Only a few days have past since I last posted and already there are new skills to show off and new projects to share. At the weekend I went on a "curves course" with Lynne at Craft Den with some of my sewing friends to learn how to sew Drunkard's Path and Apple Core blocks. I'd had a bad experience with curves before but I have been determined to have another go and it's one of my resolutions to make a Drunkard's Path quilt this year. I feel quite smug now, Not only did I enjoy myself immensely, but I produced two acceptable blocks and I am sure I could incorporate these blocks into my quilting repertoire.
Lynne used a Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting machine to cut the individual pieces. Guess what I now want to purchase? It just removed all the stress and effort of cutting pieces and meant we could get on with the sewing. I know I am coming to the party late as these gadgets have been around for ages, but it would make my Drunkard's Path quilt much more of possibility.
I am meant to be sewing my stash this year, but spending a day in a craft shop meant I had to buy some fabric. I fell in love with a Lewis and Irene Bumbleberries jelly roll and in no time at all I had sewn it together in a "loose" rainbow order. This is without a doubt the softest quilting cotton I have come across. It has an amazing texture to it. From what I understand this is a relatively new company but their stuff is already making an impact and I love the fact that this is a British company.
This quilt is going to live in my craft room, where I am trying to have a rainbow theme. My fabrics are organised into rainbow order and I've almost sourced all the right colour boxes to reflect this. I like it when my husband comes and chats to me in the craft room, but he likes to lounge about and isn't a fan of sitting upright at the craft table. At the weekend we bought a chair for him and this is going to live on top of that. As it's for my fella I decided to buy some Lynette Anderson Pocketful of Daisies as he's a keen gardener. I bought a lovely grey Lewis and Irene fabric for the binding. I think these colours are so subtle as to keep the focus on the rainbow effect.
Just so I don't feel too guilty about all these fabric purchases I will show you that I am working through my stash and have been persevering with my scrappy blocks. Last night I cut 125 2½" orange squares to make the last five orange blocks. It's tedious at times but I am slowly getting there.
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