It has been a long time between blog posts: family, work and travel have been taking priority over blogging.
Now, I am back from holidays and I have a finish that I want to share.
Despite my extensive WIP list and a vow no to join and more swaps, when @imasavonasac (who I have a total quilt crush on) and @littleislandquilting put out a call for participants in the #pcswapas pillow swap on Instagram my resolve crumbled. I am weak, I know it! Still better a swap than cake.
My partner was a match made in heaven and I got stuck in straight away playing with ideas:
|The ideas I was toying around with (clockwise from top): self drafted pattern; some tiled inspiration; no hats quilts Shine Bright pattern|
In the end I decided on the top one and used some delicious Alison Glass Handcrafted Indigo, with a bit of colour thrown in to make the blues pop and a lovely grey print from Modern Backgrounds.
|Al fresco quilt shot|
I paper pieced it and drafted up the templates in PowerPoint (you use what you know, right?). If anyone is interested and I can figure out how to upload them then I will.
I backed it in some Alison Glass Ex Libris (I'll be honest it was hard to say goodbye to that fabric). A perfect match!
|I tried a different zipper closure to usual and put my label in the centre for a change|
I tried a flanged binding for the first time and LOVED the result.
|The flanged binding was totally worth the effort, it looks so effective. If it wasn't so much extra work I'd do it on everything, I love it that much.|
I quilted it in a variety of trusty Aurifil - such a great range of colours.
|Quilting detail - I love doing lots of quilting on small makes|
One last shot:
|I wouldn't mind making another one with a more pronounced ombre effect (at some stage, I need to finish some WIPs first)|
Then I whipped up this neat Pin Cushion / Caddy from Anna Graham's book Handmade Style to round out the package. Yes, I am going to sew the WHOLE book eventually. I used my Lizzy House scraps from my Midnight Mystery Quilt. I didn't put the walnut shells in because I didn't know how they would go in International mail. I don't think they would get through quarantine here, so why risk Lizzy????
|This proved very tricky to photograph, even with a super cute (although somewhat fidgety) helper. I had to take her scooting afterwards as payment.|