I'm Megan! Tea-drinker-in-chief at Dolly Henry! Here on my blog, I share my adventures as a seamstress, designer and life as a creative. I sell my sewing patterns on Etsy and my handmade collection at the markets! I hope you enjoy reading and please do pop by the contact page and introduce yourself, share your blog or your favourite cake recipe! The kettle is on!


Joyful Stitches

Do you ever find it difficult to set aside creative time? I am guessing you said yes! There's always another load of washing to hang out, always some computer work to do, always not enough time in the day. Today I was determined however to make sure I finished at least one block on the quilt that is a very belated birthday gift for a loved one. She'll probably receive it next year at this rate!

I have my quilt making L-plates on. The recipient prefers the hatched and patched style over the more intricate quilt patterns available. Luckily so do I and it's a lot easier as a beginner to make a simple patchwork blanket. One of the reasons it has been taking so long, is because I have been hand-stitching little quotes or words into some of the blocks. I want a vintage, loved feel for this blanket. Something that looks like it should hang over the veranda railings to air in the sun on a warm summers day. A blanket that looks like it has always been there and is stowed away in an old chest when not needed.

On this square, I added an old vintage doiley that is a favourite of mine. I will miss it but it feels like this is finally the right project to add it to. The floral stitching was already there but I wanted to put a quote in the centre, however as there wasn't a lot of space I opted for a single word. I chose Joy. I want each little stitch to infuse happiness, comfort and love into each square. One thing I have always loved about quilts is their ability to make you smile and feel loved. There is something wonderful about wrapping a handmade blanket around your shoulders or laying out as a picnic rug.

I am considering having it professionally quilted when the time comes as that's one reason why I am not a huge fan of making quilts. And it would probably look a lot nicer. I have been honing my crochet skills and would like to add a crochet lace border to it when it is finished!

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