Saturday, 22 February 2014

Flight...

Blue sky! Sunshine! At long last, an opportunity to whip outside for a photo...


This backing fabric was a huge extravagance, but oh so worth it! When I look at it, I don't so much see birds, as the expression of flight, in a glorious and colourful way... Excuse the creases, it has already been in use this week, before any hope of getting a photo. The front of the quilt is not too shabby either -


This was a great way to use the charms from the recent low volume charm square swap, along with more of my own. For the quilting, I went with simple swirls and loops, working in columns from the top down, but not touching the stars. When you look up close, this really helps the stars leap out. I love how this quilt looks, but am itching for more LV squares now...


Julie's inspiration meant I stitched and sewed every one of the cut off triangles from the star points... It slowed me down, and was quite fiddly, but how about a result of two cushion covers from what might have been thrown away?!? 


With a dog and a cat, I like to keep things covered in something easily removable for washing. For the time being, the quilt has found a home on the sofa, and is greatly appreciated...


I've been so slow to blog, I thought I might have missed the Slow Bloggers linky, how would that be for irony? However, it's still going, so let's join in...

http://www.knottedcotton.com/p/slow-blog-manifesto.html

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Mid-week fly-by...

Last time I mentioned buying fabric from America, one or two close bloggy friends queried the wisdom (and expense) of this. Just tonight, I've received my best ever parcel of fabricky goodness from the USA, so thought I'd share it all with you...


This is how it all arrived, in a plastic bag inside one of these:


This is what's known as a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope. Just one of those technical details that might help if you're confused about the shipping details! Actually, it always amazes me that the fabric gets here in one piece - these envelopes are not built for more than one use, and always arrive looking battered and a bit torn at the corners. The postage cost for this was $24.95, I actually bought a little more fabric than I intended, to go for optimum fabric for postage costs. (And thankfully I didn't incur a customs charge - that has only happened once, but it hurt!)


These are my thirteen half yards of pink, purple and grey. Bit of a theme going on?!? I absolutely love these, and will really enjoy using them. No idea how, but that will come. However, the real reason for the order, was a bit of this:


How incredibly cute are those cats?! Look again at the bottom left, with his fur on end :-) I really couldn't resist it. But even more than that, the one that clinched it was this - 


Don't think I've ever bought such a big, bold print! This one wasn't cheap, but after a few days of mulling it over, I just had to go for it. A yard and a half provides the perfect backing for my low volume star quilt...


Really can't wait to get that one quilted now. Just to sum up, and not that I want to lead anyone astray, this time around I purchased from Pink Castle Fabrics. My total quantity equaled 8.5 yards of fabric, and the spend was the equivalent of £67 including all shipping costs. Yes, it's a lot to spend in one go, but an awful lot of fabric for the money! Obviously I am not trying to put people off buying at home and, as with any mail order, you run the risk that the fabric doesn't look the same in real life as it did on the screen. But this may be helpful for a once in a while splurge...


Did someone mention new fabric?

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Liberty love...

This week, I've been experimenting with scraps...


It's a technique I spotted ages ago and, wanting to make something special for Jennifer as part of our gift exchange, gave me the perfect excuse!


 I do hope Jen likes this, I can see myself making more of them!


The interior gives a nice flash of bright pink :-) Jen has certainly kept me on my toes this week, as the next (and final) round of our Bee arrived. I am the sixth and last person to add a strip to Jen's quilt, and even Helpful Hubby looked at it and commented that it was perfectly balanced with the first five strips, and I had a problem on my hands! Although we have a few weeks to go, rather than worry about it, I got straight on. Miraculously, an orphan block in my drawer provided the inspiration, and I was able to finish it last night. 


That's the only glimpse for now, but I can show you what I made with the off cuts:


Thanks to Julie's tip, I don't think I will ever be able to discard cut off corners again! These squares are only one inch, so took a lot of patience, but there's another present made and ready.


There's also been an awful lot of fabric post arriving lately :-) I know I'm not the only one enjoying the lack of council tax this month, and making the most of the extra cash!  Last week, through a chance conversation at work, I was asked to make a pram quilt. Not just any pram though, this is a huge Mary Poppins type pram, absolutely beautiful. I've been playing with fabric, and made a start. However, not feeling this was quite right for the commission, I exchanged emails with Ali, who has a fabulous online shop stocking little pieces of Liberty. Her customer service is superb, and she put together a bespoke bundle of 10 different squares for me:


I have a specific plan for these, and can't wait to get started. However, I've been sharing my sewing space with Rosie this week... I was so fortunate in winning a giveaway, where Nadine kindly offered two winners a scrap bag each. I've sometimes wondered what it would be like to get a scrap bag... Well, I'm still wondering, because this one disappeared from under my nose the second it arrived! Rosie happened to be off school that day, and asked if she could open it while I was at work. By the time I got home, she had sorted everything in colour piles, and laid out some rainbow strips, which she stitched up before bed time:


Aren't they brilliant?!? I'm so proud of my girl :-) While I missed out there, Maria so kindly sent me some more centres for the economy blocks:


I keep hoping to get on with the blocks, but have made progress with other things. These cushions are now complete - 


Here's hoping for some Sunday sewing!