So you know I was excited to see these great Union Jack panels from Riley Blake. They’ve just come out this month and should be hitting stores any time. The small Jacks measure 9″ x 11″ with a panel of 8 different flags. I have a baby quilt and tutorial in the works with these panels.
I have to give a shout-out here to my friend Aunt Spicy. Her Union Jack pillows were one of my first inspirations to make a quilt like this. She even shared with me a few pieces of her beloved Jennifer Paganelli’s Casey Scroll fabrics to use in my blocks, and so I lovingly think of her when I see them. Through that initial connection we discovered our mutual love of all things British, not to mentioned some similar experiences living in the UK. We even discovered that we are descended from the same British great-great-grandparents. I kid you not. Cosmic, huh?
I was determined to use as much stash as possible for this quilt- and really did well. Because it’s so huge, I needed to piece the back, but found a good stripe that went with a big hunk of London lawns-inspired fabric, covered with red English roses, which felt very appropriate.
For those of you who have been around these parts for a long time, you are well aware of my British obsession. Here’s the scoop if you’re new: most of my heritage comes from England (and a wee bit from Scotland). I’ve visited a few times as a tourist, but also lived there twice in the 90’s: in London for a semester as a college student (where I fell in love with that city) and later for 18 months in Manchester, Liverpool and on the Isle of Man as a Mormon missionary. I left a piece of my heart in the UK when I came home and I still miss it every day. My dream is to take our family and live there for a summer (if not a little longer). I am still keeping that dream alive…one day it’s going to happen.
|Amazing Image by Dieter Braun|
Now bring on the Hobnobs, crumpets and Ribena!
Have you seen Jennifer Paganelli’s new book, Girls World? I got a sneak peak when Jennifer sent us a few for giveaways at the Quilt Market Meetup. This book is gorgeous. And I am not even being overly dramatic when I say that. It’s such a beautiful, colorful book. Even the pocket for the patterns is really pretty.
This book has 21 sewing projects to make for or with little girls, such as dresses, aprons, bags, headbands, quilts, and an adorable puppy. The photos, design and projects are so beautiful and inspiring. Even if you only make a hand full of these projects, you’ll love this book just for the color, inspiration and sheer joy that it exudes. (Nice word, eh?) But trust me, there are so many good projects, you’ll find many you want to try. (That is an important quality for me when investing in a new pattern book = multiple patterns that I will use.)
I especially love all the details in this book, including Jennifer’s signature Casey Scroll print. I was first introduced to the Casey Scroll fabric by my friend, Aunt Spicy (who is a Jennifer Paganelli die-hard) when she made her own adorable Union Jack pillow. (This is actually when I first knew that Aunt Spicy and I were long-lost kindred spirits.)
In a gesture of extreme love and sacrifice, Aunt Spicy even gave me a little piece of her beloved Casey Scroll stash. And so of course, I had to pay homage to her original Union Jack. I’m think this one is one of my favorites.
Thanks again Jennifer Paganelli for sharing your wonderful new book with us. We will have 3 copies to give away the night of the meetup! But if you can’t win a copy, I still highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of Girl’s World. It will be released next Wednesday. You won’t be disappointed.
I’m so excited that Amy’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival is here again! I love this event and the crazy amounts of inspiration to be found. This fall I wanted to share my favorite quilt I made this year. Some of you have seen this before. It was my summer project: the red, white, and blue flag quilt.
Here’s where it started. As a young adult I lived in the UK a couple of times: once as a student and a year later as a volunteer with my church. When I came home, I left a big piece of my heart behind. I went back for the first time two years ago with my husband, and yup- there was that piece of me still there. Last winter I started working on Union Jacks for a quilt. (Because, in addition to my UK obsession, I just think the Union Jack is cool.)
Well, this summer one of my favorite flat-mates during my time in England was coming to visit me here in the States. She is from Oslo, Norway and I think we are long lost cousins because she is a kindred spirit. (I have a Norwegian great-great Grandfather so it’s genetically possible!) We will go for years without seeing each other and then when we do, we just pick-up where we left off like no time has passed. I love those kind of friends.
The best part: all of the fabric was from the stash. Except one. I needed something perfect for the binding and I found just the right thing. I love this quilt so much – I really need to make a matching quilt for myself. In the mean time, maybe I need to go to Oslo to check on the quilt in it’s new home. Oh to dream . . .
To see oodles of lovely quilt inspiration, check out the Blogger’s Quilt Festival
Past Quilt Blogger Festival entries:
|Vintage inspired red, aqua & pink|
|Peas and Carrots|