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Contemporary Patchwork Runner and Knitting Sample

I have been working on a new runner based on one I had seen in a magazine (which one I can’t remember- sorry).  The fabrics, from a collection by Sherrill Khan, have been in my stash for several years.  I wish we, in the UK, had better access to fabrics like these I am sick and tired of the traditional fare we keep being fed, to such an extent I have started to import some contemporary fabrics for my own use, along with dyeing and designing my own.  Ok moan over!

runner 1

As you can tell it’s not the best of photos – as it is so long I have taken sectional pictures and merged them together, needs perfecting I know.

I am taking myself off to the US next May to a Quilt exhibition.  I am going with an empty case so I can bring back loads of fabric.  I may well send some back via post too depending on what I see.

I have also been knitting samples for a tunic jumper which I really hope to get around to making.

knitting sample cables

The sample shows the two cable patterns I intend to use, the tension has yet to be decided on.  The drawing, not the best, gives an idea of how the tunic will look.


tunic design

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Charity Mug Rugs

Since my last posting I have made in excess of 30 mug rugs for charity.  Some of which have been delivered already and will be sold next week at Myton Hospice Christmas Fair in Warwick.


The others are in various stages of completion (they will all be finished off this afternoon) and will be put ready for DH to sell in aid of her degree show, unless something else deserving comes up in the mean time.

Once I have cleared the decks of the ‘stuff’ needed for these and all the associated scraps of fabric, batting etc., it will be time to start a new project.  I have several in mind including quilted silhouettes and a couple of art quilts.  These are all to be finished before Christmas along with an embroidery, the design of which is secreted in my head but needs to be drawn out on paper – another job for this afternoon?  No perhaps I will just do the remaining hand stitching on the mug rugs whilst I suffer in silence (yet again I have lost my voice) with my very sore throat and horrid cough, my ears hurt too.  Thanks to those who are kind enough to pass on their colds and share their germs around.  Enough self pity – I have a new sewing machine arriving in the next couple of days so I will need to be fit and well, with a cleared sewing table ready for that, I can’t wait, it has been a long time in coming.  I have bought it to replace the one I have used nearly everyday for the last 20 years, it’s about time it enjoyed its retirement although it will be still around as a back for when the new one is in for its service.