Sometimes it feels so easy …. I’m sure you know what I mean …. those rare occasions that you have an idea and translating it into fabric and thread just flows, everything happens right the first time. It’s such a magic, wonderful feeling that for me at least, happens only rarely – usually I can be found muttering, unpicking, tweaking and re-stitching! But there was no unpicking at all while I was stitching this project – my Woodland Alphabet Quilt …
It’s destined to be a gift for some friends who have been waiting for adoption for some time. They’ve recently heard that they’ll be bringing home a little boy aged seven months in just a few weeks time. I do hope they’ll like my gift…
It’s still very much a work in progress, but I finished piecing the top late this afternoon – just some borders around the edges and it’s onto the quilting. I was inspired by the clean lines and appliqued text of the Baby Life Quilt design by V and Co that I found in the Moda Bakeshop…
I love the uncluttered feel of this quilt and wanted to try to give my Woodland Alphabet Quilt the same feeling of simplicity and space – as well as including lots of forest friends ….
I followed Vanessa Christenson’s tip of zig-zagging around my applique shapes with clear thread. All my shapes were quite simple so there wasn’t too much huffing and puffing while pivoting around corners. My favourite block is R for Rabbit (of course!) ….
Though the hedgehog and mouse are cute too. I’m considering whether to add a narrow patchwork border around all the squares before the final wider borders – if anybody has any thoughts or suggestions I’d love to hear them. This project will be included in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine and then I’ll be wrapping it up ready to send to my friends in time for their baby boy’s arrival.
Sometimes it’s hard to decide what I’d like to blog about – when life has picked up pace and so much has been crammed into a few short days – and now is one of those times. Should I tell you about the tremendous thunderstorm we had here? The lights went out, the roof leaked and the flagstones were covered with enormous hailstones (which enchanted my furry friends when they went outside to investigate after the storm had passed)….
Or I could tell you about our wedding preparations .. Rosie and I spent a long time working on the invitations and maps on Saturday afternoon. At last they’re finished to both our satisfactions and we’re eagerly anticipating their return from the printers very soon indeed ….
Then there’s my new Woodland Alphabet Quilt. It’s destined to be a gift for friends who have just learned they’ll be bringing home a new baby boy very soon. They’ve been waiting for adoption for quite some time and so I wanted to make a special present. It’s still very much a work in progress, but here’s a quick snap of the first few blocks….
Not the best picture I’m afraid – I snapped it very quickly with my phone. But I’ll take more photographs as I go along, and the finished project will be in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine. Which sort of leads me onto my final piece of news … the March issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine is now available in paperback form from Amazon …..
CLICK HERE to see it on Amazon.co.uk and
CLICK HERE for the magazine on Amazon.com
A bit later than expected (don’t even ask!) here is the preview of the next issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine.
That’s the March issue – out on Thursday. All uploaded and ready to be sent to subscribers. Please CLICK HERE if you’d like to learn more.
That is to say, two sorts of quick glimpses…
The first …. looking out from the skylight at the top of my house I caught a glimpse of pink at the end of my garden. Intrigued I pulled on my wellies and went up the old stone steps to investigate. I was delighted to find that the fat green buds on my early flowering camellia had burst into brilliant bloom – and so I simply had to bring some indoors to enjoy …..
They’re the same pink as my newly painted chair! I’m in the middle of redecorating my kitchen in honour of Rosie & Dan’s wedding later this year and was inspired by the lovely ice cream candy colours used at the Winking Prawn beach restaurant in Salcombe where I took them for Rosie’s birthday lunch …..
Will be sure to post pictures when it’s all finished! And the second quick glimpse …. just a peek at the cover of the new issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine – that’s the March issue – to be published on Thursday….
I think it’s rather pretty (though I say so myself) and I do hope you’ll enjoy the projects. I haven’t quite finished putting the preview together yet (my pesky slow internet is holding things up), but I’ll post it tomorrow so you can have a proper look at the contents.
And finally …. I can’t possibly post about decorating without including a picture of my canine “helper” ….
Yes .. it’s that naughty Miss Daisy – complete with pink streak!