A busy sewing time in social distancing

Thank goodness for my sewing room where I can relax and let the world float by. We have been in social distancing mode for 6 weeks and have only ventured out to take our bouncy labradoodle “Oscar” for a walk to the beach or visit the local shops for necessities. So between sewing, reading and a little bit of knitting I have easily filled in my days.

Being in stay at home mode I have managed to finish quite a few UFO’s that have been hiding in the cupboard plus participate in some on line ‘mystery quilt’ groups. These have been a lovely way to keep in contact with like minded quilters.
I finished the appliqué and quilting on the linen print of Gymea Lilies and it will be framed as a piece of wall art.

Gymea Lilies

I also quilted a UFO jelly roll top. It is a simple pattern and I have been experimenting with quilting rulers to create the quilting pattern.

The mystery quilt helped to use up some of my stash of batik fabrics. It was an excellent challenge in selecting light, medium and dark value fabrics.
After foundation paper piecing 72 flying geese it was a nice surprise to see the finished design. I managed to find enough dark value batik fabric to add a simple outside border and am now in the process of quilting it, trying to use my quilting rulers once again.

The same Facebook group have started another mystery quilt and being a devil for punishment I have signed up again. This time I have used some of my floral fabrics that have been lurking in the cupboard for years. I needed a good contrast between lights and darks….who knows how this one will turn out?

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