...I wrote out this entire post once, and then my computer crashed and left me with nothing but the framework for my WIP Wednesday post. ARGH!
I signed up for the SEW We Quilt "Perfect Picnic" bloghop without thinking about the timing. All the things I'd have due. All the events I'd have on. Or without considering the weather.
So far, I've managed to keep my head above water. So far. And I finished my bright and happy fun picnic quilt last Thursday night...after a little drama with the bobbin running out of thread 20cm before the binding was sewn on.
Still, it was done! Now I just had to hope for good weather. Which there was!
And a box of donuts (I only ate one, the rest went to church supper), Nalini Singh's latest book, and some handsewing (my Millefiori Madness).
Must go back to that park when summer comes around!
My bloghop post about the quilt is here if you're interested in taking a look!
The negative space in this quilt was always going to be for FMQ. The issue was that I'd never really done elaborate FMQ before, so it was all a big mystery, and slightly daunting.
Me, being my slightly OCD self, did sketches. Lots and lots of sketches.
Lots and lots and lots of sketches.
My designs were very much influenced by Angela Walters' FMQ designs, and by Leah Day of the Free-Motion Quilting Project whose videos were extremely helpful!
And then I spent about 7 hours at Kim Bradley Creations on the longarm there, putting design into practise. It was a long day. A looooong day.
But it's done!
I'm not sure I entirely like the end result, although I am pleased that I got to develop my FMQ skills. And I have no idea how to get the creases out... Suggestions?
Incidentally, if you happen to be in Sydney, I strongly recommend visiting Kim Bradley Creations. She's a quilter herself, does amazing FMQ, is incredibly lovely (she was helpful and encouraging all day and even went back to her house to get some bobbin thread when I ran out at the shop), and stocks a very nice selection of fabric - she's getting in the entire range of Cotton+Steel. (If only it would arrive!)
Nearly completed a Rosette 2!
Need to sew the pentagons around the edge and then that's one down, only a bajillion more to go! *facepalm*
Red Letter Day: Class with Camille Roskelley
Camille Roskelley> has come to Australia and is teaching a class at various quilt shops along Australia's East Coast. In Sydney, she's teaching at Kim Bradley Creations, and I and some friends are taking a class with her on Sunday!
We've received the pattern and are cutting up our pieces to start with so that the day can be mostly spent sewing, rather than cutting.
I'm questioning the dark grey right now - especially with the purple, which is very saturated. I might have to riffle through my Kona stash for something a little more stand-out in the purple.
- Mondrian Dreaming
- Friendship Supernova Swap
I have the fabrics for six of the backings out of the seven "Needs Backing (to Jo @ Thirroul Custom Quilting)".
I can't actually find my Modern French Batiks quilt top, though. Curiouser and curiouser!
So, whew, that's me done!
Oh, wait, except for the #greataussiedestash sale that we had on Monday, 11th June during the Queen's Birthday Holiday. I didn't sell everything I listed, but I sold quite a bit! Better than nothing at all. :)
Have you achieved much this week? Have you linked up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday linky party?