** Eeeek I have something quilting related to show you for a change…
Check this out:
** Isn’t it gorgeous? I LOVE it when something in my head works out as well/better in reality.
Thanks to my wonderful Sew & Bee-Happy ladies, this quilt top has become more than just a sketch and is looking mighty fine. Don’t you agree?
** I think I’m going to flag the sashing. I tried it out with the family sitting all over it (read: the children rolling all over it and screwing all the pieces up eeek) and it is a perfect size for a picnic blanket for us. Not too small but not too big to lug about at the same time. So I’m just going to sew it together like this.
** I’ve chosen a backing from my stash, which I got on sale a while back, and think goes perfectly. Here it is bucking tradition and drying on the washing line from it’s prewash…
** I’ve officially gone mad though… this is a stretch knit that I actually bought to make cheap clothes for my girls from.
** But let me reiterate again that it was on SALE haha…
** $3 a metre I think I paid, or something thereabouts. And it happens to be THE perfect size, a perfect (dark) colour for the back of a picnic blanket (hence the prewash), and it has rainbow hearts all over…
** So I’m just going to get over the fact that it’s stretch fabric for now.
– Most probably only until I start quilting it and curse myself for making such a dumb choice. But it can’t be any worse than the time I had to quilt my memory quilt – that had a stretch knit front & a stretch fleece back. N.i.g.h.t.m.a.r.e!
** In other news…
** In an effort to be more “environmental” and health concious, I have just purchased a new bike & trailer for doing the school run.
** Because Hannah’s school is close enough to make me feel silly using the car, but a bit far for her to ride her bike and a bit far for me to walk return when I have something on in the morning (which is every morning).
** So cycling with the kids in the trailer seems like a good choice.
** Time will tell how committed I am to using it vs how many excuses I make to take the car instead. But my current bike is completely the wrong frame for me and WAY too big and uncomfortable to ride, so committing to ride that every day just isn’t going to happen.
** I’ll show photos when they both arrive. They’ve had to be ordered in for me in the colours I picked
(couldn’t live with pastel mint green I’m afraid… I’m sure you’ll be very surprised to know I went for blue instead 😉 )
** I have done no sewing this week, but I am starting to feel better from my stupid cold, so perhaps I will feel well enough to do some tomorrow…
** If you missed my first market report like a few people seem to have, then no I’m not being a tease (ahem Shay!) and you obviously just weren’t paying enough attention since it was Sunday snippet time 😉 So you can catch up on that here…
** Chicken Korma on the menu for dinner tonight (yes homemade Susan – well homemade from a can anyway haha).
What’s on your menu?
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Kristy QP says
That is going to be one fantastic picnic blanket! The blocks all look fantastic. Well done on a great design translating beautifully to fabric
Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins says
That is flippin’ beautiful!!
Hi Kat! That is going to be fantastic! Oh I love those rainbox blocks and white stars make them perfect! x Teje
The rainbow blocks look fabulous, it’s going to be a lovely quilt.
Looking forward to seeing your new mode of transport.
Fabulous picnic blanket – though I would be freaking every time a bit of egg mayo dropped on it!! Glad you are starting to feel better. And we want to have action shots of you on the bike – get the ever helpful husband to be the photographer.
Oh what fun a bike and trailer will be! Once upon a time that was how my kids and I got around. So much fun!!!
I love it! It is lively and bright.
I LOVE that quilt. It could be a good stash buster…
Woo hoo! It’s lovely! Great job, bee girls! xx
Sue Daurio says
what a great quilt, love it!!
Fantastic quilt! Good luck with the stretchy back 😉
congrats on the new bike and have fun… love the quilt.
I’ve one used minky once on the back on my long arm, just be careful with it and if you have a cotton batting then it might help with the stretching.
Your quilt turned out fabulous, Kat!! As for the stretchy backing, I would probably spray and pin baste then use a walking foot. And pray.
Lisa Ann says
Gorgeous! I think a walking foot would definitely help with the quilting. Those white stars really stand out and are beautiful!
How fun! I love your rainbow stars! Visiting from QuiltStory!
Flying Blind... says
It’ll be a beauty! If you spray bast it, won;t that negate the horrendousness of the stretchy?
Get you biker!
OH! OH! OH! I love the stars quilt top ….talk about amazing!
Good on you for biking it. Last time I exercised was in 1989 . (I’m not proud of it –Im just feel like confessing )
I dont know how I missed the market post ….maybe it was invisible to some of us?
The quilt looks great!!
Wish I was taught how to ride a bike, would save all the bus fair I spend! =D
Katy Cameron says
Oooh, loving your rainbow of stars! Good luck with the quilting…
Love it Kat – loved putting my bit in! Good luck on the quilting then….!
Going to read your report now!
love the quilt! do you mind if i make a similar one? (some day, lol, i have to finish up my current projects!).
Nancy D. says
This is gorgeous! Found you via Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday. I’m inspired to do something similar now.
I saw this on pinterest and actually gasped, it’s so gorgeous! I love it!
Richard Healey says
I love those star’s nice idea for a quilt.