My May project for A Lovely Year of Finishes will be finishing off a UFO: a very simple, single bed quilt with some lovely batik strips, which was started … a year ago? Two years ago?? I forget now. It was going to be my project last month, before I got
kidnapped ambushed by that one-block wonder which muscled its way into the production line and took over the month of April … 🙂
Here’s a photo of some of the blocks I have sewn together so far for the May project:
I love working with batiks, with their beautiful colours and patterns, sometimes rich and vibrant, other times subtle and delicate: such a variety to choose from, which is why I love the jelly roll packs which do all the cutting and colour blending for me! Then all I have to do is come up with a pattern and sew it all together: easy peasy! 🙂
A tip from a friend during the week (thanks, T.!) made me aware of a very interesting programme which I watched this morning on The Living Channel: it’s called The Great British Sewing Bee, and it’s sort of like Masterchef for amateur sewers 🙂 Normally I don’t watch that kind of programme because I don’t like them, but I really did enjoy this one, so I’ll have to set myself some sort of reminder to watch it each week. (I’m not normally watching TV at 8.30am on a Sunday …) This week the contestants were tested on three core fabrics: cotton, wool, and silk, with a different challenge for each fabric (a sleeveless blouse in cotton; remodelling of a full-length woollen skirt; and a nightdress in silk), with varying times for each project, ranging from 2.5 hours to 5 hours. There were three men and 9 women in the challenge, although one of the men became unwell half way through the second project, so he withdrew. It was fun watching how each person handled the challenges, and interesting to see the different ways they tackled the projects, so I’m looking forward to seeing how they progress each week. The two judges are May Martin from the Women’s Institute, who has been sewing for over 40 years, specialising in garment making and home accessories; and Patrick Grant from Savile Row, who has no formal training in tailoring, having started his career in science and engineering, but whose passion has re-established and enhanced the reputation of Norton and Sons, the Savile Row tailors which he purchased in 2005.
And to finish off the weekend on a high, the Kiwis sprung a wonderful surprise for all their supporters by outmuscling and outplaying the Kangaroos, beating them 26-12! Although it’s the third time in the last six months that we’ve beaten them, it’s the first time we’ve won the Anzac test (played once a year around the time of Anzac Day on 25 April) since 1998, which made the victory all the sweeter. (Any time we can beat them it’s sweet, but three times in a row, within six months? Awesome!)
And after a lovely weekend, it’s back to work tomorrow … *sigh*