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POTC Feathers

Lucy and wash-away …


I’ve been through a significant phase of loving Lucy Boston’s ‘Patchwork of the Cross’, which I think began my adventures in fussy-cutting holes in fabric! I’d read and loved her ‘Greenknowe’ series of books as a child, but at that time didn’t have a clue about her patchwork. Such a talented lady now much admired for her handwork, and if you’re interested, have a look at my Pinterest collection of ‘Patchwork of the Cross’ from patchworkers around the world.

Using a few fat quarters that caught my eye to experiment with, there are now a couple of table runners in the collection. Lisa at ‘Sunset Seams’ made acrylic templates in 1.5″ size – as I prefered both a larger size than the standard 1″ and to hand-piece at that time – another phase on the journey! (Have you been through this phase too?)

This one has sat around unquilted just waiting for the right time – and so it seems that’s now! Also in the cupboard is some of ‘Matilda’s Own Aqua Web’ ready for playtime. Saw this used – way back when – for quilting and pulled it out to have a go. What design to use on the block reminded me that’s exactly why it’s been waiting so long. So bit the bullet, and drew on paper a ‘feather’, then flipped and traced it onto the Aqua Web, placed the web on the block and started stitching.

This is not a tearaway, where you have to pick out bits from under stitches, this is a wash-away, so into the washing machine it went (along with a colour catcher just in case). A bit of a nervous wait until it came out – but it worked!


So that’s another one done and dusted – plenty more in the pile, it’s a case of which one pushes and juggles it’s way to the top. How’s your pile doing – any dints in it yet?



3 Layouts for Lucy’s Leftovers

I’ve always been fascinated by Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses ever since I saw a block of English Paper Piecing using this pattern.

Having a background and preference for machine piecing, this led to making blocks of a larger size suitable for ‘American’ hand piecing.

After having a go at making blocks, it was an ‘Ahh ..’ moment, I became hooked and still am!

But what to do with the left over patches? Throw them out, give them away to a kindergarten, or maybe ‘recycle/reuse’ them.  After all, they took time to select, cut out, and consider.

During  the creation of a Pinterest board,  dedicated to collecting the fabulous variations of Lucy’s block, these three ideas have emerged – with thanks to the mathematically minded!

Have you, like me, put aside those single patches, with a feeling of ‘just can’t quite throw it out yet!’

Try this idea:

Make a scrappy quilt with the single patches …

LLL 01.jpeg

When there are pairs left over, try this layout …

LLL 02.jpegOdd numbers of three patches make a lovely swirly block …

LLL 03.jpegI think Lucy would like the idea of using up left over patches.

Perhaps these could become the hand-piecing version of Bonnie Hunter’s machine pieced scrap quilts!


Salamander: Applique

Now that the edges are turned, I use a dab of ‘Roxanne Glue-Baste-It’ on seam allowance and each ‘twirl’ of seams. It washes out and only a tiny amount is needed to hold the block in place.

Dabs of glue on half of the block.

Dabs of glue on half of the block.

By carefully flipping this half over onto the background and carefully smoothing out the fabric, it is easy to check that no seams have been twisted in the process. The second half is then temporarily stuck down.

Threads for applique.

Threads for applique.

I love using Aurafil 50wt threads for appliqué, they are fine and blend well with the top fabric. This is my personal preference, as I have tried using the silk threads, but dealing with a thread that is almost invisible to see when stitching, and has a life of it’s own, is not for me. What are your favourite appliqué threads?

Hand stitching is usually at night, under a daylight, while watching something on the ‘box’. Hence the stitching is not always perfect, and even if there is no such thing as the ‘Quilt Police’, I at least aim for a consistency that I am happy with. I’ve given up trying to get them straight and have settled for bumpy bits. I do so admire the many women from the past who  stitched without electricity to light their work!

Applique as seen from the back.

Applique as seen from the back.

Back to stitching!


Salamander: Block 3

Salamander Block 3: Done!

Salamander Block 3: Done!