Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Phoebe's Faux Drunkard's Path

Once upon a time, about a year ago, there was a tweenage princess whose father had a tendency to spoil rotten. When the time came to look for a new bed, and she discovered a four-poster, canopied, double bed fit for a princess, daddy was taken in by those puppy dog eyes and the bed came home, despite the princess being a little on the pint-size and certainly not in need of a double bed.

I, of course, never miss the opportunity to make a new quilt, and what better excuse for a new quilt than a new bed? So princess and I consulted the royal experts (Pinterest) and the princess was invited to choose whatever design she wanted. What a princess was doing choosing a Drunkard's Path, we will never know.

After I picked myself up of the floor at the prospect of sewing 400 curved pieced blocks, the decision was made to try a new technique and create a faux Drunkard's Path block. There may or may not be an official tutorial for this somewhere but I couldn't find one, so I winged it somewhat and made up my own pattern - there will be a tutorial coming soon.

The Princess consulted the royal stash and scrap bins, and managed to pull 100 different prints in various shades of blue, aqua and green. What this says about my stash will not be discussed, okay? (SABLE, anyone?)

Serendipitous was the discovery of the perfect Denyse Schmidt print on sale at Spotlight for the backing.

This quilt top actually came together pretty quickly, but the kicker came when I looked at the finished top and decided it needed hand quilting. Did I mention I'm not a fast hand quilter? Even with Perle, it was slow going and this quilt spent about nine months at the quilting stage.

When I finally finished quilting and was binding this, the princess snuck out of bed unable to sleep. When she realised what I was doing her eyes grew as big as saucers and the second I finished stitching down the binding, she pulled the quilt off the table and wrapped herself in it. She can still often be discovered dragging this quilt around the house.

She reluctantly let me take it out for photos, but was very quick to take it back when I was done photographing it. It's a wrap, okay Mum?

Linking up to the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side, where the talent and amazing work is, as usual, incredible.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Stash - And She's Back

Oh my, what a long, unintentional, hard to get back in the game blogging break it's been! Oops!

No real excuses, aside from life got the better of me. It's been a crazy busy year and I decided to step back from blogging and even reading many blogs, but that messed with my productivity (though it did make me less likely to buy fabric). But I really need to get back into the swing of quilting and actually finishing stuff, so I'm jumping back into the blogging thing.

What better way to dip my toes back in the water than with a bit of fabric shopping? I'm linking this up with Finding Fifth's Sunday Stash, which is being hosted by Michelle of Squeak Crafts.

Spotlight had 40% off all quilting and dressmaking fabrics this weekend, so I headed up to get some solids for a new project. Turns out that solids weren't included, but fortunately I found a coupon for 25% off solids with their patchwork magazine.

I added a few little pieces to my stash....

Some solids and a few coordinating prints for something skill-pushing I've got planned.

Some low volumes because apparently you can't have enough of those babies.

Some stash builders, because apparently my stash isn't big enough already.

And this little pretty, which is just because it's so pretty and in my favourite colour and embroidery hoops and that's enough reason.

I also bought about 8 metres of light grey homespun, to add to my bolt collection. Really feel like a quilter when there are bolts on the top of the shelves.

And some seriously cute metallic dotty fabric that is super darn cute for skirts for my girls - can't show you that fabric because I've already sewn them into skirts... MIRACLES WILL NEVER CEASE!

Oh, and another couple of bits for my Wombat Stew Secret Santa swap, but I can't show you those either because they are hopefully so just right for my recipient that she'd guess if she saw them. Hopefully.

And that, my friends, is my stash building for this week. Hope your week is full of fabricy goodness too!