I’ve been finishing a few blocks that I started at the Sewing Summit. This block was from Elizabeth and Lee’s paper-piecing class. I’ve done some foundation paper-piecing in the past, but it was really good to have a refresher. You can find the tutorial and pattern for this block here.
Another block using partial seams taught by Faith. Wow – pretty slick. This will probably become a throw pillow of sorts. The colors are my happy colors – rainbow brights. Most of them came from my stash drawers, but I pulled a few from some new FQ’s.
I love a good royal blue, but usually have a really hard time finding them. I found a couple of good ones in Dear Stella’s Maasai Mara collection. The same prints are also available in some good, warm grays and neutrals. I used one of them in the block at the top. (Both colorways are available from Fat Quarter Shop.)
In other recent fabric acquisitions a few new pieces of Sarah Jane’s Out to Sea collection. I love the nautical blues (dot is from Children at Play) and couldn’t pass up the cute little Narwhals. Out to Sea is available here, here and here.
Finally, a piece of yardage that I found at a local quilt shop this week that I could not pass up because it was calling my name. Loudly. It’s a Japanese import, so it was a bit pricey, but I still bought a yard. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but who really cares. It’s the perfect combination of two of my favorite things: Japanese kitschy design and London! The Union Jack umbrella, the postage stamp with the queen, the tube sign, post box, double-decker bus… the cuteness never ends. It’s printed by Cosmo Textiles of Japan. I searched online to find a link to share, but wasn’t successful. Sorry to sorely tempt you with no help for relief.
There have been a lot of fantastic British-themed prints this past year. I’ve been collecting a bunch to make a London quilt (to go with my Union Jack quilt), but it’s not very high-up on the priority list right now, so it will probably happen in the future. I like to think that I sparked the UK-themed resurgence this year, but it probably had something to do with the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics too.
Finally a couple of quilts that are almost finished. They went off to the quilters this week. I love the color combo on these ones – I can say that without bragging because I didn’t pick the colors myself. They’re for a friend’s baby nursery. So stay tuned. Lots of sewing in the works here. But I need to set some of it aside to make black Harry Potter robes for Halloween. (sigh) I much prefer working with the pretty colors.