My poor mum who has been here for the last couple of weeks has been horribly sick since last Friday. She`s been up and down but really quite poorly and there have been trips to the doc, laboratories for blood tests and mild suspicion of Typhoid panics but it looks like it is just a virus. Thanks for all the well wishes. It looks like she is on the mend and will return home to blighty on Saturday as planned.
With my mum sick and unable to get out and about, I did a spot of sewing and have a finish. There`s one quilt I`ve been wanting to tick off my mental checklist for quite a while and it is the Marrakech Rose quilt. It`s one I`m really pleased with, and here it is.
The fabrics for the top are from centre outward - Kaffe Fasset, Amy Butler, Jennifer Paganelli, Anthology, Alexander Henry and back to Amy Butler and Kaffe Fasset.
For the backing, I used Songbird in Lime from Bonjour by Diane Kappa and for the binding I used two fat quarters of my new Heirloom by Joel Dewberry.
I straight line quilted it.
and I`m very happy. Have I said that before? The design is based on Jane Brocket`s Russian Shawl quilt from her lovely and eye candy ridden book, The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making
. I have always found Jane Brocket hugely inspiring as her quilts are big, bold and fun and she always emphasizes that the quilt doesn`t have to be perfect and that we should enjoy our quilts. I like that philosophy.
It`s lovely that exactly 2 years after taking up quilting, I`ve finished my 4th quilt - hmm, an average of one every six months - not a great average but one I hope to improve on. So I can tick it off the mental list and the list I`ve drawn up for Sarah`s Winter Stiching, which I`m linking up to. The idea is to write down a list of what you hope to accomplish sewing-wise between now and next spring. The idea being that what`s written down gets done. I`m not one for lists and it frequently gets me into trouble but here goes.
Quilts, QALs and Community Blocks*
finish the Marrakech Rose quilt
make a quilt for my mum`s 70th birthday
make a quilt for Baby Landen arriving next month all being well
piece, baste, quilt and bind Red City Quilt for the Duo QAL
make the final cut for The Scrappy Swap 2011
make a goodie for The Scrappy Swap 2011
make a tablerunner for The Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap
make blocks for The 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee
learn how to free motion quilt
finish Zaki`s rocket PJs using Susan`s `ugly` fabric
learn how to applique
learn how to piece curves
*last edited 6 November 2011
Have I forgotten anything? Quite possibly. I`m so excited to be starting on some new projects using some lovely stash. I`m linking up with Sarah at Fairyface Designs. Head over there and see what amazingly talented and creative people are planning for the next few months.
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