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Gill I am neurotic about needles, having trained myself to ALWAYS stick in in a pincushion when I put it down, but this seemed invaluable for both safety and travel. The straw needles a revelation, just a bit longer than the usual, but not too much.
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You have indeed :-)
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So here I am weakening at the thought of Cult Pens in Tiverton and now I hear about a SHOP in Dartmouth which is even nearer. I remember Three Candlesticks too, wasn’t it beautifully smooth? I think I’ve used Triomphe since which I may have bought from The Writing Desk which hasn’t had a mention yet but is another fatal online excursion.
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Ah yes, we must have a pens, ink and nibs conversation next. I often wonder what will happen to all those notebooks when I’m gone, and then decide it will be someone else’s problem not mine!
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I’d love to hear more about bullet journaling Lottie. And one sentence diary techniques. I think another aspect of a journal is to make myself write by hand. Obviously I do a lot on a computer here and i find that I can almost forget how to write properly so daily proper scribbling is really important. And also it slows my thought processes down to the speed of my hand, versus my lightning two finger typing method!
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Anne, yes, I keep a pencil to hand at all times and went through a phase of writing all my notes in pencil for several years. But it HAS to be the right pencil, only a Palomino Black Wing will do!
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I look on EPP as the constant background music to my other projects, but occasionally it becomes my main theme tune, like now. I’m very pleased with the straw needles & the no-knotting thread. If there’s one thing I hate it’s getting in a tangle, new notions always acceptable I find!
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Norma I’ve just looked, it is definitely on You Know Where. Try typing in Florence Knapp and it should come up.
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Thank you for adding this link. I only found Florence’s blog yesterday. I’ll add the link into the blog post next time I’m on my desktop, my iPad has a hissy fit if I try and do it.
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Elizabeth, is it Reflections and Predictions? I’ve just googled it and it looks beautiful if I’ve found the right one.
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Jude, I have decided slow is best with EPP anyway! I keep some in a very small tin that fits in my bag which means I can make use of all sorts of odd moments to add to it. Love the sound of your backing fabric.
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I should have explained... the paper can be removed as soon as a block is surrounded on all sides. I now punch a hole in my papers and don’t tack through paper and fabric, just fabric on the reverse, to make all this easier. It means the tacking can stay in place, out of sight and help keep the edges in place. I’m still not sure this is making sense...sorry Lisa!
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It is a long time since I fell in love with English paper piecing, indeed for a long time I thought it was the only form of patchwork in existence. Hand stitch the fabrics over papers, stitch the papers together,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I’m overwhelmed with all your notebook observations, what a wonderful conversation this is proving to be. I now need a special notebook to write down all the notebook suggestions.
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