I’m just wondering whether I have some kind of subconscious avoidance going on? It may explain why I’m struggling to write any posts at the moment…….I said I’d run a giveaway for my 100th post and obviously the more often I post the quicker that comes around – and I actually have to achieve something sewing-wise first in order to have ‘something’ to give-away.
I’m also clearly struggling with my mental capacity this afternoon having just published this post twice with only the title in place. Why? No idea.
So, what have I been doing? Actually a fair bit of tidying and sorting around the house. But not a lot of concrete in-your-face she’s-been-busy type of stuff.
I’ve made a draft version of a skirt and the proper version is cut and waiting further action – after amending the pattern to add several inches to the length (to take it from above the knee to just below – my knees seem to be suffering from some kind of weird ageing and did not look pretty when I tried on the draft). I’ll explain all when it’s finished and ready to reveal.
I’m part way through designing a market/grocery/tote bag but keep changing my mind what size I want it. Again, I’ll reveal more when it’s a bit more presentable. My, what an exciting post this is – all words and no action.
I have bought some beautiful fabric for MY month of the Fresh and Funky Bee……which, oh help, is February. So I need to get cutting, parcelling up and sending off. Plus I must sort out some guidance/instructions for my fellow bee members so that they know what I am hoping for. I’ve picked some bright jewel colours in, what I think, is a lovely mix of fabrics. The blocks that come back from the other 14 bee members will be made up into a quilt for our bed – and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.
I’m going to give a fairly free reign within the general theme of ‘trees and leaves’ so each person can choose how she makes the blocks – applique, traditional piecing or whatever (giving the opportunity to go with individual preferences and skills – but the fabrics and theme will be consistent). I’ve put together a gallery for inspiration. The background for the blocks will be white, to balance all the vibrant colour, and the blocks will be sashed in white when I make them up into the quilt top.
I forgot to say that the fabric came from Fabricworm. I started by looking for some of the Laurie Wisbrun Tufted Tweets in specific colourways and patterns and they had the best selection of what I was looking for. My plan was then to pick a variety of other fabrics to work round the Tufted Tweets and I ended up with their Prism Fat Quarter Bundle. It gave me exactly what I was looking for. I have always steered clear of buying bundles as I love picking and mixing my own selections but this was so close to what I was planning to put together that I decided to take the easy option. And it really is perfect. In adddition to the Tufted Tweets and bundle I added Echino winter dots green . The colour fits well and I liked the linen mix for a bit of added texture and variety. I bought my Kona white from Simply Solids.
I don’t think I have ever bought so much fabric at once. It felt very extravagant but it is for a quilt made by lovely people from all around the world and it will hopefully be on our bed for many years to come. So I think, this once, it’s okay to spend a little more to help ensure we end up with something really special.
Right, I’d better stop all this waffle. My head really doesn’t seem to be together today. I will try and return soon with something a bit more exciting and coherent.