New quilt!

When I last went to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC (two years ago I think) one of my purchases from Cotton Patch was a delicious collection of fat quarters by Dan Brown -







As they were far to nice to cut up into little pieces or dilute with other fabrics, I’ve been looking for a quilt design that would enable me to showcase them.  And I found this  design by Elizabeth Hartman which seems perfect -









So I’ve spent the afternoon cutting up my precious fabric ready to start sewing – I’m relieved to say that the pieces are quite large so it wasn’t too traumatic!



Spring flowers

We have an horticultural and produce show in our village twice a year.  The spring show is dominate by daffs, tulips and other spring flowers.

When all the judging is done and the prizes handed out, the flowers and other produce is auctioned off to raise funds.  Aren’t these lovely -







And they lasted well too!




Jinny Beyer Tote Bag

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, when I visited Jinny Beyer’s studio last November, I bought a couple of her kits so I could get to use her fabrics on some very nice designs.  I’ve just made up the first of the kits – a fabulous tote – I love the rainbow fabrics which are foundation pieced.










And the contrast fabric which also is used for the lining really gives it a lift.

It was an expensive kit ($92)  so I was rather disappointed that the foundation piecing was printed in two sections which needed to be enlarged on a photocopier.  As I don’t currently have access to one, I had to draw out the foundation section on interfacing (which wasn’t supplied despite being required).  I find this a disappointment with so many kits that not everything you need is included and given the price of this one, it could have been.  Rather than putting in a zipped top, (again no zip provided), I decided to make a tab and button closure.

Having said that, it is a very lovely bag and I’m looking forward to using it a lot!