Quilt number 2, which started life as the backing to the baby quilt, has mostly taken a very slow back seat in the last month or two, mainly because I've been crocheting, and also because the next bit was going to be a bit of a fiddle and I never had enough time to sit down and do it properly.
But finally, I've had time, done the fiddle, and am now ready to do the main body of the quilt.
Firstly I had to finish the side panel. I think the last time I posted about this quilt I still had the second lot of steps to do, but that is now done.
The fiddly bit was Stashlet's name. Not that the stitching would be any different but marking out the letters - getting the kerning right and getting them straight - needed time and no distractions. But as of Tuesday, it's done and now I just need to decide on a pattern for the main body of the quilt.
The font is Cooper Black in 500 point bold, so this a for example is about 4" high. I'm not usually a fan of Cooper Black (I'm more of a bit of a sans serif person myself) but it does work nicely in quilts and crafty situations, I think.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed the appearance of a new board on Sashiko. Sashiko is a form of decorative stitching from Japan. Wiki tells you a bit about it here but you'll find loads more by Googling if you're interested. Or click on some of the images on my Pinterest board.
I really like the simplicity of it, and I think it works really well with quilted items. I can see myself doing a lot more single fabric quilts with it (and in the same vein, I like these Alina bed covers from Ikea).
Anyway, I'm looking for a pattern to fill the rest of Stashlet's quilt. It needs to be relatively simple (because I mark the fabric with chalk which doesn't stay put for very long and therefore needs to be clearly visible and done in phases), and it needs to go with the existing patterns on the side panel. I do still like the idea of using the circle pattern but I think I'm going to have that as Plan B if I can't come up with anything else.
In other news, my alluded-to crochet project is finished, but I'm not happy with it so will probably pull it out. There's a mildly long story to it so I'll save it for it's own post (at the weekend if I can get my act together).
Belatedly sharing this with Randi's Show and Tell Tuesday. Thanks Randi!