Mug Rugs!!! I love them, so much better than a boring coaster and they also soak up any spills or condensation. These rainbow strips I got as samples from a long shut down website/ shop – Strawberry Fayre. I had to do something with these strip how ever small. I was not precious so just sewed them together really quick (had to be a colour gradient) not even fussing about even rows and then grab batting, backing and bias binding from the stash of leftovers. In total about an hour was spent on the two and it got me back into sewing and a mental break after the baby.
I could these 2 books for a bargain £12 posted. Really wanted the foundation paper piecing one as I love the blue quilt and want to do some paper piecing but not just going at it! Actually following some good instructions. This is why I have not started the Tuffet yet as I’m petrified I will bugger it up as I have tweaked it/ strayed from the pattern and don’t want to regret just going at it!
I have also been looking high and low for my first ever quilting book as there is a pattern in there that I want to make. I may have had the fabric and pattern for over 6 years so its pretty high up my make list (which is all in my head).
Lastly, found with my first book was a right surprise! A few weeks ago I saw on UK quilters united a folded fabric colour gradient star cushion – saved the picture and asked for more info.. looked up the book and decided I didn’t have enough time at the moment but logged it in the memory….. I have that book… my mummy got it for me many moons ago not sure when exactly…. Also its signed and dedicated to me… its a funny old world. I remember mum giving me the book a few years ago and me writing it off as way too old fashioned… maybe I’m getting old fashioned!
A fabric fayre in Great Bookham on Saturday afternoon! Husband and children took me as I quote “you don’t get to do much of your stuff.. and there is cake”.
Obviously I had a lovely time looking at lots of fabric and discovered ‘The Eternal Maker’ which I’m sure I already knew about but their selection of modern fabrics caught my eye. Especially some Jersey and after mentioning I don’t know how to sew that stuff it seems there is no excuse as they do a day course! Where do I book…… I would love to make clothes and lets face it jersey will be the most forgiving to my figure!
After being very good and having a look around the whole show I was again encouraged by the husband to by a pattern (fraction quilt by Lou Orth) I had seen on-line and stored (without knowing I could buy the pattern I was going to use as inspiration). Again another quote from the hubby “well there is no time limit to it! It won’t ever go off! What is the problem?”…. Maybe he wants something!!!!
I got some Alison Glass fabric which I think itself looks like a quilt and I love the colours. some binding clips so I can leave my work in progress out and the kids won’t get hurt and so bobbin buddies as I realised I really do need to store reel and bobbin together to avoid waste.
Lastly, a half hexi template which was inspired by a tiling pattern photo I saw on the UK Quilters United facebook page (by Lyn Butler who is doing a foundation paper piecing pattern I will link to in due course).
Facebook is also now showing me ads which I’m sure are for Quilts…
I am going to try and post every Thursday a couple of shots of something I created before starting blogging. Really for my own record to remind me all of the amazing things I have actually already made or done!
First is this quilt I made 2 years ago now. Its the quilt i am most proud of as its as close to perfect I have got. I trimmed all the squares, chain pieced and ironed all by the book (well mostly). It started with a charm pack which was … surprise surprise … a colour gradient in solids. I raided my stash for as many other fabrics which would go. I had to go with my favourite shape ‘a square’ and thought I wanted to make a play mat…. baby girl might of been a twinkle in my eye… even then!
And here she is now enjoying it… not being sick on it as I only let her lay on it for as long as the photo took!
Quick post to show off my purchases from the show.
I was very restrained as I want to use some of the stuff I already have and bought to compliment that with the greys. The sherbet rainbow layer cake is for a simple summer quilt for my big girl…. because I can’t walk away from a rainbow and batiks at the moment! The Jen Kingwell pattern caught my eye as I loved the variety of fabrics in the cover photo and hope to use a load of my existing fabric. The parrot fabric is to make some replacement covers for the living room. I was very good and walked away from some modern colour gradient prints and some Kaffe Fassett fabric as I don’t need more projects.
I took the baby and had a number of compliments from ladies saying it was nice to see me out and about with a little one doing what I like and breastfeeding in public. It was really nice as I have been having a crisis of confidence. I’m overwhelmed by my rather large stash and having so much I want to make and feel like I will never have the chance.
My back needs to recover and then I will crack on… At some point when stuck under a baby I will try to do a post on the quilts I loved the most in the Championship.