'I-have-to-make-things' fortnight continues and is now blended with Whim-is-me, Not-a-lot-of-internet and Listen-to-the-radio, so having staked my claim on the kitchen table there's no telling where the creative muse will lead.
In fact it took me back through all my old class folders from the days when I taught patchwork and quilting, and specifically thinking Village Show entries I suddenly had the urge to do some stained glass patchwork....as you do.
For those who aren't familiar with it this involves replacing what would be glass with fabric, and using bias strips for the lead work. It's a bit fiddly but if you make the bias strip properly (I have a Clover gizmo thingy, you feed it in one end and it shoots it out the other end folded and straight under the iron) all will be well and the results are always very satisfying, though the amount of mess scattered around the kitchen belies the size of the finished thing (about 9.5" diameter)
Cutting mat, iron, fabric stash all over the place just looking for exactly the right colours, then making the very tiny bias strip, next cheating with the spray mount to hold the pieces in place on the backing to save the bother of tacking, you know the sort of thing. Then appliqueing the bias strip around the pieces before adding some wadding and backing and doing the quilting. Final touch a bias strip around the edge.
All this while listening to everything from Woman's Hour to The Archers and some Proms thrown in until eventually..
The theme for this year's Village Show just two weeks away, is the Tamar Valley and there is one single day in the spring when the sun, on its annual return journey across the sky, sets in the 'V' of the valley that we can see from the house, so this piece is called April 27th, and will do a turn in Class 74 'A Hand Sewn Article.'