You can never have too many red fabrics and variety is what you need when making scrap quilts. The fabrics used in Sarah's Sampler (1855) have been collected over a number of years. A bundle of Fat ⅛’s is a good way to start a collection or add to it.
What is a Fat ⅛?
It's 25cm x ½ the width of the fabric (approx. 55 cm wide)
A bundle of 10 Fat ⅛’s is now available through my online store for $25.00 plus P&H
By late last night there were fabrics everywhere as I tried to find just the right combination to make this bag for a birthday gift. I would have been happy with any one of them for myself, but they weren't quite right for the friend I was making it for.
And there at the bottom of the tub was an old but favourite fabric, just what I was looking for. A Robyn Pandolph, one of the earliest patchwork fabrics I ever purchased.
The bag seemed to take no time at all to make, once the time consuming decision of 'which fabric will I use' was made. The pattern is called Joyful.
Look what I found. There was another little quilt top in the cupboard, another one I'd forgotten all about. I guess your wondering how I could forget about these things and so am I.
Of all the the tops this one was the easiest to finish. I was happy to machine quilt it where as the tumbler and basket quilt will be hand quilted. Such a good feeling to have one finished.
A new baby arrived in April and what with the books and shows there has been no time to make a little quilt. This babies big sister was given 'Piper's quilt from Things I love to Make and I wanted to make something just as cute but different.
Ages ago I'd bought a charm pack to have on hand the next time I needed to make a girlie quilt. It was the first thing I played with. But how often do we go with the first choice? I pulled out more fabrics, folded, arranged, refolded and rearranged them before finally deciding the charm pack was the way to go. I'd gone full circle.
Selecting the fabrics had taken up a good part of the afternoon and not wishing to waste any more time, I started sewing with no clear plan. The border fabric was even more difficult to choose until I found the lattice print at Avonleigh, only Fat 1/4's remained. Isn't that the way - you find the perfect fabric, but can't buy the cut you need - I needed to buy off the bolt. With my heart set on this fabric I decided to see if I could make it work and I'm happy with the result. Now to piece a backing, using more fabrics from the charm pack, and it will be ready for quilting.
All the girls who attended the Christmas in July workshop at Avonleigh Country Quilting received a gift, including me. Kay & Sharon decided to shift me out of my comfort zone with these gorgeous fabrics. I've been unfolding, refolding and shuffling them around, deep in thought about what I will make with them.
When it comes to fabrics I always need more. Yesterday I had a chance to do a bit of fabric shopping at Avonleigh. Upper most in my mind was finding a few more fabrics to add to the mix.
What I had forgotten, in the excitement of purchasing new fabrics, is I'd already pulled these out of my stash. Well you can never have too much fabric and I do love scrappy!
And what will I be making? It was going to be a baby quilt, but I now have sooo much fabric I think a lap quilt at the very least!
Somehow I ended up in my cupboard with the finished quilt tops and before I'd given it a second thought they were being shaken out and plans made to finish them. There were a couple I'd forgotten about - how bad is that!
I must have been keen to finish the basket and tumbler quilts as the bindings were already made, carefully rolled up and stored with the tops. I even had the backing fabric chosen for one of them.
The plan now is to machine baste and sew the bindings on all of them. However other things are already getting in the way and I may only get the basket and tumbler quilts done. Well that's better than nothing!
I've been designing quilts and other sewn items for decorating and use around the home, since 2003. I especially love making quick things and gifting them to family and friends. My favourite techniques include needle turn and felt appliqué, stitching, hand and machine piecing. I live on the Victorian/NSW border, Australia.