Thursday, May 28, 2009
This is what I've been up to today. I love paper piecing mini quilts so it didn't take me long to think up a pattern - there is a big gap on my kitchen wall that has been crying out for a little quilt since we moved in.
I'm basing it on similar colours to this one below, a favourite of mine. This one is a 'pineapple log cabin' but the new one is going to be a star within a star and 64 blocks, so it will take a little while. The pineapple quilt took absolutely ages to do but the new blocks have fewer pieces per block so hopefully it won't be quite the labour of love that this one was.
Another log cabin quilt I haven't yet shown on the blog, is this little thing I did a few years ago.
I made it during a particularly difficult time and it was very useful for taking my mind off things. A log cabin pattern, for those who don't know, is a very old pattern and based around a centre square and built up using strips. it's very versatile and often pushed so far that it's no longer recognised as a 'log cabin'. I decided to emphasise the strips and took the idea out into the borders. I liked the quilt but learned not to use a thick batting for mini quilts as the thickness of if made my carefully sewn lines looks all wonky!
I've finished putting together the quilt top I was sewing a few days ago - and I'm chuffed with how it's looking -but I needed some fabric for the backing. I'd heard the only quilting shop in Geneva was out of town, but after quite a bit of searching, I found one just a few minutes from the centre.
Every quilt shop has it's own unique style based on the owner's tastes, and this one, called Jeux d'Aiguilles, is very much in the country style - lots of soft autumnal fabrics and lots of hand quilted traditional style quilts draped around the shop. The furniture and floors are wooden and the owner even has a little gallery area upstairs at the back of the shop overlooking an area where she teaches and again, more quilts are draped from this.
It was very pretty, but there wasn't a huge selection of fabrics to choose from. Still, it's much more than I expected and I found the perfect thing for my backing - a soft, pale brown on an extra large bolt. The prices were, not surprisingly, expensive, but this one was more economic and made me feel slightly less guilty about the little extras that found their way into my shopping bag!
I'm taking a slightly extended break from the drawing as I've been feeling a bit frazzled lately. I have one drawing on the go (posted on my other blog) and a couple of portraits planned, but it seems like a good time to go slow on the blogging and trying to keep up with everyone else's blogs as it's eating into time for things I want to do. I won't take a complete break, as I know I can't do that, but posting may be a bit sporadic for a little while.