I hope you're getting to spend time with your loved ones and are having a fabulous time.
I've got a lot to be thankful for this year, I have the basics - A roof over my head and food to feed my family. I also have the not too basic things - A man that loves me, a reasonably well behaved daughter and a kitty that likes to wake me up at 5am on a weekend :D
As some of you know I have a shop on Etsy, I enjoy this little shop enormously. Today I had a meeting with an accountant to fill in my self assessment paperwork because even thought the shop is little I still like to do things "By the book" This form has been like a dragon breathing fire at me every time I've thought about it and has had me worried to bits to the point of bad dreams!
Today I am thankful I had the guts to say I am out of my depth and I need some help getting this done. I am also very thankful that my man pointed me in the right direction to get that help and advice.
With that weight lifted off me (& I know its silly saying filling in a form is a weight but honestly its HUGE and complicated!) I decided to join in with my american friends and be thankful :D
Issabella is thankful for all the quilts she gets to roll on, food in her bowl and people to keep her company at 5am.
Sometimes the fabrics we love leave us stumped when it comes to actually using them, that was the case with Ruby Star Shining. The panel piece is big bold and beautiful but after the many wholecloth quilts I've been making over the last few weeks I wanted to do some actual patchwork piecing!
After some faffing about and dithering plus a few swear words thrown into the mix I have made my first improvisational quilt and I have to say I love it!
In all fairness I did feel it was the only way to work around the graphics in this panel and get my sewing kick at the same time.
The colours came out how I imagined they would, a fab bland of retro and modern and the quilting did as it was told too! It is straight line quilted through both diagonals with one set very close together and the other further apart
It's been to the beach for photos and because it was a sunny day on Sunday it went to the park too and got its pic taken on my old friend the plastic rock
I used another Ikea print for the back of the quilt and I think it works really well with the funky retro feel of the top. I really like those birds...I can see another trip to Ikea to get some more of this print :D
This one along with it's friends can be found in my shop if you fancy having a look.
The afternoon school run is beckoning but I have time for a quick cuppa first then I have promised madam an evening in the sewing room once all of her homework is done!
I have been on such a rush through to try and get all of my WIP's finished (Even the ones that are still in my head!) by the end of November, so that I can dedicate Decembers sewing time to Christmas gifts, I keep forgetting to blog the "making of" and end up showing a string of finished quilts! I am a lot better at sharing a quick photo here and there so if you follow my Flickr or Instagram feeds you may well have seen a little more of the process.
I'm making quite a few wholecloth quilts at the moment and that is totally down to the fact I can't cut up all of the beautiful fabrics from Etsuko Furuya's Echino 2012 collection! I know I am a total and utter wimp but I still find it sooo hard to get the rotary blade near them! Heather Ross Far far away 1 and 2 no bother - I can slice and dice away, these not so much! (I fear I maybe a little abnormal at this point!) Anyway moving swiftly on! I backed this one in the last of my favourite backing fabric, a HUGE damask print on a linen blend fabric that is just a touch weightier than the Echino cotton blend. I may have enough left to make a cushion but it's seen the last of its quilt backing days :( Isn't it funny the shapes we are left with from backing fabric?
So enough with the prattle here is some eye candy!
I love how retro this fabric is!
I used a random brown fabric that I had in my stash for the binding and together with the echino it totally reminds me of brown cord trousers in the 70's...That may just be me though!
Told you that damask print was HUGE :)
Next on the bound and washed list is this little ombre quilt (Hmmm the word Ombre is french, this I know, however it never fails to make me think of Speedy Gonzales)
Lovely palest pinks to deep dark plums and soooo many quilting lines that I lost count! This quilt has texture to spare. I used a 6oz batting that is super squishy and went to town on it, letting the feed dogs pull the quilt through without too much manipulation from me so it has a wonky but still straight look to the quilting :)
I used so many of the stitches on my machine to try and get different widths of raised and quilted areas. I think I succeeded pretty well :)
I have one more quilt to "show and tell" but I'll save that for tonight as I have to run and get lunch going now :D
So how many people are/will be using this Echino Zebra print fabric for wholecloth quilts?
I'm one of 'em!
Lets be honest here it's too fabulous not to :)
I love the fabric these are printed on, the linen blend has just the right amount of texture and will get softer and softer with more washes.
I followed the pattern for the quilting and used Ikea Numbers print for the backing, I do love this fabric.
Him in doors dutifully helping me take quilt photos on a chilly winters day at the beach :)
This next quilt was finished erm....over a year ago! I came across it in a tote that I use for taking things to the market (Yeah the last market I did was months and months ago!)
I totally forgot to blog it so it was dragged out to the beach with the Echino and photographed. I also found a few Christmas quilts in the tote! (Note to self - Dare to go in the under-stairs cupboard more frequently!)
I also have 2 WIP's! This first one I feel ok posting about, it's a swap for dolly related things, we sorted out the details at BlytheConUK and this will be going to her daughter for Christmas.
It started off like this
Aneela Hoey's Bloom pattern and a lot of Cath Kidstone and such inspired fabric.
And right now is sitting like this
Well almost like, that after some Flickr chatter I decided to remove one of the petals from the outer ring to make it lay down flat. I see a weekend of appliqué in my near future!
The second WIP is an improv piece that I've been playing with over the last few days.
Some Mellody Miller and some solids, cut here, sew there and end up with this
I'm currently mulling over how to quilt it!
This piece, once finished, the Echno wholecloth (and the Christmas quilts and decorations!) will all be making their way slowly into my Etsy shop over the next week or so.
Hope you are having a great week and getting plenty of time to sew up a storm!