Gosh, I am ridiculously excited about the fact that this is the third post I've managed in 2 weeks. Given the fact that this is possibly a higher frequency of posting than the last, what... four years, I feel pretty good about it.
As I said previously, I've been thinking about this blog a lot but never managing to put fingers to keyboard, and yet, suddenly something - I have no idea what - has shifted in my little world and I am crafting again (rather than just ticking over) and blogging again.
I have a few yarny things to mention but I'll save them for another post because today I want to gush over fabric.
There's a fabric shop in town which is rather dangerously close to my office and I was nosing about in there the other week and discovered a new-to-me design house Lewis & Irene. I had gone into the shop looking for fabric to make a headboard cushion for Stashlet's bed, and came out with quite a bit more.
See, look? It's already sewn together! As far as me and quilting goes, that's an epic achievement. I still have fabrics I bought before Stashlet was born which have not yet made an acquaintance with the sewing machine.
This is L&I's Down By The River, and I just could not pass it by. I wasn't sure that I was going to do with it so I just winged it, bought half a meter of everything they had and came home to mull it over.
I've been wanting to make a jelly roll strip quilt for ages but I felt with some of these patterns, 21/2 inch strips would lose the image too much, so I ended up cutting the width to suit the pattern, which became a little like fussy cutting, choosing the best place to cut so that each element, particularly of the willow tree and pond pattern, had at least one strip to call it's own.
I think my favourites are the otters swirling around in the water weed, and the swans. I feel there may be a future top in some of that swan fabric. Possibly with a little water lily border.
Anyways... I cut my strips and spent a happy half hour on the floor with them, trying to get an order that had every design even distributed across the quilt, but have a random element to the organisation too. It was so nice to spend the afternoon sewing them together. I really felt that for once, I had spent my Saturday on something worthwhile.
I'm planning a border now. The finished centre strips piece is 43x80" so proportionally not very good. I'm toying with a few ideas for the long sides to widen it out and something zig-zaggy is the current plan.
This is what I doodled at work the other day. Something along these lines anyway. Possibly with a very thin pale/white border around the centre strips before the zig-zag goes on: I feel it needs a little breathing space with all that pattern going on (thinking about that Lila Tueller quilt from way back - lovely but visually very busy!). So I shall be mulling that over for the next few weeks.
In the mean time, I have some other L&I fabric for another quilt, a cardigan to finish knitting, a cardigan to start crocheting, and a few tops to think about. I think with all that lot, there is definitely a reappearance of my mojo taking place :-)