We’re at the beginning of a new month.
I’ve begun my new job.
And summer is just around the corner.
I am also going to start a new quilt.
Today is cutting-out day!
It’s going to be a wedding present for a niece.
We’ve decided on a simple design of strips and squares in a variety of batik fabrics.
Now to actually make it.
Check back to see how I’m doing.
Happy Feet completed
Still not sure what it is – mug rug? small picture? rubbish?
I still like the free motion sewing but need (lots and lots) more practice.
Not sure of the white eyes on the bigger penguins.
I may have to blind them and re-sew!
Happy Feet Completed
While writing this I realised that I’m moving again
Should I call it Itchy Feet rather than Happy Feet?
Mug rugs are the order of the day.
I’ve completed six so far
And have several more in the process of being completed.
I’ll take photos when the sun comes out!
While doing these I’ve started using free motion sewing.
I like it but need a lot more practice!!!
Here’s my take on Janet Clare‘s penguins.
(The pattern can be found on the Fat Quarterly website.)
Not sure what it’ll be – a mug rug or a framed picture.
It also needs ironing!
Oh, and quilting.
I named it after a real penguin.
Happy Feet washed up on the shores of New Zealand
That’s a swim of about 4000km (or 2,500 miles)!!!
Now that’s some serious swimming.
Oh what a beautiful morning.
Nothing but blue skies.
Hot town, summer in the city.
(And any other song lyric you can think of.)
I’ve started something new.
Not sure yet what it’ll turn out to be
It has bright colours and plain-ish fabrics.
I took several photos to give you a peek but they look terrible so no preview – sorry.
You’ll just have to come back at a later stage to see what I’ve done
Let the good times roll.
Remember the Batik Bali quilt.
It’s finished but it’s turned into the picnic quilt.
And the picnic quilt has turned into a sofa throw.
Batik Bali Front
Batik Bali Back
Batik Bali has been backed with the fabric I initially bought for the picnic quilt.
This backing is slightly thicker and heavier than the cotton I normally use.
Not as cuddly but better wearing, so more suited to a picnic quilt.
Why Batik Bali?
Because the fabrics used for the top of the quilt are from Hoffman Fabrics Bali Batiks range.
And the design is an adaptation of Tea Time in Bali by Larene Smith
Batik Bali is for sale in my Etsy store.
I need more space!
Watch This Space
As you can see layering a quilt can be a challenge.
I do it on the wall as there’s no room on the floor (also it’s easier!)
My bedroom has fabric and quilting supplies stacked in corners!
My lounge is where I sew, on the dining table.
And my kitchen bench is my cutting and ironing board.
Oh to have the space where I don’t need to move things if I want to sew!
After a month of writing in Shelly’s Patch every day I have decided to slow down.
So future posts are likely to be every two or three days.
Maybe I’ll even have enough time to take some photos of what I’ve been doing.