August got off to a great start with a trip to Birmingham and The Festival of Quilts - I did want to do a post about some of the quilt highlights but I shall make do here with just one link for you, do visit, these were art quilts and so thought provoking. If I had had lots and lots of spare cash I would not have hesitated to buy this one..
The artist who produced this quilt is Annabel Rainbow - my photography does it no justice so do go to her website for a better look. For example - the contours of the lady's body is actually fmq'd words and oh, the words! You will be able to read them in their entirety HERE.
The weekend following FoQ was my first workshop of the new season, Christmas in August & my lovely ladies made a pile of lovely cushions.
The following weekend saw the Stitch Gathering which I have so recently posted about so I won't repeat, will just say, roll on next year.
Then, this week, my new Beginners' class started as well as one of my other non beginner classes. Next week three more classes resume so I am back into the old routine, and it feels good!!
I did manage a bit of sewing..................my ticket & nametag for Edinburgh
I started a flannel quilt for a gift............
Those bears are now all stitched down but no further progress.
I made a Storm Trooper gym bag,
and my latest project was a quickie - several months ago, I did a sort of Scrap Vomit exercise in class.My sample turned into a cushion which has strangely, become a favourite of mine despite the boggin' fabrics.
Recently, little Ava was sitting beside said cushion and suddenly declared - "quack quack!" There is a tiny yellow bird on one of those tiny squares and in that moment I "got" what I Spy quilts are all about and decided I wanted to make her one - I had a pile of Japanese charms from a swap last year so set to one morning and got the blocks done in jig time. I grouped the charms rather anally into fours of similar - ish colours and then added sashing in a cream Essex linen. Corner blocks were added to the borders after cutting two border strips too short.............Wadding was added a day or two later along with the backing - I had some beigey flannel and thought that might make it a cosy wee quilt. It is now quilted, simple lines to echo all the seam lines. I have cut the binding but time has been against me to show a total finish, hoping to get it done later today. meanwhile here is I Spy for Ava.
She has already spotted a couple of woof woofs. Result!!
I am linking to Lynn's Fresh Sewing Day, as always.