SAL Update – Nothing to see here

June 26, 2022 at 8:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I seem to have fallen into a summer hole and haven’t added a single stitch to either of my two projects in the last three weeks. I’ve been busy enough elsewhere, though. Lots of things to take care of all around. Hopefully I’ll get back on track soon! Do have a look at what everybody else has been doing, though!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen, Connie and Cindy.

Thinking about “Green Woman”

December 8, 2019 at 10:22 am | Posted in Inspiration, Patchwork, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

One of the parts I enjoyed most about working on the Displays and Crafting areas of the Dublin 2019 Worldcon was the collaboration with the artists who provided the artwork used for the convention. During that time I fell in love with Iain Clark’s Green Woman, which I thought would make a splendid quilt. I got his permission to use the image, and now the time’s ripe for taking on the challenge, and a challenge it will be.

Here’s the image that got a hold on me:

Green Woman - Original Artwork by Iain J. Clark, used with permission.

I’m a sucker for the colours and forms of nature, so it’s no surprise this one got to me. Where to start, though? Probably the easiest part will be the face – just a few solid colours in clearly delineated areas. Should be easy to sew using the tried and tested methods from Ruth B. McDowell’s “Piecing – Expanding the Basics”. Next, the hair, all of it, and the lovely leaves and berries and flowers it develops into. That will be the challenging part. And on top of that, the white foreground, with some of the other elements weaving through it. Love the effect, and it’s something I definitely want to keep.

So, time to stop procrastinating and start making some decisions. First up, size: the final quilt needs to be big enough so I’ll be able to sew the pieces reasonably well, but not so big it’s totally overwhelming on the wall. I’m finding this very hard to decide in theory, so I got a few differently sized versions of the line drawing (the one we used as a colouring page in Dublin) printed out. This one’s the A0 version (about 80×120 cm) that I had taped to my craft table for a few weeks:

Green Woman - A0

While that size is well in the “reasonably easy to sew”-range, after looking at it for a while, I found the size a bit too much for my taste. I got another couple of printouts, one in A1, and one in a size in between those. The A1 turned out to be too small, so the in-between size it is, with the image about 75×105 cm big.

The next step will be coming up with a sewing plan, and to figure out how to actually create all that crazy hair. I have ideas, but no idea how they will actually look like when executed. Time to make some samples – a task I can endlessly procrastinate on, so I’m writing it down here so you can hold me accountable!


I’ve Got Mail!

December 19, 2015 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been following Alison over at Stitches of Time for a long time. I’m adoring all her posts, be it about the great variety of needlework she creates, the gorgeous photographs she takes on her travels or the adventures she has at medieval reenactment events all over the UK.

A few weeks ago she celebrated her blog’s birthday by doing a giveaway, and I was the lucky winner! The mail took a few days to ship from the UK to Germany, but today I had a lovely little package sitting on top of my mailbox. Here’s what was in there:


Three lovely ornaments and a variety of Christmas fabrics for inspiration! I’m starting to amass quite a collection of Christmas-themed fabrics, must come up with a project for next year!

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