Saturday 14 November 2020

around here lately

Lately, I've been faffing around, jumping from one thing to another! I've cut out four more bouquets and put them up on the design wall too, (that's eight blocks now!). I'm combining ideas & inspiration from a few places for my bouquet blocks, using an old 12" block pattern but am still unsure of any setting decisions yet. 

This soft, dusty palette feels like quite a departure for me, but sometimes it's nice to venture off on a tangent. And not really being a 'purple person', I was surprised by how much I love these pale colours teamed up with the warm purple florals in this recent Tilda collection.

I've got a bit of reading lined up too! This stack of books arrived all at once from our local library this week, a tad overwhelming - but I'm not complaining!

I finally managed to decide on the binding for my 'Esplanade Quilt'. The pattern is by Jo from frankieandray and is available in her online store. I love Jo's patterns because they lend themselves perfectly to big florals.

This quilt was made using some Outback Wife leftover fabrics, a mix of vintage, and a few AMH fabrics. I had it quilted by Leeanne from quiltmekiwi in an all-over pattern called 'water drops'. Finished quilt measures 1.91m x 1.91m.

Linking up my latest finish with Kelly for 'needleandthreadThursday' over here

And, I also had a change of heart about the inset triangle borders for my scrappy 'pinwheels on point' quilt.  It's my version of the bonbonerie quilt pattern by Christine - with a few variations. 

It's a simple sew, and, determined to stick to only shopping- my- stash, I began adding a teal floral for my setting triangles. However, the more I looked at it, the more I felt that particular fabric really overpowered my light & breezy pinwheels.

Long story short, I ordered some new fabric. It turned up this week and so I'm now going with this yummy ever- so- useful Kaffe spot in Sage … and loving it! 
It'll need a bit of spray starch when I get to layering things up for quilting I think, as those triangular edges are a wee bit stretchy!  

Sharing my latest projects with Frederique over here this weekend
Until next time, Linda

Monday 9 November 2020

A bouquet {or four} in tilda & kaffe


This is a traditional quilt block from the 1930's, with lots of different names, and was quite popular despite its set-in Y seams. It's been on my wish list to make for more years than I care to count. 
I'm modernizing it with a soft colour palette, using a 'maple farm' bundle from Tilda and then I added Kaffe spots to it. 
Am totally inspired by Kathy from MO, and I recently purchased her 'Bunch of Ruby Rose Hips' pattern, {see here} but I didn't realise I needed to get the accompanying templates as well 😞… so I resorted to googling the pattern. 
I've also seen lots of pics around on IG with yummy combos for these pretty wildflower blocks, including Jo Brozinski {here} and Carolyn Forster's 'patchwork of posies' quilt {found over here}. 

I've got these four blocks stuck precariously up on the design wall today. Not sure on my setting yet, there's a few options including maybe sashing in a stripe … I'll decide later on after I've made up a few more blocks. Until next time, Linda