Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easy Sunday morning

After a busy day yesterday at the screen printing workshop with Lucie Summers followed by a sleepless night worrying about Matthew, I was pleased not to have signed up for the Portholes workshop today. I took a shorter version of this workshop at the Fat Quarterly retreat last June which is when I invited Lucie to come to Jersey to teach. I picked up my fabrics from the hall this morning and introduced Lucie again. Sarah was kind enough to lend me two books which she has spoken highly of:

Liberty Love - 25 projects to quilt & sew featuring Liberty of London fabrics; and
Material obsession two by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke

One of the quilts featured in Liberty Love has gone viral - just search for Marcelle medallion quilts and you'll end up with loads of eye candy and inspiration. This quilt is also featured in the new magazine Love of Quilting and Patchwork. Of course it's not available in Jersey, and is scarce in the UK, but I will add it to my London shopping list, as we may come across a copy. I am surprised that a project from such a new book is already being reproduced as the book has not been in print for more than a few months, I think. I'll let you know what I think of the books tomorrow once I've had time to have a second look through.

I had a good Friday Night Sew In and completed my Challenge STATW throw. Or so I thought, when we were asked yesterday to share our own projects, I pulled it out of my bag, having shared it with Sarah earlier in the day, and I found two threads to sew in on the back.

 I emphasised the secondary pattern of diamonds by doing straight stitching on the diagonal and in the third diagonal of every block, I used a machine embroidery stitch. It was fun to look through the reference card and pick out a few stitches I'd not used before and work out how to get the stitches number 100+.

It feels great to finish a challenge which isn't due until December, but there's another challenge due in December too for Caesarea Quilters which I need to start sketching. Now I need to read more of our Book Group pick for March - The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared. It was a 20p bargain book, but I need to have read more than 15% before we meet tomorrow evening. Then tomorrow I'll work on a small project I have for the Stitch me up blog hop for Thursday and let you know what I thought of the book Liberty Love.


Jo Jo said...

Sue I LOVE your quilt - it's gorgeous and my favourite colours! I'm liking the plaid backing too - really lovely :)

Nanna said...

great job on the quilt, it is beautiful!