The last 2 weeks have been very busy for me. Unfortunately I did not have time to work on my quilting projects or to write a new post on the blog. Today was a wonderful day, full of sunshine and blue skies. I got some time to take a few photos of my new stash. All these fabrics are sitting patiently in the cabinet waiting to be taken out and converted in a perfect quilt.
Here are my new “babies” :
1. – Bella from Lotta Jansdotter – a complete collection plus 2 matching fabrics for the backing
2.- A colorful stash for a custom quilt – I opted for fuchsia, orange, turquoise hues and a light pink fabric for the background
3.- Some fabrics for my stock, salmon in solid and my favorite polka dots in pink and orange
As next Tuesday and Friday are public holidays, I hope to catch up with my sewing. I do really miss this soothing sound of the sewing machine.
Late Sunday I got back home from Prague with my suitcase full of goodies. I got some new rulers (my favorite ones from Olfa), wonderful and colorful quilting threads from Mettler and Gütermann plus many, many meters of solids in dark & light grey, aqua, white, canary yellow and fuchsia.
And the party goes on – today I received my magic envelope from Hawthorne Thread with the following stuff :
- The Birds and the Bees – Sunset Palette by Tula Pink
- Kona Modern Quilt in Berry by Cynthia Frenette
- A colorful design to be used as a backing (sorry, but forgot the fabric name)
My experience over the years is that the best for me is to order fat quarters from a fabric collection of my choice. I receive nicely matched colors and patterns. Plus I always order extra yardage for the backing and for stock.
I am very happy as over the last weeks I have received custom orders and a few inquiries for quilts. The only problem I have is a lack of time. August in Spain can be very hot and I am quite happy that there is no dog training nor yoga classes. It is like having holidays in the evenings, there is no rush to be on time somewhere. I also have a few new ideas how to remodel my sewing studio – to get more space for storing all my new stash.
Lots to do, let’s get started!!
This week I am in Prague where I am visiting my parents. The weather is very different to the one we had in Spain, i.e. hot and sunny. Here we have it all – hot and cold, sun and rain. Anyway, the parks are nice and green, a lot of flowers in blossom. Restaurants and cafes have the chairs outside and it is always a pleasure to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on the terrace.
This is newly opened restaurant just around the corner from my parents.
I have also spent some money on quilting threads and fabrics. Here the first lot I got :
There are more fabrics in my wonder basket, mostly solids. But the photos I took today were not good – because of the rainy weather we have at the moment, everything is just too dull. And my internet connection is slow and I have no patience to wait so long for an upload.
Till next time, Barbora
It has been some time since I wrote the last post. My parents were with us on a 10 day visit, so family life was the main focus in these days. I was also fairly busy at work, interpreting and translating quotes for the construction company I work for (since 9 years now). And I gave beginner classes at my local patchwork and quilting shop. I have already done 3 Monday classes and my lady pupils are happy – lucky me. But I also must admit, that I enjoy it very much!
Monday was as good as Christmas – my three parcels arrived:
- 3 colorful fabrics I want to use for backing that I ordered at Hawthorne Threads
- High quality piecing and quilting threads that I always order at Quilt Direct
- Book Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts
Where shall I start first? All 3 fabrics have incredible colors. The moment I saw them, I knew they are a must for my stash. Particularly the fabric on the top from Alexander Henry House Designer from the collection Paloma, La Paloma in Multi. Hawthorne Threads is very nice online shop that concentrates on modern patchwork fabrics. They have a wonderfully designed website, all is clearly arranged and it is always a pleasure to order there.
High quality cotton threads are a must for me. After all threads have to hold the entire quilt together, from piecing to quilting. Unfortunately I cannot buy them locally, but fortunately we have internet. I have found Quilt Direct in the UK, have ordered there in the past and always got a very good service. This time I decided to buy piecing thread from Aurifil 50/2 in 4 different neutral shades. For quilting I also ordered a neutral, the big spool is from Superior King Tut 40/3. I have used in the past this thread for quilting my projects and I like the quality.
For books we have Amazon, once more a perfect marketplace to order make worldwide. The book has wonderful and colorful patterns, I just love the quilting techniques. I didn’t have time to read it, but I certainly looked at all the photos. Please visit one of the author’s blog on Sew Katie Did.
Well, it is time to start again with quilting (after my short holiday with family and making preserves). This hobby is worth everything, a perfect pursuit!
Happy quilting everyone, B.
The last week was busy for me – even without sewing and quilting. Weather over Easter has been wonderful and I went (instead of quilting) with my husbands son Thomas to the near Sierra Espuna in the Murcia region. Thomas choose a nice trekking tour of about 4 hours with a stop for lunch. We hiked through a valley, a forest with its shade and on a mountain road. A very nice day in unspoilt nature – as you can see on the photos:
Not last be not least: I have bought some fabrics at The Prague Patchwork Meeting. Somehow I cannot get my fingers from the oranges and pinks.
I have left 2 of my quilts with Loles in Almoradi. She is preparing a patchwork exhibition that will be open next Friday and Saturday. I shall also take photos of the official opening and of course of all displayed quilts. Looking forward to this – once more a new experience!!