A Golden Hare at Apple Time

So here we are again in apple time and the year heaves itself round another turn. And how did that happen? Barely a knit knitted, barely a stitch stitched.

They say the older you get, the faster time flies. But surely I’m not suddenly aged so fast that a whole year has sped by in the blink of an eye!

But there is no denying the apples! Green apples, red apples, sweet apples, cooking apples, apples on trees, apples on the ground, apples for the chicken, for the wasps, for the crows and apples to remember the dear sheep and how they loved to feast on them. Apples in crumbles, apples in pies, apples in bowls and chilly mornings and dark evenings lending a little time to visit the Makery again.

The leaves begin to turn and the sun shines a redder gold and, as the flowers fade, the hedges glow berry bright.

And I have sewn a golden hare.

I used almost the same technique as described in my Time and Tide post but, with this, I made the quilt sandwich first, then drew the outline, sewed on the drawn lines and painted last. I think this was probable a better way of doing it as I found the paint quite tricky to sew around before because it had a tendency to jam against the presser foot. The hare is about 6″ x 3″ so this was a much smaller and more detailed design than I have attempted with fabric paint in the past.

I did think I might include him in my next Endeavourers quilt but I’m not enthused by the background print and I’m not sure how I could incorporate him…it has given me some ideas for that quilt though and, hopefully, I’ll find a use for this piece sooner or later.

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Something Different (Wandering Camera and OMG)

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With the evenings, drawing in, the leaves beginning to turn and the fruits and berries ripening, I can feel the great wheel of the year driving us steadily into Autumn – whether we are ready or not – and, although I should probably be finishing up my Summer Stitching, the pervasive sense of change in the air and the sky and the fields and the woods makes everything I’ve been doing these past few months seem, suddenly, a bit samey and dull. And I just been wanting to do something different. No grand plan. No specific different thing. Just anything different!

So, whilst I was taking some flowery garden photos for Wool on Sundays, I decided to take photos, too, of the things I never take photos of and I was surprised at the variety of pattern and texture we have about the place. Instead of trying to take ‘good’ or ‘nice’ photos, I just took honest photos. Clips of things just as they are. It was more an interesting thing to do than a great result but I put them into this mosaic, which I quite like, as my offering for this month’s Wandering Camera with Soma at Whims and Fancies. Should you be curious, you can click through the mosaic to see the individual photos, though I should mention that to see the mosaic you need to view my actual blog. If you are seeing this post in an email, I’m sorry, the photos will just be dumped anywhere in a big mess because that’s what happens to blog mosaics in emails :(

In the Makery, also, I’ve been switching things up a bit. After my little Improv Horse, last month, I thought I might make a sort of improv sampler and, to start, I tried using some improv curves to make tessellating fish – I can think of no end of uses for tessellating fish! They were not a huge success. Horribly baggy in places, though I think it could work with gentler curves or, maybe just more practice.

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But I decided, instead, to make some with a seam allowance and to sketch up a rough plan for a wall hanging incorporating some improv elements but focused more on doing something different with simple shapes. So for my OMG this month…

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…I’m going to try making blocks and setting them into the layout of the squares and rectangles underlying a Golden Spiral.

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In case you want to draw a Fibonacci spiral, the youtube video below has an excellent tutorial.

I am not planning, at the stage, to make the actual spiral in my quilt – just to make blocks in the proportion and layout of the ‘background squares. I will complete eight blocks (equating to 1,2.3,5,8,13,21 in the diagram above) and inspired by the sketch below but subject to variation.

If I have time, I might sew them together or even make more but my monthly goal is just to make the eight blocks.

Good luck with your goals this month.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare